Batman’s first appearance has reached a new milestone. In their Event Auction 57, ComicConnect sold Detective Comics #27 CGC 6.5 for $1,825,088 – setting a record for the book across any grade.

Other top selling books included a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 CGC 9.8 Signature Series Kevin Eastman going for $120,000, Superman #1 1.0 selling for $90,000, an Amazing Fantasy #15 5.5 selling for $66,006, and Matt Baker’s Phantom Lady #17 5.5 went for $55,200. A public sales record was set for Silver Streak Comics #6 4.5 for $33,777, plus Famous Funnies #214, featuring Frank Frazetta’s Buck Rogers cover, went for $31,165.

Jack Kirby’s original cover for the Fantastic Four Annual #11 sold for $241,500 and a Kirby-signed page from Strange Tales Annual #2 on which he collaborated with Steve Ditko realized $70,150. The earliest known Human Torch illustration by Carl Burgos brought in $38,584, the only known Hour Man drawing by Bernard Baily (only seen before as a contest giveaway in 1940) went for $34,500. Notable Modern Age sales included J. Scott Campbell’s Gen 13 #5 double-page splash closing at $35,659, Todd McFarlane’s Amazing Spider-Man #298 page of Spider-Man in a classic pose went for $35,075 and a second page realized $23,000.

The original 1940 trademark registration for the Sub-Mariner name sold for $9,085.

It was also a big auction for graded home video tapes. Horror dominated the category with a vintage Alien on Betamax selling for $3,105 and An American Werewolf in London VHS bringing in $2,702. The cult shot-on-video movie Tales From the QuadeaD Zone – the extremely rare rental VHS was one of only an estimated 100 copies manufactured in 1987 – broke a previous $2,000 record with a high bid of $7,745.

Upcoming auctions (including Event Auction 58), the latest fixed price finds, weekly Wednesday Whatnot sales, convention appearances, and more can be found on ComicConnect’s website. Consignors can reach them at peterb@comicconnect.com or by calling (212) 260-4147 or (888) 779-7377.