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Because Batman Always Wins

At least this time; unlike sometimes in the comics, he didn’t have to cheat.

(That we know of…)

Three days after Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, sold for a cool $1 million at auction, word comes that Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of Batman, sold for $1,075,500 at auction.

A rare, high-quality copy of Detective Comics #27, which marked the first appearance of Batman in 1939, sold for $1,075,500 on Thursday. Heritage Auctions of Dallas sold the comic book to an unnamed bidder on behalf of an anonymous collector.

Seven bidders from three countries participated in the combination live and online auction, taking about eight minutes to decide on a final price — an “eternity” in auction time, said Heritage Auctions president Greg Rohan.

On Monday, ComicConnect claimed to sell a rare copy of Action Comics #1 to an anonymous collector for $1 million.

Action Comics #1, which debuted in 1938, marked the first appearance of Superman. A lesser-quality copy set the previous comic book record, racking up $317,000 at auction last year.

Vincent Zurzolo, who co-owns ComicConnect.com with founder Stephen Fishler, said while his Superman sale only held the record for three days, he was very happy to see two comic books selling for more than $1 million.

“Records are meant to be broken,” and this week will forever go down in comic book history, he said.

Both Detective Comics #27 and Action Comics #1 were originally published by National Allied Publications, a company that later became Detective Comics and then DC Comics.

Comics from the 30s continue to be a rare commodity which will also sell very well at auction, mostly because of two factors: 1) There are few that survived World War II paper drives which eliminated their numbers, 2) Those few that have survived (rumors are the Action Comic #1 has less than 100 copies left) are in various states, which has made “grading” them very difficult and “Mint” issues even rarer.

Makes you wonder how much a graded copy of Timely’s Marvel Comics #1 from 1939 (First appearance of Ka-Zar, Namor – The Submariner, The Human Torch) would bring in on the auction block.  That one sold at market for a half-million a decade ago.

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