Detective Comics Price Guide

Detective Comics Price Guide

Detective Comics is the longest continuously-published comic book in United States history.

This is almost certainly due to the fact that Detective introduced and provided the first regular monthly appearances of a certain Caped Crusader, of whom more later.

In March of 1937, Detective made its first appearance.

The title began its life as an anthology series, mostly featuring just what the title and the times promised: detective stories of the 'hard-boiled' variety, with no superheroes, as such, appearing for the first 26 issues.

Detective Comics #1: A Hard-Boiled Beginning

Detective Comics #1. Click for current values

Detective Comics #1

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Minimum Value: $4,000

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Detective #1 is where it all began. It's an extremely rare comic book.

Everything has to start somewhere. While this issue, as explained above, does not contain any important first appearances of characters or key events in an important superhero's life, it is, above all else, the single comic with which DC Comics came together.

There are only 13 graded copies by CGC (unrestored) in any condition! The best known to date is CGC 6.5. A further 15 restored copies are known.

Detective Comics #2. Click for current values

Detective Comics #2

Record Sale: $26,000
Minimum Value: $2,000

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Detective Comics #3. Click for current values

Detective Comics #3

Record Sale: $20,000
Minimum Value: $1,500

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Detective Comics #4. Click for current values

Detective Comics #4

Record Sale: $8,200
Minimum Value: $800

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Detective Comics #5. Click for current values

Detective Comics #5

Record Sale: $6,000
Minimum Value: $500

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Detective Comics #6. Click for current values

Detective Comics #6

Record Sale: $9,000
Minimum Value: $300

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Detective Comics #7. Click for current values

Detective Comics #7

Record Sale: $7,700
Minimum Value: $250

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Detective Comics #8. Click for current values

Detective Comics #8

Record Sale: $31,000
Minimum Value: $500

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Detective Comics #9. Click for current values

Detective Comics #9

Record Sale: $4,100
Minimum Value: $300

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Detective Comics #10. Click for current values

Detective Comics #10

Record Sale: $6,800
Minimum Value: $500

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Detective Comics #11. Click for current values

Detective Comics #11

Record Sale: $5,100
Minimum Value: $200

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Detective Comics #12. Click for current values

Detective Comics #12

Record Sale: $18,000
Minimum Value: $300

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Detective Comics #13. Click for current values

Detective Comics #13

Record Sale: $6,300
Minimum Value: $200

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Detective Comics #14. Click for current values

Detective Comics #14

Record Sale: $4,500
Minimum Value: $150

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Detective Comics #15. Click for current values

Detective Comics #15

Record Sale: $7,200
Minimum Value: $300

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Detective Comics #16. Click for current values

Detective Comics #16

Record Sale: $7,800
Minimum Value: $200

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Detective Comics #17. Click for current values

Detective Comics #17

Record Sale: $19,750
Minimum Value: $500

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Detective Comics #18. Click for current values

Detective Comics #18

Record Sale: $26,000
Minimum Value: $700

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Detective Comics #19. Click for current values

Detective Comics #19

Record Sale: $13,800
Minimum Value: $300

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Detective Comics #20. Click for current values

Detective Comics #20

Record Sale: $6,600
Minimum Value: $500

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Detective Comics #21. Click for current values

Detective Comics #21

Record Sale: $9,000
Minimum Value: $150

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Detective Comics #22. Click for current values

Detective Comics #22

Record Sale: $7,000
Minimum Value: $200

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Detective Comics #23. Click for current values

Detective Comics #23

Record Sale: $4,100
Minimum Value: $300

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Detective Comics #24. Click for current values

Detective Comics #24

Record Sale: $16,700
Minimum Value: $250

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Detective Comics #25. Click for current values

Detective Comics #25

Record Sale: $9,000
Minimum Value: $250

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Detective Comics #26. Click for current values

Detective Comics #26

Record Sale: $7,800
Minimum Value: $400

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Detective Comics Price Guide: Batman Begins

Detective Comics #27: first appearance of Batman. Click for current values

Detective Comics #27
First appearance of Batman and Commissioner Gordon;
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Much has been said about the May, 1939 debut of Batman in Detective Comics #27

The fact that more than one copy of Detective #27 has broken the million dollar barrier pretty much trumps whatever else can be said about it.

Depending on whom you ask, it is either Detective #27 or Action #1 that is the most valuable comic book ever printed. (Action #1 currently holds the record, at $3.2m.)

Worth noting is that The Bat-Man, as he was still known at this juncture, is introduced here by his creator, Bob Kane, in an iconic cover illustration.

Detective Comics #28. Click for current values

Detective Comics #28

Record Sale: $64,000
Minimum Value: $2,000

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Detective Comics #29: second Batman cover appearance. Click for current values

Detective Comics #29
Second Batman cover appearance

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Minimum Value: $1,500

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Detective Comics #30. Click for current values

Detective Comics #30

Record Sale: $16,700
Minimum Value: $500

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Detective Comics #31: classic cover. Click for current values

Detective Comics #31
Classic cover

Record Sale: $175,000
Minimum Value: $8,000

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Detective Comics #32. Click for current values

Detective Comics #32

Record Sale: $71,500
Minimum Value: $450

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Detective Comics #33: origin of Batman. Click for current values

Detective Comics #33
Origin of Batman

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Minimum Value: $8,000

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While any early Golden Age appearance of Batman is considered 'key', there are some that are "more key" than others, if that makes any sense.

One such is Detective #33, in which we are treated to the story of the Caped Crusader's origin, told via flashback as a prologue to the main story, all courtesy of the Golden Age Batman team extraordinaire, Finger and Kane.

Detective #33 is tremendously desirable to collectors, even in rough shape.

Detective Comics #34: last non-Batman cover. Click for current values

Detective Comics #34

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Minimum Value: $500

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Detective Comics #35: Classic hypodermic bondage cover. Click for values

Detective Comics #35
Classic hypodermic bondage cover

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Minimum Value: $3,500

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Detective Comics #36. Click for current values

Detective Comics #36

Record Sale: $65,500
Minimum Value: $600

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Detective Comics #37. Click for current values

Detective Comics #37

Record Sale: $23,500
Minimum Value: $350

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Detective #38: First Appearance of Robin, the Boy Wonder

Detective Comics #38: Origin and First appearance of Robin. Click for values

Detective Comics #38
Origin and First appearance of Robin

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April, 1940's Detective #38 marks the first appearance of Batman's sidekick Robin, and of course, of Bruce Wayne’s youthful ward, Dick Grayson.

The Boy Wonder remains the most important sidekick in comic book history, and the high prices that even tattered copies of Detective #38 sell for is proof of that.

Bruce sees so much of his own story in young Dick's that he takes the boy on as his ward to raise him like a son, and takes him on as a crime-fighting partner.

Detective Comics #39. Click for current values

Detective Comics #39

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Minimum Value: $180

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Detective Comics #40: First Appearance of  Clayface

Detective Comics #40: Origin and First Appearance of Clayface. Click for values

Detective Comics #40
Origin and First Appearance of Clayface

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Detective #40, from June, 1940, introduces one of the most often-recurring Batman villains, Clayface.

This issue is also notable, because it contains a full-page advertisement for Batman #1, which would hit the stands at around the same time, and which provided the Caped Crusader with two simultaneous starring titles of his own.

By now, Batman was on the cover of every issue of Detective, and while there were other, shorter features in each issue, it was clear who the star was.

Detective Comics #41. Click for current values

Detective Comics #41

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Minimum Value: $80

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Detective Comics #42. Click for current values

Detective Comics #42

Record Sale: $9,000
Minimum Value: $80

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Detective Comics #43. Click for current values

Detective Comics #43

Record Sale: $18,500
Minimum Value: $100

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Detective Comics #44. Click for current values

Detective Comics #44

Record Sale: $19,000
Minimum Value: $100

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Detective Comics #45. Click for current values

Detective Comics #45

Record Sale: $7,500
Minimum Value: $200

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Detective Comics #46. Click for current values

Detective Comics #46

Record Sale: $5,000
Minimum Value: $60

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Detective Comics #47. Click for current values

Detective Comics #47

Record Sale: $4,200
Minimum Value: $70

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Detective Comics #48. Click for current values

Detective Comics #48

Record Sale: $3,600
Minimum Value: $60

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Detective Comics #49. Click for current values

Detective Comics #49

Record Sale: $2,700
Minimum Value: $40

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Detective Comics #50. Click for current values

Detective Comics #50

Record Sale: $2,700
Minimum Value: $30

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Detective Comics 51. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #51

Record Sale: $7,200
Minimum Value: $100

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Detective Comics #52

Record Sale: $7,700
Minimum Value: $60

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Detective Comics 53. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #53

Record Sale: $5,300
Minimum Value: $50

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Detective Comics #54

Record Sale: $12,000
Minimum Value: $50

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Detective Comics 55. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #55

Record Sale: $1,800
Minimum Value: $50

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Detective Comics 56. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #56

Record Sale: $12,500
Minimum Value: $60

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Detective Comics #57

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Minimum Value: $50

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Detective Comics #58: First Appearance of The Penguin

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Detective Comics #58

Record Sale: $15,000
Minimum Value: $700

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Love him or hate him, The Penguin is a key Batman villain, and his first appearance, in the pages of Detective #58, makes it a key issue.

As famous as he may be, The Penguin (real name Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot) is, for some reason, often regarded as 'silly' by the legions of fans who prefer the darker Batman villians (The Joker, Ra's al Ghul, etc.).

Either way, The Penguin's first appearance makes Detecive #58 valuable, and the story in which he debuts, One of the Most-Perfect Frame-Ups, by Finger and Kane, is classic Golden Age Batman.

See our guide to Batman vs Penguin comic book values here.

Detective Comics 59. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #59

Record Sale: $1,800
Minimum Value: $80

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Detective Comics 60. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #60

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Minimum Value: $30

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Detective Comics 61. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #61

Record Sale: $7,700
Minimum Value: $40

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Detective Comics 62. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #62

Record Sale: $77,000
Minimum Value: $300

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Detective Comics 63. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #63

Record Sale: $1,900
Minimum Value: $40

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Detective Comics 64. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #64

Record Sale: $3,300
Minimum Value: $50

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Detective Comics 65. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #65

Record Sale: $4,400
Minimum Value: $50

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Detective #66: First Appearance of Harvey Dent/Two Face

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Detective Comics #66

Record Sale: $13,500
Minimum Value: $500

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In this August, 1942 issue's lead story, The Crimes of Two-Face, Finger and Kane introduced Two-Face, aka Harvey Dent.

Even though in Detective #66, he is named, notably, Harvey Kent, which was later changed to avoid confusion with a certain Man of Steel's alter ego.

We are treated to Two-Face's origin story, in which crusading district attorney Harvey Kent is driven insane, after mob boss Sal Maroni throws acid at him during a trial, disfiguring half of his face.

Detective Comics 67. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #67
Classic Penguin cover

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Minimum Value: $60

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Detective Comics 68. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #68

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Minimum Value: $70

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Detective Comics 69. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #69
Classic Joker cover

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Minimum Value: $1,000

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Detective Comics 70. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #70

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Detective Comics 71. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #71
Joker cover

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Detective Comics 72. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #72

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Minimum Value: $40

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Detective #73 (March 1943): First Scarecrow Cover

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Detective Comics #73

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Detective #73 was not the first appearance of the villain known as the Scarecrow, but it was the first time that he would grace the cover of Detective Comics.

The Scarecrow  (University Professor Jonathan Crane, leading a life of crime to afford more rare books) may have been Batman's most frightening villain, or at least that was the idea.

He first appeared in World's Finest #3 in 1941, but by the time of Detective #73, he'd escaped from the prison cell the Caped Crusader had sent him to.

Detective #73 was written by Don Cameron and features art by Bob Kane, with a truly terrifying Bob Kane cover, in which the skeletal Scarecrow seems to have become 30 feet tall.

We have a full guide to Scarecrow Batman comics here.

Detective Comics 74. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #74

Record Sale: $8,300
Minimum Value: $30

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Detective Comics 75. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #75

Record Sale: $9,000
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Detective Comics 76. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #76

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Detective Comics 77. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #77

Record Sale: $1,500
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Detective Comics 78. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #78

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Detective Comics 79. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #79

Record Sale: $1,800
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Detective Comics 80. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #80

Record Sale: $8,300
Minimum Value: $100

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Detective Comics 81. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #81

Record Sale: $8,000
Minimum Value: $40

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Detective Comics 82. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #82

Record Sale: $1,700
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Detective Comics 83. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #83

Record Sale: $5,800
Minimum Value: $20

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Detective Comics 84. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #84

Record Sale: $3,500
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Detective Comics 85. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #85

Record Sale: $3,100
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Detective Comics 86. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #86

Record Sale: $1,850
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Detective Comics 87. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #87

Record Sale: $2,100
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Detective Comics 88. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #88

Record Sale: $5,450
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Detective Comics 89. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #89

Record Sale: $7,450
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Detective Comics 90. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #90

Record Sale: $13,000
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Detective Comics 91. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #91

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Detective Comics 92. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #92

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Detective Comics 93. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #93

Record Sale: $900
Minimum Value: $30

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Detective Comics 94. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #94

Record Sale: $3,500
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Detective Comics 95. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #95

Record Sale: $4,500
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Detective Comics 96. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #96

Record Sale: $1,600
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Detective Comics 97. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #97

Record Sale: $5,000
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Detective Comics 98. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #98

Record Sale: $1,250
Minimum Value: $30

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Detective #99 (May 1945): First Penguin Cover

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Detective Comics #99

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Detective #99 marked the first appearance of Oswald Cobblepot on the cover.

The self-styled "Gentleman of Crime" is unique in the world of super villains, and his strange appearance and demeanor have made him a fan favorite since his first appearance, in Detective #58, back in 1941.

Detective Comics 100. Click for current values.

Detective Comics #100

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Minimum Value: $30

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We will expand our Detective Comics price guide very soon, but read on for later key issues in this classic comic book series.

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