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Value of Batman vs Penguin Comic Books

Value of Batman vs Penguin Comic Books: one of the earliest panels showing The Penguin in Detective Comics #58, his first appearance.

Batman vs Penguin Comic Book Values
by Christopher Tanis and Ashley Cotter-Cairns

The Penguin is Oswald Cobblepot, a strange little man with an origin and appearance that have changed over time.

He is always slightly played for laughs, and always full of anger if he is not taken seriously.

The Penguin is one of Batman's oldest enemies, and one of the most colorful, made famous especially by Burgess Meredith's portrayal in the 1960s Batman TV series.

This was darkly reprised in 1992 by Danny Devito in the Tim Burton movie, Batman Returns.

Batman vs Penguin: How His Look Has Evolved

First full face view of The Penguin in Detective Comics #58
Burgess Meredith stars as the Penguin, a posh, umbrella-obsessed bad guy in the Batman TV series
Danny Devito makes the Penguin his own in the dark Batman Returns movie

First full face view of
The Penguin in
Detective Comics #58

Burgess Meredith stars as the umbrella-obsessed bad guy in the Batman TV series

Danny Devito makes the Penguin his own in the dark Batman Returns movie

A sketch of The Penguin by long-time Batman artist, Neal Adams
Batman vs Penguin?! A cross between the two, as imagined by Todd McFarlane
Penguin stars on the cover of The Batman Adventures issue 1 in 1992

A sketch of The Penguin by long-time Batman artist,
Neal Adams

Batman vs Penguin?! A cross between the two, as imagined by Todd McFarlane

Penguin stars on the cover of The Batman Adventures
issue 1 in 1992

Of note is the fact that of Batman's major villains, the Penguin is the only one widely known to be sane.

This article provides values for his major battles with Batman.

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First Batman vs Penguin Comic Book:
Detective Comics #58, December 1941

The Dynamic Duo go up against a new villain in this issue, The Penguin, who manages to get Batman arrested to keep him out of the way while the Penguin goes about his dastardly work.

Ends with a Penguin escape.

Detective Comics #58: first Penguin appearance. The Dynamic Duo go up against a new villain in this issue. Click for value

Record sale: $15,000
Minimum value (poor but complete): $200

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2nd Appearance, Detective Comics #59, January 1942

The story from the previous issue is neatly tied up as the Dynamic Duo capture the Penguin.
In addition, the Penguin's tradition of bird-themed crimes is established.

Detective Comics 59: 2nd Penguin appearance. Click for value

Record sale: $1,800
Minimum value: $50

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3rd Penguin Appearance: Batman #11, June 1942

The Penguin features in a short backing story called "Four Birds of a Feather."

3rd Penguin Appearance: Batman #11, June 1942. Click for value

Record sale: $46,000
Minimum value: $300

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Cobblepot is Back: Detective Comics #67, September 1942
First Full Penguin Cover

In a cover story called "Crime's Early Bird," the Dynamic Duo battle an Ostrich-Riding Penguin.

Cobblepot is Back: Detective Comics #67, September 1942, First Full Penguin Cover. Click for value

Record sale: $3,000
Minimum value: $50

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Batman #25, October 1944 "The Knights of Knavery"
(First Penguin Team-Up With Joker)

In this story, we see the very first instance of two of Batman's major opponents teaming up,
and the first time the Penguin and Joker interact.

Batman #25, October 1944

Record sale: $7,100
Minimum value: $100

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Batman #155 May, 1963: First Penguin Appearance in the Silver Age

The Penguin, apparently, has been in prison for some time. Released, he is scorned by the underworld, who call him a has-been.
He embarks on a new barrage of crimes in a story called "The Return of the Penguin."

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Record sale: $1,800
Minimum value: $10

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Batman #169, February, 1965: More Umbrellas

The Penguin executes a series of thefts using umbrellas with gadgets in them, and tries to snag the Dynamic Duo with a giant magnet, in a story called "Partners in Plunder."

Batman #169, February, 1965: More Umbrellas, another Penguin cover. Click for value

Record sale: $4,900
Minimum value: $5

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Batman #190, March, 1967: Penguin Takes a Flyer

In a story called "The Penguin Takes a Flyer -- Into the Future!" we see advances in faux technology.

The Penguin is pretending to be using the latest futuristic developments to throw the Dynamic Duo off the case of his most recent string of Umbrella-themed crimes.

Batman #190, March, 1967: Penguin Takes a Flyer. Click for value

Record sale: $940
Minimum value: $5

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Batman vs Penguin in Batman Comic #257, August, 1974

In "All Hail Emperor Penguin," the Penguin kidnaps the boy king of the tiny nation of Swawak.

The Dynamic Duo, helped by Talia al Ghul, stop him.

Batman vs Penguin in Batman Comic #257, August, 1974. Click for value

Record sale: $250
Minimum value: $1

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Batman #287, May, 1977: Penguin Escapes, Again

In a story called "Batman Ex – as in Extinct," we see the Penguin attempt a series of crimes using robotic versions of extinct flying creatures.

Batman foils him, but does not capture the Penguin at the end.

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Record sale: $150
Minimum value: $1

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Batman #288, June, 1977: The Conclusion... or is it?

In a continuation of last issue's story, the Penguin temporarily gets the upper hand on Batman with robotic vultures, but ends up vanquished and in prison at the end, as always.

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Record sale: $215
Minimum value: $1

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Penguin in the Pages of Detective: Detective Comics #473, November 1977

In this issue, Marshall Rogers pencils a Penguin story called "The Malay Penguin," in which the
Dynamic Duo are foiled by the Gotham City Council in their efforts to stop the Penguin.

Penguin in the Pages of Detective: Detective Comics #473, November 1977. Click for value

Record sale: $360
Minimum value: $1

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Batman #374, August 1984: Penguin in the 1980s

"Pieces of Penguin" is the name of a story which pits Batman vs Penguin, as he tries to steal
the Pentagon's Early Bird warning system.

Batman #374, August 1984: Penguin in the 1980s. Click for value

Record sale: $100
Minimum value: $1

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