Golden Age Batman
Greetings Gobbys! Today we'll get into a brief story, golden age Batman, and why Detective Comics #27 will be (if not already) considered the holy grail of ALL comic books in the not-so distant future. Now full disclosure, I am pro-Marvel and trust me, if I could write an article on The Sentry (Robert Reynolds) being the greatest comic book character of all time I would, but I digress. This brief tale takes place October of 2016…
As a young man who works at a local retirement community, I don't typically encounter anything overly exciting. A resident had recently passed away and I was to clean out and trash whatever property the family (of this late resident) chose not to take. While cleaning out the room I came across a cardboard box of about 50 comic books. On the top of the stack of comics was an Amazing Spider-man #26 (series continued after Amazing Spider-man #441), but I had no time to look at anything else in the box. I brought them to my boss and asked if I could keep the books, and he said “yes, just donate some cash to our good Samaritan fund”. So I did.
As I began browsing through the books (no bags…no boards…savage in nature) I came across genres such as war, western, crime, and of course superhero. And what was even better, they were all GOLDEN AGE! A box of incredible hidden gems, not in the greatest shape, but these books had character, and the book directly beneath the massively overprinted Spider-Man; Detective Comics #168. Published in February of 1951, this is the first appearance of the Red Hood, but more significantly, the first time ever in a comic book that we learn the origin of the Joker! Now this particular book was far from mint. It was all there, but the cover was detached and there was ink and writing on the cover, so I was interested in seeing what I could turn this book over for. I've seen in Overstreet Price Guide that it books (NM) for 19k, and I just wanted a piece of that pie. I listed it for sale and two days later it sold for $2,900.
Months later I found myself browsing eBay and observed my exact issue of DC #168 (now CBCS slabbed 1.8) sell for $4,750! I'm sure you're thinking “boohoo, you made your money, get over it” and you couldn't be more right. The point is to BUY GOLDEN AGE BATMAN. Obviously not every golden age issue has astounding significance, but the books are incredible investments long term. The latest golden age issues alone are older than any Marvel title.
You see, Christopher Nolan cemented The Batman as a cultural icon to a vast majority of millennials, and they are in fact the key to keeping comic books relevant. The baby boomers are in their latter years and it's up to millennials to continue to enjoy, read, and pass on the love for comics.
Cut to the Batman. He's been re-established in the main stream as the “go-to” superheroe (along with anything Disney and Marvel touches). Yet there is something different about the Dark Knight and that's why Detective Comics #27 will be the paragon of comic books, beating out Action Comics #1.
I'm aware of their historic sales and that AC #1 has the edge, but allow me to investigate this further. Superman is just that; super. Barring out a glowing green rock, he has no weakness. And don't give me the “he's an alien and one of a kind and is lonely”, take that garbage elsewhere. The guy can do anything including using the sun as his own personal battery. He's flat out not relatable. Yes I hear you Batman haters “what's relatable about a billionaire?” And to that I say…great point.
Although unlikely, you can be a billionaire. Anyone over the age of 12 understands you can't fly and have x-ray vision. I understand the catharsis of the matter, I do. It's why I read comics, it gives me that escape, so I get it. Characters doing things we can only dream of, but what most people are drawn to is what is actually possible.
Simply stated, Batman is cooler than Superman in this new generation. He gets his hands dirty, he's more realistic, he's edgier, and in today's world, he's what people can relate too. His origin is better, his suits are better, his villains are better, and his alter ego is better. He has the most iconic comic book covers as well as arguably the most iconic villain in the Joker. He has depth. He can be seen as the hero or sometimes the villain. He can be looked at as a man seeking justice and even a man slightly insane. I personally would love to see a Gerard Way Batman (if you haven't seen his sketches, check them out).
The closing thought is simple; The Batman will one day soon take the throne of greatest comic book character. Buy his golden age stuff whenever you get the chance. Whether that be Detective Comics or Batman titles, buy it up! The history and significance is there! And once the Justice League tanks (although I've been told Wonder Woman was pretty good), you may be able to snag some at a reasonable (ehhh) price. You won't regret it.
Book that you spectacularly missed out on
Fantastic Four #52 (First app of the Black Panther): just traded mine to my brother for a Spider-Man #9. I won't be getting one back any time soon.
Books to keep an eye on
Amazing Spider-Man #316 (First Venom Cover) as HOTT as Venom has been over the last decade, my spider sense tells me it is only just beginning. With Tom Hardy (acting chops galore) playing Eddie Brock in a future film, I don't see the craze going anywhere. Venom has become a top 10 comic book villain of all time, and you can't go wrong with his first cover appearance. If you can snag one under $25, jump on it. Anticipate these books being $100+ at shows in the next year.
Captain America #217 (First appearance of Quasar) – GOTG 3…hint hint wink wink. Get it for cheap!
Thanks for visiting and just remember, when the sun goes down…the bright lights come on. So be careful.