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The $130 Check That Sold the Rights to Superman

In 1938, writers Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster sold the rights to one of their characters — some guy by the name of Superman. DC wrote them a check for various services, $130 of which was for Superman. Siegel and Shuster split the profits between them. Not bad for a day’s work, eh? That check, [...]

The Rights Stuff: 5 Copyrights and the People Who Sold Them

Creating a commercially successful song, character, or concept is a good route to fabulous wealth. If you’re not careful with your creation’s rights, though, you can end up pocketing just pennies from a million-dollar idea. Let’s take a look at a few instances where somebody got a bargain while someone else got shortchanged or flat-out [...]

6 Great Christmas Comic Book Adventures

You can’t forget the great Christmas songs, movies and television specials. But what of the wonderful, heart-warming Christmases you spent with Archie, Richie Rich, Mickey Mouse and Little Lulu? Even super-heroes sometimes take a break from clobbering super-villains at Christmas. Here are some of the classic holiday stories that have made their way into the [...]