Batman vs Superman Movie Comic Book Investment Tips

Published: Sun, 05/10/15

Batman vs Superman Movie: Investment Comic Books to Watch


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Taking a page from the ever-expanding Marvel Universe, DC Comics is finding new ways to bridge the worlds of their famous superheroes.

While we haven't seen any TV / movie crossovers like Marvel is trying, DC's next big screen release, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will establish a new line of characters while setting up events for future movie franchises (DC has plans for at least nine more films in the DC Shared Universe).

Batman vs Superman movie
  Nobody likes to see Batman being propped up by ol' Supes...

Batman v Superman: What We Know

DC and Warner Bros. have been quiet about the plot details of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, focusing more on the high profile (and controversial) actors that are portraying the heroes and villains.

Set as a sequel to 2013's Man of Steel, we’ll see an older Batman (unbelievably to some fans to be played by Ben Affleck) coming out of retirement, possibly to investigate Superman (Henry Cavill), who is now publicly known.

Investment Tip: 1st True Team-Up Issue

Superman #76 is the first 'true' Golden Age team-up and a hot back issue.

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As seen in the April 2015 trailer, Superman is both feared and admired, with some believing him to be a god, while others see him as an alien terrorist.

Batman, skeptical of Superman’s motives, is ready take the Man of Steel on in a one-on-one battle.

Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor, who will lead society on a crusade against Superman. 

The legendary 1986 mini-series The Dark Knight Returns will serve as a prime influence for the film’s plot.

Somehow, Wonder WomanAquaman, and Cyborg will show up, forming an early version of the Justice League.

Missing so far from the classic Justice League lineup are Green LanternFlash, and Martian Manhunter, but if the Avengers can fit a dozen superheroes on the screen, there’s plenty of room for DC to do the same. Of course, there will have to be plenty of room for Alfred to do his butlery duties.

If the rumors are true, the Joker or the Suicide Squad (DC’s next movie) will make some kind of appearance in the film, possibly during the ending credits.

Dawn of Justice will be directed by superhero movie veteran Zack Snyder and co-written by Chris Terrio.

Comics to Watch

As most of us know, Batman made his debut in Detective Comics #27 way back in 1939, and Superman got his big break in Action Comics #1 in 1938.

These two forces didn’t meet in comics for over 10 years, finally coming together in the 1952 back issue Superman #76, titled The Mightiest Team in the World.

These short team-ups were sporadic over the years until the Justice League was introduced in Brave and the Bold #28 in 1960.

Brave and the Bold #28: 1st JLA

Brave and the Bold 28, first Justice League of America

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The first Justice League of America comic is red-hot now

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Other important DC crossovers include:

There are tons of well-known first appearances. Many are beyond the reach of most investors, even on the rare occasions when they hit the market.
  • Detective Comics #27 (1st Batman)
  • Action Comics #1 (1st Superman)
  • Superman #1 (1st solo title)
  • Batman #1 (1st solo title)
All are highlighted in our rare comic books guide.
Beyond these super-keys, there are still some Golden and Silver age books which, while scarce to rare, are available to buy, and have potential to increase in value:
Brave and the Bold #25: 1st Suicide Squad

Brave and the Bold #25: 1st Suicide Squad, massively under-valued in the market!

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Brave and the Bold #25: 1st Suicide Squad, massively under-valued in the market!

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How Rare (Under-valued) are the true
​DC Silver Age Keys?
In general, DC Silver Age keys are much MUCH harder to find than the Marvel Mega-keys. Even Hulk #1 is much more common.

Here is a detailed breakdown of DC Silver keys, with Hulk #1 as a contrast.

Published in 1959
only 59 copies graded by CGC
Record sale: $10,000

Published in 1962
total of 782 copies graded by CGC
Record sale: $320,000

Brave and the Bold #28Published in 1960
total of 565 copies graded by CGC
Record sale: $120,000

Published in 1956
only 225 copies graded by CGC
Record sale: $179,000

Published in 1959
total of 509 copies graded by CGC
Record sale: $59,000

The conclusion is, it's a great time to invest in Silver Age DC key issues which will feature in Batman vs Superman and the other upcoming DC superhero movies.
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