Joanne Siegel And Laura Siegel Larson v. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.; Time Warner Inc.; & DC Comics: "Dear Mr. Siegel,"
In this case there are letters from DC to Jerry Siegel dating back to 1937, detailing the contracts that the duo signed. In those letters are the page rates that they received, in the case of Superman they would be sharing a massive $10 per page of finished artwork, but only if it was accepted for publication. Added to that was approximately 35% of the money from the Superman syndicated strip, nothing to sneeze at in 1938. Of importance is a clause which states that DC Comics would own the copyright to the character, despite the fact that it was brought to them and not created under any term of employment. The contracts were duly signed and away DC, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster went.
These letters to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster are a fascinating insight into the relationship between the Superman creators and DC Comics, from inception through to the late 1940s. And there's more to come. I hope people enjoy reading them as much as I do. Naturally if you click on the images they'll open to show a larger, and more readable, image.