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Superman Co-Creator Jerry Siegel Signed Poison-Pen Letter to National Editor Sheldon Mayer Blasting His Bosses
bitter poems sent by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel to threaten National Comics executives with cooperation over plagiarism lawsuits
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Superman Co-Creator Jerry Siegel Signed Poison-Pen Letter to National Editor Sheldon Mayer Blasting His Bosses
bitter poems sent by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel to threaten National Comics executives with cooperation over plagiarism lawsuits



This signed letter from Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel (with original envelope postmarked Nov. 22, 1951) is a particularly poignant artifact from one of the most vicious feuds in comics history — as the embittered writer continued his poison-pen campaign to shame the National Publications (later DC) brass who'd bought the rights to Superman for $130 in 1938!

The final months of 1951 saw Siegel sending out stacks of mimeographed letters to National staffers that blasted their bosses as “selfish, greedy men” who had left Siegel "destitute." The letters were even sent to secretaries and switchboard operators. This missive, however, has the added impact of being sent to legendary National editor Sheldon Mayer, renowned for insisting that Siegel and artist Joe Shuster get published in Action Comics #1!

That might explain why this letter adds a page of three rhyming rants to the traditional single-sheet missive. "The Hairy Swine" seems to be about Independent News Co. boss Paul Sampliner. "The Great Big Lie" apparently addresses the charitable work of National co-owner Jack Liebowitz. "Little Napoleon," citing a man who's gone from "dirty books/and thence to/Children's comic books," references the "Spicy" pulp past of Liebowitz's partner Harry Donenfeld. This lot includes the original envelope to Mayer, providing added pathos to Siegel's plaintive opening of "Remember me?"





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    SUPERMAN CREATOR JERRY SIEGEL POISON-PEN POEMS Memorabilia
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    Superman Co-Creator Jerry Siegel Poison-Pen Poems Sent to Threaten National Comics Executives Over Lawsuits
    bitter poems sent by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel to threaten National Comics executives with cooperation over plagiarism lawsuits
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    Superman Co-Creator Jerry Siegel Poison-Pen Poems Sent to Threaten National Comics Executives Over Lawsuits
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    SUPERMAN CREATOR JERRY SIEGEL POISON-PEN POEMS Memorabilia
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    Superman Co-Creator Jerry Siegel Poison-Pen Letter Blasting National Comics Executives
    bitter poems sent by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel to threaten National Comics executives with cooperation over plagiarism lawsuits
    A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION
    Superman Co-Creator Jerry Siegel Poison-Pen Letter Blasting National Comics Executives
    bitter poems sent by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel to threaten National Comics executives with cooperation over plagiarism lawsuits
     
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    SUPERMAN CREATOR JERRY SIEGEL POISON-PEN POEMS Memorabilia
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    Superman Co-Creator Jerry Siegel Poison-Pen Poem Sent to Shame National Comics Executives
    bitter poems sent by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel to threaten National Comics executives with cooperation over plagiarism lawsuits
    A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION
    Superman Co-Creator Jerry Siegel Poison-Pen Poem Sent to Shame National Comics Executives
    bitter poems sent by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel to threaten National Comics executives with cooperation over plagiarism lawsuits
     
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