Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!
Detective Comics #27 – May, 1939
Cover art by Bob Kane
Batman pretty much owns the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, celebrating his 75th anniversary during this year’s show. Classic Comic Cover Corner gave the Dark Knight a birthday salute back in May (see it HERE), the actual month of his first publication, but there’s so much fun Bat-activity happening at Comic-Con, that we couldn’t help but touch on this milestone one more time.
In addition to a myriad of panels celebrating Bats and the cadre of creative talent that has kept him alive for the past seventy-five years (events like a spotlight on the late Batman co-creator, Bill Finger, a Hall H extravaganza with the talent behind the sixties’ TV show, panels that examine the caped-crusader in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, and a DC sponsored event that celebrates the big anniversary), Con attendees also have a rare opportunity to see the actual comics that started it all.
The online comic marketplace and auctioneer, ComicConnect.com (located at Booth #5516), is displaying a multitude of books and comic art that will be featured in their upcoming auctions, and among the treasures are Batman co-creator Bob Kane’s personal file copies of Detective Comics #27 (Batman’s first appearance) and Batman #1 (his first self-titled book – which includes the first appearances of The Joker and The Cat (who would later be known as Catwoman.))
Now if it isn’t cool enough seeing live copies of these historic comics, which, for a comic book fan, is kind of like peering upon the Holy Grail (but not in the bad Indiana Jones way), these books are even more awe-inspiring because they were actually handled by and belonged to the legendary Bob Kane.
These books have extra staples and look like they were punched out to be placed in a notebook of some kind, but when you consider the history and provenance behind them, who cares about a few imperfections.
So if you have a few hundred-thousand dollars to spend, you might want to check out these auctions at ComicConnect (Detective Comics #27 and Batman #1.) The bidding begins on Monday, August 4, 2014. Good luck!