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

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