Daredevil Battles Hitler – Jon Berk Collection Auction Session 2

Posted by June 14, 2017 Comment

In an auction session that included copies of Detective Comics #27 (first Batman) and Captain America Comics #1, I’m mostly going to be talking about the “vintage indies” (non-Marvel/DC) from last night’s Jon Berk Collection auction session 2.  It’s not that the major DC Comics and Marvel/Timely keys aren’t doing well — of course they are doing very well indeed.  But some of last nights results from publishers like Fox, Lev Gleason, and Ace serve to highlight a trend that has been building over the past 2-3 years: The vintage indies have arrived (again) in the hearts and minds of vintage comics collectors.

Fantastic Comics #3 CGC 9.4 Edgar Church copy (Fox, 1940) — This comic book has what is considered one of the classic covers of the era, by artist Lou Fine.  One of the best artists of the 1938-1944 period and admired by peers such as Jack Kirby for his combination of outstanding composition and detailed, flowing line work, Fine produced a number of the best covers of the Golden Age of comics.  At a final hammer price of $243,000.00, this book joins the Suspense Comics #3 (Continental Magazines, 1944) with has a recent sale at $262,900.00 in establishing that it doesn’t take a Marvel or DC Comics key to get into quarter million dollar territory.  This sale, and the Berk auction in general, also confirms that high-end collectors like the Edgar Church pedigree as much as ever.

Fantastic Comics #3 CGC 9.4 Jon Berk Collection

 

Daredevil Battles Hitler #1 CGC 8.5 (Lev Gleason, 1941) — This sale is not really a record, is not one of the highest dollar sales of Session 2, and I should note for you Marvel fans that this is not the same character that you’re familiar with. He’s a different super-hero from an earlier era, and was published by a different company.  I’m going to single it out anyway because it makes for a fascinating market study.  As gorgeous as this copy is at CGC 8.5, there are an astounding 15 (!!) copies in this grade or higher on the CGC census.  that is a lot of high grade copies for a comic book from 1941.  As additional high grade copies have emerged onto the census, prices have remained relatively flat over the past 15 years.  And yet… I think the buyer of this copy is going to be very happy with his $12,200.00 purchase in the years to come.  Because while Captain America Comics #1 has gotten all the Nazi-punching glory in recent months, Daredevil Battles Hitler #1 (which is actually the first issue of the Lev Gleason Daredevil series, which lasted 134 issues through September 1956) was at one time one of the most famous vintage comics covers of all time. I have a hunch people are going to start remembering that again, right about now.

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Here’s some additional highlights from last night’s Session 2:

Jon Berk Collection Auction Session 2

TitleIssueGraderRankPQ/CommentsFinal Price
DETECTIVE COMICS 27 CGC 6.5 crm/ow pgs; Sl(A-1) ct, pc re-attached, tr sls, spn splt sld, cvr clnd (To Dave - Bill Finger"-1st page) 313,000.00
FANTASTIC COMICS 1939-41 3 CGC 9.4 white pgs; Church/Mile High copy 243,000.00
FANTASTIC COMICS 1939-41 1 CGC 9.8 white pgs; 1 of 1! Church/Mile High Copy 66,000.00
COMICS MAGAZINE, THE 1 CGC 9 ow/white pgs; 1 of 1! 38,000.00
CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS 1 CGC 7 crm/ow pgs; Mod(B-3): ct, pcs added, tr sls, reinforced, trimmed, staples replaced 35,000.00
DETECTIVE COMICS 1 CGC 8 crm/ow pgs; Sl/Mod (A-2) sm amt ct cvr, pcs added cvr, cvr clnd, cvr & cfld reinforced 34,277.00
CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS 3 CGC 6 lt tan/ow pgs 31,060.00
FANTASTIC COMICS 1939-41 22 CGC 9.4 white pgs; Church/Mile High Copy 26,609.00
DETECTIVE COMICS 29 CGC 5 white pgs; Sl/Mod(B-2) tr sls, spn splts sld, reinforced, cvr clnd, intr lightened 25,500.00
FANTASTIC COMICS 1939-41 5 CGC 9.8 white pgs: Church/Mile High copy 23,956.00
CRASH COMICS 4 CGC 9.6 white pgs; 1 of 1! Church/Mile High copy 23,000.00
CATMAN COMICS 1 CGC 9 ow/white pgs; Larson copy 16,667.00
DETECTIVE COMICS 33 CGC 6 white pgs; Mod(A-3) ct, pc added, tr sl, split sld, clnd, reinforced 16,000.00
FANTASTIC COMICS 1939-41 21 CGC 9.4 white pgs; Church/Mile High Copy 15,200.00
CRASH COMICS 5 CGC 9.4 white pgs; 1 of 1! Church/Mile High copy 14,601.00
CHAMPION COMICS 9 CGC 9.4 white pgs; 1 of 1! Church/Mile High copy 13,199.00
DAREDEVIL COMICS 1 CGC 8.5 crm/ow pgs; Gleason File Copy 12,200.00
CHAMPION COMICS 10 CGC 9.2 white pgs; 1 of 1! Church/Mile High copy 11,600.00
BANNER COMICS 3 CGC 9.6 white pgs; 1 of 1! Church/Mile High Copy 11,250.00
CRASH COMICS 1 CGC 9 white pgs; 1 of 1! Church/Mile High Copy 9,950.00
FANTASTIC COMICS 1939-41 2 CGC 9 white pgs; Church/Mile High copy 9,609.00
FANTASTIC COMICS 1939-41 8 CGC 9.6 white pgs; Church/Mile High Copy 9,567.00
BRAVE AND THE BOLD 28 CGC 8 ow/white pgs; Sl (B-1) ct cvr, sm amt glue cvr 9,405.00
DETECTIVE COMICS 4 CGC 6 crm/ow pgs; small amt dried glue on spn; second highest 1 of 1! Windy City copy 8,200.00
CHAMP COMICS 24 CGC 9.4 white pages; 1 of 1! Church/Mile High copy 8,199.00
CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS COMICS 6 CGC 9.4 white pgs; 1 of 1! Church/Mile High copy 8,100.00
FANTASTIC COMICS 1939-41 6 CGC 9.2 white pgs; Church/Mile High copy 8,009.00


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