Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Commandos Ashcan Edition (DC, 1942) Condition: VF. Apparently DC didn't want any confusion in the marketplace when they decided to give the Boy Commandos their own title, so they created this ashcan to help protect their interests. 1940s Supergirl and Superwoman ashcans are known to exist as well, created for the same reason! The strategy obviously had its desired effect, as the "Commandos" name wasn't seen in a comic title until the Atlas/Marvel era.
    The cover art is from the newsstand edition of Boy Commandos #1, dated Winter 1942/43 and thus on sale at the time this ashcan was created. The interior is actually a Boy Commandos tale from Detective Comics #70. Two copies are known to exist, both owned by the consignor. No prior sales.


    More Information:

    About  ashcans:

    In the early days of comics publishing, the most common procedure to secure a trademark for a potentially valuable title was to create an ashcan edition of the proposed comic book (not to be confused with the modern-day term which commonly refers to mass-produced promotional booklets). 

     

    Companies would simply create the title's logo, affix it to a piece of existing cover art, and then shoot a Velox of it.  (A Velox is a positive photographic print typically used by newspapers as a pre-press proof, which accounts for ashcan covers being black and white rather than color.)  After the cover was created, it was trimmed to comic-book size and then stapled to the interior of a previously published book, or sometimes just some loose story pages.  The ashcan was now complete.  For all practical purposes it had the appearance of a legitimate comic book - and since the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) apparently accepted them as authentic comic books for trademark registration, no higher authority in the country existed to dispute this claim.  Nor, apparently, did anyone ever seek to try.



    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2012
    22nd-24th Wednesday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 481

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold on Feb 24, 2012 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 19 days left to consign to the 2021 May 14 - 16 The Art of Anime Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Congratulations on your company growth in the interim - quite phenomenal, well done!
    Paul L.,
    Rancho Santa Fe, CA
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search