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The Trials Of Superman - Available Now & FREE!

From the introduction: 2001 DC Comics had reached an agreement to license and control the Siegel’s 50% stake – they already control co-creator Joe Shuster’s 50% share, until 2013 when the Shuster heirs are expected to file suit – when talks fell apart and the Siegel’s walked.  The other side of the story is that DC changed the terms of the deal at the last minute leaving the Siegel’s with no choice but to terminate the negotiations.  DC have since counter-claimed that the Siegel’s were led into withdrawing from signing the contract in 2001 at the eleventh hour by their current lawyer, Marc Toberoff.  As it stood the Siegel’s then filed suit, in 2004, against DC Comics, seeking to validate their ownership, in addition to seeking further rights and to also demand that DC Comics give a full accounting of the money that had been realized since 1999 by the Superman franchise. 

The argument was that DC Comics had undervalued Superman and licensed the rights to exploit the character in…

Newton Comics: Cover IDs

I'm entering the home straight for my long overdue, long awaited Newton Comics book.  As with such projects, more information is coming in each and every day, including an incredible set of documents that arrived just last night - I'm glad I held off from the original publishing date.  As it stands I need to finally, and fully, id the origins of the following covers.  If you know where they first appeared, either as covers or as interior art, and who drew/painted them, then let me know in the comments section or by sending down an email.  Make sure you include your name as you will be thanked in the final book.

Here goes!

Gary Friedrich Enterprises, LLC. et al v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc. et al: The Shame Of Marvel...

A question was asked recently in relation to the Gary Friedrich and the Marvel Ghost Rider case, specifically what happens now and is Friedrich liable to pay. At the time it was known what was to come next – the case needs its loose ends wrapped up, and costs would then be assessed. Naturally Friedrich has appealed the decision against him, as is the standard practice, but things are now getting very messy indeed.

As per the courts instructions Friedrich has to account for any and all money that he has received, “...relating to the gross and net amount derived from Plaintiffs' sale of goods bearing the Ghost Rider image, likeness, or Marvel trademark.” This means that Friedrich has to account for every cent each and every time he sold a print at a convention or any other item to anyone, that has the Ghost Rider image or name on it, and he has to account to all of the defendants in the case, and there’s quite a few of those, including, but not limited to, Marvel Defendants, Mov…

Stan Lee versus Joe Weider...To The Death!

Actually, not quite, but hell, isn't that a catchy title?  Even today, with Joe still kicking around past 90, my money would be firmly on him being able to kick people's arses off the planet, if he could be bothered.  But now that the title has drawn you in, here's an insight into the, albeit small, battle between Joe and Stan.

In August 1967, buoyed by the success that their comic books were experiencing Marvel began to look towards the future, namely separate titles for the likes of Captain America, Iron man, the Sub-Mariner, Thor and The Hulk, all of whom were being published in anthology comic books such as Journey Into Mystery, Tales Of Suspense and Tales To Astonish.  The process involved ensuring that each separate character was duly registered at the trademark office for name, title, design and character.  However the path to such titles are not always paved with ease, even if they do have good intentions, and whereas Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Namor were fairly eas…

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