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    Flash Comics Ashcan Edition #1 (Fawcett, 1940) CGC VF/NM 9.0 White pages. The first printed appearance of Captain Marvel was right here, in a comic that few people ever got to see. In fact, according to Overstreet, only eight copies exist. With the Golden Age in full bloom, publishers raced to secure the copyrights to desirable titles, and that's where ashcans came in (an ashcan is a mock-up of a comic, produced by hand in very small quantities). As Fawcett's editorial director said in an interview, "Only a few copies were printed and sent by registered mail to wholesalers and distributors to indicate distribution and to establish the date of first usage in case another publisher came up with the same title." Once they lost the race for the "Flash" title to DC (and after also producing a Thrill Comics ashcan with content identical to this one) Fawcett decided to go with Whiz Comics instead, a title that turned out quite well for the company! In fact, the existence of this makes it clear why the first issue of Whiz was #2 rather than #1. Fawcett was clear on who the star of their new book was: Captain Marvel, who appears on the cover by C. C. Beck. But the Big Red Cheese was actually dubbed "Captain Thunder" here. The eight-page origin story of Captain Thunder essentially corresponds to the first part of Captain Marvel's origin in the first issue of Whiz Comics, with only minor changes made. Oh by the way, this is also the first comic Fawcett ever produced... have we persuaded you to bid yet? The inside covers of this ashcan are blank, with the covers and inside pages printed on a high-quality uncoated paper stock. This is the only unrestored copy of this ashcan that CGC has certified to date. Note that while there is an Overstreet entry on this rarity, no value for the Flash ashcan is listed by the Guide. CGC census 12/05: 1 in 9.0, none higher.

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    January, 2006
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