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Batman creator Bob Kane's comic book collection up for auction

Batman creator Bob Kane's own copies of the Caped Crusader's earliest appearances are going up for auction.

Sale to include rare Incredible Hulk, Archie editions

This undated image provided by ComicConnect.com shows a May 1939 copy of Detective Comics, which featured one of the earliest appearances of Batman. The comic is being auctioned online along with a nearly mint copy of the first Incredible Hulk comic book and a 1942 Archie comic book, Archie No. 1, which marked the first time the red-headed character appeared in his own publication. (ComicConnect.com/The Associated Press)

Batman creator Bob Kane's own copies of the Caped Crusader's earliest appearances are going up for auction.

Online auction house ComicConnect is selling Kane's file copies of Detective Comics Nos. 27 through 45 and Batman Nos. 1 through 3. The vendor declined to put an estimate on their value, saying such items rarely come up for sale.

However, a single copy of a first-edition Detective Comics No. 27 — the 1939 compilation in which Batman made his debut — has sold at auction for more than $1 million US.

The comics come from the collection of Hollywood screenwriter Bob Underwood.

The sale also has a nearly mint copy of the first Incredible Hulk comic book. The 1962 issue is one of four copies known to exist. It could bring $300,000.

There is also a 1942 Archie comic book. Archie No. 1 marked the first time the red-headed character appeared in his own magazine. Its pre-sale estimate is $150,000.

Kane created Batman when he was a 19-year-old cartoonist for Detective Comics. The first comic series to star Batman debuted a year later, in the spring of 1940.

Kane died in 1998 at age 83.

With files from CBC News

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