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The term ashcan, coined during the Golden Age referred to the practice of creating a physical comic book for purposes of registering the trademark for titles and logos to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It is rare for early ashcans to have survived. Ashcans are now used as a marketing device by publishers and are the equivalent of a preview. Modern ashcans will be included in this list if their resale value exceeds the amount of their initial selling cost.

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Low $3.5k
Mid $11.3k
High $35k
  • Ashcan edition, printed for purposes of copyrighting the title 'Action Comics' and a way to prevent competitors from stealing a similarly named title
  • Interior pages are from Detective Comics #10
  • The cover art was later used for Action Comics #3
  • Harry Donenfeld, the publisher of DC at the time also created ashcans with the title Double Action Comics and Triple Action Comics
  • There are three copies of the Action Funnies ashcan known to exist:
  • One is said to be locked in a DC Comics vault
  • One graded 8.5 sold in 2021 for $57,600
  • One ungraded sold in 2012 for $10,157.50
  • Ashcan edition, printed for purposes of copyrighting the title 'Action Comics' and a way to prevent competitors from stealing a similarly named title
  • Interior pages are from Detective Comics #10
  • The cover art was later used for Action Comics #3
  • Harry Donenfeld, the publisher of DC at the time also created ashcans with the title Double Action Comics and Triple Action Comics
  • There are three copies of the Action Funnies ashcan known to exist:
  • One is said to be locked in a DC Comics vault
  • One graded 8.5 sold in 2021 for $57,600
  • One ungraded sold in 2012 for $10,157.50
Low $11.5k
Mid $38k
High $115k
  • Ashcan edition, printed for purposes of copyrighting the title
  • Interior pages are from Detective Comics #1
  • Cover is the rejected artwork of Detective Comics #1
  • There are three copies known to exist:
  • One is said to be locked in a DC Comics vault
  • One graded 9.0 sold in 2010 for $50,000
  • One graded 9.2 sold in 2021 for $204,000
  • Ashcan edition, printed for purposes of copyrighting the title
  • Interior pages are from Detective Comics #1
  • Cover is the rejected artwork of Detective Comics #1
  • There are three copies known to exist:
  • One is said to be locked in a DC Comics vault
  • One graded 9.0 sold in 2010 for $50,000
  • One graded 9.2 sold in 2021 for $204,000
Low $2
Mid $8
High $20
  • 14-page ashcan preview, limited to 2,000 copies
  • Richard Fliehr, a mild-mannered professional wrestler is severely injured in a plane wreck but is rebuilt by surgeons as Ric Flair aka The Nature Boy who must now use his wrestling persona as cover while he works to save the world as a secret agent
  • 14-page ashcan preview, limited to 2,000 copies
  • Richard Fliehr, a mild-mannered professional wrestler is severely injured in a plane wreck but is rebuilt by surgeons as Ric Flair aka The Nature Boy who must now use his wrestling persona as cover while he works to save the world as a secret agent
Low $2.8k
Mid $880
High $28.8k
  • Ashcan edition, published to establish title trademark
  • Reprinted cover from Boy Commandos #1 with interior pages from Action Comics #80
  • One copy known to exist, ungraded
  • Existence of this ashcan did not surface until 1987
  • Supergirl character introduced in 1959 and Supergirl title not used until 1972
  • Ashcan edition, published to establish title trademark
  • Reprinted cover from Boy Commandos #1 with interior pages from Action Comics #80
  • One copy known to exist, ungraded
  • Existence of this ashcan did not surface until 1987
  • Supergirl character introduced in 1959 and Supergirl title not used until 1972
Low $4.8k
Mid $12.8k
High $48k
  • Ashcan edition, published to establish title trademark
  • Submitted to secure the 'Superboy' title three years prior to the introduction of the character and seven years before a Superboy title was launched
  • Reprinted cover from Detective Comics #57 with interior pages from Action Comics #38
  • Ashcan edition, published to establish title trademark
  • Submitted to secure the 'Superboy' title three years prior to the introduction of the character and seven years before a Superboy title was launched
  • Reprinted cover from Detective Comics #57 with interior pages from Action Comics #38
Low $4.5k
Mid $12k
High $45k
  • Ashcan edition, published to establish title trademark
  • Reprinted cover from More Fun Comics #73 with interior pages from Action Comics #38
  • First Superwoman title launched in 2016
  • One copy known to exist graded 7.0
  • Ashcan edition, published to establish title trademark
  • Reprinted cover from More Fun Comics #73 with interior pages from Action Comics #38
  • First Superwoman title launched in 2016
  • One copy known to exist graded 7.0
Low $28k
Mid $90k
High $280k
  • Ashcan edition, published to establish title trademark
  • 8-page reprint of Action Comics #7 including cover art
  • Two copies known to exist
  • Ashcan edition, published to establish title trademark
  • 8-page reprint of Action Comics #7 including cover art
  • Two copies known to exist
Low $2
Mid $8
High $25
  • 28-page mini-comic that reprints New Avengers: Illuminati #1 (2007)
  • Distributed with Marvel animated DVD release, identified by 'Not For Resale'
  • 28-page mini-comic that reprints New Avengers: Illuminati #1 (2007)
  • Distributed with Marvel animated DVD release, identified by 'Not For Resale'
Low $5
Mid $15
High $50
  • Ashcan preview of the first 10 pages of Body Bags #1
  • Ashcan preview of the first 10 pages of Body Bags #1
Low $4
Mid $12
High $40
  • 68-page one-shot, limited to 500 copies - signed and numbered
  • Reprints New Warriors #39 and #40 plus Night Thrasher #5
  • Preview of Nova #1 (1994)
  • Measures 6.5 in. x 8.5 in.
  • 68-page one-shot, limited to 500 copies - signed and numbered
  • Reprints New Warriors #39 and #40 plus Night Thrasher #5
  • Preview of Nova #1 (1994)
  • Measures 6.5 in. x 8.5 in.
Low $5
Mid $18
High $75
  • Limited edition, black and white preview of Prophet #1 (1993)
  • Limited edition, black and white preview of Prophet #1 (1993)
Low $80
Mid $230
High $875
  • Ashcan edition, limited to 100 copies
  • Signed and numbered by Sam Kieth
  • Ashcan edition, limited to 100 copies
  • Signed and numbered by Sam Kieth
Low $35
Mid $95
High $350
  • Ashcan edition, limited to 500 copies
  • Signed and numbered by Sam Kieth
  • Ashcan edition, limited to 500 copies
  • Signed and numbered by Sam Kieth
Low $5
Mid $18
High $75
  • Reprint of Spawn #10 (1993) guest-starring Dave Sim's Cerebus
  • Limited to 300 copies, signed and numbered by Dave Sim
  • 24-page, black and white comic, sized 5.5' x 8.5'
  • Reprint of Spawn #10 (1993) guest-starring Dave Sim's Cerebus
  • Limited to 300 copies, signed and numbered by Dave Sim
  • 24-page, black and white comic, sized 5.5' x 8.5'
Low $5
Mid $15
High $50
  • Ashcan edition, limited to 1,000 copies
  • Ashcan edition, limited to 1,000 copies
Low $5
Mid $15
High $55
  • Limited edition comic book packaged with the Hip Hop Family Tree boxed set, released by Fantagraphics in 2014
  • Embossed with gold foil
  • Cover tribute to late 80s/early 90s comics with a character similar to Rob Liefeld's Cable
  • Limited edition comic book packaged with the Hip Hop Family Tree boxed set, released by Fantagraphics in 2014
  • Embossed with gold foil
  • Cover tribute to late 80s/early 90s comics with a character similar to Rob Liefeld's Cable
  • Ashcan edition
Low $2
Mid $8
High $25
  • 20-page mini-comic that measures 5 in. x 7 in.
  • Promotional giveaway advertising Futurama broadcasting on Comedy Central in 2008
  • 20-page mini-comic that measures 5 in. x 7 in.
  • Promotional giveaway advertising Futurama broadcasting on Comedy Central in 2008
Low $2
Mid $8
High $20
  • Ashcan preview edition, limited to 600 copies
  • 2018 NYCC exclusive
  • Ashcan preview edition, limited to 600 copies
  • 2018 NYCC exclusive
Low $0
Mid $0
High $0
  • Black and white sketches by Rob Liefeld, limited to 500 copies
  • First available at the 1996 San Diego Comic Con along with the convention exclusive preview of Captain America #1 (1996)
  • Value unknown
  • Black and white sketches by Rob Liefeld, limited to 500 copies
  • First available at the 1996 San Diego Comic Con along with the convention exclusive preview of Captain America #1 (1996)
  • Value unknown
Low $8
Mid $20
High $80
  • 12-page independently produced ashcan by Daniel Warren Johnson distributed exclusively at New York Comic Con 2017
  • 'Fan-fiction' inspired by the movie/book Pacific Rim, specifically the pilots of the Cherno Alpha Russian Jaeger
  • Tap cover and swipe left to view an interior page
  • 12-page independently produced ashcan by Daniel Warren Johnson distributed exclusively at New York Comic Con 2017
  • 'Fan-fiction' inspired by the movie/book Pacific Rim, specifically the pilots of the Cherno Alpha Russian Jaeger
  • Tap cover and swipe left to view an interior page
Low $3
Mid $9
High $35
  • 11-page self-published "fan fiction" comic book by Daniel Warren Johnson and distributed at NYCC 2015
  • The textless story provides a glimpse into the backstory of Arvel Crynyd, a commander of the Green Squadron from Return of the Jedi whose A-Wing crashed into Vader's Executor causing its destruction
  • Johnson also created Ashcans Old Man Skywalker and Martok from Star Trek Deep Space Nine
  • 11-page self-published "fan fiction" comic book by Daniel Warren Johnson and distributed at NYCC 2015
  • The textless story provides a glimpse into the backstory of Arvel Crynyd, a commander of the Green Squadron from Return of the Jedi whose A-Wing crashed into Vader's Executor causing its destruction
  • Johnson also created Ashcans Old Man Skywalker and Martok from Star Trek Deep Space Nine
Low $5
Mid $15
High $50
  • 8-page "fan" comic, independently published by Daniel Warren Johnson
  • Limited edition print run sold at NYCC 2016 featuring Martok from Star Trek: Deep Space 9
  • Johnson similarly produced two Star Wars ashcans: Old Man Skywalker and Green Leader
  • 8-page "fan" comic, independently published by Daniel Warren Johnson
  • Limited edition print run sold at NYCC 2016 featuring Martok from Star Trek: Deep Space 9
  • Johnson similarly produced two Star Wars ashcans: Old Man Skywalker and Green Leader
Low $25
Mid $65
High $280
  • Preview of Badrock/Wolverine #1, Kid Supreme #1 and Youngblood/X-Force #1
  • Limited to 500 numbered copies
  • Preview of Badrock/Wolverine #1, Kid Supreme #1 and Youngblood/X-Force #1
  • Limited to 500 numbered copies
Low $9
Mid $25
High $90
  • Black and white ashcan edition, limited to 500 copies
  • Black and white ashcan edition, limited to 500 copies
Low $8
Mid $20
High $80
  • 5-page prequel story
  • Ashcan edition
  • 5-page prequel story
  • Ashcan edition
Low $20
Mid $80
High $225
  • 28-page preview including 10 pages of story plus 18 pages of additional content
  • Limited to 180 copies
  • 28-page preview including 10 pages of story plus 18 pages of additional content
  • Limited to 180 copies
Low $1
Mid $3
High $12
  • Ashcan edition, black and white
  • Ashcan edition, black and white
Low $1
Mid $2
High $8
  • Ashcan edition
  • Wizard holofoil sticker
  • Ashcan edition
  • Wizard holofoil sticker
Low $2
Mid $8
High $20
  • Preview of Cyberforce, 14-pages black and white with characters sketches
  • Multiple cover including green, pink, white, yellow, purple
  • Preview of Cyberforce, 14-pages black and white with characters sketches
  • Multiple cover including green, pink, white, yellow, purple
Low $80
Mid $200
High $800
  • Ten-page, black and white ashcan
  • Mini-comic limited to 750 numbered copies
  • Promotional comic given away at the 1993 San Diego Comic Con
  • Ten-page, black and white ashcan
  • Mini-comic limited to 750 numbered copies
  • Promotional comic given away at the 1993 San Diego Comic Con
Low $25
Mid $80
High $250
  • 2009 San Diego Comic Con exclusive, chromium cover
  • Promotional Ashcan edition tie-in to the Star Wars: The Old Republic video game
  • Preview appearance of characters that appear in The Old Republic #1
  • 2009 San Diego Comic Con exclusive, chromium cover
  • Promotional Ashcan edition tie-in to the Star Wars: The Old Republic video game
  • Preview appearance of characters that appear in The Old Republic #1
Low $5
Mid $15
High $60
  • 'Ashcan' preview edition
  • Oversized 11.5 inches x 7.5 inches
  • The Last Ronin's release was delayed by a few months due to feedback by retailers who received this preview and felt the artwork would hurt demand for the book
  • The creators decided to reschedule the book series and make improvements to the art
  • 'Ashcan' preview edition
  • Oversized 11.5 inches x 7.5 inches
  • The Last Ronin's release was delayed by a few months due to feedback by retailers who received this preview and felt the artwork would hurt demand for the book
  • The creators decided to reschedule the book series and make improvements to the art
Low $2
Mid $8
High $25
  • 16-page black and white preview special with excerpts from Hellboy: Wake The Devil, Star Slammers and The Monstermen
  • 16-page black and white preview special with excerpts from Hellboy: Wake The Devil, Star Slammers and The Monstermen
Low $18
Mid $60
High $190
  • Ashcan edition distributed at the 2007 San Diego Comic Con
  • Limited to 100 copies
  • ‘Peek’ is misspelled
  • Ashcan edition distributed at the 2007 San Diego Comic Con
  • Limited to 100 copies
  • ‘Peek’ is misspelled
Low $40
Mid $120
High $400
  • Pre-print creator approval proof
  • Value reflects one sale, signed
  • Pre-print creator approval proof
  • Value reflects one sale, signed
Low $1
Mid $3
High $12
  • Ashcan edition
  • Black and white preview of Black Flag #1
  • Ashcan edition
  • Black and white preview of Black Flag #1
Low $30
Mid $80
High $300
  • Ashcan edition, comic convention giveaway
  • Ashcan edition, comic convention giveaway
Low $5
Mid $18
High $70
  • Pin-up of Gen X, later renamed Gen 13
  • Ashcan edition, limited to 3,000 copies
  • Pin-up of Gen X, later renamed Gen 13
  • Ashcan edition, limited to 3,000 copies
Low $1
Mid $5
High $15
  • 16-page black and white ashcan
  • Brief recap of the history of The Punisher from his introduction thru 1994
  • 16-page black and white ashcan
  • Brief recap of the history of The Punisher from his introduction thru 1994
Low $8
Mid $20
High $75
  • Published by Homage Studios
  • Sealed copies will have a square white sticker visible on the front cover
  • Published by Homage Studios
  • Sealed copies will have a square white sticker visible on the front cover
Low $300
Mid $1.2k
High $3k
  • Ashcan edition, limited to 50 copies
  • Signed and numbered by Sam Kieth
  • Ashcan edition, limited to 50 copies
  • Signed and numbered by Sam Kieth
Low $40
Mid $450
High $1.4k
  • Ashcan edition, limited to 150 copies
  • Signed and numbered by Sam Kieth
  • Ashcan edition, limited to 150 copies
  • Signed and numbered by Sam Kieth
Low $25
Mid $85
High $275
  • Ashcan mini-comic, limited to 1500 copies
  • Signed and numbered by Sam Kieth
  • Ashcan mini-comic, limited to 1500 copies
  • Signed and numbered by Sam Kieth
Low $30
Mid $90
High $300
  • Ashcan mini-comic, limited to 800 copies
  • Signed and numbered by Sam Kieth
  • Ashcan mini-comic, limited to 800 copies
  • Signed and numbered by Sam Kieth
Low $215
Mid $875
High $2.2k
  • Ashcan edition limited to 52 signed and numbered copies
  • Ashcan edition limited to 52 signed and numbered copies
Low $2
Mid $8
High $20
  • Preview Ashcan edition
  • Less than 10 in CGC census
  • Preview Ashcan edition
  • Less than 10 in CGC census
Low $9
Mid $25
High $90
  • 1995 San Diego Comic Con limited edition ashcan
  • 1995 San Diego Comic Con limited edition ashcan
Low $90
Mid $300
High $950
  • Variant silver-foil Ashcan edition, limited to 1,000
  • Distributed selectively at comic conventions in a protective sleeve with a gold stamp labeled Official Hero Original Seal of Authenticity
  • Variant silver-foil Ashcan edition, limited to 1,000
  • Distributed selectively at comic conventions in a protective sleeve with a gold stamp labeled Official Hero Original Seal of Authenticity
Issue Publisher Low Mid High
Action Funnies #1 DC $3.5k $11.3k $35k
Action Comics #1 DC $11.5k $38k $115k
Codename: Ric Flair #1 Independent $2 $8 $20
Supergirl DC $2.8k $880 $28.8k
Superboy DC $4.8k $12.8k $48k
Superwoman DC $4.5k $12k $45k
Superman Comics DC $28k $90k $280k
New Avengers: Illuminati #1 Marvel $2 $8 $25
Body Bags Dark Horse $5 $15 $50
New Warriors Marvel $4 $12 $40
Prophet #1 Image $5 $18 $75
Maxx, The #3 Image $80 $230 $875
Maxx, The #3 Image $35 $95 $350
Spawn #10 Image $5 $18 $75
Lady Death: Heartbreaker Coffin Comics $5 $15 $50
Hip Hop Family Tree #300 Fantagraphics $5 $15 $55
Black Friday Scout $2 $8 $25
Futurama Returns Bongo $2 $8 $25
Electric Black Scout $2 $8 $20
Captain America Marvel $0 $0 $0
Cherno #1 Independent $8 $20 $80
Green Leader Independent $3 $9 $35
Martok Independent $5 $15 $50
Badrock / Wolverine Image $25 $65 $280
Ash The Fire Within Event $9 $25 $90
Recount, The Scout $8 $20 $80
Cyberfrog Rekt Planet All Caps $20 $80 $225
Hellshock Image $1 $3 $12
Hellshock Image $1 $2 $8
Cyberforce Image $2 $8 $20
Official History of Bongo Comics, The #1 Bongo $80 $200 $800
Star Wars: Old Republic - Threat of Peace Dark Horse $25 $80 $250
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin IDW $5 $15 $60
Legend #1 Dark Horse $2 $8 $25
Valiant Sneak Peak #1 2007 Valiant $18 $60 $190
Cyberfrog: Blood Honey All Caps $40 $120 $400
Black Flag #1 Image $1 $3 $12
Space Usagi #1 Mirage $30 $80 $300
WildC.A.T.s Trilogy #1 Image $5 $18 $70
Punisher Ashcan #1 Marvel $1 $5 $15
Darker Image #1 Image $8 $20 $75
Savage Dragon / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 Mirage $30 $90 $310
Maxx, The #3 Image $300 $1.2k $3k
Maxx, The #1 Image $40 $450 $1.4k
Maxx, The #2 Image $25 $85 $275
Maxx, The #2 Image $30 $90 $300
Maxx, The #1 Image $215 $875 $2.2k
Cyberfrog #0 Harris $2 $8 $20
Musings #4 Calliope Comics $9 $25 $90
Aliens / Predator: The Deadliest of the Species #1 Dark Horse $90 $300 $950