The Check

In early 1938, after several years of getting their bizarre comic strip named SUPERMAN soundly rejected everywhere, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster received a contract in the mail. Detective Comics wanted to publish Superman in their brand-new Action Comics #1.

Jerry and Joe got the check, for $10 a page, and stared at it.

When they signed it, they became famous — and Superman was loosed into popular culture. But their signatures also relinquished all ownership of the character to DC. They would fight to retain those rights for nearly all of their adult lives.

It is early 1938 and you are standing in your mother’s house. You are Jerry Siegel or Joe Shuster. You are staring at this check.











Click the pen. Move the cursor and sign the check.

Or not.

What will you do?

Press ESC to return.

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