Can Batman Beat Superman??

February 27th, 2010 | Posted in News

The eternal fanboy question. Turns out (at least for now) in the context of capitalism Batman owns Superman.

Just days after the record shattering sale of Action Comics #1 for $1,000,000.00, a private collector has purchased a copy of Detective Comics #27, featuring the first appearance of “The Bat-Man”, for $1,075,500 at a Dallas auction through Heritage Auction Galleries.

According to the story, the seller originally bought the copy in the 1960’s for $100. Holy Compound Interest, Batman! Assuming he bought it in 1969, that’s about a 25.4% annal return on that investment over 41 years. Thomas Wayne would have been proud!


  1. Mark Engblom says:

    Just like in today’s comic book market, the Batman auction has overshadowed the Superman auction….but the million-dollar issue of Action Comics was STILL FIRST! (sticks out tongue)

    Perhaps the million dollar Action #1 sparked something in the “Super-Historic Key Issues” market….though I can’t think of any other character that could command that kind of money for their debut appearance.


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