A measly $412, split equally between Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, is what DC Comics paid for the rights to Superman. Even by 1938 standards, that's pretty pathetic. Although, who knew the character would last this long (although, one gets the feeling DC had a better notion than the character's creators that the Man of Steel had potential to be pretty big).
Anyway, the infamous check can now be seen, as it's on auction Nov. 14-30 as part of a collection of Siegel's belongings, including his tyepwriter and an original Superman script.
Anyway, take a look at this and remember: Always read the small print and never trust The Man: