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  • Item #49728431
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    Published Sep 2013 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman '66 (2013 DC) 1A CGC 8.5 SS

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    • Signed by Jeff Parker on 4/8/16.
    • Label #1366202010
    Starts Oct 21

    Cover by Michael Allred (W) Jeff Parker (A) Jonathan Case Put on your go-go boots and get ready to 'Batusi' back to the Swingin' 60s as DC Comics reimagines the classic Batman TV series in comics form for the first time! These all-new stories portray The Caped Crusader, The Boy Wonder and their fiendish rogues gallery just the way viewers remember them. In this first adventure, The Riddler's out to steal some valuable artwork from under the noses of Gotham's police. But Batman gets help from an unlikely source: a certain femme fatale dressed in feline finery! Cover price $3.99.

  • Item #48843632
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    Published Aug 1955 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 93 GD+ 2.5

    Starts Jan 6

    Cover by Win Mortimer. "Journey To the Top of the World!", script by Bill Finger, pencils by Dick Sprang (as Bob Kane), inks by Charles Paris; Batman and Robin are informed of the loss of valuable microfilm atop Mount K-4, which reveals the names of many members of an international crime cartel. Trixy the Puzzle Monkey activity page. "Batman, Baby-Sitter!", script by Bill Finger, pencils by Dick Sprang, inks by Charles Paris; Unexpectedly, Bruces' cousin Jane drops off her child for him to care for, and Bruce is forced to not only care for the child, but to fight crime as well! One-page Little Pete story by Henry Boltinoff. "They Spot the Phony Gems" text story by Jack Miller. One-page Casey the Cop story by Henry Boltinoff. "The Caveman Batman," script by Edmond Hamilton, pencils by Dick Sprang, inks by Charles Paris; An amazing find by a noted scientist, showing dinosaur and man together, threatens that scientist's reputation until the Dynamic Duo go back in time to prove it true. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Item #49830650
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    Tags: Batman
    Published Sep 1955 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 94 FR 1.0

    • Cover detached. 6.5" cumulative spine split. Lateral spine tears.
    Starts Oct 21

    Cover by Win Mortimer. "The Sign of the Bat!", pencils by Sheldon Moldoff, inks by Charles Paris; Unable to get the evidence he needs to convict hoodlum Marstin, Batman devises a plan to make sure that Marstin and his gang see the famed but dreaded bat symbol each time they try to commit a crime…a plan which eventually allows the Caped Crusaders to nab the felon. Is Pike's Peak (14,110 ft. elevation) Quick Quiz by H. T. Elmo. "The New Batman!", pencils by Sheldon Moldoff, inks by Stan Kaye; While cleaning up the Bat-Cave one day, Alfred is accidently struck on the head; He awakens, believing that he is the Batman, and he dresses for the role. Half-page Casey the Cop story by Henry Boltinoff. 2/3-page Hollywood Ha-lights story by Harry Lampert. "Booby-Traps for Burglars" text story by Jack Miller. "Mystery of the Sky Museum!", script by Edmond Hamilton, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff (as Bob Kane), inks by Charles Paris; The Dynamic Duo fly out to the famed Sky Museum to talk with the curator about a problem he has been having and they find the man struggling to keep an old air relic in the sky; The mystery deepens when a series of attempts on Batman and Robin's lives occur using vintage aircraft against them! 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Item #46102896
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    Tags: Batman
    Published Mar 1957 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 106 GD/VG 3.0

    • Signed by artist Sheldon Moldoff (splash) with Lone Star Comics certificate of authenticity. 3/4" spine split.
    Starts Jan 6

    Cover by Sheldon Moldoff. "Batman's Secret Helper," pencils by Dick Sprang, inks by Stan Kaye; Criminal Jim Varrel watches a TV show on which Batman appears to personally thank ordinary citizens who have helped him put crooks behind bars, hoping to discover the identity of the person who betrayed him. One-page Fireman Pete story by Stan Kaye. "Storm over Gotham City!", pencils by Dick Sprang, inks by Charles Paris; Every time that Batman attempts to nab Keene Harner, who has threatened to loot the city during the hurricane, emergencies seem to pop up requiring the Caped Crusader's attention. One-page Casey the Cop story by Henry Boltinoff. "The Toughest Police on the Force" article. "The Puppet Batman," pencils by Sheldon Moldoff, inks by Charles Paris; When crooks gain control of a mind control machine, they decide to use it on the Caped Crusader, making him do unusual feats, and then to reveal his secret identity.....or so they think! Back cover ad, Mickey Mantle for Junior Sales Club of America. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Item #49830653
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    Tags: Batman
    Published Dec 1957 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 112 PR 0.5

    • Interior is complete. Full length spine split. Glue on spine.
    Starts Oct 21

    Cover by Sheldon Moldoff. The Trick Is to Treat All the World's Children! public service announcement, art by Ruben Moreira. "The Signalman of Crime," script by Bill Finger, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff, inks by Charles Paris; A small time criminal moves to Gotham and initiates a series of crimes, dressed as the bizarre Signalman; But Batman solves the clues to Signalman's crimes and nabs him. One-page Casey the Cop story by Henry Boltinoff. One-page Warden Willis story by Henry Boltinoff. "Batman's Roman Holiday!", script by Edmond Hamilton, pencils by Dick Sprang, inks by Charles Paris; Professor Nichols contacts Bruce and Dick to show them his new time ray, and asks then to send him back into the days of ancient Rome so he can experience what they do on their travels. "Trouble on the London Express" text story. "Am I Really Batman?", script by Bill Finger, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff (as Bob Kane), inks by Charles Paris; Batman wakes from a sound sleep to find himself in a mental ward, not realizing that a Professor Milo had given him a dose of amnesia gas that dulls the will to live. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Item #49830654
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    Published Dec 1958 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 120 PR 0.5

    • Interior is complete. Full length spine split. Centerfold detached.
    Starts Oct 21

    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Stan Kaye. "The Curse of the Bat-Ring," pencils by Sheldon Moldoff, inks by Charles Paris; Batman uses a clever plan involving a jinx on a Bat-Ring, which crooks get the Caped Crusader to wear, hoping it will bring him bad luck. Sharing -- The United Nations Way public service announcement, art by George Roussos. "The Failure of Bruce Wayne," script by Bill Finger, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff, inks by Charles Paris; Called to his dying Uncle's bedside, Silas, Bruce is told by him that he is disappointed that Bruce has not continued the family tradition of adventure; Bruce sets out to prove Silas wrong. One-page Warden Willis story by Henry Boltinoff. End of a Hold-Up article. "The Airborne Batman," pencils by Sheldon Moldoff, inks by Charles Paris; While stopping a stampeding elephant, Batman injures his legs, giving the green light to crooks all over Gotham City to institute a reign of terror. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Item #49201999
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    Published Aug 1959 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 125 GD/VG 3.0

    Starts Jan 6

    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Stan Kaye. "The Secret Life of Bat-Hound," script by Bill Finger, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff (as Bob Kane), inks by Charles Paris; After Ace is brought to permanently live at Wayne Manor by John Wilker, Bat-Hound goes into action with Batwoman to save the Caped Crusaders trapped in a cave-in. Half-page Crime Punishment! story. Tips on Summer Fun! public service announcement with Peter Porkchops, art by Rube Grossman. "The Last Days of Batman," script by Bill Finger, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff (as Bob Kane), inks by Charles Paris; Carter Nichols sends the Dynamic Duo back to ancient Venice to gather evidence in a case, but only Batman returns, while Robin is shifted to Gotham City a few days into the future, where he discovers a new criminal will kill Batman. Half-page Warden Willis story by Henry Boltinoff. "King Batman the First," script by Bill Finger, pencils by Dick Sprang, inks by Sheldon Moldoff; While chasing down a wanted criminal, the Dynamic Duo are transported to another planet where Batman becomes king, albeit temporarily, as his being an alien causes him to be imprisoned. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Item #49830657
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    Tags: Batman
    Published Dec 1959 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 128 GD- 1.8

    • Centerfold detached. 1" cumulative spine split. Heavy tears in back cover.
    Starts Oct 21

    Cover by Sheldon Moldoff. "The Interplanetary Batman," script by Bill Finger, art by Sheldon Moldoff; Batman and Robin spot an alien being in need of help, and by doing so, get captured and transported to a strange planet. The Atom Servant of Man public service announcement, script by Jack Schiff, inks by Tommy Nicolosi. "The Million Dollar Puzzle," script by Bill Finger, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff, inks by Charles Paris; The Caped Crusaders are hot on the trail of some auction items that were stolen, each of which are clues to the location of $1,000,000! One-page Warden Willis story by Henry Boltinoff. "The Batman Baby," script by Bill Finger, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff, inks by Charles Paris; Batman is given a baby to protect from danger and learns the child belongs to the Prince and Princess of Morania; When the baby is kidnapped, Batman follows the kidnapper, saves the Royal family and the child. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Item #49830658
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    Published Feb 1961 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 137 VG- 3.5

    Starts Oct 21

    Cover by Sheldon Moldoff. "Robin's New Boss," script by Bill Finger, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff, inks by Charles Paris; Robin informs Batman that he is quitting the team to join up with a new crime fighter on the scene, Mr. Marvel, although Batman doesn't suspect the real reason why. Our American Heritage public service announcement, art by Bernard Baily. "The Bandit with 1,000 Brands," script by Bill Finger, art by Sheldon Moldoff; Batman faces a clever new foe that leaves cattle brands behind as clues. One-page Jail Jests story by Henry Boltinoff. "Teacher from the Stars," script by Bill Finger, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff, inks by Charles Paris; Batman agrees to give an alien teacher and his students a tour of Gotham City, but when they begin to misbehave, it causes more than just a headache for the Caped Crusader. Statement of ownership; average sales 502,000. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Item #49830660
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    Tags: Batman
    Published Oct 1961 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 143 GD+ 2.5

    • 1.5" cumulative spine split.
    Starts Oct 21

    Last 10-cent cover price. Cover by Sheldon Moldoff. "The Twice-Told Tale of Batman and Robin," script by Bill Finger, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff, inks by Charles Paris; After the Caped Crusaders round up a gang of jewel thieves, Robin fantasizes how the adventure would be retold in the future as a mythological tale involving giants and flying creatures. Half-page Jail Jests story by Henry Boltinoff. "The Blind Batman," script by Arnold Drake, art by Sheldon Moldoff; A bump on the head renders Batman blind temporarily, so he creates a set of radar ear plugs that allows him to combat criminals. A Message from Otto the Robot! public service announcement, art by Bernard Baily. "Bat-Hound and the Creature," script by Bill Finger, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff, inks by Charles Paris; While the Caped Crusaders battle Lippy Yates and his gang, Ace befriends a giant alien being, who eventually saves Batman's life. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Item #49830661
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    Published May 1965 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 171 PR 0.5

    • Interior is complete. Full length spine split (taped).
    Starts Oct 21

    1st Silver Age Riddler appearance (the question-marked criminal hadn't appeared in a Batman book since 1948). Cover pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Murphy Anderson. What's Wrong with These Pictures! public service announcement, art by Bernard Baily. "Remarkable Ruse of the Riddler!" (the Batman TV pilot was based on this story), script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff (as Bob Kane), inks by Joe Giella; The Riddler is released from prison and informs the Dynamic Duo that he has turned from crime, and, as proof, leads them to the hideout of the Molehill Mob; But when the former felon begins deluging them with riddles, the Caped Crusaders aren't sure he really has reformed. Rocky and Bullwinkle star in a one-page Cheerios ad. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.12.

  • Item #49830664
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    Published Jun 1966 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 181 PR 0.5

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    Starts Oct 21

    The 1st appearance of Poison Ivy. Cover pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Murphy Anderson. "Beware of--Poison Ivy!", script by Robert Kanigher, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff (as Bob Kane), inks by Joe Giella; While Bruce and Dick are attending an art show, a woman shows up, claiming to be the greatest criminal of those currently residing in Gotham. Centerspread is a great two-page color poster of Batman and Robin, pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Murphy Anderson. "The Perfect Crime--Slightly Imperfect!", script by Gardner Fox, inks by Sid Greene; At the latest meeting of the Anaylists, Kaye announces that she didn't write her latest book, and seems to be threatened by a voice from her brooch; Batman has a feeling that the Kaye at the meeting is an imposter, so he looks into the matter. Letter from future comics writer Mike Friedrich. Rocky and Bullwinkle star in a one-page Cheerios ad. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.12.

  • Item #49848496
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    Published Feb 1967 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 189 GD/VG 3.0

    Starts Oct 21

    Cover pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Joe Giella. 1st Silver Age appearance of Scarecrow in book-length story, "Fright of the Scarecrow!", script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff (as Bob Kane), inks by Joe Giella; While entertaining some children in the park, Dick happens to notice the Scarecrow retrieving buried loot from a past robbery; He calls in Batman and together they battle their old foe until they are blinded by Scarecrow's fear gas. Little Pete humor half-page by Henry Boltinoff. Letter from comic book writer Mark Evanier. Peace on Earth public service announcement. Eyes Front! humor half-page by Henry Boltinoff. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.12.

  • Item #49830665
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    Published Feb 1968 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 199 FN+ 6.5

    Starts Oct 21

    Cover pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Murphy Anderson. "Peril of the Poison Rings!", script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff (as Bob Kane), inks by Joe Giella; After escaping from the clutches of the Dynamic Duo, Rembrandt Dickens decides to pursue the life of a comic book artist, detailing the crimes he has committed; But when his gang is released from prison, Dickens gives each of them poison rings, one of which scratches the Batman, and he will die...unless he finds the latest copy of Batman Comics, which contains a clue to Dickens' whereabouts and antidote for the poison. "Seven Steps to Save Face!", script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff (as Bob Kane), inks by Joe Giella; Crooks capture Robin and replace him with a midget criminal, who is saved by Batman and taken to the Bat-Cave before the Caped Crusader realizes his mistake. "Operation Escape!", art by Jim Mooney; Robin gives a lecture at Gotham Police College on resourcefulness and initiative, using sports equipment as visual aids, then shows a film about a case he was on without Batman; Robin recognized one of the crooks, and allowed them to get away, hoping they would lead him to their boss. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.12.

  • Item #49895143
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    Tags: Batman
    Published Feb 1968 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 199 VG 4.0

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    Starts Oct 21

    Cover pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Murphy Anderson. "Peril of the Poison Rings!", script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff (as Bob Kane), inks by Joe Giella; After escaping from the clutches of the Dynamic Duo, Rembrandt Dickens decides to pursue the life of a comic book artist, detailing the crimes he has committed; But when his gang is released from prison, Dickens gives each of them poison rings, one of which scratches the Batman, and he will die...unless he finds the latest copy of Batman Comics, which contains a clue to Dickens' whereabouts and antidote for the poison. "Seven Steps to Save Face!", script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff (as Bob Kane), inks by Joe Giella; Crooks capture Robin and replace him with a midget criminal, who is saved by Batman and taken to the Bat-Cave before the Caped Crusader realizes his mistake. "Operation Escape!", art by Jim Mooney; Robin gives a lecture at Gotham Police College on resourcefulness and initiative, using sports equipment as visual aids, then shows a film about a case he was on without Batman; Robin recognized one of the crooks, and allowed them to get away, hoping they would lead him to their boss. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.12.

  • Item #49830666
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    Published Mar 1968 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 200 GD/VG 3.0

    Starts Oct 21

    Cover art by Neal Adams (first work on this title) and various (background). "The Man Who Radiated Fear!" starring Batman and Robin (with Joker and Penguin cameos), script by Mike Friedrich, pencils by Chic Stone (ghosting for Bob Kane), inks by Joe Giella.; When the Scarecrow perfects a fear-radiated pill and uses it on the Caped Crusaders, the duo are unable to continue their war on crime until Alfred enters the picture; Then the Caped Crusaders head out and capture several of their foes, each one having a clue on their persons which lead them to the Scarecrow. "The Bat-Man," script by Bill Finger, art by Bob Kane; reprint of first page of first Batman story. The Batman says: public service announcement, script by Whitney Ellsworth, art by Jack Burnley. One-page dialogue between comic writer Mike Friedrich and fan Biljo White. Statement of ownership--average print run 1,198,000; average paid circulation 805,700. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.12.

  • Item #49895096
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    Tags: Batman
    Published Nov 1968 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 206 VG- 3.5

    • Water damage.
    Starts Oct 21

    Cover art by Irv Novick. "Batman Walks the Last Mile!", script by Frank Robbins, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Joe Giella; After capturing a gang of crooks from a crime planned by the Planner, the villain engages in a duel of wits with the Caped Crusader to make him look bad; Batman turns the tables on the crook and he is sent to prison to die in the electric chair: in a Batman uniform! The Adventures of Tigerboy ad. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.12.

  • Item #49895097
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    Published Sep 1969 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 215 FN- 5.5

    Starts Oct 21

    Cover pencils by Irv Novick. "Call Me Master!", script by Frank Robbins, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Dick Giordano; Batman and Robin try to stop three apparent robberies during the same night, only to find that each of the "victims" insists that a legitimate operation is going on, such as transferal of goods from a warehouse; However, all three "victims" are members of the Civic Conscience Council, as is Bruce Wayne; Bruce discovers that all the members of the Council, besides himself, have been hit by mysterious thefts, and the three "legitimate" operations last night prove to be illegitimate; Bruce soon receives orders himself from a mysterious phone caller, is compelled to open a drug storeroom at Wayne Foundation for thieves to enter and, after Robin subdues the crooks, learns that even Robin can give him a command to hit him on the chin and he must obey it; Batman and Robin notice that Myron Mycroft, the mastermind and a member of the Council, soon learns that Batman is subject to his commands; He gives Batman a phone-command to blow up Wayne Manor as a test, and witnesses Batman push down a plunger-activator after a fierce internal struggle. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.15.

  • Item #49895098
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    Published Nov 1969 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 216 VG+ 4.5

    Starts Oct 21

    Cover pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Dick Giordano. Alfred given a new last name, Pennyworth, in "Angel--Or Devil?", script by Frank Robbins, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Dick Giordano; Batman stops a member of Ye Olde Avon Players from striking a girl at the back door of the Gotham Theatre, but for some reason, the girl grabs Batman's hand and enables the assailant to stun him; When he recovers, he has lost his quarry in the players' backstage; Resuming his usual patrol, he spots the girl hitchhiking and gives her a lift to her destination: Wayne Manor; The girl turns out to be Dahne Pennyworth, daughter of Wilfred Pennyworth, Alfred's brother, and, like Wilfred, a thespian with the Players; She explains that the man who tried to strike her was her boyfriend and that it was a misunderstanding. Letter to the editor from comics writer Mark Evanier. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.15.

  • Item #49895099
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    Published Dec 1969 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 217 VG/FN 5.0

    Starts Oct 21

    Cover by Neal Adams. Batman and Robin in book-length story, "One Bullet Too Many!" Script by Frank Robbins, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Dick Giordano; Breakup of Batman & Robin team; Dick Grayson goes to college; Bruce and Alfred move from Wayne Manor to the Wayne Foundation. Strange Old Laws non-fiction humor page by Henry Boltinoff. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.15.

  • Item #49895100
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    Published Mar 1970 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 220 VG/FN 5.0

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    Starts Oct 21

    Cover pencils by Neal Adams and Carmine Infantino (layout), inks by Neal Adams. "This Murder Has Been ... Pre-Recorded!", script by Frank Robbins, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Dick Giordano; The murder of a construction company owner leads Batman to a plot by the killer to murder Marla Manning, a lady journalist investigating the crime; Manning first contacts Bruce Wayne, as she was the writer responsible for informing the people about the Wayne Foundation's Victims Program, and she had learned about the murder; Bruce promises her to contact Batman and later that night, he visits her and together they start investigating the case more closely; Batman contacts Commissioner Gordon about the case of Marla Manning's death threat; Batman follows the clues to a man called Nova, who was the main suspect of the crime; However, Batman couldn't find any proof of his guilt and is forced to return to Marla empty handed; Then, they come up with the idea of posting a note in Marla's newspaper story about how she would reveal the identity of the killer in the next issue. Letter to the editor from comic writer Martin Pasko. Statement of ownership: The average number of copies sold per issue during the previous year was 355,782. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.15.

  • Item #49934238
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    Tags: Bruce Wayne Murderer (part MurderTheme), Batman
    Published Sep 1970 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 225 CGC 8.5 SS

    • Paper: Off white to white
    • Signed by Neal Adams on 8/3/18.
    • Label #1952117006
    Starts Oct 28

    The 2002 series wasn't the first time Batman (or Bruce Wayne) faced a murder charge. Here's a 1970 Batman two-part story, "Wanted for Murder-One, the Batman!" in which Batman faces a charge of murder. Script by Frank Robbins, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Dick Giordano. Commissioner Gordon faces the possibility that his old friend, Batman, may be a murderer. But things can't be that bad because the problem is resolved early enough for there to be a backup story, "The Shutdown on Yoyr Street!" Script by Mike Friedrich, pencils by Novick, inks by Mike Esposito. Cover price $0.15.

  • Item #49895101
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    Tags: Bruce Wayne Murderer (part MurderTheme), Batman
    Published Sep 1970 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 225 FN+ 6.5

    Starts Oct 21

    The 2002 series wasn't the first time Batman (or Bruce Wayne) faced a murder charge. Here's a 1970 Batman two-part story, "Wanted for Murder-One, the Batman!" in which Batman faces a charge of murder. Script by Frank Robbins, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Dick Giordano. Commissioner Gordon faces the possibility that his old friend, Batman, may be a murderer. But things can't be that bad because the problem is resolved early enough for there to be a backup story, "The Shutdown on Yoyr Street!" Script by Mike Friedrich, pencils by Novick, inks by Mike Esposito. Cover price $0.15.

  • Item #49830673
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    Tags: Batman
    Published Dec 1970 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 227 FR/GD 1.5

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    Starts Oct 21

    Cover art by Neal Adams. "The Demon of Gothos Mansion!", script by Denny O'Neil, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Dick Giordano; Alfred receives a letter from his niece Daphne, saying she is a teacher to children at Gothos Mansion but thinks there is something strange; Batman decides to investigate and once he arrives at the place, he is attacked by some men, but easily defeats them; He then gets into Daphne's room, where she tells him she has discovered the children were Dwarves and she is forced to wear ancient clothes; On the wall there's a portrait of a girl who looks exactly like Daphne; Batman breaks the lock and opens the door of the room in order to leaves the room; However, he steps outside the room into a hallway and he falls through a trapdoor into a net; The Elder Heathrow and his men bind Batman's hands and he is placed on a stone with a noose round his neck; In about a quarter of an hour it will drop into the cellar and Batman will be hanged. One-page Casey the Cop story by Henry Boltinoff. "Help Me--I Think I'm Dead!", script by Mike Friedrich, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Mike Esposito; Professor "Buck" Stuart is running for congress against incumbent Forte on a platform of cleaning up the polluted river that Forte has allowed ICM to dump their chemicals into; When Stuart's campaign headquarters are burned to the ground, Robin investigates. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.15.

  • Item #49830674
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    Tags: Batman
    Published Mar 1971 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 229 FN 6.0

    Starts Oct 21

    Cover pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano. "Asylum of the Futurians!", script by Robert Kanigher, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Dick Giordano; Late one night, on a road on the outskirts of Gotham City, Batman finds a young woman who is trying to find someone to save her husband who has been abducted by a strange group of people. "Temperature Boiling... and Rising!", script by Mike Friedrich, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Frank Giacoia; Robin discovers the truth behind a fake photo of candidate Stuart and who burned down his campaign headquarters. Fantastic Fingerprints! filler page; 3 panel illustrations with accompanying text. Letter to the editor from comics writer Mike Barr. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.15.

  • Item #49830238
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    Published Jun 1971 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 232 CGC 5.0

    • Paper: Off white
    • Label #2021270001
    Starts Oct 21

    1st appearance of Ra's Al Ghul. Last 15-cent cover price. Cover by Neal Adams. "Daughter of the Demon," script by Denny O'Neil, pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano; Origin of Batman and Robin retold; Robin returns home from a night of adventuring; Two gunmen armed with tranquilizer darts shoot the Boy Wonder and take him prisoner; Later, Bruce Wayne receives a photograph of his kidnapped partner and a challenge to find him; Ra's Al Ghul contacts deduce that Bruce Wayne and the Batman are one in the same; He calls upon the world's greatest detective to help him find his daughter Talia, who also has been kidnapped. Letter to the editor by Mike W. Barr. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.15.

  • Item #49830679
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    Published Jun 1971 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 232 PR 0.5

    • Interior is complete. Large portion of front cover missing.
    Starts Oct 21

    1st appearance of Ra's Al Ghul. Last 15-cent cover price. Cover by Neal Adams. "Daughter of the Demon," script by Denny O'Neil, pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano; Origin of Batman and Robin retold; Robin returns home from a night of adventuring; Two gunmen armed with tranquilizer darts shoot the Boy Wonder and take him prisoner; Later, Bruce Wayne receives a photograph of his kidnapped partner and a challenge to find him; Ra's Al Ghul contacts deduce that Bruce Wayne and the Batman are one in the same; He calls upon the world's greatest detective to help him find his daughter Talia, who also has been kidnapped. Letter to the editor by Mike W. Barr. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.15.

  • Item #49830684
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    Published Nov 1971 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 236 VG/FN 5.0

    Starts Oct 21

    48-page giant. "Wall of the Ghost-Bride!" Script by Frank Robbins, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Dick Giordano. Robin stars in a solo adventure in "Rain Fire!" Script by Mike Friedrich, art by Novick/Giordano. Reprint: Batman and Robin in "While the City Sleeps" (art by Bob Kane; from Detective Comics # 30). Cover price $0.25.

  • Item #49830748
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    Published Dec 1971 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 237 VG/FN 5.0

    Starts Oct 21

    Cover by Neal Adams. "Night of the Reaper!", script by Denny O'Neil, pencils by Neal Adams inks by Dick Giordano; Dick Grayson attends the annual Vermont parade on Halloween with some of his college friends; The notice some crooks attacking a man dressed as Robin and try to help him; The Reaper attacks Robin; Batman, who has been tracking an ex-Nazi war criminal to the parade, finds Robin and takes him to the house of Tom Fagan, the parade organizer. A letter from Denny O'Neil who recounts the real life events that inspired "Night of the Reaper." "The Screaming House," script by Bill Finger, pencils by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson (backgrounds), inks by Bob Kane; While passing by an old house, the Batman hears screams and rushes in to save a man, who he soon discovers is a crook that has been double crossing his boss and who kills the thugs torturing him so there will be no witnesses; Later, the Caped Crusader learns from the dying Joey that his boss is a big time smuggler. 48 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.25.

  • Item #48228592
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    Published Jun 1973 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 249 VF- 7.5

    Starts Oct 21

    Cover by Dick Giordano. "The Citadel of Crime," script by Frank Robbins, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Dick Giordano; Batman tracks down the boss behind a gun-smuggling operation. "Case of the Kidnaped Crusader!", script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Bob Brown, inks by Frank McLaughlin; Tom Carson, a consumer advocate, goes missing during the test drive of a new experimental car. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.20.

  • Item #49830692
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    Tags: Batman, Joker
    Published Sep 1973 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 251 GD- 1.8

    • 2" cumulative spine split.
    Starts Oct 21

    Cover art by Neal Adams. "The Joker's Five-Way Revenge!", script by Denny O'Neil, art by Neal Adams; The Joker has set himself free from the Mental Hospital for the Criminally Insane Batman had him incarcerated in, and he is out for blood; Before he was sent away, knowing that one member of his previous gang had ratted him out to the police, he had vowed to murder all five of them; And only the Batman is capable of stopping him; Despite Batman's best efforts, the Joker is able to finish off nearly all of his hit list; Batman is only alerted after the first murder, when a grinning corpse is found in the mud just outside of Gotham City, and he goes to each of the former members of the Joker's gang individually to try to protect them. Plop! comic book ad. Champion Sports comic book ad. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.20.

  • Item #49789540
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    Published Nov 1973 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 253 VF- 7.5

    Starts Oct 21

    Cover by Michael Kaluta. Witness the first meeting of Batman and the Shadow in "Who Knows What Evil--?", script by Denny O'Neil, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Dick Giordano; Batman stops counterfeiters and learns that their secret hideout is in Arizona; He travels to the desert and is assisted by a mysterious figure who saves him and helps him capture the bad guys; Batman meets The Shadow, the mysterious vigilante who inspired him to begin his own crime-fighting career Batman tries to convince The Shadow to come out of retirement. "The Legion of Super-Heroes"; Behind the Scenes at the DC Comic World article by Paul Levitz, art by Dave Cockrum and Sergio Aragones. Letter to the editor from writer and DC Comics "Answer Man" Bob Rozakis. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.20.

  • Item #49895144
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    Published May 1974 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 256 FN 6.0

    Starts Oct 21

    100-page giant. Cover by Nick Cardy. Ever wonder where Batman got those wonderful trophies for the Bat-Cave from? Well, this exciting issue answers that questions and tells the tales of Batman's trophies. "Catwoman's Circus Caper!", script by Denny O'Neil, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Dick Giordano; When Bruce discovers that Dick has left Hudson University to investigate some mystery at the Tip-Top Circus, Batman decides to join the Teen Wonder to investigate a murder at the circus. "Dinosaur Island!", script by Bill Finger, pencils by Paul Cooper (as Bob Kane), inks by Ray Burnley; Batman and Robin are challenged to a game of "Touch Hunt" on famed Dinosaur Island in return for a gift to charity in the amount of $5000...if they win the game. "The Penny Plunderers!", script by Bill Finger, pencils by Bob Kane, inks by Ray Burnley; Throughout his life, Joe Coyne felt threatened, done in by pennies and coppers, so he decides to use the "copper penny" as a trademark of his crimes. "Brothers in Crime!", script by Don Cameron, pencils by Jerry Robinson, inks by Jerry Robinson and George Roussos (backgrounds); While visiting their trophy room, the Caped Crusaders come across a bullet-proof vest, a keepsake from a case involving the Rafferty Brothers, who unwittingly implicated their brother Peter in a murder. "The Thousand and One Trophies of Batman!", script by Edmond Hamilton, pencils by Bob Kane, inks by Charles Paris; As they add trophy 1000 to the Bat-Cave's collection, the Caped Crusaders decide to check over the other trophies to make sure they are in good shape; The evil Dr. Doom is hiding inside and plans to rig some of the trophies in the Bat-Cave to kill the Dynamic Duo. "The Secret of Batman Island!" script by Bill Finger, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff (as Bob Kane), inks by Charles Paris; The founder/owner of Batman Island is followed home by criminals seeking films the man has been shooting that could finger them for a crime they committed. The Catwoman! character profile. 100 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.60.

  • Item #49789541
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    Published Jan 1977 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 283 VF 8.0

    Starts Oct 21

    Cover art by Ernie Chan (as Ernie Chua) and Vince Colletta. Omega Bomb Target: Gotham City, script by David Vern (as David V. Reed), art by Ernie Chan (as Ernie Chua); Batman battles terrorists, sends them parachuting over Angola, and returns to Gotham to face further conflict. Hostess Fruit Pies ad starring Green Lantern, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Vince Colletta. 32 pgs. $0.30. Cover price $0.30.

  • Item #49789542
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    Tags: Batman, Joker
    Published Apr 1977 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 286 VF 8.0

    Starts Oct 21

    Cover art by Jim Aparo. That Dirty Beach Hostess snack cakes ad with Aquaman. "The Joker's Playground of Peril!", script by Denny O'Neil, Julius Schwartz (plot assist), and E. Nelson Bridwell (plot assist), pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Bob Wiacek; The Joker breaks out of Arkham Asylum and shrinks and kills his psychiatrist with a strange liquid; Robin convenes with Batman and Commissioner Gordon beside the doll-sized corpse of Dr. Tugwell, who has written "RIP" in the sand beside him; Batman deduces the letters stand for Revelry In the Park, a costume charity carnival held in Paradise Playground, an amusement park, which he believes will be the site of the Joker's next crime. And Now... Still Another Message Of Untold Importance From Our Prolific Publisher!! article by Jenette Kahn. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.30.

  • Item #49789647
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    Published Apr 1978 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 298 VF+ 8.5

    Starts Oct 21

    Cover art by Jim Aparo. "The Case of the Crimson Coffin!", script by David Vern (as David V. Reed), pencils by John Calnan, inks by Dick Giordano; Batman battles the Carib machete assassins, who are kidnapping and drugging victims for a human sacrifice. Hostess snack cakes ad with Superman. Daily Planet Volume 78 Issue 1 Week of January 2, 1978 article by Bob Rozakis; Information on Claw the Unconquered #10, House of Secrets #151, comics on sale the week of Jauary 9th and Ask the Answer Man. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.35.

  • Item #49830696
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    Published Aug 1985 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 386 GD- 1.8

    • Long cuts in back cover and last page.
    Starts Oct 21

    Cover by Tom Mandrake. "Black Mask: Losing Face" starring Batman, Commissioner Gordon, Harvey Bullock, Black Mask (1st appearance and origin), and Lucius Fox, script: Doug Moench, art by Tom Mandrake; Roman Sionis loses his family's company, Janus Cosmetics, and turns to a life of crime as Black Mask. Part 1 of 3, continued in Detective Comics (1937) #553. Missive by letter hack T.M. Maple. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.75.

  • Item #49818111
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    Tags: Batman Year 1 (part 1)
    Published Feb 1987 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 404 PGX 9.4

    • Paper: White
    • Slab: Scuffing on front of case
    Starts Oct 21

    Batman Year One, Chapter One: "Who I Am, How I Came To Be".Part 1 of 4, continued next issue. A 25-year-old Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham after 12 years abroad, while Lieutenant James Gordon joins the Gotham police force. Script by Frank Miller, art by David Mazzucchelli. Selina Kyle appearance. Mazzucchelli cover. 1st printing. NOTE: Most issues from 397-432 were reprinted in 1989 and sold in multipacks. These 2nd and 3rd prints have back cover ads dated 1989. Cover price $0.75.

  • Item #49895193
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    Tags: Batman Year 1 (part 1)
    Published Feb 1987 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 404 VF/NM 9.0

    Starts Oct 28

    Batman Year One, Chapter One: "Who I Am, How I Came To Be".Part 1 of 4, continued next issue. A 25-year-old Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham after 12 years abroad, while Lieutenant James Gordon joins the Gotham police force. Script by Frank Miller, art by David Mazzucchelli. Selina Kyle appearance. Mazzucchelli cover. 1st printing. NOTE: Most issues from 397-432 were reprinted in 1989 and sold in multipacks. These 2nd and 3rd prints have back cover ads dated 1989. Cover price $0.75.

  • Item #49789140
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    Tags: Batman Year 1 (part 1)
    Published Feb 1987 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 404 VF- 7.5

    Starts Oct 21

    Batman Year One, Chapter One: "Who I Am, How I Came To Be".Part 1 of 4, continued next issue. A 25-year-old Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham after 12 years abroad, while Lieutenant James Gordon joins the Gotham police force. Script by Frank Miller, art by David Mazzucchelli. Selina Kyle appearance. Mazzucchelli cover. 1st printing. NOTE: Most issues from 397-432 were reprinted in 1989 and sold in multipacks. These 2nd and 3rd prints have back cover ads dated 1989. Cover price $0.75.

  • Item #49818134
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    Tags: Batman Year 1 (part 2)
    Published Mar 1987 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 405 PGX 8.0

    • Paper: White
    Starts Oct 21

    Batman Year One, Chapter Two: "War Is Declared". Part 2 of 4, continued from the previous issue. Story continues next issue. Bruce Wayne dons the cape and cowl for the first time to take the fight to the criminal element, while James Gordon stirs up trouble within his own department. Script by Frank Miller, art by David Mazzucchelli. Harvent Dent appears as Assistant District Attorney. Mazzucchelli cover. 1st printing. NOTE: Most issues from 397-432 were reprinted in 1989 and sold in multipacks. These 2nd and 3rd prints have back cover ads dated 1989. Cover price $0.75.

  • Item #49881659
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    Tags: Batman Year 1 (part 2)
    Published Mar 1987 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 405 VF 8.0

    Starts Oct 28

    Batman Year One, Chapter Two: "War Is Declared". Part 2 of 4, continued from the previous issue. Story continues next issue. Bruce Wayne dons the cape and cowl for the first time to take the fight to the criminal element, while James Gordon stirs up trouble within his own department. Script by Frank Miller, art by David Mazzucchelli. Harvent Dent appears as Assistant District Attorney. Mazzucchelli cover. 1st printing. NOTE: Most issues from 397-432 were reprinted in 1989 and sold in multipacks. These 2nd and 3rd prints have back cover ads dated 1989. Cover price $0.75.

  • Item #49818203
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    Tags: Batman Year 1 (part 3)
    Published Apr 1987 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 406 PGX 9.4

    • Paper: White
    Starts Oct 28

    Batman Year One, Chapter Three: "Black Dawn". Part 3 of 4, continued from the previous issue. Story concludes next issue. An injured and cornered Batman is up against the police, James Gordon crosses a line, and Selina Kyle becomes Catwoman. Script by Frank Miller, art by David Mazzucchelli. Mazzucchelli cover. 1st printing. NOTE: Most issues from 397-432 were reprinted in 1989 and sold in multipacks. These 2nd and 3rd prints have back cover ads dated 1989. Cover price $0.75.

  • Item #49789648
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    Tags: Batman Year 1 (part 3)
    Published Apr 1987 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 406 VF/NM 9.0

    Starts Oct 21

    Batman Year One, Chapter Three: "Black Dawn". Part 3 of 4, continued from the previous issue. Story concludes next issue. An injured and cornered Batman is up against the police, James Gordon crosses a line, and Selina Kyle becomes Catwoman. Script by Frank Miller, art by David Mazzucchelli. Mazzucchelli cover. 1st printing. NOTE: Most issues from 397-432 were reprinted in 1989 and sold in multipacks. These 2nd and 3rd prints have back cover ads dated 1989. Cover price $0.75.

  • Item #49818226
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    Tags: Batman Year 1 (part 4)
    Published May 1987 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 407 PGX 9.4

    • Paper: White
    Starts Oct 21

    Batman Year One, Chapter Four: "Friend In Need". Part 4 of 4, continued from the previous issue. James Gordon is blackmailed, Catwoman gets in Batman's way and Bruce Wayne must come to the rescue sans cape and cowl. Script by Frank Miller, art by David Mazzucchelli. Mazzucchelli cover. 1st printing. NOTE: Most issues from 397-432 were reprinted in 1989 and sold in multipacks. These 2nd and 3rd prints have back cover ads dated 1989. Cover price $0.75.

  • Item #49789649
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    Published Sep 1988 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 423 VF 8.0

    Starts Oct 21

    Three cops relate three tales of the Dark Knight, revealing different facets of Batman's character, in "You Shoulda Seen Him..." Script by Jim Starlin, pencils by Dave Cockrum, inks by Mike DeCarlo. Todd McFarlane cover. 1st printing. NOTE: Most issues from 397-432 were reprinted in 1989 and sold in multipacks. These 2nd and 3rd prints have back cover ads dated 1989. Cover price $0.75.

  • Item #49848522
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    Published Sep 1988 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 423 VF- 7.5

    Starts Oct 28

    Three cops relate three tales of the Dark Knight, revealing different facets of Batman's character, in "You Shoulda Seen Him..." Script by Jim Starlin, pencils by Dave Cockrum, inks by Mike DeCarlo. Todd McFarlane cover. 1st printing. NOTE: Most issues from 397-432 were reprinted in 1989 and sold in multipacks. These 2nd and 3rd prints have back cover ads dated 1989. Cover price $0.75.

  • Item #49789358
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    Published Dec 1988 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 426 VF+ 8.5

    Starts Oct 21

    1st printing. Cover art by Mike Mignola. "A Death in the Family" part 1 of 4, script by Jim Starlin, pencils by Jim Aparo, inks by Mike DeCarlo; Jason discovers that his "real" mother was really his step-mother, and his birth mother is still alive; Joker escapes from Arkham and Batman chases him to the Middle East where he runs across Jason looking for one of the women he thinks is his mom. Infamous story where readers called an 800 number, and 'voted' to have Robin killed! Story continues in Batman #427. NOTE: Most issues from 397-432 were reprinted in 1989 and sold in multipacks. These 2nd and 3rd prints have back cover ads dated 1989. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $1.50.

  • Item #49789077
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    Published Dec 1988 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 426 FN+ 6.5

    Starts Oct 21

    1st printing. Cover art by Mike Mignola. "A Death in the Family" part 1 of 4, script by Jim Starlin, pencils by Jim Aparo, inks by Mike DeCarlo; Jason discovers that his "real" mother was really his step-mother, and his birth mother is still alive; Joker escapes from Arkham and Batman chases him to the Middle East where he runs across Jason looking for one of the women he thinks is his mom. Infamous story where readers called an 800 number, and 'voted' to have Robin killed! Story continues in Batman #427. NOTE: Most issues from 397-432 were reprinted in 1989 and sold in multipacks. These 2nd and 3rd prints have back cover ads dated 1989. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $1.50.

  • Item #49921036
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    Published Jan 1989 by DC.

    Auction Item: Batman (1940) 428 CGC 9.4

    • Paper: White
    • Label #2070688017
    Starts Oct 21

    1st printing. Cover art by Mike Mignola. "A Death in the Family" part 3 of 4, script by Jim Starlin, pencils by Jim Aparo, inks by Mike DeCarlo; Death of Sheila Haywood; Burial of Sheila Haywood and Jason Todd; The Joker becomes the Iranian Ambassador to the U.N. Results of Phone Poll as to whether Robin dies this issue or not. NOTE: Most issues from 397-432 were reprinted in 1989 and sold in multipacks. These 2nd and 3rd prints have back cover ads dated 1989. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.75.