From The Vaults: Siegel & Shuster 1941

It should come as no surprise to anyone that I've kept up an active interest in both Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster since the long running court case over the ownership of Superman. That case is now long finished and belongs to the ages, but my interest still runs high, and, I believe this is rightly so. After all the pair did create the most iconic of all superheroes, Superman, along with a lot of the associated characters and mythos that are still in use today by DC Comics.

The problem with writing, and also reading, about Siegel and Shuster is maintaining a sense of impartiality. It's easy to be caught up in the unfairness of what happened to the pair, just the same as it's easy to blame them, especially Jerry, for making some horrendous business decisions. There is enough blame to be apportioned on both sides of the fence, and certainly the unethical business dealings of those at DC Comics, in particular the likes of Harry Donenfeld who first ousted Major Malcolm Wheeler…

Benjamin DuBay vs Stephen King: Jim Warren's Deposition

A recent case that appears to have slipped under a lot of radars, and that's a shame as it's turning into a right doozy, is Benjamin DuBay vs Stephen King.

In short DuBay, the nephew of comic book creator Bill DuBay, is claiming that King, the legendary author of all things horror, stole the concept for the hugely popular series (and a rather poor film) The Dark Tower from Bill DuBays Warren series The Rook. Naturally King denies this, as you'd expect him to. There's an obscene amount of money involved with this, as you'd expect, as King's work is probably more profitable than anyone out there.

The case has been quietly motoring along the usual grounds, but depositions released show the full extent of the back story of how Warren worked as a publisher, and how The Rook came into being. That's always a good thing for historians, but what really separates this case from most other copyright cases are accusations of forgery, witness tampering, theft and outri…

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