The Check that Bought Superman from Siegel and Shuster in 1938

Posted on: October 28th, 2011 at 6:41 am by

Okay, fair reader, it’s time to embrace the inner comic book nerd. You know you want to.

The fanboys over at Comics Beat unearthed a copy of the check written to compensate Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel for ownership of Superman.  It makes the blood boil to think that Detective Comics, Inc. (DC) acquired the exclusive rights to the character in 1938 for the bottom-dollar price of $130.  As Gizmodo asserts, that would equate to roughly $2,000 in today’s money. Chump change.

Jack Liebowitz was the shark behind the infamous deal (signatory on the check), and eventually touched off a legal battle that’s still debated today.  Unlike Batman, in which creator Bob Kane shared in the profits, the two Jewish boys in Cleveland were stiffed on everything.

If the so-called golden age of comics interests you, definitely check out The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon.

Now, kneel before Zod!

[via Gizmodo]

Recent Stories

134bowerysite
Sale of Five Bowery Properties for $45M Threatens Its Rich Cultural History

Yesterday afternoon, we broke the blockbuster news that five historically significant buildings on the Bowery were sold as a package deal for $45 million. While still unconfirmed, it’s rumored that the buyer is John Young of Emmut Properties. Luxury living is allegedly planned for the 75,000 square-feet of buildable real estate, whether through rentals or […]

taylor-swift-nyc
The Taylor Swift ‘Welcome to New York’ Clip that Should’ve Been Released [VIDEO]

Love or loathe, Taylor Swift is here as our “Global Welcome Ambassador,” to help attract hordes of tourists to town. Her “Welcome to New York” clarion call is bullshit bubblegum, and is raising choruses on both sides. Indeed, nothing riles New Yorkers like a phony. Longtime Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson just released his […]

fatta-cuckoo-clinton
Speedy Romeo Pizza Partners with ‘Entrouage’ Star Adrian Grenier and Leah Tinari for Clinton Street Location

Clinton Hill favorite Speedy Romeo is crossing the bridge to Clinton Street. However, at the expense of Fatta Cuckoo. It was no secret that Fatta Cuckoo was undergoing a massive transformation at 63 Clinton Street. We reported earlier this month that chef-owner Leah Tinari would only have weekend service for the next two months, at […]

134bowerysite
Five-Building Bowery Development Site Sells for $45M; Federal-Style Row Houses Will Fall

The dominoes on the Bowery continue to fall. Word just came down the pike that the long-vacant stretch of former lighting stores comprising 134-142 Bowery sold for an astonishing price. The five contiguous buildings netted $45.25 million for the respective owners. Total buildable square-footage is approximately 75,000 square-feet. Jan Sasson, president of E Property Group represented […]

hernandez-houses
Hernandez Houses Hosting Halloween Costume Party and Food Drive Tomorrow Night

For one day only, 189 Allen Street will be the Hernandez “Fun” Houses. The NYCHA property joined forces with the LES Dwellers and numerous local businesses to provide Halloween activities for local youth. Tomorrow evening is the first annual Halloween Costume Party and Food Drive, to be held in the Resident Association room. The “Haunted […]

  • marjorie

    WHOA. Thanks for sharing that little piece of history. Those guys were tricked into selling their birthright for a pottage of lentils. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BJF4PCSJKXIG4JAIHWQCW64DQU soothsayer

    next to the $412 on the check is a smiley face.