Brave and the Bold #54 is CGC’s Featured Comic of the Month for August

The Teen Titans franchise had its origin over 50 years ago with a trio of young superheroes.

At left, this copy of Brave and the Bold #54, graded CGC 9.8, sold through ComicLink in 2017 for a record $39,888. At right, this copy of Brave and the Bold #54, in a median grade, 6.5, was sold for $600 through a ComicLink auction in July.
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Name of comic: Brave and the Bold #54

Comic publisher: D.C. Comics

Date: June-July 1964

Variants: None

What makes it special? The Teen Titans team has its origin in this book, though Robin first appeared in Detective Comics #38 in 1940, Kid Flash showed up in The Flash #110 in 1959 and Aqualad debuted in Adventure Comics #269 in 1960. The franchise was revitalized in November 1980 with the launch of the New Teen Titans.

Why is it interesting now? Released in late July, “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies” is the latest incarnation of the franchise, featuring the characters from the “Teen Titans” and “Teen Titans Go!” animated series, seen on Cartoon Network over the past 15 years. In addition to Robin, the other superheroes now include Beast Boy (first appeared in The Doom Patrol #99 in 1965), Cyborg, Raven and Starfire (all first appeared in DC Comics Presents #26 in October 1980).

Did you know? Teen Titans Go! to the Movies” called in some big names for backup, including Nicolas Cage as Superman. In fact, Cage is such a Superman fanatic that he named his second son Kal-El (Superman’s birth name) and once owned one of the highest-graded copies of Action Comics #1 (origin of Superman), graded CGC 9.0.

Total graded by CGC: CGC has graded 754 copies of Brave and the Bold #54 (as of July 16, 2018). Only 1 of them has a Signature Series label.

CGC median grade: The median grade for these books is Fine+ 6.5

CGC highest graded: CGC has graded 1 copy as Near Mint/Mint 9.8.

Sales highlights: The top sale of all-time for the Brave and the Bold #54 occurred in the ComicLink 2017 Summer Featured Auction (held in August of that year) when the CGC 9.8 sold for $39,888. A copy in a median grade typically sells for several hundred dollars.

CGC Comics Registry Champion: A set named “Great White North Bold” by JLA Brad has won Best in Set Type for 2016 and 2017 for Brave and the Bold #1-200, though that set is missing Brave and the Bold #54. A set named “Batcollector’s Beautiful B&B’s” is the runner-up (and former champion) for this set, with a Brave and the Bold #54 graded CGC 9.2. Explore these and other collections in the CGC Comics Registry.

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