One of the grandfathers of the Super-Hero genre, "The Batman" first swooped into action way, way back in 1939. Celebrating his 80th Anniversary as a DC mainstay, the "Dark Knight" has transcended icon status and rivals Superman and Spider-Man as the most important comic book character of all-time.
Along his eight decade caped crusade to thwart an unending parade of colorful villains, Batman and his legions of fans have enjoyed many highlight moments. Among them is this "Batman Annual" #1 published by DC in 1961. When this key issue hit newsstands in the Summer of '61, readers were wowed by a captivating cover graced with classic artwork and bold blurbs, including "First Collection Ever Published", "1,001 Secrets of Batman and Robin", "Origin of the Batcave", "Strange Costumes" and more.
Respected certification service CGC has rated the offered Batman Annual #1 comic as (8.5), a grade that is good for a Census rank of "1/12" at this level, with 16 higher out of a Universal Grade population total of 214. Label notations include "Off-White to White Pages, 1 Page "Secrets of Batman's Utility Belt and Famed Batarangs"".
This new to the market comic comes from the spectacular Maryland collection, which has been lovingly stored by the original owner for more than half of a century. H&S began the sale of this high grade collection in our November, 2018 auction and we are proud to conclude this sale in our current February, 2019 auction, Please see our "Americana/Comics" category to review the other lots from this incredible collection, including both single graded issues and several box lots.