It's Batman V Spider-Man at Heritage comic book sale
Having already battled Superman on the big screen, Batman is preparing to face off against Spider-Man on the auction block this month.
Leading the latest Heritage Auctions Comics and Comic Art sale are key titles featuring the Dark Knight and the Web-Slinger, along with a treasure trove of Golden Age books and rare original artworks.
First up is a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the 1962 comic book in which Spider-Man made his debut, and the only Silver Age book to have surpassed the $1 million mark.
With unrestored, high-grade copies amongst the most sought-after in the hobby, this book – graded CGC VF+ 8.5 with off-white to white pages - is expected to fetch a strong six-figure sum.
Next up is a copy of The Batman #1, published in 1940 and featuring the debuts of both The Joker and Catwoman.
Having made his first appearance a few weeks earlier in Detective Comics #27, Batman's popularity saw publishers quickly launch a solo title. This copy, graded CGC VG- 3.5 with off-white pages, comes with an estimate of more than $50,000.
The sale also features two further rare copies of Detective Comics - issue #35, featuring one of the finest-ever Batman covers by Bob Kane, and issue #32, which includes the first time in comic book history that Batman (or any other costumed superhero) ever used a gun.
Elsewhere, Golden-Age highlights include the Mile High Pedigree copy of Hit Comics #5, featuring the iconic cover of The Red Bee battling a swordfish; a highly rare high-grade copy of Seven Seas Comics #4, featuring an "underwater masterpiece" cover by Matt Baker; and one of the world's highest-graded copies of Superman #17, featuring Superman tangling with Adolf Hitler and Emperor Hirohito.
And for Silver-Age collectors there's a copy of the key 1962 title The Incredible Hulk #1, featuring the debut of future Avenger Bruce Banner and his monstrous alter-ego.
The sale takes place at heritage Auctions in Dallas on February 23-25.
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