CGC Registry

Dark is the Gotham Knight


Set Type: Detective Comics #401-#500
Owner: Tec-Tac-Toe
Last Modified: 11/26/2019
Views: 1207

Rank: 1
Score: 36353
Leading by: 548
Points to Higher Rank: N/A

Set Description:

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In 2013 this set of Detective Comics 401 to 500 was selected by Comics Guaranty Corporation (CGC) as one of the Best Presented sets in the Registry and it received the Best In Set award from 2008 to 2017. The other three sets selected as Best Presented for 2013 were Buzzettas Spider-man Set (Owner: Buzzetta); Conan the Barbarian by Barry Windsor-Smith (Owner: Rune); and Malebolgias Gemstones (Owner: Newshane).

To say that I was pleasantly surprised to have received this recognition and the accompanying award from the CGC Judges would be an understatement. This is especially so in light of the other three sets that were recognized because each one is simply magnificent and take set presentation, as have all the sets to be recognized such by CGC, to a level that inspire me to work even harder on refining the presentation of this set.

Taking the CGC Judges comment "[f]or many of the entries, he mentions the possibility of upgrades if the right book comes along. It will be fun to see how this set evolves over time"; to heart, commencing in July of 2013 I was fortunate enough to be able to add forty-five issues to this set that either upgraded the copy that was present at the time of the 2013 CGC Registry Awards, filled-in an issue slot that had been empty since the creation of this set, or added a second CGC graded 9.8 copy of an issue already contained in this set to my CGC graded comic book collection.

The forty-five issues of Detective Comics that were added to this set commencing at that time in order of addition are:

Detective Comics 472, White Pages [A 9.6 that was replaced with a 9.8];

Detective Comics 436, Off-white to White Pages, Old CGC Universal Blue Label;

Detective Comics 418, Off-white to White Pages, Old CGC Universal Blue Label (A previously empty slot);

Detective Comics 475, Off-white to White Pages (A previously empty slot);

Detective Comics 497, White Pages (A previously empty slot);

Detective Comics 405, White Pages;

Detective Comics 456, White Pages (A previously empty slot) [A 9.6 was replaced with a 9.8 White Pages copy] ( added after the close of the 2019 CGC Registry Awards);

Detective Comics 476, White Pages;

Detective Comics 421, Off-white to White Pages (A previously empty slot);

Detective Comics 455, Off-white to White Pages;

Detective Comics 469, Off-white to White Pages, Old CGC Universal Blue Label;

Detective Comics 479, White Pages;

Detective Comics 482, White Pages;

Detective Comics 498, White Pages (This copy of Detective Comics 498 was added after the close of the 2014 CGC Registry Awards);

Detective Comics 416, White Pages;

Detective Comics 461, White Pages;

Detective Comics 471, White Pages (A previously empty slot);

Detective Comics 437, Off-White to White Pages [A 9.4 was replaced with a 9.6 that was, in turn, replaced with a 9.8 copy] (A previously empty slot until the 9.4 copy was added after the close of the 2015 CGC Registry Awards)*;

Detective Comics 483, White Pages;

Detective Comics 464, Off-White to White Pages;

Detective Comics 500, White Pages (This is the second CGC graded 9.8 copy that I own of Detective Comics 500);

Detective Comics 414, Cream to Off-White Pages;

Detective Comics 462, Off-White to White Pages (Peter Kuper Copy) [The Peter Kuper 9.6 copy was replaced with a 9.8 White Pages copy] ( added after the close of the 2019 CGC Registry Awards);

Detective Comics 451, White Pages (Rocky Mountain Copy; this copy of Detective Comics 451 was added after the close of the 2016 CGC Registry Awards);

Detective Comics 485, White Pages;

Detective Comics 494, White Pages;

Detective Comics 463, White Pages (A previously empty slot; added after the close of the 2017 CGC Registry Awards): Color this set COMPLETE except for obtaining a higher CGC graded copy for every issue that I am able;

Detective Comics 481, White Pages [A 9.4; Don Rosa Collection copy; that was replaced with a 9.6];

Detective Comics 406, Off-white to White Pages;

Detective Comics 432, White Pages (This copy of Detective Comics 432 was added after the close of the 2018 CGC Registry Awards);

Detective Comics 492, White Pages (This copy replaced the one that was previously part of this set);

Detective Comics 412, Off-White to White Pages;

Detective Comics 437, Off-White to White Pages*;

Detective Comics 443, Off-White to White Pages;

Detective Comics 450, White Pages;

Detective Comics 454, White Pages;

Detective Comics 491, White Pages;

Detective Comics 490, White Pages, Signature Series;

Detective Comics 424, White Pages;

Detective Comics 456, White Pages (This copy of Detective Comics 456 was added after the close of the 2019 CGC Registry Awards);

Detective Comics 458, White Pages;

Detective Comics 462, White Pages;

Detective Comics 465, White Pages; and

Detective Comics 466, Off-White to White Pages.

The CGC assigned grades of the books in this set are:

Grade / Number of Issues in that Grade / Percent of Issues in that Grade

9.8 / 55 / 55%
9.6 / 39 / 39%
9.4 / 6 / 6%

Although I am thankful to have added the forty-five issues presented above to this set, my goal prior to the deadline for the 2020 CGC Registry Awards; as it has been since the 2008 CGC Registry Awards; is to upgrade the copies of the issues in this set to 9.8 or higher CGC graded copies.

With the presentation of the 2019 (previously the 2018; 2017; 2016; 2015; and 2014) CGC Registry Awards on Friday, June 14, 2019 (June 5, 2018, for the 2018 Awards; July 14, 2017 for the 2017 Awards; July 8, 2016 for the 2016 Awards; July, 10, 2015 for the 2015 Awards; July 25, 2014 for the 2014 Awards), my effort to upgrade every issue in this set continued unabated.

As with the Best Presented award, to say that I enjoy collecting the Detective Comics issues is an understatement because, for example, every one of the books in this set brings back memories of purchasing multiple copies of each one at the "almost-corner grocery store" (please see below) and then anxiously, but carefully, reading the next exciting installment of Batman's adventures in Gotham City.

Although those days are long past, and these are much better days, every one of these issues will always bring back fond memories.

Well, as I wrote, it seems so long ago now, in the "second installment" of the Set Description to this set [w]hen I started reading comic books, way back when, my favorite character/superhero was the Amazing Spider-Man; in fact, I recall that I went numerous times as Spider-Man for Halloween. At some point during the late 1960s or early 1970s the Amazing Spider-Man took a back seat to the Batman. I imagine that this occurred because, at least to me, the Batman, Detective Comics, Brave and the Bold, etc., comic books were so much grittier than the Amazing Spider-Man comic books. However, I did, and still do, immensely enjoy reading and collecting Amazing Spider-Man comic books, including, at least as of January 1, 2014, the Superior Spider-Man title.

With this change of heart, my favorite comic book titles became Batman and Detective Comics. However, the Amazing Spider-Man and literally every comic book published by DC and Marvel were not far behind. Having such a broad interest; what some may term an obsession, others a passion; lead me to purchase almost every single title published by DC and Marvel from the last few years of the Silver Age through 1984. After 1984 I did not purchase what I would term the obscure DC and Marvel titles (fill-in the blank), except for the first issue-rarely beyond that-of such titles if only for lack of storage space.

I purchased every single comic book in this set at my favorite newsstand (or, as I refer to it, the almost-corner grocery store). In fact, I purchased multiple copies of each and every issue as Detective Comics was, along with Batman, my favorite comic book title. I still purchased The Amazing Spider-Man, it was a fantastic read.

As you will note in the comments I provide for the books in this set, every book contained herein was purchased slabbed as I have not had any of my original owner/off the newsstand purchased Detective Comics graded by CGC. I plan to one day following my retirement, perhaps much sooner time permitting, as merely moving my books into an acid-free/neutralizing environment took what appeared to be a lifetime so I can only dread how long it will take selecting which to have graded.

As my original set description read, Dark the Batman may be, but DC 401 to 500 is pure fun!; Yes indeed.

I repeat, yes indeed!

Previous Set Winners:

Comic_Best_Category Set larstrue 2006

Comic_Best_Category Set mr.highgrade 2007

Alfred Pennyworth 2018

Set Issue Highlight:

Detective Comics 411, CGC Graded 9.4, Off-white to White Pages

Detective Comics 411 has somewhat slowly become widely recognized as a (major) key issue because of at least two reasons. One, it is the first appearance of Talia, as in al Ghul fame, and two, due to Adams' magnificent cover.

I hope that you enjoy viewing the front cover scan of this set's copy presented below. You may view the back cover, and my comments on this issue and set copy, in the Detective Comics 411 slot of this set.

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Thank you, and happy comic book reading and collecting!


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Detective Comics 416 1254799006 9.8560 Shop eBay
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Detective Comics 421 0216859030 9.8560 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 422 0762989013 9.6500 Shop eBay
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Detective Comics 424 1497484022 9.8560 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 425 1097152003 9.8480 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 426 0706491017 9.6300 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 427 0911662003 9.6300 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 428 0800780030 9.6300 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 429 1015419006 9.8480 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 430 0801104059 9.6300 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 431 0801104115 9.8480 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 432 1075587017 9.6300 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 433 0132852013 9.4180 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 434 0802188049 9.6300 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 435 0145452006 9.8480 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 436 0061953006 9.8480 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 437 1991587007 9.8600 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 438 0073412009 9.6500 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 439 0145477004 9.6500 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 440 0743318003 9.6500 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 441 0947715001 9.6500 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 442 0763318020 9.6500 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 443 1991587009 9.8800 Shop eBay
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Detective Comics 445 0143216003 9.4300 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 446 0763306004 9.6150 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 447 0625831004 9.8240 Shop eBay
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Detective Comics 450 1210589004 9.8240 Shop eBay
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Detective Comics 454 1273856024 9.8240 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 455 1219844006 9.6150 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 456 2053839010 9.8240 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 457 0114460006 9.6150 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 458 2053839012 9.8240 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 459 0780275004 9.6150 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 460 0701106003 9.8240 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 461 1138274013 9.8200 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 462 2053839013 9.8200 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 463 1497107021 9.6125 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 464 1300174001 9.8200 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 465 0912701002 9.8200 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 466 0251853016 9.8400 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 467 0967263013 9.6250 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 468 0153335007 9.8400 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 469 0116425019 9.8400 Shop eBay
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Detective Comics 471 0238661010 9.8400 Shop eBay
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Detective Comics 477 0939391011 9.8400 Shop eBay
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Detective Comics 479 1212357003 9.8400 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 480 0900058001 9.8200 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 481 1448419010 9.6150 Shop eBay
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Detective Comics 483 1054652017 9.8200 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 484 0138632008 9.675 Shop eBay
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Detective Comics 486 0793107005 9.445 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 487 0151329008 9.8120 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 488 0796581012 9.675 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 489 0004766073 9.8120 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 490 0361129014 9.8132 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 491 1488134020 9.8120 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 492 0230832009 9.675 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 493 0936402002 9.8120 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 494 0294799017 9.8120 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 495 0294799018 9.8120 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 496 1015896011 9.896 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 497 1073812007 9.896 Shop eBay
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Detective Comics 499 1043198006 9.896 Shop eBay
Detective Comics 500 1255702015 9.8160 Shop eBay

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