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    Detective Comics #58 (DC, 1941) CGC NM 9.4 Cream to off-white pages. This is the first appearance of one of the best-known comic book villains of all, the Penguin! He's one of the few comic baddies who has truly become a household name, and that's thanks to his decades of comic book appearances as well as battling Batman both on TV and in the movies. And while the Penguin became more of a "comedy villain" in years to come, he was quite cold-blooded at the start -- a murderer, in fact! Artist Bob Kane reportedly got the idea for the character's visuals from the penguin used in the Kool cigarette ads, with writer Bill Finger contributing the gadget umbrellas that became the character's trademark. This issue's cover is by Fred Ray and Jerry Robinson; the interior art on the Batman story is by Kane, Robinson, and George Roussos. As this issue was from the early days when Detective Comics wasn't yet an all-Batman title, there's a host of backup features, including superhero the Crimson Avenger, gumshoe Slam Bradley, and also the last installment of the Speed Saunders feature which had been appearing in this title since issue #1. No copy of this key issue has been certified with a higher grade by CGC to date. Overstreet 2005 NM- 9.2 value = $6,200. CGC census 3/05: 3 in 9.4, none higher.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 0042405002 and purchase grader's notes if available.

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