LOS ANGELES (CN) – Here is the ruling in which the widow and daughter of the co-creator of Superman won back a share in the rights to the Man of Steel, whom Jerome Siegel and his partner Joe Shuster created in 1934. Detective Comics bought rights to Superman for $130 in 1938, and introduced him to the world in Vol. 1 of Action Comics. Siegel later waged a long and frustrating battle against DC Comics to regain his rights to the character, but died before he did.
“After seventy years, Jerome Siegel’s heirs regain what he granted so long ago – the copyright in the Superman material that was published in ‘Action Comics,’ Vol. 1,” U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson wrote. “What remains is an apportionment of profits, guided in some measure by the rulings contained in this Order, and a trial on whether to include the profits generated by DC Comics’ corporate sibling’s exploitation of the Superman copyright.”
Half of Judge Larson’s 72-page order details the thrilling adventures of the creation of the Man of Steel, and how Siegel and Shuster lost him. It includes frames from the original work.
Siegel and Shuster invented many of the major themes of the series, including Superman’s alter ego, mild-mannered newspaper reporter Clark Kent, his love interest Lois Lane, and his Superman costume, with the cape and stylized S.