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    Batman #1 Kansas City pedigree (DC, 1940) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white pages. We can't remember the last time an unrestored copy this nice of Batman #1 has been offered for public sale! And indeed, it's hard to find any unrestored copy -- on the CGC census, purple labels outnumber blue as of this writing. The issue is #6 on Overstreet's list of the most valuable comic books for good reason, as it's got the first appearances of both the Joker and Catwoman, who are among the very few comic book villains to have attained true "household name" status. Also of note are a retelling of Batman's origin and a classic (and much-imitated) cover by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson. And of course, this is one of very few comic titles to be in continuous publication since the early 1940s, the series is now up to #660 or so! We could go on and on about the significance, but the condition is what really has us excited. After your first glance at our scan you could be forgiven for thinking that this was a reprint or replica edition, that's how excellent the colors look! And even after scrutinizing our scan you will see that only tiny flaws kept this from an even higher grade. The Kansas City pedigree is notable for having top copies of key books (like a superb Captain America Comics #1 we had auctioned previously), and we expect this prime specimen to be the highlight of our auction, as well as quite a feather in the cap of whichever collector is fortunate enough to walk away with this one. Overstreet 2006 VF 8.0 value = $51,000; VF/NM 9.0 value = $100,500. CGC census 9/06: 1 in 8.5, 2 higher.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 0754801001 and purchase grader's notes if available.

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    November, 2006
    16th-18th Thursday-Saturday
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