The 25 Most Valuable Batman Comic Books

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The 25 Most Valuable Batman Comic Books

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? By virtue of being one of the most popular comic book characters ever, the earliest Batman comic books have become increasingly valuable over the years. Here, then, are the twenty-five most valuable individual Batman comic books, based on the prices (as of December 2015) on the awesomely useful ComicsPriceGuide.com. All prices given are for a copy of the comic book in near-mint condition (here is a guide to the condition scale of comic books, near mint is typically the best condition comic books can realistically be found in). 

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23 (tie). World's Finest Comics #2 - $10,000

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 This 1941 comic was the second issue of DC Comics (then called National)'s book that contained both Superman and Batman stories in it. This was the first issue of the series to be titled "World's Finest Comics," the title it would retain for the next 45 years. In the early days of the series, Batman and Superman had their own solo stories. It wasn't until inflation led to the series shrinking down to fewer pages that Batman and Superman began to share one story together, leading to decades of team-ups of the two heroes. 

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23 (tie). Batman #7 - $10,000

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This 1941 comic book contained an early appearance of the Joker in it. 

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23 (tie). Batman #6 - $10,000

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 This 1941 comic book featured an adventure involving one of Batman's early love interests, Linda Page, as well as the introduction of a short-lived villain known as the Clock Maker. 

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19 (tie). Batman #16 - $12,000

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 This 1943 comic book contained the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth, Batman's butler. 

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19 (tie). Detective Comics #34 - $12,000

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 This 1939 comic book shows you just how early it was in Batman's comic book career, as he was not even featured on the cover of this issue of Detective Comics! This was the eighth appearance of Batman. 

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19 (tie). Batman #5 - $12,000

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This 1941 comic book featured the first appearance of Batman's Batmobile (at least a very early variation of the Batmobile). 

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19 (tie). Detective Comics #58 - $12,000

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 This 1941 comic book contained the first appearance of one of Batman's most notable rogues, the Penguin, who Bob Kane based on a cartoon character for a brand of cigarettes

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15 (tie). Batman #4 - $16,000

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 This 1940 comic book contained the fifth appearance of the Joker. 

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15 (tie). Detective Comics #32 - $16,000

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This 1939 comic book (the third Detective Comics since Batman's first appearance that did not feature Batman on the cover) sees Batman killing a vampire! 

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15 (tie). Batman #11 - $16,000

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 This 1941 comic book featured the first time that the Joker appeared on the cover of an issue of Batman

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15 (tie). Detective Comics #40 - $16,000

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 This 1940 comic book featured the debut of the Batman villain, Clayface.

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14. Detective Comics #37 - $18,000

 This 1940 comic book was the last solo Batman comic before he was joined by his sidekick, Robin. 

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13. Detective Comics #30 - $20,000

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 This 1939 comic book was so early in Batman's existence that they did not even feature a small drawing of Batman on the cover like the other early covers without Batman featured on the cover. 

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12. Batman #3 - $22,000

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This 1940 comic book featured Catwoman's third appearance.  

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10 (tie). Detective Comics #35 - $24,000

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 This 1939 comic book is most famous for its splash page featuring Batman brandishing a gun. 

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10 (tie). Detective Comics #36 - $24,000

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This 1939 comic book featured the first appearance of the Batman rogue, Hugo Strange, Batman's earliest recurring rogue.  

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9. World's Best Comics #1 - $30,000

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This 1940 comic book was the first regular comic to feature Superman and Batman in one comic book (after a special edition comic that DC produced for the 1939 World's Fair).  

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8. Batman #2 - $40,000

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This 1940 comic book featured the second appearances of both the Joker and Catwoman.  

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6 (tie). Detective Comics #28 - $60,000

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 This 1939 comic book features the second appearance of the Batman (note his absence from the cover of the book, as no one knew that he was going to be such a sensation right away).

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6 (tie). Detective Comics #29 - $60,000

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 This 1939 comic book (with the awesome cover) features the first appearance of what you could call one of Batman's Rogues, as Batman faces off against Doctor Death. 

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4 (tie). Detective Comics #31 - $80,000

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This 1939 comic book (with the stunning Bob Kane cover, which was later famously homaged by Neal Adams on a cover in the 1970s) features the first appearance of the Batarang and the Batplane.  

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4 (tie). Detective Comics #33 - $80,000

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This 1939 comic book features the debut of Batman's origin (who wrote the origin is still a matter of debate seventy-five plus years later).  

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3. Detective Comics #38 - $84,000

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This 1940 comic book featured the debut of Dick Grayson, also known as Batman's sidekick, Robin, the Boy Wonder! 

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2. Batman #1 - $400,000

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This 1940 comic book (released right after the #3 comic book on this list) featured the debuts of both the Joker and Catwoman! And that's not even taking into consideration that it was the first issue of Batman's solo comic book. 

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1. Detective Comics #27 - $1,200,000

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 This 1939 comic book, featuring the first appearance of Batman, is currently the second-most valuable comic book in the world (after 1938's Action Comics #1, featuring the first appearance of Superman), worth over a million dollars!