Batman’s First Appearance In Ink Up For Auction at Heritage

On page two to six of Detective Comics #27, a new character steps into the frame, introducing one of the most iconic characters in American history: Batman. The original 1939 production proofs for that issue will be auctioned by Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries on February 24:

The saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” comes to mind here, as these pop culture relics were literally heading for the dust bin of history: they were rescued in 1975 from an old steamer trunk sitting on a curb awaiting trash pick-up in Rego Park, Queens. Mario J. Sacripante spied the trunk outside of the building where he lived, and where – he soon learned – Bob Kane, Batman’s creator, had also lived for many years.

“I actually knew what it was that I had found, having been around antiques and collectibles all my life,” said Sacripante. “There was enough comic history, material and original art work for me to figure out that Bob Kane had lived here long before I moved next door. I learned later that a friend’s father actually knew Bob Kane when he had lived in the building.”

Image: The cover of Detective Comics no. 27

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