Posted 5 years ago
Sidney Smith signed a one million dollar deal for his then popular comic strip THE GUMPS.
Don Markstein writes :
In 1922, Smith signed a highly publicized million-dollar contract — $100,000 per year for ten years, a vast sum in those days and a pretty good hunk of change even today. And it only went up from there — in '35, he signed a new contract, giving him $150,000 a year. It was on the way home from signing the latter that he wrecked his brand-new Rolls-Royce, killing himself in the process.