CGC-certified Detective Comics #27 Sells for $1.74 Million

Posted on 5/22/2022

The first appearance of Batman reached new heights in a Goldin Auction on May 21.

Holy High-Bidder, Batman! A Detective Comics #27 graded by Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) realized $1.74 million in a May 21 Goldin Auctions sale. The price is a record for the issue, which features the first appearance of Batman.

Click image to enlarge

Detective Comics #27, first published by National Press in 1939, was an attempt to mimic the success of Action Comics' Superman. The new superhero, Batman, by creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger, was indeed a success, which lead to the Caped Crusader's own solo series in 1940. National Press later renamed itself DC Comics after their debut title, Detective Comics.

The issue first crossed the million-dollar threshold in 2010 when a copy graded CGC 8.0 sold for $1,075,000. In 2020, a copy graded CGC 7.0 climbed even higher to $1.5 million. The copy graded CGC 6.5 in the Goldin Auction now holds the record for the issue and is the sixth CGC-certified comic book to sell for over $1 million in 2022. To see them all, click here.

Other CGC-certified highlights in the Goldin auction included:

  • an Amazing Fantasy #15 graded CGC 8.0 that realized $450,000
  • a Batman #1 graded CGC 4.0 that realized $336,000
  • a Superman #1 graded CGC 2.0 that realized $264,000
  • a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 graded CGC 9.8 that realized $192,000
  • an X-Men #1 graded CGC 8.5 that realized $121,200
  • a Batman #1 graded CGC 1.5 that realized $103,200

Prices realized include buyer's premium.

Stay Informed

Want news like this delivered to your inbox once a month? Subscribe to the free CGC eNewsletter today!


You've been subscribed to the CGC eNewsletter.

Unable to subscribe to our eNewsletter. Please try again later.

Articles List