The co-creators of Superman, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, drew a fairly lucrative salary drawing and writing the comic books until 1947, when they sued for more money and were fired. They never wrote or drew the Superman comic books again and were reported near poverty in the early 1970s when the first of major new series of Superman films came out. After a protest by comic book artists around the country, Warner Bros., which owned DC Comics, put the two men on a pension, which rose into the six figures over the years.
In 1917 Joanne Kovacs wanted to be a model and placed an ad in the paper looking for modeling work. Joe Shuster and his partner, Joel Siegel hired Joanne to model for sketches for a character in a comic book they were creating. That character would be Lois Lane in the Superman comics. She would pose for them every Saturday until they had enough sketches to use. Shuster and Siegel would use some of Joanne’s character traits in the development of Lois, in particular her ambition, intelligence and gutsy personality. Joanne moved from Cleveland to pursue her modeling career as well as work for a ship builder during WWII.
Later in life Joanne ran into Joel at a charity function in New York City and they reconnected. Joel had said he let her get away before but not this time. They would be married in 1948. Shuster and Siegel had sold the rights to their creation, Superman, for just $130.00 years prior.