Auctions | April 3, 2023

Batman's Debut in Detective Comics No. 27 Sells for $1.74m

Heritage Auctions

A copy of 1939's Detective Comics No. 27 featuring the first appearance of Batman sold for $1.74 million at Heritage Auction's latest Comics & Comic Art sale. Graded Fine 6.0 by Certified Guaranty Company, it ties the auction record set in May 2022 when a higher-graded copy realized the same price.

Detective Comics No. 27 is so rare there are just 75 copies known to exist in any condition and only 14 graded higher than the one offered in this auction. This copy ranks among the most valuable and coveted of them all since Batman's co-creator Bob Kane left a message, written in ink, on its first page to his friend and collector Robert Crestohl.

Other highlights included Detective Comics No. 33 (the first comic book to tell Batman's origin story and famous for its image of the gun tucked into Batman's utility belt) set an auction record at the March 30 event when it sold for $288,000.

Meanwhile a copy of Batman No. 1 graded CGC Very Fine 8.0 sold for $1,110,000, More Fun Comics No. 55 (introducing Doctor Fate) sold for $264,000, Eerie No. 1 from 1947 went for $108,000, and Mask Comics No. 1 sold for $144,000.