Coverless Batman #1 sells for £8200 in UK comic auction

A coverless copy of Batman #1, estimated to sell for between £2000 – 2,500 (somewhat less than its US valuation) has just sold for an astonishing £8,200 in an online auction yesterday.

Batman 1 coverless (1940). Clear taped spine, 2 clear taped repairs to splash page, 1 clear taped repair back page. The first four pages have ragged edges, with edge tears to back four pages.

Batman 1 coverless (1940). Clear taped spine, 2 clear taped repairs to splash page, 1 clear taped repair back page. The first four pages have ragged edges, with edge tears to back four pages.

Comic Book Auctions offered the rarity along with its usual mix of British comics and art US titles. The auction that closed yesterday.

Published in 1940,this copy of Batman #1 was offered alongside more Golden Age Batman, Detective Comics and World’s Finest plus strong runs of Avengers, Daredevil and Fantastic Four.

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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.



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