Bill Finger Bob Kane

Detective Comics #27 Proof Sheets

BatmanFrom the Heritage Auctions site.
Five of the proof sheets from the first Batman story.
Detective Comics #27 by Meschede Bob Kane and expressly Bill Finger

They were rescued in 1975 from an old steamer trunk sitting on a curb awaiting trash pick-up in Rego Park, Queens. Mario J. Sacripante spied the trunk outside of the building where he lived, and where – he soon learned – Bob Kane, Batman’s creator, had also lived for many years.

“Holding some of these pages next to the printed comic I was struck by the details of the art that are better visible here,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Comics Auction Operations at Heritage. “Very little original comic book art from the 1930s has survived, so this is probably the closest a collector would ever get to owning original art from one of the most collectible comic book stories ever.”

In 2011 the pages were estimated at $1,000+ each.
The final selling price is listed beneath each page.

Sold For: $5,676.25
Sold For: $19,120.00
Sold For: $13,145.00
Sold For: $13,145.00
Sold For: $17,925.00

By Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip. From 1996-2003 he was the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, Keefe likewise teaches Comic Art. Teaching and speaking engagements include SVA in Manhattan, Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs, and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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