Batman beats Superman (again) as his first comic appearance breaks $1-million mark

Feb. 26, 2010 | 12:49 a.m.


We all know that Bruce Wayne is much more well off than Clark Kent, and apparently some private buyer wants to make sure that the Dark Knight stays on top, purchasing the first appearance of BatmanDetective Comics No. 27 — for $1,075, 500 just days after the comic book touting Superman’s first appearance went for $1 million.

Here’s the Associated Press’ take on it:

DALLAS (AP) — Heritage Auction Galleries says a 1939 comic book in which Batman makes his debut has sold at auction in Dallas for more than $1 million — setting a record for the amount paid for a comic.

The rare copy of Detective Comics No. 27 from 1939 went for $1,075,500 Thursday. A Heritage official says it was sold on behalf of an anonymous consignor and the buyer wished to remain anonymous as well.

Barry Sandoval, director of operations of Heritage’s comics division, says that the consignor bought the comic in the late 1960s for $100.

On Monday, a copy of the first comic book featuring Superman sold for $1 million in a sale between a private seller and a private buyer. The comic was a 1938 edition of Action Comics No. 1.

What superhero-loving millionaire will step up next in this big-money market melee? And is there any other book out there that fans would pay this much money for?

— Jevon Phillips



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Photo courtesy of DC Comics


4 Responses to Batman beats Superman (again) as his first comic appearance breaks $1-million mark

  1. John says:

    Taxes are entirely too low. By, say, an order of magnitude.
    There are two kinds of plunder, plunder from below (peasant revolution) and plunder from above (Russia, right before the peasant revolution).
    Guess where we are now.
    The news media seems to be doing all they can to keep the people distracted from the looting and pillaging of the rich, but the rich sure aren't helping.
    Note: In fairness, I pay only long term capital gains taxes myself, but I fear the pitchforks and genuinely can't imagine why no one has yet stormed my private little mountain gated-community. Good job liberal media! Hope it keeps working.

  2. eric says:

    "$0.10 in 1939 had about the same buying power as $1.54 in 2010.
    Annual inflation over this period was about 3.93%."
    So for something to start at $1.54 and now sell for $1,075, 500 is a testament to the character and is truly remarkable.

  3. Steven Duque says:

    A recent Harvard grad's thoughts on the cultural implications of the online sales of high-priced comic books — namely, Action Comics No. 1 and Detective Comics No. 27:

  4. […] These types of stories have become commonplace lately, as the price of rare and historically-significant (at least historically in the world of pop culture and comic books) comics have skyrocketed in the last three years. A copy of Action Comics #1 broke the mythic $1,000,000 barrier a little over two years ago, followed days later by a copy of Detective Comics #27 selling for $1,075,500. […]

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