Last year a first edition of Superman appearing in Action Comics #1 (June 1938) sold for a hefty $317,000. Now a bidding for a rare copy of Batman's first appearance in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939) has already broken the world's record auction, already racking in online bids of $418,250 with still two weeks to go.
The rare comic book is being offered without reserve via an anonymous seller by Heritage Auctions on February 25 in Dallas, Texas, and through the online auction.
"It was owned for decades and kept in excellent condition by a savvy comic book collector who purchased it for $100 more than 40 years ago," said Lon Allen, Director of Sales for the Comics Division of Heritage Auctions (via Current Affairs). "In the 1960s and 1970s many people considered that an outrageous amount of money to spend for a 1930s era comic book."
Allen said that the movies, toys and cartoons have propelled Batman's popularity above and beyond his Kryptonian comrade. While that may be true for some, many readers are probably more connected to Bruce Wayne because of his tragic past and the emotions that propel his crusade.
With that said, if you're a Batman fan with $400K to spare, would you purchase this comic book?