The Last To Know: Batman Beyond #6

With the casting of Robert Pattinson as the next cinematic Batman, some believe that the director Matt Reeves might be leaning toward Terry McGinnis, rather than Bruce Wayne. Regardless, the first issue of the 1999 Batman Beyond miniseries is in play.

While the first appearance of the Batman Beyond character is obviously a good investment (as long as you buy cheap), the final issue of said mini-series has two qualities that make it a better investment. For one it is a last issue of mini-series. Sales of Batman Beyond #6, which was published August 1999 are approximately 23,029 copies. Furthermore, the book has a very low representation on the census: only 9 copies (5 9.8s).

The thing that makes this book a winner, is that it also features the first appearance of one of Terry’s big nemesis: Inque. While of course there are no guarantees that this character ever appears in a live action property, it’s worth noting that other cartoon-to-comic characters have successfully made the jump and those first appearances have become valuable (more in line with Live Wire than Harley Quinn).

This book is hardly a secret. Currently there are only a handful of copies for sale online, which makes it a great book to be on the lookout for when hunting. (While you’re at it, pick up Batman Beyond #3, the first appearance of Derek Powers as Blight, another big antagonist.)

 

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    i got a slabbed 9.8 set of 1999 series but now trying to piece together a newsstand 9.8 set. its not easy

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      If you’re trying to put together a legacy set of Batman Beyond, there are several Editions of #1 from the original 1999 Mini Series.

      Besides the Direct and Newsstand Editions with cover date of March 1999, there exists:

      1) A Giveaway Edition with an oversized blank white box in place of the UPC Barcode, the words, “FREE Special Origin Issue” in place of the issue # & cover price and a cover date of June 1999.

      2) A Six Flags Giveaway Edition with an oversized white box with a Six Flags logo that says “Compliments of Six Flags” in place of the UPC Barcode, the words, ” Special Origin Issue” in place of the issue # & cover price and a cover date of June 1999.

      3) A Six Flags Giveaway Edition with an oversized white box with a Six Flags logo that says “Compliments of Six Flags” in place of the UPC Barcode, the words, ” Special Origin Issue” in place of the issue # & cover price and a cover date of October 1999.

      4) A 3rd Printing Giveaway Edition with no UPC Barcode or white box with the words, “Special Origin Issue” in place of the issue # & cover price and a cover date of July 2000.

      The Six Flags Editions are hard to find in high grade as they were given away at amusement parks and were manhandled by staff and toted around without any kind of protection by kids. The October Edition is much rarer than the June Edition.

      As for the other Giveaway Editions, I can’t recall exactly where the Giveaways occurred (comic shop, video store, Burger King, etc.) and what they were promoting (Action Figures, DVD release, Kids’ Meal, etc.) but they too are hard to find in high grade as they often had store stamps. The 3rd Printing is fairly scarce.

      Most listings for the later Printings seem to be overpriced riding the coattails of the 1st Printings, but it is possible to find them for under $20.00 at Cons and the like. But with them now on peoples’ radars, expect bargains to be few and far between.

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    Totally in agreement with you here.

  • Ben Steiniger

    Loved that character on the show. Nice info Jason

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    Batman beyond 1 miniseries is such an undervalued key. When (not if) the batman beyond movie is announced; this key will get ballistic. Tons of people grew up watching Terry McGinnis and just love the character.

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    I’d say the most underrated key of that miniseries is Issue 4 – First Melanie Walker and First app of the new Royal Flush Gang. Melanie is a love interest of Terry’s and would almost certainly appear in a live-action film.

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