Copyrights and comics
As a preview to their upcoming Comic Book Comics #5 by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey, Evil Twin Comics has posted a 6-page excerpt titled “The Grabbers”. It does an excellent job encapsulating and presenting copyright law and how it has effected the history of comic books. The piece focuses on Superman, so this is a great prequel to that BBC Superman documentary where we see Superman’s creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster a few years after the events depicted at the end of this comic.
The comic also covers the legal shenanigans involving Bob Kane (Batman co-creator), Bill Finger (Batman, Robin and Joker co-creator), Jerry Robinson (Robin and Joker co-creator), Joe Simon (Captain America co-creator), and Jack Kirby (co-creator of Captain America and half of the rest of the Marvel Comics superhero universe).
What’s amazing (and kind of sad) is that a lot of these legal battles are still being fought.
Posted on December 9, 2010, in Spotlight and tagged Alfred Zugsmith, Batman, Berne Convention, Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Captain America, Comic Book Comics, Copyright Act of 1909, copyright law, Copyright Term Extension Act, copyrights, DC Comics, Disney, Evil Twin Comics, Fantastic Four, Fred Van Lente, Hulk, Iron Man, Jack Kirby, Jack Liebowitz, Jeffrey Trexler, Jerry Robinson, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Joe Simon, Joker, Martin Goodman, Marvel Comics, Mickey Mouse, Mickey Mouse Protection Act, Neal Adams, Robin, Ryan Dunlavey, Sonny Bono, Superboy, Superman, Superman: The Movie, The Adventures of Superman, The Grabbers, Thor, uncivilsociety.org, United States Constitution, Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, X-Men, Zuggy. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.