Detective Comics (#519-590) Values 2019

From: The 2019 Price Guide for 1980’s Marvel & DC Newsstand Canadian Cover Price Variants (Type 1A)
by Bill Alexander, Paul Clairmont, Walter Durajlija, Jon McClure, Benjamin Nobel, Doug Sulipa, and Angelo Virone  [ introduction, table of contents, all titles ]

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Detective Comics Values #519-590
Issue Direct Edition Value Canadian
Variant
Cover Price
Type 1A Canadian Cover Price Variant Value CGC-Confirmed
Market-
place
Guide A
(NM)
Guide B
(NM-)
9.2
NM-
9.0
VF/NM
8.0
VF
6.0
FN
4.0
VG
2.0
GD
#519 $11 $11 $8 $0.75 $22 $19 $15 $11 $7 $
 DC, 10/1982  Batgirl backup story
Doug notes: FIRST Canadian Price Variant in Title
 
#520 $11 $10 $8 $0.75 $20 $18 $14 $10 $7 $
 DC, 11/1982  Doug notes: CATWOMAN Backup-s, with Gil Kane-a; Professor Hugo Strange-c/s; BONUS 16 Page Insert Preview of Masters of the Universe;  
#521 $7 $6 $8 $0.75 $16
▲ $2
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 12/1982  Versus Catwoman
Bill notes: Catwoman appearance; Nudity panels; Green Arrow back up stories begin
Doug notes: GREEN ARROW Backup SERIES BEGINS; CATWOMAN seeks Vengeance against Vicki Vale; SELINA KYLE aka CATWOMAN = Page of NUDITY Panels; CATWOMAN with WHIP Panels; Two Pages of VICKI VALE in LINGERIE Panels;
 
#522 $7 $7 $8 $0.75 $18 $16 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 1/1983  Doug notes: Lower Print Run;  
#523Top 50 $45
$8
$42 $0.75 $80
▲ $5
$54 $43 $30 $20 $10 
 DC, 2/1983  1st Appearance of Killer Croc in cameo
#37 in this year’s Top 50.
Angelo notes: A raw NM+ variant sold for $396 in 2018.
Paul notes: In my opinion, a very undervalued key copper age book. A CGC 9.4 Detective Comics #523 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $232.00 on 12/14/2017
Doug notes: FIRST cameo appearance of Waylon Jones aka KILLER CROC anywhere (preceded 1st cameo in Batman #357 from 3/1983 by ONE MONTH); Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje played KILLER CROC in the 8/2016 SUICIDE SQUAD Movie; BATMAN vs SOLOMON GRUNDY Battle cover and Story;
 
#524 $26 $19 $15 $0.75 $60
▲ $10
$45 $36 $25 $17 $
 DC, 3/1983  2nd Appearance of Jason Todd; Versus the Squid; Continued from Batman #357
Bill notes: 1st full appearance of Killer Croc, Killer Croc’s face seen for the first time; A CGC 8.0 variant sold for $82.50 in June 2018
Doug notes: FIRST FULL appearance of Waylon Jones aka KILLER CROC anywhere (same Month as the Cameo in Batman #357 from 3/1983); KILLER CROC appears on SEVEN pages in 23 Panels = [CROC FACE is Shown in THREE Panels; CROC EYES Only shown in FOUR Panels; CROC Figure Only is shown in 16 Panels]; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje played KILLER CROC in the 8/2016 SUICIDE SQUAD Movie; SECOND appearance of JASON TODD = Cameo; LOW Print Run
 
#525 $12 $9 $15 $0.75 $48
▲ $8
$36 $29 $20 $14 $
 DC, 4/1983  Versus Killer Croc
Bill notes: 1st full appearance of Jason Todd
Doug notes: TIED with BATMAN #358 for SECOND FULL appearance of Waylon Jones aka KILLER CROC (same Month as #358 from 4/1983); Tied with Batman #358 for First KILLER CROC Cover (View of Back Only); Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje played KILLER CROC in the 8/2016 SUICIDE SQUAD Movie; THIRD FULL appearance of JASON TODD (see Batman #357); LOW Print Run
 
#526 $15 $15 $28 $2.00 $58
▲ $10
$44 $35 $24 $16 $
 DC, 5/1983  Versus Riddler, Cavalier, Mad Hatter, Scarecrow, Signalman, Spook, Mr. Freeze, Black Spider, Killer Croc, Joker, Two-Face, Killer Moth, Clayface, Gentleman Ghost; Batman’s 500th appearance issue
Bill notes: Jason Todd is seen wearing a costume for the first time in this issue (an old Dick Grayson circus costume). In this landmark 500th Anniversary issue, Jason Todd discovers that Bruce Wayne is Batman, and discovers his parents have been killed by Killer Croc. The issue features a Special 500th Aniversary Bob Kane bonus full-page Batman pin-up. A type 1A gem to try to find in a certified 9.6 or higher grade being squarebound in format.
Doug notes: 68 Page Giant; Death JASON TODD’s Parents; Batman’s 500th appearance in Detective; 55 page JOKER-c/s; Batgirl, Catwoman, early KILLER CROC & 15 Batman Villians; Don Newton-a; LOW PRINT RUN
 
#527 $8 $7 $6 $0.75 $14 $12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 6/1983  Doug notes: Lower Print Run;  
#528 $7 $7 $6 $0.75 $14 $12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 7/1983  Doug notes: Lower Print Run;  
#529 $6 $6 $6 $0.75 $16 $14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 8/1983  1st Appearance of Night-Slayer (Anton Knight)
Doug notes: Green Arrow backup-s; Storyline Leading to the First appearance of NOCTURA Begins; In the NEW 52, Nocturna is among the villains recruited by the Crime Syndicate of America to join the Secret Society of Super Villains; NOCTURA’s Team affliations includes; Injustice Legue & Secret Society of Super Villians;
 
#530 $8 $7 $6 $0.75 $14 $12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 9/1983  Doug notes: Second appearance Natasha Natalia Knight aka NOCTURA-c/s = Same Month as 1st appearance in Batman #363;  
#531 $7 $6 $6 $0.75 $14 $12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 10/1983  Doug notes: Lower Print Run;  
#532 $37 $32 $16 $0.75 $51 $38 $31 $21 $14 $
 DC, 11/1983  Versus Joker; Continued in Batman #366
Doug notes: Lower Print Run;
 
#533 $13 $13 $6 $0.95 $17
▲ $1
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 12/1983  Doug notes: Lower Print Run;  
#534 $8 $8 $6 $0.95 $20 $18 $14 $10 $7 $
 DC, 1/1984  Versus Poison Ivy;
Doug notes: Lower Print Run;
 
#535 $18 $17 $10 $0.95 $28 $25 $20 $14 $9 $
 DC, 2/1984  2nd appearance of Robin (Jason Todd); Versus Crazy Quilt
Doug notes: First appearance of JASON TODD as the NEW ROBIN in Title; Crazy Quilty-c/s; Gene COLAN-a; Green Arrow backup-s
 
#536 $7 $7 $6 $0.95 $16 $14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 3/1984  Versus Deadshot
Doug notes: DEADSHOT-c/s; Doctor Fang appears; Gene COLAN-a; Green Arrow backup-s;
 
#537 $9 $8 $6 $0.95 $18 $16 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 4/1984  Doug notes: Lower Print Run;  
#538 $8 $6 $6 $0.95 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 5/1984  Doug notes: Lower Print Run;  
#539 $12 $10 $6 $0.95 $18
▲ $1
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 6/1984  Doug notes: Lower Print Run;  
#540 $9 $9 $6 $0.95 $20 $18 $14 $10 $7 $
 DC, 7/1984  Doug notes: SCARECROW-c/s; Green Arrow backup-s;  
#541 $8 $8 $6 $0.95 $16
▲ $1
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 8/1984  Doug notes: COLAN-a; PENGUIN app; Green Arrow backup-s;  
#542 $9 $8 $6 $0.95 $16
▲ $1
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 9/1984  Doug notes: JASON TODD QUITS as ROBIN-c/s; Green Arrow backup-s;  
#543 $6 $6 $6 $0.95 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 10/1984  Doug notes: Lower Print Run;  
#544 $8 $7 $6 $0.95 $16
▲ $1
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 11/1984  Doug notes: COLAN-a; Noctura & Night-Slayer app; BONUS 16 Page Insert Preview of Flash Force 2000; Green Arrow backup-s;  
#545 $6 $5 $6 $0.95 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 12/1984  Doug notes: Lower Print Run;  
#546 $7 $6 $6 $0.95 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 1/1985  1st Appearance Onyx
Doug notes: Lower Print Run;
 
#547 $9 $9 $6 $0.95 $18
▲ $2
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 2/1985  Doug notes: Lower Print Run;  
#548 $7 $6 $6 $0.95 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 3/1985  Doug notes: Lower Print Run;  
#549 $6 $6 $6 $0.95 $20
▲ $2
$18 $14 $10 $7 $
 DC, 4/1985  Doug notes: ALAN MOORE script; Early appearance of HARVEY BULLOCK; ** Special HARVEY BULLOCK Cover and Story issue = FIRST Cover Appearance?? Donal Logue is playing Detective Harvey Bullock in the GOTHAM TV Series;  
#550 $9 $7 $6 $0.95 $20
▲ $2
$18 $14 $10 $7 $
 DC, 5/1985  Doug notes: ALAN MOORE Scripts on Green Arrow, with Black Canary app;  
#551 $9 $8 $6 $0.95 $16 $14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 6/1985  Doug notes: Calendar Man-c/s; Jason Todd; Broderick-a; Green Arrow backup-s, with Black Canary & Onyx;  
#552 $6 $6 $6 $0.95 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 7/1985  Doug notes: Graveyard-c; JASON TODD as Robin appears; Green Arrow backup-s, with Black Canary & Onyx;  
#553 $10 $12 $6 $0.95 $30 $26 $21 $15 $10 $
 DC, 8/1985  Versus Black Mask;
Doug notes: Second appearance of BLACK MASK-c/s = Part-2 of 3-Parts, BLACK MASK is the main VILLIAN in the Hot New Video Game; X-Over with Batman #386-387; Falseface society appears; Jason Todd/Robin appears; Janson-c/a; Green Arrow backup-s, Black Canary app;
 
#554 $8 $8 $8 $0.95 $20 $18 $14 $10 $7 $
 DC, 9/1985  Doug notes: Jason Todd/Robin app; Janson-c/a; 1st New BLACK CANARY-c/s, appears in Green Arrow backup-s  
#555 $7 $6 $6 $0.95 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 10/1985  Doug notes: Jason Todd/Robin app; Captain Boomerang battle Mirror Master to the Death-c/s; Gene COLAN-a; Green Arrow backup-s;  
#556 $7 $6 $6 $0.95 $14 $12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 11/1985  Doug notes: Nocturna-c/s; Gene COLAN-a; Jason Todd/Robin, CATWOMAN appears; Early appearance of HARVEY BULLOCK;  
#557 $9 $7 $6 $0.95 $16 $14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 12/1985  Doug notes: Slayer-c/s; Jason Todd/Robin, Catwoman & Nocturna app; Gene COLAN-a; Green Arrow/Onyx backup-s;  
#558 $6 $6 $6 $0.95 $16 $14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 1/1986  Doug notes: Jason Todd/Robin, CATWOMAN appears; Early appearance of HARVEY BULLOCK;  
#559 $6 $6 $6 $0.95 $16 $14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 2/1986  Doug notes: Batman & Catwoman vs Green Arrow & Balck Canary booklength-c/s; COLAN-a; Brian Bolland-c;  
#560 $5 $5 $6 $0.95 $16 $14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 3/1986  1st Appearance of Steelclaw (Thomas Bolt)
Doug notes: Catwoman & Jason Todd/Robin app; COLAN-a; Green Arrow, Black Canary backup-s, with Champion app;
 
#561 $6 $5 $6 $0.95 $14 $12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 4/1986  Robin solo
Doug notes: Jason Todd/Robin-c/s; COLAN-c/a; Green Arrow, Black Carary backup-s, with Champion app;
 
#562 $5 $5 $6 $0.95 $16 $14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 5/1986  Bill notes: Contains nudity panels
Doug notes: Catwoman-c/s; Jason Todd/Robin app; COLAN-c/a; Green Arrow & Black Canary backup-s
 
#563 $13 $12 $6 $0.95 $20 $18 $14 $10 $7 $
 DC, 6/1986  Origin of Two-Face (Harvey Dent); Versus Two-Face
Doug notes: ORIGIN of Two-Face-c/s; Catwoman & Jason Todd/Robin app; COLAN-c/a; Green Arrow & Black Canary backup-s, with Champion app;
 
#564 $12 $10 $6 $0.95 $16 $14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 7/1986  Doug notes: Two-Face-c/s; Catwoman, Circe & Jason Todd/Robin app; COLAN-c/a; Green Arrow & Black Canary backup-s, with Steelclaw; Onyx app;  
#565 $6 $6 $6 $0.95 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 8/1986  Death of Steelclaw (Thomas Bolt)
Doug notes: Lower Print Run;
 
#566Top 50 $52
$27
$6
$1.00 $65
▲ $5
$49 $39 $27 $18 $
 DC, 9/1986  Ties for #50 in this year’s Top 50.
Doug notes: Classic Batman ROGUES GALLERY cover & story; Villains Profiled includes; Joker, Penguin, Two-Face, Ras al Ghul, Poison Ivy, Riddler, & Mad Hatter; Doug Moench story; GENE COLAN & Bob Smith art; Dick Giordano cover; Green Arrow & Black Canary backup story with Onyx & Barricade;
 
#567 $11 $8 $6 $1.00 $18 $16 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 10/1986  Doug notes: Harlan Ellison scripts; Janson-c; COLAN-a; Green Arrow & Black Canary backup-s with Barricade & Onyx;  
#568 $9 $7 $6 $1.00 $16 $14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 11/1986  Doug notes: Book-Length-s = Batman vs PENGUIN; Jason Todd/Robin app; X-Over with Batman #401 & Legends #1;  
#569 $28 $23 $16 $1.00 $44 $33 $26 $18 $12 $
 DC, 12/1986  Versus Joker
Doug notes: JOKER & CATWOMAN Book-Length-c/s; Jason Todd/Robin app;
 
#570 $17 $17 $16 $1.00 $38 $33 $27 $19 $13 $
 DC, 1/1987  Versus Joker; Versus Catwoman
Doug notes: JOKER & CATWOMAN Book-Length-c/s; Jason Todd/Robin app;
 
#571 $16 $14 $6 $1.00 $24 $21 $17 $12 $8 $
 DC, 2/1987  Origin of Scarecrow; Versus Scarecrow
Doug notes: SCARECROW Book-Length-c/s; Jason Todd/Robin app;
 
#572 $8 $7 $10 $1.75 $21
▲ $1
$18 $15 $10 $7 $
 DC, 3/1987  50th anniversary issue; Giant-size
Doug notes: 64 page GIANT; 50th ANNIVERSARY issue; Booklength-s; Sherlock Holmes-c/s; Elongated Man, Slam Bradley app; Mike Kaluta-c;
 
#573 $8 $7 $6 $1.00 $16 $14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 4/1987  Doug notes: MAD HATTER-c/s; Book-Length-c/s; Jason Todd/Robin app;  
#574 $13 $13 $12 $1.00 $28 $25 $20 $14 $9 $
 DC, 5/1987  Origin of Batman
Doug notes: ORIGIN of Batman & Jason Todd/Robin; Book-Length-c/s;
 
#575 $46 $47 $28 $1.00 $60
▲ $6
$45 $36 $25 $17 $
 DC, 6/1987  1st Appearance of The Reaper; Year Two, Part I
Angelo notes: Batman on the cover holding a gun! Tough book to find in the highest of grades.
Doug notes: Lower Print Run;
 
#576 $25 $23 $28 $1.00 $59
▲ $5
$44 $35 $25 $17 $
 DC, 7/1987  Year Two, Part II; Todd McFarlane art
Doug notes: Lower Print Run;
 
#577 $30 $28 $28 $1.00 $59
▲ $5
$44 $35 $25 $17 $
 DC, 8/1987  Year Two, Part III; Todd McFarlane art
Doug notes: Lower Print Run;
 
#578 $27 $25 $28 $1.00 $58
▲ $4
$44 $35 $24 $16 $
 DC, 9/1987  Year Two, Part IV; Todd McFarlane art
Doug notes: Lower Print Run;
 
#579 $6 $4 $4 $1.00 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 10/1987  Doug notes: 1st New Logo; Book-length Crime Doctor-c/s; Jason Todd/Robin app;  
#580 $7 $5 $4 $1.00 $16
▲ $2
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 11/1987  Doug notes: Book-Length TWO-FACE-c/s; Jason Todd/Robin app;  
#581 $5 $5 $4 $1.00 $16
▲ $2
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 12/1987  Doug notes: Book-Length TWO-FACE-c/s; Jason Todd/Robin app;  
#582 $5 $4 $4 $1.00 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 1/1988  Doug notes: Millennium X-Over Booklength-c/s; Jason Todd/Robin app;  
#583 $27 $48
$4
$1.00 $44
▲ $9
$33 $26 $18 $12 $
 DC, 2/1988  1st Appearance of Ventriloquist
Doug notes: Mike MIGNOLA-c; First appearance of Scarface and Ventriloquist = Book-Length story; John Wagner & Alan Grant-s;
 
#584 $6 $5 $4 $1.00 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 3/1988  Doug notes: 2nd app of Scarface & Ventriloquist Booklength-s; John Wagner & Alan Grant-s  
#585 $6 $5 $4 $1.00 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 4/1988  1st Appearance Rat-Catcher
Doug notes: Lower Print Run;
 
#586 $5 $5 $4 $1.00 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 5/1988  Doug notes: Lower Print Run;  
#587 $6 $5 $4 $1.00 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 6/1988  Doug notes: Lower Print Run;  
#588 $5 $4 $4 $1.00 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 7/1988  Doug notes: Lower Print Run;  
#589 $5 $4 $4 $1.00 $18 $16 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 8/1988  Doug notes: 52 page Giant with 16 page Bonus Insert BATMAN Comic with POISON IVY; Night People, Part-3; vs Corrosive Man-c/s; John Wagner & Alan Grant-s;  
#590 $5 $4 $4 $1.00 $16
▲ $2
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 9/1988  Doug notes: Scarcer LAST Canadian Price Variant in Title  
Issue Market-
place
Guide A
(NM)
Guide B
(NM-)
Canadian
Variant
Cover Price
9.2
NM-
9.0
VF/NM
8.0
VF
6.0
FN
4.0
VG
2.0
GD
CGC-Confirmed
Direct Edition Value Type 1A Canadian Cover Price Variant Value
 
 = Stand-out value  
 
 = Flagged to highlight price guide disagreement
 
Detective Comics Canadian Price Variant Example Photos:
CPV Canadian Price Variant Images 1
CGC census data for Canadian Price Variant and Regular comic books
Detective Comics CGC Census Changes:
Issue # 8/15/2017
Census Count
8/21/2018
Census Count
Year over
year change
Regular Variant Regular Variant Regular Variant
519 16 16
520 21 24 +3
521 14 17 +3
522 24 26 +2
523 60 91 2 +31 +2
524 28 41 1 +13 +1
525 54 70 1 +16 +1
526 187 201 1 +14 +1
527 27 29 +2
528 26 28 +2
529 15 17 +2
530 14 16 +2
531 12 1 12 1
532 98 120 1 +22 +1
533 16 16
534 30 35 +5
535 64 70 1 +6 +1
536 19 21 +2
537 21 21
538 22 22
539 12 13 +1
540 19 22 +3
541 21 21
542 24 26 +2
543 23 24 +1
544 14 15 +1
545 18 18
546 10 10
547 4 5 +1
548 6 6
549 28 31 +3
550 20 22 +2
551 9 10 +1
552 23 26 +3
553 12 14 +2
554 49 54 1 +5 +1
555 16 16
556 12 12
557 10 10
558 15 15
559 10 11 +1
560 7 7
561 3 5 +2
562 14 15 +1
563 8 8
564 11 12 +1
565 8 8
566 66 82 +16
567 23 25 +2
568 17 17
569 66 77 +11
570 75 85 1 +10 +1
571 37 39 +2
572 51 52 +1
573 28 30 +2
574 44 48 +4
575 332 366 +34
576 306 2 351 2 +45
577 272 1 316 2 +44 +1
578 268 2 299 2 +31
579 4 7 +3
580 8 9 +1
581 11 11
582 14 18 +4
583 132 190 1 +58 +1
584 7 9 +2
585 9 9
586 7 7
587 11 15 +4
588 2 2
589 10 10
590 12 13 +1
  Regular Variant Regular Variant Regular Variant
Title Totals:
% regular / % variant
2,986
> 99% 
6
< 1% 
3,416
> 99% 
17
< 1% 
 +430
  ~98% 
 +11
  ~2% 
CGC census data CPVs and regular bottom
CPV Canadian Price Variant Images 2
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