In this undated photo provided by Heritage Auction Galleries, a 1940 Batman issue #1 comic book owned by longtime Fairbanks, Alaska comic book buff Mike Wheat is shown. Wheat has put the rare comic on the auction block through Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries, where it's expected to fetch more than $40,000. (AP Photo/Heritage Auction Galleries)
The Dark Knight's first daring quest was sold for more than just a pretty penny.
Heritage Auction Galleries is the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer headquartered in Dallas with locations in Beverly Hills, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and France.
Mike Wheat, an Alaskan native, was the collector who had the rare comic copy in good condition. Wheat, a retired city wastewater treatment plant operator, had the issue for 36 years and considers the Batman comic an investment but felt it was time to say goodbye to the Dark Knight.
Along with the first issue, the second and fourth Batman issues were also up for grabs in the auction lot. To join in on the bidding, click here to head to Heritage's auction site.