Batman Comics Value

This report looks into the value of key Batman comics over time. Although the Batman character is predominantly recognized from his self-titled comics, the character first appeared in the valuable Detective Comics #27 in 1939. The self-titled Batman comic was created in 1940, of which its earliest editions are some of the most sought-after.

  • In January 2021, a copy of Batman #1 was sold for $2.22 million.
  • This makes it the most expensive Batman comic book sale.
  • It is also one of the most expensive comic book sales in history.
  • It is estimated that a very-well preserved copy of the same issue could now sell for over $3.50 million.
  • The Batman character first appeared in Detective Comics #27 which has a record sale of $1.50 million.
  • If available for sale, it would be estimated to fetch over $3.00 million.
  • As of 2023, the average Batman comic price (excluding variants) is valued at $72.99.
  • Average Batman comic prices fell 7.26% over the previous year.
  • As of 2023, the cover price for Batman is $4.99.
  • When Batman was released in 1940, its cover price was $0.10.

Selected rare Batman comic editions by record sale

Detective Comics editions that feature Batman typically hold high values when compared to Batman comics. However, Batman #1 still holds the record sale for a comic book in which he features.

  • In January 2021, a copy of Batman #1 was sold for $2.22 million.
  • This makes it one of the most expensive comic books to be sold in history.
  • It is estimated that a very-well preserved copy of the same issue (several minor manufacturing or handling defects) could now sell for over $3.50 million.
  • The record sale for Detective Comics #27 stands at $1.50 million.
  • Its highest graded copy is classed as very well-preserved with some wear and small defects.
  • If available for sale, it would be estimated to fetch over $3.00 million.
  • Slightly above-average quality editions usually sell for over $650,000.
  • Even unrestored low grade quality copies of the edition sell for upwards of $150,000.
RankEditionRecord sale
1Batman #1$2.22 million
2Detective Comics #27$1.50 million
3Detective Comics #29$0.28 million
4Detective Comics #31$0.18 million
5Detective Comics #38$0.13 million
6Batman #11$0.07 million
7Batman #2$0.06 million
8Batman #5 $0.05 million
9Batman #9$0.05 million
10Batman #3$0.04 million

Average Batman comic price

  • As of 2023, the average Batman comic price (excluding variants) is $72.99.
  • This was also the lowest average price recorded from the given period.
  • Average Batman comic prices fell 7.26% over the previous year.
  • From the given data, the average Batman comic price peaked during 2021 at $83.23.
  • The average Batman comic price is decreasing year-on-year.
  • Prices decreased by 12.30% over the period.
YearAverage priceChange
2021 (Jul – Dec)$83.23
2022$78.70– 5.44%
2023 (Jan – May)$72.99– 7.26%
(Average ‘raw’ issue value, excluding variants)

A graph is given below to show the average price of a Batman comic:

Batman comic cover prices

  • As of 2023, the cover price for Batman is $4.99.
  • When Batman was released in 1940, its cover price was $0.10.
  • It remained at this price until late 1961 ($0.12).
  • In total, the cover price is 49.9 times higher in 2023 than in 1940.
  • The original Batman volume was discontinued at a price of $2.99 in 2011.
  • When a new volume was introduced in 2016, it resumed at the same price.
YearCover priceChangeInflation-adjusted
1940$0.10$0.10
1950$0.10$0.06
1960$0.10$0.05
1970$0.15+ 0.03%$0.05
1980$0.40+ 0.15%$0.07
1990$1.00+ 0.25%$0.11
2000$1.99+ 0.49%$0.16
2010$2.99+ 0.74%$0.19
2020$3.99+ 33.44%$0.22
2023$4.99+ 25.06%$0.23
(Price taken from May issues only and excludes variants. Special edition prices vary)

A graph is given below to show the cover price of Batman comics over time:

Batman comics FAQ

How did Batman become popular?

Batman became popular through Detective Comics #27 (National Comics Publications, now DC Comics) due to his unique character design. He was portrayed as a dark and mysterious character, fighting crime using intellect rather than through the use of supernatural abilities. This contrasted many other superheroes of the time. His character was written with the inspiration to create a new version of Superman.

When did Batman become self-titled?

Batman obtained his own self-titled comic book in 1940, one year after his debut in Detective Comics. A decision to create his self-titled comic was likely driven by his growing popularity. From this, Batman’s status as a major superhero was solidified, providing a platform for character development and new storylines.

Which Batman issues are the most valuable?

  • Issues of Batman from the 1940s are known to be among the most valuable editions.
  • The tone of the issues from this era are known for being ‘darker’, which differentiates them from 1950s and many later issues.
  • Despite this, many later issues are still in high demand.