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  Detective Comics #27 Headlines First Hake's Americana & Collectibles Auction Of 2018

Detective Comics #27 Headlines First Hake's Americana & Collectibles Auction Of 2018

Coming off their 50th Anniversary and their best auction ever, Hake's Americana & Collectibles has turned up the heat for their upcoming auction (online February 20th at and closing March 13-15), by offering a CGC certified example of the much coveted Detective Comics #27, featuring the first appearance of Batman! Graded 5.0 (VG/Fine) Universal (Blue Lable), it’s the highlight of another auction featuring hundreds of CGC certified comic books, ranging from the Golden Age to the Modern Age.

Coming from a recently discovered collection of Golden Age comics, this issue is fresh to the market, having never been offered at auction before.

The first appearance of Batman in Detective Comics #27 is just a step behind the first appearance of the Man of Steel in terms of auction sales. “Many fans feel that, given the extreme popularity the Dark Knight enjoys, it’s only a matter of time before he eclipses Superman,” Hake’s President Alex Winter said. To date, there are more Universal (Blue Label) copies in the CGC Census of Action Comics #1 than there are of Detective Comics #27.

When first released in May of 1939, Superman and a few other now-obscure heroes were the only competition Batman had. In an era that was just coming out of the Great Depression, and which pre-dated superhero blockbusters by decades, comic books were just beginning to lay the groundwork for the juggernaut of media entertainment they have become today. Detective Comics #27 has cemented its position as one of the most important comics of all time, with Bob Kane and Bill Finger (finally credited as the character’s co-creator after decades of obscurity) producing a character that took the science-fiction and wonder of Superman and flipped it, giving the world a hero more grounded in reality, with a healthy dose of noir-tinged mystery.

Golden Age comics are in high demand among collectors, as it was during this period many of today’s most enduring and popular characters first appeared. Due to Homefront efforts during World War II, many comic books were scrapped for the war effort, increasing the scarcity and value of these Golden Age gems.

“The issue in our auction is of a grade that may not appear again for many years, and when it does, it will likely be at a considerably higher price point,” Winter said.

Golden Age highlights include Action Comics #7 (4.0 VG), Adventure Comics #44 (7.0 Fine/VF), Batman #9 (7.0 Fine/VF), More Fun Comics #52 (3.0 Good/VG) featuring the first appearance of The Spectre, Captain America Comics #3 (7.0 Fine/VF) featuring Stan Lee’s first published work for Timely, Our Gang Comics #1 9.4 (NM), Pep Comics #6 (9.2 NM-) and Pep Comics #37 8.0 (VF), Shield-Wizard Comics #4 (9.2 NM-) as well as several other Timely/Atlas and DC Comics titles. 

Silver Age highlights include Action Comics #252 (5.0 VG/Fine) featuring the first appearance of Supergirl, Batman #12 8.0 featuring the first appearance of Mr. Freeze, Detective Comics #267 (5.0 VG/Fine) featuring the first appearance of Bat-Mite, Avengers #1 (4.5 VG+) featuring the first appearance of The Avengers, Avengers #4 (7.5 VF-) which saw Captain America’s first Silver Age appearance and Fantastic Four #4 (7.5 VF-) which saw the first Silver Age appearance of the Sub-Mariner. Hake’s will also be auctioning Thor’s debut in Journey Into Mystery #83 (7.0 Fine/VF) and the first appearances of the X-Men and their foe Magneto in X-Men #1 (4.0 VG).

If you’re collecting goals fall into more modern territory, have no fear. Hake’s will be auctioning the classic Green Lantern #76 (7.5 VF-), in which Green Lantern and Green Arrow team-up for the first time; Incredible Hulk #271 (9.6 NM+) which saw Guardians of the Galaxy furry anarchist Rocket Raccoon debut; the first appearances of fan-favorites Cable and Deadpool in New Mutants #87 (9.8 NM/Mint) and #98 (9.8 NM/Mint) as well as the first appearance of Miles Morales as Spider-Man in Ultimate Fallout #4 (9.8 NM/Mint). Zombie fans are sure to clamor for an exclusive first printing of The Walking Dead #1 (9.8 NM/Mint) which is a unique graded example that was a one-of-a-kind contest prize from Skybound Entertainment (founded by Robert Kirkman and David Alpert) that was issued for their fifth anniversary in 2015. Kirkman has signed the CGC label (before label was slabbed), allowing a collector to obtain a Signature Series of "Walking Dead" #1 that is also a true first printing without the signature obscuring a 9.8 NM/Mint cover. This is believed to be the only example to exist as such.

Other comics of note include the first Donald Duck and first Walt Disney comic book – Donald Duck #NN (6.0 Fine) as well as the first appearances of Wonder Woman in All Star Comics #8 (NG, coverless), Harley Quinn in Batman Adventures #12 (9.2 NM-), Darkseid in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (6.0 Fine), Batman nemesis The Scarecrow in World’s Finest Comics #1177 (4.5 VG+), Spider-Man foes The Lizard in Amazing Spider-Man #6 (3.5 VG-), Living Brain in Amazing Spider-Man #8 (3.5 VG-), Mysterio in Amazing Spider-Man #13 (3.5 VG-), The Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #14 (6.0 Fine), Rhino in Amazing Spider-Man #41 (5.5 Fine-), Kingpin in Amazing Spider-Man #50 (4.0 VG) and Carnage in Amazing Spider-Man #361 (9.8 NM/Mint). Fantastic Four villains Dr. Doom first appears in Fantastic Four #5 (4.5 VG+) and The Super-Skrull debuts in Fantastic Four #18 (7.0 Fine/VF). Hake’s will also be selling the first appearance of fan favorite Loki in Journey Into Mystery #85 (5.5 Fine-).

Aside from graded comic books, bidders will have the opportunity to acquire collectibles across 200 collecting categories and more than 2,300 auction lots.

The auction goes online Tuesday, February 20, 2018 and the auction closes March 13-15, 2018. Be sure to check Hake's website for more information on the full selection of CGC-graded comic book offerings in the newest Hake's Americana & Collectibles auction!




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