First "Bat-man" Comic Proof Pages, Saved from the Trash in Queens, Highlight Comics Event at Heritage Auctions

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DALLAS; TX.- The original 1939 production proofs for pages 2-6 of Detective Comics #27, otherwise known as the first appearance of “The Bat-Man,” perhaps the closest the world will ever get to the original art for this monumental comic book – long lost, as far as anyone has ever known – will be part of Heritage Auctions Signature® Vintage Comics & Comic Art Auction, Feb. 24. The pages are estimated at $1,000+ each. The saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” comes to mind here, as these pop culture relics were literally heading for the dust bin of history: they were rescued in 1975 from an old steamer trunk sitting on a curb awaiting trash pick-up in Rego Park, Queens. Mario J. Sacripante spied the trunk outside of the building where he lived, and where – he soon learned – Bob Kane, Batman’s creator, had also lived for many years. “I actually knew what it was that I had found, having been around antiques and collectibl