Batman Comic Book Price Guide: Issues #1 Through #100!

Batman Comic Book Values For #1-100

This Batman comics price guide will help you to value all the early issues of Batman comics, the series which began in 1940.

Remember that there is also the original Detective Comics series, as well as other comic books featuring Batman. If you have found some Detective Comics, then we have a separate guide to Detective Comics values here.


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Batman Comic Book #1 (Spring 1940):
First Appearances of The Joker and Catwoman

Batman #1 (Spring 1940): 1st Appearances of The Joker and Catwoman. Click for values

Record sale: $567,000
Minimum value (poor but complete): $10,000

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It's hard to know what to say about a Golden Age comic that features the first appearances of The Joker and Catwoman (then simply called, "The Cat"), and which is also a first issue.

The value for Batman comic book #1? Well, as the saying goes, "if you have to ask..." 

But that's not such a silly question, really. Batman #1 can easily pass the $50,000 mark, even in higher grade but restored condition, and the highest-known to date (CGC 9.2) recently sold for over half a million Dollars!

Batman Comic Book #2 (Summer 1940): The Cat Becomes "Catwoman"

Batman #2 (Summer 1940): The Cat Becomes

Record sale: $48,000

Minimum value (poor but complete): $200

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Sure, Batman #2 isn't worth what Batman #1 is, but it's still quite valuable to collectors, primarily for the development of the Catwoman character.

In #2, Selina Kyle is still not in costume, but still beautiful and beguiling, and still exerting an influence over our man Bruce. In the lead story, "The Joker Meets the Cat-Woman," Batman and Robin are foiled in their attempt to change The Joker into a model citizen through an operation by a "famous brain specialist." 

So, things don't work out, and the Joker gets kidnapped by some other thugs (who want his help in stealing some gems) before he can be lobotomized,  and Cat-Woman gets involved, helping to save Robin after the Boy Wonder goes and gets himself captured by The Joker.

We begin to see that she can't be all bad at this point, and that along with the sex appeal, there is someone worth Bruce's attention.

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Batman #3

Batman #3. Record sale: $40,000. Click for values

Batman #3
Record sale: $40,000
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Batman Comic Book #4

Batman #4. Record sale: $11,000. Click for values

Batman #4
Record sale: $11,000
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Batman Comic Book #5 (Spring 1941): 1st Batmobile

Batman #5 (Spring 1941): 1st Batmobile. Click for values

Record sale: $33,000

Minimum value (poor but complete): $200

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Batman #5, from the Spring of 1941, is the final issue of the title as a quarterly. Henceforth, it would be a bimonthly comic book, and would remain so for 12 years.

Mostly, this issue is notable for the first appearance of the original Batmobile, which would, of course, undergo much evolution over time, but which here has a very dark, almost Gothic appearance. 

The Joker appears, along with a number of other undistinguished villains, but it is not his presence that makes this issue valuable. It's all about the car, baby.

Batman #6

Batman #6, Record sale: $27,000. Click for values

Batman #6
Record sale: $27,000
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Batman Comic #7

Batman #7, Record sale: $22,000. Click for values

Batman #7
Record sale: $22,000
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Batman #8

Batman #8, Record sale: $15,000. Click for values

One of many goofy covers in the Batman series.

Batman #8
Record sale: $15,000
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Batman Comic Book #9

Batman #9, Record sale: $28,000. Click for values

Batman #9
Record sale: $28,000
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Batman #10

Batman #10, Record sale: $13,000. Click for values

Batman #10
Record sale: $13,000
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Batman Comic Book #11-20

Batman Comic #11, June 1942;
First Penguin Appearance in This Title;
Classic Joker Cover

Batman Comic #11, June 1942; First Penguin Appearance in This Title; Classic Joker Cover. Click for values

Record Sale: $46,000
Minimum Value: $250

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

Batman #12, August 1942; First Appearance, the Batcave;
First Depiction of a Jeep on a Comic Book Cover (Bantam Jeep, Precursor to Every Jeep Since)

Batman #12, August 1942; First Appearance, the Batcave. Click for value

What could be as groovy as the Batcave? Nothing, that's what.

Secret elevator to stately Wayne Manor, Bat-Plane hangar, Batmobile garage and repair shop. It didn't have girls, but it had everything else that makes life worth living.

Record Sale: $2,800
Minimum Value: $100

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Batman #13, October 1942

Batman #13, October 1942. Click for value

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The Dynamic Duo battle the Joker and a villain called "The Thumb."

Batman #14, December 1942

Batman Comic #14, December 1942. Click for value

Record Sale: $13,000
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Batman and Robin battle Nazi spies, the Penguin, and a villain named "Pills Mattson."

Batman #15, February 1943; Catwoman's New Costume

Batman #15, February 1943; Catwoman's New Costume. Click for value

Record Sale: $8,000
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A Catwoman story, a Joker story, and a story in which the Dynamic Duo meet Santa Claus.

Now THAT'S why it's called the Golden Age of Comics...

Batman #16, April 1943; First Appearance, Alfred Pennyworth

Batman #16, April 1943; First Appearance, Alfred Pennyworth. Click for value

Record Sale: $7,300
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Bruce Wayne's butler and frequent cover, Alfred Beagle, first appeared in Batman #16, in April of 1943.

The bumbling son of a retired military agent who had worked for the Wayne family, Alfred applied for the job of butler and all-around "gentleman's gentleman" for Bruce and Dick at Wayne Manor.

Of course, fearing for their secret identities, the two were initially reluctant, although unwilling to hurt Alfred's feelings by rejecting him utterly.

In the end, he became vital to the long-term future of Batman and Robin as one of the supporting Batman characters every fan enjoys.

Batman #17, June 1943

Batman #17, June 1943. Cool eagle cover. Click for value

Record Sale: $11,300
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A Penguin story, and a wartime cover featuring the Dynamic Duo riding the back of an American Eagle, urging comic readers to buy war bonds.

Batman #18, August 1943

Batman #18, August 1943. Click for value

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Batman and Robin battle Tweedledum and Tweedledee inside another "buy war bonds" cover which features our heroes comically kicking the arses of Hitler, Tojo, and Mussolini.

Batman #19, October 1943

Batman #19. A Joker story, a Nazi story, and a villain named

Record Sale: $5,000
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A Joker story, a Nazi story, and a villain named "Legs Lascomb."

Batman #20, December 1943; First Batmobile Cover Appearance

Batman #20, December 1943; First Batmobile Cover Appearance. Click for value

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And one heck of a Batmobile it is, too. Downright intimidating. Menacing. Bad ass. 

And from the looks of the cover, Bruce is letting Dick drive. He can't be old enough, but that's the kind of guy Bruce is with his youthful ward.

Batman Comic Books #21-30

Batman Comic #21

Batman Comic #21. Click for values

Record Sale: $6,800
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Batman and Robin "Whoop It Up," according to the cover, in "Four Whirlwind Action Stories," one of which features the Penguin.

Batman #22

Batman #22. Click for value

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The first issue where Alfred became a regular in the backup stories.

Batman #23: Joker Cover

Batman #23, classic Joker cover. Click for values

Record Sale: $12,650
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A Joker story and a very weird Dick Sprang cover.

Batman Comic #24

Batman Comic #24, Rome theme cover story. Click for value

Record Sale: $5,500
Minimum Value: $40

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Another history lesson from DC comics...

Batman #25: Penguin and Joker Team-Up

Batman #25, October 1944; Penguin/Joker Team-Up. Bat bike. Click for value

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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 #26

Batman #26. Bat Sled cover (!!). Click for value

Record Sale: $7,100
Minimum Value: $40

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Is the Bat Sled the most ridiculous Bat device ever?

Batman #27: Christmas Issue

Batman #27: Christmas Issue. Click for value

Record Sale: $7,400
Minimum Value: $40

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Batman and Robin help Santa out with his sack on the cover of this holiday issue.

Batman #28

Batman #28. Click for value

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Another Joker story.

Batman #29, June 1945

Batman #29, June 1945. Bat Penny Farthing. Click for value

Record Sale: $2,800
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Bat Penny Farthing bicycle... Even weirder.

Batman Comic #30

Batman Comic #30. Click for value

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More wartime B&R, with a Joker story.

Value of Batman Comics #31-40

Batman Comic #31

Batman Comic #31. Click for value

Record Sale: $1,800
Minimum Value: $10

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Iconic Dick Sprang Cover.

Batman #32

Batman #32, another historical theme cover. Click for value

Record Sale: $1,800
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Published in December 1945.

Batman #33

Batman #33, another Christmas issue. Click for value

Record Sale: $2,500
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Another Christmas issue, with a Penguin story.

Batman Comic #34

Batman Comic #34, classic action cover. Click for value

Record Sale: $8,000
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Another great cover featuring the Bat bike.

Batman #35

Batman #35, Catwoman story. Click for value

Record Sale: $3,800
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Catwoman appears.

Batman #36

Record Sale: $5,200
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"Sir Batman at King Arthur's Court." Another historical themed cover.

Batman #37

Great Jerry Robinson cover. Classic Joker image on Batman #37. Click for value

Record Sale: $20,000
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The Joker creates gadgets in imitation of Batman's. Great Jerry Robinson cover.

The mostly black cover makes this rare in high grade.

Batman #38

Batman #38. Two-Face returns. Click for value

Record Sale: $5,400
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Another Penguin appearance. Two-Face makes a comeback.

Batman #39

Batman #39. Click for value

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Miaow! It's the Catwoman, again.

Joker Cover; Batman Comic Book #40

Batman Comic #40. Joker cover. Click for value

Record Sale: $7,600
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The Joker returns.

Batman Comic Price Guide #41-50

Batman Comic #41

Batman Comic #41, a sci-fi themed cover with little green men. Click for value

Record Sale: $6,500
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The Penguin vs Batman. Again.

Batman #42, New Look for Catwoman, First Batman Cover Appearance

Batman #42, New Look for Catwoman, First Batman Cover Appearance. Click for value

Record Sale: $4,400
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Catwoman returns with a new costume and appears for the first time on the cover of Batman.

Va va va VOOM is all we can say.

Batman #43

Batman #43. Click for value

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And more Penguin action. Did you know he was Batman's "drollest opponent"?

Batman Comic #44

Batman Comic #44. Great Joker cover. Click for value

Record Sale: $2,100
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Absolutely demented Joker cover.

Batman #45

Batman #45, another Christmas cover. Click for value

Record Sale: $1,400
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Another Catwoman story. Never a bad thing! Christmas cover.

Batman #46

Batman #46, Joker story. Click for value

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Joker in prison story.

Batman #47, June 1948; Batman's Origin Retold

Batman #47, June 1948; Batman's Origin Retold. Click for value

Record sale: $8,000
Minimum value: $100

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What's most interesting about Batman #47 is the further development of Batman's origin story.

Joe Chill is murdered by some thugs, angry that he "created" Batman by killing his parents, luckily before he can tell them Batman's secret identity (which Batman has, for some reason, decided to tell him).

In the course of the story, we see the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne in greater detail than ever before. It's compelling stuff.

Batman #48, August 1948; Batcave Explored

Batman #48, August 1948; Batcave Explored. Click for value

Record Sale: $4,900
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Classic cover story, "The 1,000 Secrets of the Batcave". Great Win Mortimer cover.

Batman #49, October 1948; First Appearance, Mad Hatter; First Appearance, Vicki Vale

Batman #49, October 1948; First Appearance, Mad Hatter; First Appearance, Vicki Vale. Click for value

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The Joker is on the cover, but Batman #49 features the debut and only Golden Age appearance of Jervis Tetch, aka the Mad Hatter. He commits hat-based crimes, you see?

Arguably more important is the first appearance of Vicki Vale, the one-time Bruce Wayne love interest, played with extra va-va-va-voom by the not-yet-crazy Kim Basinger in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film.

Bob Kane supposedly modeled Vicki's anatomy after a young Marilyn Monroe.

Batman Comic #50

Batman Comic #50, return of Two-Face. Click for value

Record Sale: $5,600
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Two-Face appearance, when he was still Harvey Kent.

They changed it later to avoid confusion with another of DC's stable with the surname Kent...

Prices of Batman Comic Book #51-60

Batman Comic #51

Batman Comic #51, another classic comedic cover. Click for value

Record Sale: $1,800
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The Penguin comes back to menace the Dynamic Duo with his drollery one more time.

Batman #52

Batman #52. Click for value

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The Joker debuts new and psychotic Jokermobile.

Batman #53

Batman #53. Click for value

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More Joker action.

Batman Comic #54

Batman Comic #54. Click for value

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Tough to find this issue in high grade due to the all-red cover.

Batman #55

Batman #55. Another Joker cover. Click for value

Record Sale: $10,000
Minimum Value: $20

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Joker, Joker, JOKER!

Batman #56

Batman #56. Batman and Robin in South America. Click for value

Record Sale: $7,100
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"Ride, Bat-Hombre, Ride!"

Batman #57

Batman #57, came with pin-up calendar. Click for value

Record Sale: $2,600
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You're kicking yourself now if you cut out the pin-up calendar...

Batman #58

Batman #58, classic Penguin cover. Click for value

Record Sale: $8,900
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Another bird-brained Penguin issue.

Batman #59, June 1950; First Appearance, Deadshot

Batman #59, June 1950; First Appearance, Deadshot, and another sci-fi issue. Click for value

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Deadshot, who would go on to much greater fame later (in the Suicide Squad and the Secret Six), makes his debut here pretending to be a new hero.

This is on our 100 Hot Comics list.

Batman Comic #60

Batman Comic #60. Click for value

Record Sale: $3,800
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The Dynamic Duo join the fire department...

Batman #61-70 Comic Book Price Guide

Batman #61, October 1950; First Appearance, Batplane II

Batman #61, October 1950; First Appearance, Batplane II. Click for value

Record Sale: $18,000
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The cover says it all: Batman and Robin spending far too much time in a red room with schematics for the new Batplane drawn on chalkboards, working on a model of their new ride.

Batman #62: Origin of Catwoman / Selina Kyle

Batman #62: Origin of Catwoman / Selina Kyle. Click for value

Record sale: $8,900
Minimum value: $40

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By now, we're into the technicolor Batman, the early days of the science-fiction-ish, silly Batman era. Whatever the case, we get Selina Kyle's origin story in Batman #62, and it's a doozy. We also see Catwoman retire from crime, and promise to help out the Gotham PD when she can.

Some thugs break Selina Kyle out of jail with dynamite, so they can enlist her help with some thefts. Batman and Robin give pursuit, and in the course of trying to evade them, Catwoman endangers Batman's life. In a fit of conscience (or love) she saves him, but is hit on the head, with a brick, in the process.

Well, what do you know! When she wakes up in the Batcave, Selina Kyle turns out to have had amnesia. She's not really a crook! She was a stewardess who'd fallen from a crashing airplane, and the whole cat thing was because her father used to own a pet store when she was young.

So, Batman and Jim Gordon immediately trust and believe her, and she helps them out before retiring. Phew! Glad that one worked out well for Bruce.

See our Catwoman comics price guide for more on Ms. Kyle.

Batman #63: Origin and First Appearance, Killer Moth

Batman #63, February 1951; First Appearance and Origin, Killer Moth. Click for value

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First appearance of Cameron Creer, aka Killer Moth, out to help and protect all criminals and get rid of their number 1 nemesis: the Caped Crusader.

Batman Comic #64, April 1951

Batman Comic #64, April 1951. Click for value

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The second Killer Moth appearance after his debut in the previous issue.

Batman #65, Classic Catwoman Cover

Batman #65, Classic Catwoman Cover. Click for value

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Catwoman returns, with a classic full-face cover image.

Batman #66: Politically Incorrect Cover

Batman #66: Politically Incorrect Cover. Click for value

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Truly upsetting Joker-as-American-Indian-totem-pole cover, housing an infamous story.

"The Joker's Comedy of Errors" has achieved unintentional fame as the story about the Joker's series of 'boner crimes'.

Look it up. Google that stuff. It's for real. The Joker wants to force Batman into a boner of his own. It's really marvelous to be able to write that.

Batman #67, October 1951

Batman #67, October 1951. Click for value

Record Sale: $4,300
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The mystery rope? Don't leave us hanging...

Batman #68

Batman #68, Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face. Click for value

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Another "Harvey Kent" Two-Face appearance. Classic cover image.

Batman #69, February 1952; First Appearance, King of Cats

Batman #69, February 1952; First Appearance, King of Cats. Click for value

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Catwoman has a new consort: The King of Cats, in his first appearance.

Batman Comic #70

Batman Comic #70. Robot cover. Click for value

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A Penguin story, and "The Robot Cop of Gotham City." Robot covers are always collectible.

Value of Batman Comic Book #71-80

Batman #71, June 1952

Batman Comic Prices: Issue #71, June 1952. Click for value

Record Sale: $1,600
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Another superhero in jail story.

Batman #72

Batman #72, inspired by Tarzan. Click for value

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"The Jungle Batman." Bruce and Dick are in loincloths on the cover.

Batman #73

Batman #73. Click for value

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Iconic Joker cover.

Batman Comic #74

Batman Comic #74. Click for value

Record Sale: $400
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Hollywood meets Gotham City!

Batman #75

Batman #75. Click for value

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Gorilla Boss! Gorilla Boss! Gorilla Boss!

Batman #76

Batman #76. Click for value

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The Danger Club.

Batman #77

Batman #77. Click for value

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The Crime Predictor. Cool!

Batman #78

Batman #78, Canadian Mounties theme. Click for value

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Canadian Mounties theme. Good, eh.

Batman #79

Batman #79. Batman and Vicky Vale to WED?! Click for values

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Batman and Vicki Vale talk about tying the knot. Spoiler alert: they don't.

Batman Comic #80

Batman Comic #80, sci fi theme. Click for value

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Includes a two-page PSA comic warning readers of "The Deadly Dingo."

Price of Batman Comic Books #81-90

Batman Comic #81

Batman Comic #81, click for values

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Two-Face returns.

Batman #82

Batman #82, the Flying Batman. Click for value

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The Flying Batman. I thought he could always fly...

Batman #83

Batman #83, Batman goes bowling. Click for value

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This issue will bowl you over...

Batman Comic #84

Batman Comic #84. Sexy Catwoman cover! Click for value

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Catwoman cheesecake cover.

Batman #85, August 1954

Batman #85, August 1954, the Costume of Doom. Really. Click for value

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Wearing the famous outfit can be deadly...

Batman #86, September 1954

Batman #86, September 1954. Native American cover theme. Click for value

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Another in the short series of politically suspect Native American Batman covers.

Batman #87, October 1954

Batman #87, October 1954. Headlights cover. Click for values

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Another story showing Bruce Wayne's weakness for the ladies.

Batman #88, December 1954

Batman #88, December 1954, the Son of Batman. Click for value

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Surely Batman would have a less homely-looking child...

Batman #89, February 1955; First Appearance, Aunt Agatha

Batman #89, February 1955; First Appearance, Aunt Agatha. Click for value

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One of the many supporting Batman characters who showed up many times over the years...

Batman #90, March 1955; First Issue With Comics Code Seal

Batman #90, March 1955; First Issue With Comics Code Seal. Click for value

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There'll be no more boner crimes now the Comics Code is in force! You hear?

Value of Batman Comic #91-100

Batman #91, April 1955

Batman #91, April 1955. Click for value

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Giant globes... no, not Vicky Vale.

Batman #92, June 1955; First Appearance, Ace, the Bat-Hound

Batman #92, June 1955; First Appearance, Ace, the Bat-Hound. Click for value

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Debut of Ace, the Bat-Hound. Holy Bow-Wow Batman!

Batman #93, August 1955

Batman #93, August 1955. Click for value

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Batman babysits.

Batman Comic #94

Batman #94, September 1955. Click for value

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This issue is full of hot air.

Batman #95, October 1955

Batman #95, October 1955. Click for value

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Arguably, the last appearance of the "Earth-Two", or Golden Age Batman. Others place the line of demarcation elsewhere.

Perhaps the only appearance of cranberry dungarees on a Batman comic book cover.

Batman #96, December 1955

Batman #96, December 1955. First Silver Age Batman appearance? Click for value

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According to some, the first appearance of the "Earth-One" or Silver Age Batman.

Odd, since the Silver Age hadn't yet begun.

Batman #97, February 1955

Batman #97, February 1955. Click for value

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Ace, the Bat-Hound, on the cover!

Batman #98, March 1956

Batman #98, March 1956. Click for value

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If all else fails, put out an anthology issue!

Batman #99, April 1956

Batman #99, April 1956. Phantom of the Bat-Cave. Click to see value

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Phantom of the Bat-Cave!

Batman #100, June 1956

Batman #100, June 1956. Milestone issue! Click for value

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The 100th issue is always an important landmark in any series.

Features six of the most famous covers from the previous 99.

More About the History of Batman Comics

Everyone loves Batman. Don't they? 

They should, if they don't. "But wait," you say, "maybe they just don't know the good Batman, the stuff that really makes Batman Batman." And what would that be? Oh yeah, well, then the dark stuff. You know, the early stuff.

Truth to tell, by the time that the Caped Crusader got a series named for him, he wasn't so dark any more, and wouldn't be until the 1970s.

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Three Decades of Frivolous

So, from 1940, when the Batman comic first appeared, until 1970, you say? 30 years of silly? Three decades of frivolous? Well, yes. 

Even so, Batman was just one of the titles that Bruce Wayne strolled through each month. Of course, Batman was not the first title to star that character.

Batman was first introduced in Detective Comics #27, published in May 1939, the Bat-Man was an instant hit, and would occupy the pages of Detective for the next 70+ years.

The title we know as Batman Comic book began as a quarterly spin-off of Detective Comics in the Spring of 1940, eventually becoming a bi-monthly with #5, in September of 1941, but not a monthly until #80, in December of 1953.

The idea that Detective is the "real" Batman comic while the title that bears his name is just another revenue stream for DC is difficult for some to grasp, especially those who don't know the history.

Whatever your relationship with Batman, there are a number of important Golden and Silver Age key issues, although fewer than Detective Comics key issues.

Somehow, the most important events in Batman's timeline always seem to happen in the pages of the comic that gave him his first appearance.

More About Batman Comic #1

Whatever sort of introduction a comic like Batman #1 requires, it is most certainly valuable. True, it is not in the same league as Detective #27, but then again, neither is Detective #28.

More About Batman Comic #1

With five stories written by Bill Finger (who was not credited at the time, and whose authorship was something of a bone of contention for many years) and penciled by creator Bob Kane, Batman #1 is a Bat-Bonanza, beginning with the first of many retellings of the character's origin.

The Joker features in two stories in this issue, "The Joker," and "The Joker Returns," although neither reveals anything about his origins. That would have to wait until Detective #168.

Either way, the Joker is revealed as a homicidal menace, willing to kill without hesitation if need be, or to stab himself without a care. He is already leaving his victims dead with a Joker-style grin (at least some of the time) and is in almost every way the fully-formed Joker we know and love.

As for Selina Kyle, in her appearance here, she is known only as "The Cat," and does not appear in costume. Rather, she is a cat burglar and ingenue, the first femme fatale of Batman's superhero career.

She is beautiful and intelligent, and tries to seduce Bruce, asking him to become The King of Crime and be her partner, full of promise and suggestion.

He refuses, but when she jumps over the side of the yacht which Batman is using to bring her to justice, he allows her to escape, opting not to pursue her. Hmmm...

There is also a Hugo Strange story in this issue, which on the whole is full of killing and guns, both on the parts of the villains and Batman.

Batman #1, notably, would be the last time that Batman would be seen to kill a villain willingly, or to use a gun, given the new, more youth-friendly direction both the new and established Batman titles were taking.

What's My Batman Comic Worth?

Condition is very, very important to collectors of Batman comic books. See our comic book grading article for help on identifying the grade of your comics.

The easiest way to find out what your comic books are worth is to send quality images to us using our free comic book appraisal page. We'll be happy to help you find out what they're worth, and to realize the most money possible for them.

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