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February 27, 2010

Detective Comics #27 sells for $1,075,000!

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Written by: Eli
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No folks, this isn’t a joke, it’s happened again. We now have a second comic book that has sold for over a million dollars. A copy of Detective Comics #27 with a CGC grade of 8.0 has just sold for $1,075,000! That’s $75,000 more than the copy of Action Comics #1 that was sold earlier this week.

So, much like at the box office, Batman has once again eclipsed Superman. Last Monday a copy of Action Comics #1 sold for $1,000,000, setting a then new record for the sale of a comic book. With this most recent sale, Detective Comics #27 is the new record holder.

This book contains a story by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, which is the first appearance of Batman. Interestingly enough, the creators of Superman, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, also have a couple of stories in this book, though they’re not related to Batman’s origin. In all, this comic hasĀ nine stories in it, including “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” the title of Batman’s first story.

With a CGC grade of 8.0, this is one of the finest copies of this book to be graded, with only a handful of copies rating higher. Heritage Auction Galleries handled the auction, and you can view a video tour of the book here.

Like the sale of Superman’s first appearance, the parties involved in this sale remain unidentified. One thing that is known is that the seller of this book purchased it in the lateĀ ’60s for $100. Bought for $100, then sold for 1.075 million, that’s over a 10,000% increase.

One week, two comics, and $2,075,000!


Eli Anthony