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Joanne Siegel

Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: How to Make a Lockpick Out of Your Underwire

Just What You've Always Wanted

Now You Can Own a Lock of Hair From the Head of Jerry Siegel, Creator of Superman

‘Tis the season for weird Superman memorabilia, and our latest installment comes courtesy of the co-creator of Superman himself, Jerry Siegel. As in, this item up for auction came right out of the head of Jerry Siegel, and it has nothing to do with his creativity. Because it’s his hair. Comic Connect is auctioning off locks of Jerry Siegel’s hair.

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A Lesson in Humility

Joanne Siegel’s Last Words to Warner Bros. On the Rights to Superman

In light of yesterday’s casting announcement of Amy Adams as Lois Lane in Zach Snyder’s Superman reboot, Nikki Finke at Deadline decided that it  would be relevant to publish a letter sent to Warner Bros. by Joanne Siegel, the widow of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel and, as acknowledged by Siegel himself, the real-life inspiration for Lois Lane.

Mrs. Siegel was a driving force behind the lawsuit that ensured that the rights to Superman, sold by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster for $65 each in the 1930′s in what is considered one of the great ironic tragedies in American comics, will eventually revert totally to the families of his creators. Until that lawsuit, Siegel and Shuster had received no royalties on Superman for more than forty years. The Siegel’s were supposed to have received their half share in 1999, and the Shusters will be awarded financial rights in 2013.

Which is precisely why Warner Bros. is pushing out a 2012 Superman movie as fast as possible, even dating it for a summer where they’ve already got a guaranteed tent-pole summer blockbuster in the final installment of their second Batman film franchise. After 2012, they (and DC Comics) will have to get permission and negotiate financial compensation with both families in order to use and license Superman and very key parts of his origin story. If they can get the beginning of a financially successful franchise out now, it gives them a bit more clout in copyright court, by giving them more of an obvious financial stake in the character. In the meantime, however, they’ve actually been counter suing the widow of the creator of their most iconic character for years. Read Joanne’s last plea for civility after the jump:

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