We all dream of owning a killer piece of Superman memorabilia. Maybe you'd like a rare comic, maybe someone else wants a movie prop. But of all the valuable pieces of coolness in the history of the Man of Steel, this is easily among the most bizarre. Yes, now you can purchase your very own lock of Superman writer Jerry Siegel's hair.
In November, the popular comics and memorabilia dealer Comic Connect — the group responsible for selling the world's most valuable comics in the past several years — are puting several bits of Siegel memorabilia up for auction. Some of them, including a Superman script from 1945 and his personal copy of Superman #1 from 1939 (how's that for a dream item?), are exactly the kind of thing you'd expect serious collectors to go after.
And then there's that hair...
It's a fairly good-sized hunk of the Superman scribe's locks, dating back to 1977, and it includes a handwritten note that reaveals Siegel's somewhat bizarre but good-natured sense of humor.
Here's what's written on the note:
"These hairs are from the head which originated the character SUPERMAN. And to think that during the early years when I sought to get the character before the public, scoffing editors called it a hair-brained idea." 8/19/77 Jerry Siegel
And here's Comic Collect's description:
Jerry was very interested in history and the legaices left behind by famous people. On a trip to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, he and his wife Joanne were particularly fascinated by a display of hair from George Washington and other early U.S. Presidents. They learned that in the nineteenth century it was common to honor famous Americans by preserving locks of their hair. Besides being interesting, it triggered Jerry's sense of humor. After that when Joanne gave him a haircut, they decided to keep some of his hair in a container because one day, who knows, fans might be interested to see the hair that grew out of the head that came up with the idea for Superman! He wrote a humorous note on a small piece of paper and tucked it inside this box with some locks of his naturally awavy, black hair.
So, yeah, it's a pretty crazy item, but it's also a very amusing glimpse into Siegel's mind and worldview, which may not make it more valuable but certainly makes it more interesting. Among other things on the auction block are several pieces of Siegel apparel, including his suit, shirt and tie, so you can put them on at night and try to create your own superhero that will change the face of pop culture forever through some sort of bizarre osmosis. Or you can just frame them. It's your money.
This auction, of course, begs the question: If they decide to plunder the vaults of Siegel's co-creator, Joe Shuster, for auction items, what might they find to sell off there? Will we end up bidding on the teeth of the guy who drew Superman?
(via Bleeding Cool).