The auction for the check that ushered in the age of superheroes ended with a winning bid of $160,000 on ComicConnect’s website yesterday.
The $412 check, issued by National Periodicals in March 1938 and saved from the trash bin by a DC Comics staffer in the 1970s, was made out to Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster for their original 13 page Superman story (used in Action Comics #1), and three other stories for Detective Comics ($210), New Adventure Comics ($36), and More Fun Comics ($36). Comic book fans and historians are able to see the amount paid for the story and the rights to the Man of Steel: $130.
A Metropolis Comics’ COO Vincent Zurzulo and CEO Stephen Fishler produced a video about the back story of this check.
More on the sale at BleedingCool.com.
I’ve been watching this auction since it first went live last month. I can honestly say that if I’d won the lottery this would have been my first purchase. The term “grail” has been used to describe this piece of history. I couldn’t agree more.