As a legend and protector of the Earth, Superman belongs to all of us. As a property, however, he belongs to DC thanks to a measly $130. The controversial check that bought the rights to the Man of Steel is now up for sale, but it'll probably cost you a lot more than face value.
The 1939 check, issued to and endorsed by Superman creators Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster, is available for auction over at ComicConnect. The current bid is up to $31,502, and it could get a lot higher before this thing wraps up on April 16.
The total check is written for $412, and includes an itemized breakdown: $130 for the rights to Superman, $210 for some Detective Comics work, and two $36 payments for stories included in More Fun and Adventure Comics.
The auction comes at an interesting time, with Siegel and Shuster's estates currently duking it out with DC Comics and parent company Warner Communications for revenue and rights.
Regardless, this is an awesome piece of comic book lore -- and it will surely make some (rich) Superman fan very, very happy.
(Via The New York Times)