The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Historic DC Ashcan comic books in Heritage Auctions February 22 New York event
Action Funnies Ashcan Edition (DC, 1937/38) Condition: VF+.
NEW YORK, NY.- Twelve exceedingly rare DC ashcan comic books from the late 1930s and early 1940s, including Action Funnies Ashcan Edition (DC, 1937/38), estimated at $20,000+ – one of four early placeholders created to help protect what soon would become the most important comic book in history, Action Comics #1 – will be featured in Heritage Auction’s Feb. 22 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America), 2 E. 79th St. (at 5th Ave).

“The books were consigned by Gary Colabuono, the foremost expert on Golden Age ashcans,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “He’s spent nearly 30 years assembling his collection and thought the timing was right to sell a few of his treasures.”

The provenance of his Colabuono’s collection is unimpeachable: Most of them were purchased directly from former DC Comic President Sol Harrison, which adds a comics history perspective to these rarities.

“In the early days of comics publishing,” said Jaster, “a print run might have been in the hundreds of thousands, maybe even the millions. Yet only about 100 to 1,000 of a given issue of any comic survived. With these ashcans, only two or three copies were made in the first place, so it’s a miracle that even one of these has made it.”

In the early days of comic book 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 shoot a Velox of it – a positive photographic print typically used by newspapers as a pre-press proof, accounting for the black and white, rather than color, covers on ashcans. After that was created, it was trimmed to comic-book size and stapled to the interior of a previously published book, or sometimes just some loose story pages.

“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,” said Jaster, “nor, apparently, did anyone ever seek to try.”

According to Colabuono, 10 of the books are either unique or the only other copies known to exist are in the DC vault.

“DC will never sell any books from their vault,” he said, “so this may be the only chance for some collectors to ever own one of these. I can tell you that the thrill of holding one of these never goes away.”

The highlight of the lot is a rare copy of Action Funnies, considered one of the most important ashcans in existence. Only three copies are known to exist.

“DC wanted to protect the most important title in comic-book history, Action Comics,” Jaster said, “and it created this ashcan to prevent competitors from publishing a comic book with a similar title.”

DC war collectors will note that two Big Five war titles are included in the auction. Unique copies of Star-Spangled War Stories (estimate: $6,500+) and All-American Men of War (estimate: $5,500+) should draw close attention, and romance collectors will note that the only DC romance ashcan known to exist, Girl’s Love Stories (estimate: $5,000+), is included in the auction. The unique copy of Boy Commandos No. 1 (estimate: $8,000+) is also expected to generate great interest, giving collectors of Jack “The King” Kirby a chance to add an ashcan to their collection.



Today's News

February 9, 2012

Most ambitious exhibition of Lucian Freud's work opens at the National Portrait Gallery

Sotheby's London Impressionist & Modern art evening sale totals $125,504,018

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's unique vision of the world on view at Tate Modern

First work by African American artist Robert Seldon Duncanson enters collection of National Gallery of Art

Theater, Life, and the Afterlife: Tomb Décor of the Jin Dynasty from Shanxi at the China Institute Gallery

Works from the Peter Norton Collection to be sold in Christie's first Open sale in New York

6-metre inflatable self-portrait welcomes visitors to first Takashi Murakami exhibition in the Middle East

Exhibition of recent paintings by artist Janet Fish on view at DC Moore Gallery in New York

Rare View of artist Mark Rothko at Academy Art Museum Exhibition in Maryland

Art project by visual artist Franck de Las Mercedes spreads peace one box at a time

The estate of Countess Ahlefeldt, universal legatee of Serge Lifar, to be sold at the Hôtel des Ventes

Second edition of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation's $100,000 Future Generation Art Prize is announced

Historic DC Ashcan comic books in Heritage Auctions February 22 New York event

Luca Antonucci's "The New Nothing" opens at Cain Schulte Contemporary Art

Man admits NY piece of bicoastal art-theft spree

Worcester Art Museum promotes Susan L. Stoops to Interim Chief Curator

Per Kirkeby: A creative dialogue with Byzantine art at the Byzantine & Christian Museum

"IndiVisible" at the National Museum of the American Indian discusses African-Native American lives

Laguna Art Museum auction grosses $182,000 for museum, $50,000 more than 2011

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Archaeologists discover Roman 'free choice' cemetery in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome

2.- Romanians must pay 18 million euros over Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam art heist

3.- Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi defends cute character as cat turns 40 years old

4.- eBay and Sotheby's partner to bring world class art and collectibles to a global community

5.- Exhibition on Screen returns with new series of films bringing great art to big screens across the globe

6.- Marina Abramović reaches half way point of her '512 Hours' performance at the Serpentine Gallery

7.- The Phillips Collection in Washington introduces a uCurate app for curating on-the-go

8.- United States comic icon Archie Andrews dies saving openly gay character

9.- New feathered predatory fossil, unearthed in China, sheds light on dinosaur flight

10.- Exhibition at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum presents an analysis of the concept of the 'unfinished'



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site