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Chicago Comic Con to Display Million-Dollar “Ashcan” Collection
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On display will be ashcan editions of Action Comics, Superman Comics, Superwoman, Superboy and Supergirl!
Chicago Comic Con to Display Million-Dollar “Ashcan” CollectionChicago Comic Con to Display Million-Dollar “Ashcan” Collection

Arlington Heights, Ill., resident Gary Colabuono’s love for comics led him to become the nation’s foremost expert on a small but very important segment of the hobby.

Colabuono’s days of retailing comics – his Moondog’s shops were once the largest chain of comic book stores in the world – are long behind him. Today, he is simply a collector with a joy for the art form that can only come from a deep appreciation for the medium.

Back in the early days of comic books, there was a mad rush to trademark and protect every cool sounding comic book title. Action, Adventure and Detective were only some of the thousands of titles that would be published from 1935 to 1945. In order to protect the title without having to actually publish it, companies would create ashcan editions of the title. They were handmade - with black and white covers - and look like a comic book with the colors bleached out.

Before there was an Action Comics 1 - there was the Action Comics ashcan. Before there was a Superman Comics 1 - there was the Superman Comics ashcan. They are first editions in every sense of the term.

They’re extremely rare - only 1 or 2 copies are known to exist of some editions - and very valuable. How valuable? Colabuono said that he wouldn’t part with them for a million dollars. Until now only close friends and family members have been able to accompany Colabuono to the bank to see his treasures, but now through a special arrangement with the Chicago Comic Con, Colabuono has decided to share his collection with the world.

On display will be ashcan editions of Action Comics, Superman Comics, Superwoman, Superboy and Supergirl. All are from the 1930s and early 1940s.

“This is a dream come true for me,” said Colabuono. “I’ve collected these comics for nearly 30 years, and in all that time have never displayed them to the public. A few years ago I finished the last piece to my collecting puzzle when I acquired the Supergirl ashcan from a collector who for held on to it for 25 years. If you want to see something you’ll never see again, come to the Chicago Comic Con and be amazed.”

The comics will be on display on the main show floor on Saturday at the Comic Con.
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