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'Superman' rights cheque reaches $31,000

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's cheque from DC Comics for the rights to Superman has passed $31,000 (£19,561) in an auction.

The $412 payment, which includes a $130 line item relating to character rights, hit the milestone within three days on ComicConnect.com, and still has two weeks remaining.

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"That $130 cheque essentially created a billion-dollar industry," said ComicConnect co-owner Vincent Zurzolo.

"Without this cheque being written out by DC Comics, there would be no Superman, and thereby no Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, X-Men, or any of the other characters that came into existence after the concept of the superhero was born with Superman."

The heirs of Siegel and Shuster have been involved in a long-running legal dispute with DC and Warner Bros over the rights to Superman. The Siegels successfully recaptured a portion of the licence in 2008, and the Shusters have the opportunity to do the same next year.

The auction for the Superman rights cheque ends on April 16.
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