The famous $412 Detective Comics check written to Siegel and Shuster for the rights to Superman and other creative materials in 1938, which was recently sold at an online auction by ComicConnect and Metropolis Collectibles in New York for $160,000. The legendary check that made Superman famous was purchased by an unidentified buyer, according to chief executive Stephen Fishler.
Fishler went on to say the auction started last month for $1 and ended with a flurry of last second bids between two potential buyers which ended at $160,000 on Monday night.
‘The Amalgamated Bank of New York’ check contains an itemized listing of the things it paid for, and the first item on the list reads ‘Superman’ for a cost of $130, while other various items bought for different prices followed.
According to a report the check had been saved by a DC comics employee in 1970, who placed in a desk drawer where it remained untouched for 38 years.
“It’s one of the most important pieces of pop culture history,” said Vincent Zurzolo, who co-owns ComicConnect with Fishler.
The character of Superman was created in 1932 by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born American artist Joe Shuster, while they lived in Cleveland, Ohio. After being sold to DC comics, the superhero appeared in his first comic titled ‘Action Comics #1’ which was a June issue released in April of 1938. A copy of that issue is shown to have recently sold for $1 million.