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The Tragic, Infuriating, And Ongoing Tale Of How DC Screwed Superman's Creators For Decades

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster are now widely recognized as the creators of Superman, one of the best comic book superheroes of all time. However, it wasn’t always so certain that the duo would get their due as comic book luminaries. Despite coming up with the concept of a hero who was faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, Siegel and Shuster gave up the rights to Clark Kent and his alter ego early on in their careers. It would take decades of legal wrangling and courtroom battling before the two would get any semblance of fair compensation or recognition for creating Superman.

Since the first signs of fame, DC Comics and other large corporations have profited off everyone’s favorite Kryptonian - that is, everyone but Siegel and Shuster. In fact, the duo didn't receive any of the Superman profit for a long time. Even when they were given some compensation decades later, it was pennies compared to the networth of Superman, which is in the billions. After all, the Man of Steel is one of the most recognizable and lucrative fictional characters ever conceived. Read on below to find out more about how DC seriously screwed the masterminds behind Superman.