The $130 Check That Sold the Rights to Superman

In 1938, writers Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster sold the rights to one of their characters -- some guy by the name of Superman. DC wrote them a check for various services, $130 of which was for Superman. Siegel and Shuster split the profits between them. Not bad for a day's work, eh?

That check, pictured above, be auctioned in November. And hopefully for more than its original value.

Link | Photo: Gerry Duggan

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The rights were never "sold", only licenced.
The family successfully won a court battle just a few years ago when they challenged DC to prove ownership was signed over to them.
The family won a seriously huge amount of money for retrospective use of Superman over the years including the movies, cartoons and comic books.
The original producers of "Smallville" left the show to produce the latest Superman feature, but it got put on the backburner because of the court case.
Now that it's settled, the project that was supposed to take place 3 years ago has just started production in Vancouver.
(worked on Smallville)
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