Brian Azzarello Signs Batman: Damned #1 For $50 CGC

It is not unusual for comic book creators to charge for autographs these days, especially as a significant part of the autograph market is one that gets it slabbed slaps the resultant comic on eBay, or puts it on their comic store's wall (real or virtual) at a significant markup. People like Neal Adams talk about how it values the creator – and how creators who choose not to charge are undercutting that value.

Some have different levels of signature. For a while, Rob Liefeld did free signatures unless it was New Mutants #98, the first appearance of Deadpool. Now he charges for all signatures but Deadpool books get a premium price.

And now it seems, in the wake of the insane activity around Batman: Damned #1 and, well, the batawang, Brian Azzarello has joined the premium club for comic intended to be CGC graded and slabbed.

He will charge $5 for any signature, $15 for a CGC-slabbing signature, Batman Damned #1 for $10 and for a CGC-slabbing Batman Damned #1? That's a full $50. From the website…

Brian will sign any book with a fee of $5 per book. Unless the book is Batman Damned then its $10 .00 per book.  Brian's fee for CGC books is $15 per book if you are in attendance at the show. Unless the book is Batman Damned if it is then the price is $50 per book.

Given that a signed Brian Azzarello Batman Damned comic sold on eBay for $126 unslabbed, you might be able to understand both the temptation and rationale.

Brian Azzarello is at Baltimore Comic-Con this weekend and will then be attending the MCM London Comic Con later in October alongside Dark Knight: The Master Race III co-creator Frank Miller.

I'll have my copy of Batman Damned in hand. Let's see if I can get Frank Miller to sign it. No one else will have that…

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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