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February 16, 2010: Batman Beating Superman Comic Book Record

A rare copy of the first Batman comic book has far surpassed the previous comic books record price, US$317,000, paid for a first Superman comic in 2009, and the bidding is still underway with Batman already at $418,250. Super heroes and pop culture fans will learn the final, new record price when the auction ends on February 25.

    "One of the finest known surviving copies of the 1939 issue of Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of Batman, is being offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions in a public auction in Dallas, and simultaneously online," said Lon Allen, Director of Sales for the Comics Division of Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com). "It's been an amazing thing to watch as the price has soared. Collectors know this may well be the only shot they will ever get at this, the ultimate comic book. Who knows how high it will go by the time bidding ends?"

    "Today, due to the popularity of the movies, cartoon and toys, Batman would seem to be the more popular pop culture character," said Allen, "and now he'll dethrone Superman as the most valuable comic book."

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