100 Hot Comics #30: Batman 155, 1st Silver Age Penguin

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Why Batman 155 is a Hot Comic


In line with the rest of the comic book market, even the hot Penguin issues haven't performed super well, but above FN this book still has strong support.

A CGC 9.2 sold for a new record in March 2023 of $7K.

When the really top grades come to market, expect fireworks. There are no 9.8s and only two 9.6s in the census.


Penguin comics have been hot lately.

The market in general is favoring DC Silver Age key comics, and this is another that has bucked the market trend lately and moved up the hot list.

Not the time for a huge profit, but Penguin movie rumor cannot be ignored.


Some of the sales seen this year will look like bargains in the years to come. Batman #155 is really tough above FN. We simply never get them in the office.

Prices go off a cliff below 6.0.

For me, the eye-catching price is $3K for a CGC 9.0. That seems amazingly good value. No sales at all in my target grade of 7.0 this year.

Recent sales:

  • 9.0 $3,000
  • 8.5 $2,100
  • 8.0 $2,000
  • 7.5 $1,550
  • 6.5 $1,565
  • 6.0 $1,100
  • 5.5 $700
  • 5.0 $500
  • 4.5 $620(!)
  • 4.0 $475
  • 3.5 $395
  • 3.0 $375
  • 2.5 $325

Batman vs Penguin is the classic hero vs villain match-up in Gotham City.

Behind Joker comics, which have cooled off a little since the movie Joker has come and gone, Penguin is the most popular Batman villain.

His first appearance in Detective Comics #58 is a relatively rare comic book.

New records have been set in multiple grades for that book, despite Penguin not appearing on the cover.

This first Penguin appearance in the Silver Age is far more affordable, and yet for how long?

Prices have been rising steadily in recent years, so much so that it's made it to the Hot 100 for the first time for 2021.

What to Invest In

A new record sale for this book in CGC 9.6 shows how scarce this book is in truly high grade.

Gains have been steady rather than spectacular in most grades.

How long this remains on the Hot 100 depends on a lot of factors.

Rumor of this classic DC Comics character making it to the movie screen in the next round of Batman movies had better be correct.

Otherwise, like most DC back issues, you may see values coming off again before too long.

  • 9.8 $13,200
  • 9.0 $2,280
  • 8.0 $1,300
  • 7.5 $900
  • 7.0 $700
  • 6.5 $665
  • 6.0 $560
  • 5.5 $475
  • 5.0 $375
  • 4.5 $270
  • 4.0 $340(!)
  • 3.5 $290(!)
  • 3.0 $170
  • 1.8 $135

As with most Silver Age comics, be careful about over-paying for a lower grade when you could potentially afford a book one or two grades higher.

The 4.0 and 3.5 recent sales were both higher than the most recent 4.5 sale.

Try to find one with OWW or White pages.

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