CGC Registry

The Broken Bat


Set Type: Batman - (Knightfall Knightquest KnightsEnd)
Owner: Brandon Shepherd
Last Modified: 4/29/2019
Views: 154

Rank: 8
Score: 228
Leading by: 57
Points to Higher Rank: 172

Set Description:

The Knightfall saga is the first Batman storyline I tried to collect, but I was late to the party. I started collecting as an 11-year-old in early 1994, after I found the Death of Superman graphic novel. As I started accumulating DC Comics in ‘94/95, I had my young hands full with catching up on the various Superman titles, but I did come across a few Batman titles with a Batman that looked very different, the Knightquest issues, and Bruce Wayne was not Batman! Also during this time, Superman had a Billy Ray mullet and a new guy was Green Lantern. I did find a few Knightfall issues in a dollar bin around ’95, Batman #494 and #496, where I learned there were actually three Robins! I went on to get various Knightquest and KnightsEnd issues from the grocery store and the fabled 'DC Universe' brick packages from Toys R Us and Sam’s Club.

I lost interest in comics around 1996, but I did return in 2000, with a renewed interest in Batman, where I set out to finish the job of collecting all the Knightfall, Knightquest and KnightsEnd issues. The prelude issues (Batman #488-90, Detective #657-58) were the most difficult for me to find. Little did I know then that this would become an odyssey, taking me the better part of 20 years to find the TPBs and all the other various issues that were not reprinted that were involved in this epic saga, I started at 11, and finally found and read everything at 30-something. In 2012, DC re-released three Knightfall volumes, collecting for the first time all of the Knightquest: The Crusade issues, however, Knightquest: The Search was left out, along with several of the prelude issues. It would not be until 2018 that DC would recut the collection into nine volumes for the 25th anniversary, to include most everything. Then there is the Sword of Azreal (1992) mini-series and the Venom storyline from Legends of the Dark Knight #16-20 (1991)…

What I really like about the whole Knigtfall saga was the impact that it had on the Batman titles. The story was developed for longevity and characters like Bane and Azreal were introduced in a grand fashion, Bane with a one-shot and Azreal with a mini-series. The prelude was planned carefully and all the wheels were set in motion well before Knightfall part 1 in Batman #492. Knightfall was also a changing of the guard, not just for characterization, but also for artistic contribution. Veteran artist Jim Aparo was a part of several Knightfall issues, with his signature classic style, but the torch was then passed to artist Kelly Jones. This saga also gave Robin and Catwoman their own titles in 1993.

I am not aiming for a complete set here, only the covers that I find interesting, or what I can find for cheap. I would love to have all the Kelly Jones covers from Knightfall in this set someday. I also hope to find all of those second and third printings in 9.8. Some of these are books I found in the wild and sent in myself for grading, making them special to me.

Slot DescriptionCert #GradeScore
Batman 491 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 491 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 491 Third Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 492 0254919020 9.835 Shop eBay
Batman 492 Platinum Edition No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 492 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 492 Third Printing 0177852014 9.835 Shop eBay
Batman 493 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 493 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 494 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 495 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 496 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 497 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 497 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 497 Third Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 498 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 499 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 500 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 500 Collector's Edition No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 500 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 501 1232106003 9.835 Shop eBay
Batman 502 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 503 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 504 1232106004 9.835 Shop eBay
Batman 505 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 506 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 507 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 508 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 509 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman 510 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 59 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 60 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 61 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 62 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 63 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 16 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 17 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 18 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 19 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 20 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 21 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 22 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 23 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 24 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 25 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 26 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 27 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 28 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 29 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 30 No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 30 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Batman: Turning Points 4 No Comic    Shop eBay
Catwoman (1993) 6 No Comic    Shop eBay
Catwoman (1993) 7 1255922002 9.824 Shop eBay
Catwoman (1993) 12 No Comic    Shop eBay
Catwoman (1993) 13 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 658 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 659 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 659 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 659 3rd Printing 2021220004 9.864 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 660 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 660 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 660 Third Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 661 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 662 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 663 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 664 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 664 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 665 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 666 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 667 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 668 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 669 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 670 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 671 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 672 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 673 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 674 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 675 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 675 Collector's Edition No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 675 Platinum Edition No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 676 No Comic    Shop eBay
Detective Comics 677 No Comic    Shop eBay
Justice League Task Force 5 No Comic    Shop eBay
Justice League Task Force 6 No Comic    Shop eBay
Robin (1993) 7 No Comic    Shop eBay
Robin (1993) 8 No Comic    Shop eBay
Robin (1993) 9 No Comic    Shop eBay
Showcase '93 (1993) 7 No Comic    Shop eBay
Showcase '93 (1993) 8 No Comic    Shop eBay

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