Action Comics #1 vs. Detective Comics #27
Who would win in a fight, Superman or Batman?
Fresh from his conflict with the Incredible Hulk, this time around the Man of Steel keeps it in the DC Comics family by going up against the Dark Knight Detective; not in a contest of strength, or a battle of wills, but for the COLLECTIBLE comic-book crown.
That’s right. People don’t just read comic-books (and look at the pictures) they collect them, too. Like baseball cards. Or postage stamps. They slip them into plastic bags with stiff cardboard backing, or encase them in airtight cages, sealing them away forever, never to be read and enjoyed, rolled up, stuck in a back pocket, and re-read over and over again until the dynamic dialogue and dramatic drawings are committed to demented memory and every fold and crease of the comic has been added to the folds and creases of the reader’s seduced and no-longer-innocent brain.
Sorry about that. Where was I?
Right. People collect comics. I know this because when I’m at one of those parties I’ve mentioned in other blog entries of mine, and someone finds out that I write and draw comics, invariably, an excited look will come across their face just before they ask me the question every comic creator dreads but knows is coming:
“I have a first edition SPAWN comic in the plastic sleeve and everything! You’re a comic guy, right? So, how much would you say it’s WORTH?”
Before I continue, let me say this: Yes, I am a comic guy. And yes, I have a nerd-load of comic-books in my apartment. Most of them un-bagged and un-alphabetized. But a few ARE in “plastic sleeves and everything,” like my “first edition” copy of Amazing Spider-Man #583 (Barack Obama Variant Cover) and my “curse edition” copy of All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder #10 (Google it).
But no, I don’t know how much they are worth. Any more than I could possibly know how much Party Guy’s unspecified issue of Spawn is worth (but I wouldn’t hold my breath, since they printed, like, a kabillion of them – - so they’re not exactly RARE).
My usual answer is: “It’s worth whatever someone will pay for it, I guess.”
Well, last month, someone was willing to pay $1,000,000.00 for a copy of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, making it the world’s first and only million-dollar comic-book.
That is, until a few days later when someone ELSE was willing to pay $1,075,500.00 for a copy of Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of Batman.
So, much like in The Dark Knight Returns #4 (See? Comic guy.) Batman wins.