Ultra-classic debut of Batman in Detective Comics #27 is showcased on a premium silver foil



Considered the second most valuable comic book of all time, just behind the Superman debut in Action Comics #1, Detective Comics #27 from May 1939 was the first ever appearance of one of popular cultures true giants – Batman. A comic character that long ago transcended the genre and entered the mass consciousness, Batman is one of those characters that on first appearance looks ridiculous, but has developed an incredible depth over the last 80 years of stories, many told by talented writers and artists. Graphic novels like The Killing Joke and The Dark Knight Returns are fine pieces of literature in their own rights.

Back in 1939 however, The Batman was new and joining a fledgling superhero genre. The cover of Detective Comics #27 is reproduced at almost life-size on the NZ Mint’s latest premium silver foil. Very close in look, the yellow background of the original cover has been removed to allow the silver to show through. While it loses a little impact in the process, it does highlight the precious nature of the foils composition and maintains a great look. This one isn’t a coin and just has a repeating NZ Mint logo pattern on the back, as well as no pre-set mintage.

A hefty 262 x 175 mm in size and wafer thin, the 35 gram silver foil is enclosed in an acrylic frame that makes display easy. Comic book fans will no doubt want to display it, so it’s good to see it made easy. Available later today for $130.00 USD, this is a great choice for the format and joins Action Comics #1 and Superman #1 in the range.

DENOMINATION Not applicable
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 35.0 grams
DIMENSIONS 175 x 262 mm
FINISH Brilliant uncirculated
MINTAGE Unlimited
BOX / COA Yes / Yes