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    Wonder Woman Ashcan #1 (DC, 1942). Ever since their discovery several years ago, the DC ashcans have caused a sensation in the collecting world. Late last year, a Superman #1 ashcan brought over $36,000 at auction. The Wonder Woman ashcan offered here is one of the few that were machine stitched and trimmed. In other words, it's not hand-stapled and trimmed like the Superman ashcan was. It looks like a regular Golden Age comic book with a black and white cover. Adding to its desirability is the fact that it is truly unique, whereas at least two copies of the Superman ashcan are known to exist. The cover, dated Jan. 1942 and numbered # 1, features cover art by H. G. Peter, that would eventually be used for Sensation # 1. The most noticeable difference is the logo that has been changed to "Wonder Woman". The interior presents the Wonder Woman story from Sensation Comics # 2. Since Sensation Comics # 1 is cover dated January, 1942, it's clear that M.C. Gaines and his business partners at DC produced this ashcan immediately upon their realization that Wonder Woman was going to be a huge hit. They rushed this ashcan into production to secure the trademark for what would become the world's most popular female superhero. The first issue of Wonder Woman, dated Summer 1942, quickly followed. In what appears to be a receipt of some kind, the words "Registered U.S.P.O. 1942" are written in pencil below the logo on the cover. U.S.P.O. in this context refers to the United States Patent Office, where copies of ashcans were sent to register trademarks. The copyright notice has a pencil mark through it that looks like someone either checked that it was properly there, or that "copyright 1941 by M.C. Gaines" was incorrect. In any case, it serves to solidify the historical importance of this unbelievably rare pop culture artifact. This is literally the first edition of Wonder Woman, a title that has run uninterrupted for sixty years. Arguably the most valuable ashcan in existence due to its rarity and historical significance, this is an elusive treasure not to be missed. CGC VF+ 8.5 Cream to off-white pages.

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    Auction Dates
    March, 2002
    15th-16th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 16
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