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    Detective Comics #33 (DC, 1939) CGC VG+ 4.5 Off-white to white pages. Goodness, but this is a nice 4.5! Have a close look at our scan and judge for yourself. To get the big minus out of the way, there's a two-inch spine split at the top that's not apparent on the scan... but look at the rest of the book! Very clean and pretty.

    This issue is the twelfth most-valuable comic book of all according to Overstreet, and it's the second most-valuable issue of the title, ranking behind only the hallowed #27 (which in case you somehow missed our worldwide media blitz, is also offered in this auction). The main reason for all the fuss comes in the first two pages of the book: the first-ever telling of Batman's origin story, which was not brought up at all previously.

    This is also just the fourth Batman cover appearance, following #27, 29, and 31. Note that Batman's wearing a gun holster on the cover - in his early years he was definitely more ruthless in his ways. Cover art by Bob Kane.

    We have never seen a "white pages" copy of this book, and the only other unrestored one we've seen certified "off-white to white" was the 9.0 Allentown copy.

    CGC notes, "3 very small pieces of tape on cover & 1 piece on interior cover." Overstreet 2009 VG 4.0 value = $8,700. CGC census 12/09: 3 in 4.5, 7 higher. From the Pinnacle Hill Collection.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 0700740004 and purchase grader's notes if available.


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