Batman collectibles are items associated with the comic book character Batman, and can include comic books, graphic novels, toys, action figures, television and film memorabilia and autographs. Comic books
The character of Batman made his first appearance in Detective Comics #27, in May 1939. This issue is now one of the most valuable comic books of all time, and in March 2010 a copy graded 8.0 very fine by CGC sold for a then World Record price of $1,075,500.
The character proved so popular that he was soon given his own title in May 1940. In May 2010 a 9.0-graded copy of Batman #1, which features the character’s origin story along with the first appearances of the Joker and Catwoman, sold at a ComicLink auction for $315,000.
Batman has been reproduced as hundreds of different action figures since the 1960s. The first manufacturer to create a figure was the Marx company, who created a ‘Twistable Batman’ figure in 1966. These figures are now extremely rare and considered ‘museum pieces’ by toy collectors. That same year the Batman television series was premiered, and a wave of merchandise followed such as toy Bat-phones, colouring books and lunchboxes.
In 1979 the toy manufacturer Mego released their Elastic Batman stretchy figure. However, they were sued by rivals Kenner who believed they were copying their ‘Stretch Armstrong’ figure, and production was halted due to the lawsuit and the discovery that the figures were easily broken if over-stretched. Only two are known to exist today, and in 2006 one sold for over $15,000 on online auction site eBay.
In February 2007 the Batmobile used in the 1960s Batman television series was sold by Coys auctioneers for $223,000.
In 2007 the Batmobile from the 1995 film Batman Forever was sold by RM Auctions for $297,000.
In October 2010 Julien’s Auctions sold the Batman costume worn by Michael Keaton in the film ‘Batman Returns’ for $44,800.