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DC ⋅ 1940
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$72k
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$205k
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$1.5M

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1st appearance of the Joker

1st appearance of the Cat, Selina Kyle, later becomes Catwoman

Debut of the first Batplane which has multiple designs from one issue to the next including Batman #3 and Batman #4

๐Ÿ’ฐ Batman #1 sold for over one million dollars 3x with a record-high in 9.4 for $2,220,000

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๐Ÿ“ฃ Signature Auction: New High [Previous High]

4.0 sold for $288,000 [$264,000 in 2022] +9%

Fawcett ⋅ 1940
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$34k
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$106k
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$301k

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1st appearance and origin of Captain Marvel, later renamed Shazam

1st appearance of the Wizard Shazam

1st appearance of Dr. Sivana, a scientific genius and the archenemy of Captain Marvel

1st appearance of Ibis the Invincible and Spy Smasher

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1st team appearance of the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man, later renamed the Seven Deadly Sins

While not a precise swipe of Action Comics #1 artwork, this cover and other aspects of Captain Marvel led to DC (formerly National) filing a lawsuit against Fawcett for Captain Marvel too closely resembling Superman

Premiere issue of the series though the copyright notes read issue #2

There exists a very scarce Ashcan edition of this issue

๐Ÿ“ฃ Signature Auction: New High [Previous High]

7.0 sold for $288,000 [$61,000 in 2011] +372%

Fawcett ⋅ 1945
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$3.3k
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$9.8k
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$33k

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1st appearance and origin of Black Adam, an Egyptian prince named Teth-Adam who was first granted powers by the wizard Shazam though it corrupted him

Origin of The Marvel Family: Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Junior, Mary Marvel and Uncle Marvel

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$10
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$30
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$100

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1st appearance, cover and origin of Bane

๐Ÿ“– Knightfall Reading Order: next Batman #484

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1st appearance of Nekron, the Lord of the Unliving, capable of raising the dead

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$40
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$115
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$350

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1st appearance of Deathstroke the Terminator

1st appearance and death of Ravager, son of Deathstroke - appears in issue #1, not in costume

1st appearance of Wintergreen, Deathstroke's mentor

1st cameo appearance of Trigon, as demonic eyes

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๐Ÿ”ฎ DC Possibilities: Yet another character who could hold his own as an anti-hero in a standalone project and a few extra years on Joe Manganiello would do well for Deathstroke

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$2
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$8
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$20

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1st appearance of Hunter Zolomon, later becomes Zoom, the third Reverse-Flash

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$1.3k
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$4k
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$13.9k

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1st appearance of the Scarecrow

๐Ÿ“ฃ Signature Auction: New High [Previous High]

6.0 sold for $9,600 [$5,822 in 2021] +65%

๐Ÿฅˆ Runner-Up: New High [Previous High]

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PG 1 MISSING / INCOMPLETE 0.5 sold for $1,320 [$1,000 in 2022] +32%

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$8
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$20
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$85

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1st appearance of Lobo, an intergalactic bounty hunter

[January 2023 - Jason Momoa speculated to play Lobo in James Gunn's DC films]

Low
$50
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$160
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$650

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1st appearance and origin of Dr. Destiny

๐Ÿฅˆ Runner-Up: New High [Previous High]

8.0 sold for $835 [$630 in 2021] +33%

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$5
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$15
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$55

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1st appearance of Lady Shiva, mother of Cassandra Cain and mentor of Tim Drake

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$430
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$1.2k
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$4.5k

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1st appearance of Dr. Psycho

Low
$340
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$1.5k
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$3.7k

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1st appearance and origin of Sinestro, known as the greatest of all Green Lanterns until it was discovered he used the power ring to enslave the sector he was charged to protect

DC ⋅ 1957
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$1.1k
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$2.3k
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$12k

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2nd appearance of the Flash, Barry Allen

Low
$600
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$2.6k
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$6.7k

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1st appearance of Vandal Savage, an immortal caveman warrior

Low
$120
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$400
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$1.2k

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1st appearance of Harley Quinn in a standard comic

[August 2022 - Lady Gaga confirmed to star opposite Joaquin Phoenix in the Joker movie sequel as Harley Quinn / March 2023 - a set photo from the Joker sequel provides a first look at Lady Gaga as Harley]

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$1
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$5
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$18

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1st full appearance of Doomsday, mostly obscured by a containment suit with one arm bound behind his back as he wreaks havoc across the countryside

Low
$3
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$9
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$35

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1st full appearance of the Scarred Guardian, a Guardian of the Universe

1st cameo appearance of Atrocitus and the Red Lantern Corps

1st cameo appearance of Larfleeze and the Orange Lantern Corps

1st cameo team appearance of the Blue Lantern Corps

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1st cameo appearance of Munk and the Indigo Lantern Corps

1st cameo team appearance of the Black Lantern Corps

Death of Anti-Monitor

Cameo appearance in background of an Alien Xenomorph, Predator and the Pale Man from Pan's Labyrinth as various Lanterns

Low
$4
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$12
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$45

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1st appearance of Mongul, an alien warlord

๐Ÿ”ฎ DC Possibilities: Mongul has the potential to be the Thanos of DC and his daughter was already introduced in the Suicide Squad so maybe one day heโ€™ll decide to avenge her

Low
$12
Mid
$35
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$180

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1st appearance of Black Hand, utilizes technology to drain and repurpose the power of a Lantern Ring

DC ⋅ 1944
Low
$380
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$1.6k
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$3.8k

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1st appearance and origin of Mr. Mxyzptlk

First time Superman references his ability to "fly", previously he was known to leap

๐Ÿ”ฎ DC Possibilities: Obviously James Gunn won't have time to do all of these projects but he is familiar with the subject matter and has the creative vision to know what gems are buried in the vast DC catalog to hand-off to the right filmmakers

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$180
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$600
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$1.8k

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1st appearance of the Wizard, William Zand

Low
$110
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$315
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$1.3k

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1st appearance of Per Degaton

DC ⋅ 1967
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$120
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$435
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$1.2k

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1st appearance of Black Manta

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$5.1k
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$19k
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$48k

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1st appearance and origin of Hugo Strange

Debut of Batman's finned gloves

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$50
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$180
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$680

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1st appearance of Krona, a major antagonist in the Brightest Day story arc

Origin of the Guardians of the Universe and Infinite Earths concept

DC ⋅ 1948
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$1.2k
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$3.1k
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$11.9k

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1st appearance of the Mad Hatter, Jervis Tetch

1st appearance of Vicki Vale

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$3.5k
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$11.5k
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$35k

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1st appearance of the Penguin

[March 2022 - Colin Farrell will reprise the Penguin in an HBO Max spin-off]

DC ⋅ 1950
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$500
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$1.5k
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$5k

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1st appearance of Deadshot, a mercenary

Low
$65
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$240
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$840

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1st appearance of Eclipso, who was at one time God's Spirit of Wrath

Low
$2.5k
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$9.5k
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$25k

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1st appearance and origin of Two-Face

1st appearance of Gilda Dent, the wife of Harvey Dent

1st appearance of Salvatore Maroni, a mob boss

[March 2023 - Clancy Brown has been cast as Sal Maroni in the Penguin HBO Max spin-off]

Low
$320
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$910
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$3.2k

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1st appearance of Gentleman Ghost

3rd appearance of Black Canary

Low
$8
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$20
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$90

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1st appearance of Merlyn

DC ⋅ 1959
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$800
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$2k
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$8k

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1st appearance and origin of Mirror Master

Barry Allen appears for the first time in the Flash title

๐Ÿฅˆ Runner-Up: New High [Previous High]

5.0 sold for $3,186 [$3,000 in 2021] +6%

DC ⋅ 1959
Low
$190
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$700
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$2.3k

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1st appearance and origin of Gorilla Grodd, an ape with genius intellect and telepathic abilities

1st appearance of the Pied Piper, uses sound to manipulate others

1st appearance of Solovar, former ruler of Gorilla City

DC ⋅ 1959
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$300
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$1k
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$3k

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1st appearance of Kid Flash, Wally West

1st appearance of Weather Wizard

๐Ÿ“ฃ Signature Auction: New High [Previous High]

9.6 sold for $49,200 [No Previous Data]

DC ⋅ 1960
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$60
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$180
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$625

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1st appearance and origin of Captain Boomerang

Low
$1.1k
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$3.1k
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$11.7k

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1st appearance and origin of Mr. Freeze, initially named Mr. Zero, later renamed Mr. Freeze in Detective Comics #373

DC ⋅ 1962
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$20
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$60
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$300

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1st appearance of Abra Kadabra, a time traveling magician from the 64th century

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$1
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$2
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$3

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1st cameo appearance of Nero

Low
$45
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$180
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$550

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1st cameo appearance of Darkseid, the ruler of Apokolips

DC ⋅ 1963
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$180
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$600
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$1.8k

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1st appearance and origin of Professor Zoom, Eobard Thawne aka Reverse-Flash

DC ⋅ 1963
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$50
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$150
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$520

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1st appearance of Heat Wave

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$600
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$1.8k
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$6k

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1st appearance of Poison Ivy, Pamela Isley

Interior pin-up poster of Batman and Robin included

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$350
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$1.2k
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$3.5k

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1st appearance of Firefly, Garfield Lynns

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$80
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$250
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$800

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1st appearance of Ra's al Ghul

2nd appearance of Talia al Ghul

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$10k

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1st appearance and origin of Brainiac

1st appearance of the Bottle City of Kandor, the capital city of Krypton

[May 2023 - Brainiac rumored for Superman Legacy]

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$1
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$3
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$12

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1st appearance and origin of Count Vertigo

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$1.5k
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$15k

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1st appearance of Supergirl

1st appearance of Metallo

1st appearance of Zor-El, the father of Supergirl

[December 2023 - Milly Alcock as Supergirl rumored to be introduced in Superman]

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๐Ÿ“ฃ Signature Auction: New High [Previous High]

8.5 sold for $21,600 [$20,315 in 2018] +6%

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$1
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$2
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$5

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Death of Hank Henshaw, later his awareness manifests inside of a machine as Cyborg Superman

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