Thursday, November 29, 2012

"Mean spirited tactics..." The Letter Joanne Siegel Never Sent But Should Have

You have to wonder how different thing could have been if this letter had been sent back in 2010, but that’s not the only mystery to ponder with it. This two page letter, supposedly from Joanne Siegel to Jeffrey Bewkes, was recently lodged as an exhibit in the seemingly never ending case between DC Comics and the Siegels/Marc Toberoff. It details a plea from Joanne to Jeffrey imploring him to intervene in the case with a view of ending it once and for all, and for Warner Brothers to do the right thing. Joanne also evokes the spirit of former Warner’s boss, Steve Ross, praising him – unusual because the Siegels have spent the better part of a decade, plus change, demonising anyone and everyone associated with Warner Brothers and DC Comics. Yes, things might have been different if Joanne had sent the letter – if it’s actually real, and I’m not saying it isn’t – DC Comics are. 

The issue around the letter is that it’s only come to light recently. DC Comics have laid complaint after complaint about Marc Toberoff and his apparent delaying tactics, in particular his apparent reluctance to hand over relevant communications regarding the Siegels and his interactions, the Shusters and the like, to the courts as part of their discovery phases. Each time another round of discovery occurs, another previously unseen document pops up, either only just found, previously contested or otherwise unknown or covered up – name your poison, both DC and Toberoff have thrown those allegations and more at each other in recent times. Toberoff claims that the documents relating to the Shuster side of affairs – the signed letters handing over their half of the Superman mark to DC forever – aren’t accurate and possibly fakes, and in return DC are questioning the veracity of this two page letter, asking why it has taken nearly two years to surface. 

Just when you think the case might be settling down, an all new set of threats, allegations, accusations and, in some cases outright abuse, rear their ugly heads. Sadly it seems that nobody associated with this case will come out this with their reputations intact. 

1 comment:

ToB said...

I canceled all my DC subscriptions last week. I've had enough.