Seven decades after it was cut by DC Comics, the check sent to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster for their creation of Superman is up for auction.
Made out to the duo for $412, the check includes a line item for $130 showing that DC paid for full ownership and rights to the man from Krypton and paved the way for comic books, TV, radio and films.
Stephen Fishler, CEO of ComicConnect.com and Metropolis Collectibles, said the check went up for auction Monday through April 16. In its first few hours, bidding jumped from $1 to more than $12,500.
He said the check is a touchstone for the comic book industry because it represents the launching of the Golden Age of superheroes.
“It is an important historic document … related to comic books,” he said. “There is a quality to it that talks about the American dream, to create something and be successful. Obviously, in this case, there are two parties, both feeling that they are right.”
-MATT MOORE, Associated Press