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    Superman Comics #nn Ashcan (DC, 1939) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white pages. Here's a Superman item that's harder to find than Action Comics #1, or any other published Superman comic for that matter! It's DC's ashcan for its planned Superman title (an ashcan is a mock-up of a comic, produced by hand in very small quantities, for purposes of securing a copyright for a title and/or a logo). Since the danger of Superman rip-offs was very much warranted in 1939, DC's urgency in wanting to secure rights to the title is understandable! There are only two known copies of this ashcan, and both were purchased from Sol Harrison, who became president of DC Comics; this is the higher-graded of the two, we might add. As is typical for ashcans, this one features re-used art -- it's the cover art from Action Comics #7 (by Joe Shuster) and part of the interior of Action Comics #8. That makes this the first time that the now ultra-famous Superman logo appeared on a cover! And that's quite significant, since this is undoubtedly the most famous logo in comics. This item was bound, trimmed, and stapled by hand (and of course never intended to be a collectible) so the fact that there's a VF/NM copy in existence is amazing stuff. Note that if our back-cover scan appears dark, it's because the CGC holder has a couple of extra layers of reinforcing plastic behind the comic, no doubt to make up for this ashcan's having a much lower page count than a standard comic book. Ashcans are not listed in Overstreet. CGC census 7/05: 1 in 9.0, none higher.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 0007043002 and purchase grader's notes if available.

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    October, 2005
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