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    Action Comics #1 (Ashcan) (DC, 1938). This gruesome Craig Flessel cover graces the comic that was used to register the trademark and logo for Action Comics, where, only a few months later, Superman had his historic world premiere. The source for this and most other DC ashcans, was Sol Harrison, who worked for DC for 35 years. Very few ashcans were created to begin with and, of these, only a tiny fraction remain. Even more unusual is that this is the only ashcan whose cover art was not recycled from published art. Despite extensive searching over the past 15 years, only three copies (including this one) of the Action ashcan are known to exist, and one of those is in the permanent archives of DC comics, and the other is in the hands of a long-time ashcan collector. One of the two known Superman ashcans sold last year for more than $20,000. This truly rare and important ashcan is an opportunity that should not be missed.

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    December, 2002
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
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