Join Date: May 2006
Check that bought Superman rights for $130 sells for $160,000
The check written out by DC Comics to Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster for a measly $130 sold at auction for $160,000.
"The concept of the superhero was born with Superman," said Vincent Zurzolo, co-owner of New York-based ComicConnect, which held the online auction.
"That $130 check essentially created a billion-dollar industry," he said, listing the super heroes who followed in the Man of Steel's footsteps, including Batman, Spider-Man and X-Men.
"Think about a world without Superman," Zurzolo said. "Without this check being written, we'd never have a Superman, we'd never have a comic-book industry."
Siegel and Shuster's agreement in 1938 to sell the rights for such a paltry sum came to haunt them and, later, their heirs, who sued DC Comics and its parent company Warner Bros.
ComicConnect said that when the first Superman movie came out in 1978, Shuster was so broke he was working as an aging delivery man.
source: http://news.yahoo.com/check-bought-superman-rights-130-sells-160- ...