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    Batman #1 Denver pedigree (DC, 1940) CGC Apparent VF/NM 9.0 Slight (P) Off-white to white pages. This is a beautiful copy of one of the most desirable comic books in the hobby!

    As noted below, the only restoration work done to this copy was cleaning (unlike many restored books which have color touch, added pieces, reinforcement etc.). And the fact that this book didn't require much restoration is consistent with what we know about the "Denver" collection, which while a small collection is one of the best ever assembled. Almost every previous "Denver" copy we have handled has been graded in the 8.0 - 9.4 range in its unrestored state, so we don't doubt that this one was already very attractive before the cleaning. Another sign of this pedigree's overall quality: at one point, authors Matt Nelson and Stephen Ritter determined that nearly 90% of the CGC-certified Denver copies were among the top three on the CGC census for their respective issue.

    One could argue that the eye appeal even merited a stronger "apparent" grade than VF/NM - we certainly encourage you to examine our scans and judge for yourself. It's worth noting that this same copy was submitted for certification in the early days of CGC and certified Apparent NM- 9.2 at the time.

    We've heard the case made that Batman #1 should be ranked ahead of Superman #1 in value and behind only Action #1 and Detective #27. And the arguments used to buttress this case are that Batman #1 has almost all original material and that it's got the first appearances of both the Joker and Catwoman. Certainly no other comic book ever published has the debuts of two "household name" villains!

    The classic (and much-imitated) cover is by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson.

    CGC notes, "Restoration includes: cover cleaned." Overstreet 2009 GD 2.0 value = $9,500; VG 4.0 value = $19,000; FN 6.0 value = $28,500; VF 8.0 value = $67,000; VF/NM 9.0 value = $141,000.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 913202001 and purchase grader's notes if available.


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    Auction Dates
    February, 2010
    25th-27th Thursday-Saturday
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