Auction Battle – “Action Comics #1” vs “Detective Comics #27”

Superman and Batman Go Head-to-Head…for Real
World’s Two Most Valuable Comic Books Go Up For Auction & It’s an Online Steel Cage Match

It’s the kind of matchup only seen in the movies or in the comics themselves, but it’s about to happen for real: Superman and Batman are squaring off for world domination.

That is, world domination of the comic collectables universe, as two exceedingly-rare copies of the most valuable comic books of all time – Superman’s Action Comics #1 and Batman’s Detective Comics #27 – are concurrently auctioned by ComicConnect, the leading comic auction house.

“Since the dawn of our industry, these two books have vied for market supremacy,” says Stephen Fishler, founder/co-owner of ComicConnect.

Fishler, a long-time industry authority, created the 10-point comic grading scale that is now the gold standard.

“Collectors have hotly debated this topic for decades. For similarly-graded copies of these two incredibly-valuable books to come up for sale at once…it’s an incredibly rare occurrence.”

The 1938 Action Comics #1 is graded 5.0; the 1939 Detective Comics #27 is 6.0. Both comics are unrestored, which means they haven’t been retouched or repaired – a fact that makes them even more desirable in the eyes of many collectors.

Why are these two particular comic books so valuable? In addition to their rarity, each marks their respective superhero’s first appearance. Such books are always in greatest demand – but especially for the two most popular characters in comic book history.

In recent years, copies of both iconic comic books, restored and unrestored, have smashed sales records left and right. In the last decade, four high-grade copies of Action Comics #1 have sold for over $1 million – all through ComicConnect, which has the Guinness World Records to prove it. Copies of Detective Comics #27 have broken the $1,000,000 threshold as well.

The online auction kicks off on on Monday, March 19 and ends Friday, March 23. Bidding will take place nightly during five sessions that run from 7pm-12am, EDT. Collectors and investors worldwide will be watching very closely.

And when the auction concludes, the world will at long last have a definitive answer to the burning question: in a one-on-one battle, who wins – the Man of Steel or the Caped Crusader?

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March 14, 2018 5:23 pm

..”in a one-on-one battle, who wins – the Man of Steel or the Caped Crusader?”


March 14, 2018 7:24 pm
Reply to  MattComics

I know. This is getting old and tired. Sigh….

March 16, 2018 8:43 am

“Since the dawn of our industry, these two books have vied for market supremacy”

No, not at all.

March 20, 2018 1:33 pm

Great, more Batman v Superman nonsense. I wish that they would just move on from this “who is the better superhero?” topic. It was bad enough that these two iconic heroes fought each other on screen. Now they’re debating their origin comics? I wish that they would have something other than a Superman vs Batman to debate about.