Comic Books Carrying CGC Grades Lead Comics Lead January Comics & Comic Art Auction
Nearly all of the top comic books offered in Heritage Auctions’ Jan. 14-17 Comics & Comic Art Auction carry CGC grades.
The auction includes Batman #1 (DC, 1940) CGC NM 9.4 White pages (estimate: $1,000,000+), which is the highest-graded copy on CGC’s census report. The issue is being offered without reserve.
The issue, one of the top five comic issues in the hobby, features the first appearance of the Joker and Catwoman. Its appearance in Heritage Auctions’ four-day event marks the first time in the CGC era that a Near Mint copy of one of the top five Golden Age key issues has been sold at public auction.
Part of the appeal is in the first appearance of the Joker, arguably the greatest villain in the history of comics and the star of his own feature film. The Catwoman (called the Cat in her first appearance here) is of course a household name in her own right, also star of a solo movie and at or near the top of the list for the best female villain ever.
The Batman title is still in publication in the present day, a couple of gimmicky numbering restarts notwithstanding.
Heritage Auctions Jan. 14-17 Comics & Comic Art Auction:
Batman #1 (DC, 1940) CGC NM 9.4 White pages (estimate: $1,000,000+)
Captain America Comics #1 (Timely, 1941) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white pages
Whiz Comics #1 (Fawcett Publications, 1940) CGC VG- 3.5 Off-white to white pages
Fantastic Four #5 (Marvel, 1962) CGC NM- 9.2 Off-white to white pages
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