Meltzer and Friends Raise $117,222
The four-week auction to raise $50,000 to fix up the exterior of Jerry Siegel’s boyhood home ended on Monday and raised a total of $110,772. Additional funds were raised through t-shirt sales and general donations which brought in another $6450. As a result, a total of $117,222 with more expected.
The most money earned by a single item during week four was $14,100 for a walk-on part during this season of NBC’s Heroes. At $14,101, the largest donation made for any time was the original commission from Jim Lee depicting the winner with the Man of Steel. The same bidder won both items.
Jefferson and Hattie Gray, currently occupying the house, will be the immediate beneficiaries as renovation work has already begun. This past weekend, some 100 volunteers arrived to clean and paint. Kimberly Avenue is scheduled to be renamed Jerry Siegel Lane while Amor Avenue, where Joe Shuster grew up, will be renamed Joe Shuster Lane.
The Siegel & Shuster Society will have first rights to purchase the home whenever the Grays are ready to sell.
Brad Meltzer, who used the death of Jerry’s father Mitchell to propel his latest novel, The Book of Lies, spearheaded the campaign. He made a moving video to make people aware of the situation then called on friends throughout the comic book community to participate, Not only did his efforts work, but many other creators contacted Meltzer to offer their wares.
And if you’re wondering, naming rights to a character in my 2009 Iron Man went for $512. Not bad.