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Original Art Stories: Steve Geppi's Million Dollar Art Deal Gone Bad

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When art deals go wrong they generally go wrong due to the money involved.  Virtually anyone who collects art can tell stories of paying too much for art, for being over-committed and experiencing buyer (or seller) regret.  Most of those deals generally involve a few hundred dollars, sometimes a few thousand and the extraordinary ones can run into the tens of thousands.  There are avenues open for recourse, but what can a person do when they’re owed a million dollars for an art sale and the buyer was none other than Steve Geppi?  If you’re the family of veteran artist Bob Montana you do the obvious thing – you file suit and sue.
Bob Montana was one of the first, if not the first, artist to draw Archie, back in the days of Pep Comics in the 1940s.  Montana then went on to draw the syndicated Archie strip, both dailies and Sunday strips, and managed to hold onto almost all of his original art, an amazing feat considering the relative scarcity of original art from the Golden Age of comics…

Discord In The Superman Camp

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Sometimes things aren't as pleasant as they appear on the surface.  In all of the Superman v DC Comics trials one name just didn't warrant much of a mention; Michael Siegel, Jerry Siegel's son from his first marriage, named after Jerry's father, Michel.  Michael is all but the forgotten man in the Jerry Siegel story, the focus has always been on Joanne Siegel, the great love of Jerry's life, and their daughter, Laura.  Michael passed away in 2006, due to complications after knee surgery, and his share in Jerry Siegel's Superman copyright, along with his share in Superboy, passed to Laura.  But it always wasn't to be that way.

From all accounts Michael was pretty much ignored by Joanne and Laura while he was alive.  Marc Toberoff knew Michael though, he represented him and attempted to sell Michael's Superman shares to a yet un-named billionaire - the deal collapsed once Toberoff managed to sign both Joanne and Laura to his firm to represent both them a…

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