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The Good Guys Win. [Mar. 28th, 2008|07:38 pm]
Mainstream Art: A Comics Blog


70 years ago, Action Comics #1 hit stands, forever branding a budding genre in the symbols, terms, and iconography built by its lead character's young creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. This week, the tenth issue of All-Star Superman (an exceptional monthly title written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Frank Quitely), paid tribute to that moment of creation, imagining a humbling sequence of events that I won't spoil here.

Today, a judge ruled that the heirs of Jerry Siegel can reclaim their portion of the copyright to Action Comics #1, and a to-be-determined portion of the Time-Warner profits from works (possibly including non-comics works) featuring the character, retroactively as of 1999. I can't even put into words how good this win feels to me, as a lifelong fan, a fellow comics creator, and as a mere mortal who has undoubtedly benefited from the example and adventures of Earth's greatest hero.

There's plenty left to this story, of course, with appeals, apportionments, and further challenges to Time-Warner's ownership of the Superman mythology (including the Shuster family's similar case, and the separate rights case pertaining to Superboy), but make no mistake, this is a BIG WIN for the good guys. Heck, Superman wouldn't have it any other way.

More here, here, here, here, and here. :)

[User Picture]From: everyueveryme
2008-03-30 10:36 pm (UTC)
A little something for the occasion:

Scans of Action Comics #1

(just noticed:it took almost 1 year since the previous post —sure it had to happen something really big and important so could update again around here,ah?)
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[User Picture]From: dryponder
2008-03-30 10:38 pm (UTC)
nice! and yeah, i'd actually been preparing a couple of new posts, and this happened. consider mainstream art back in action. :)
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[User Picture]From: greenpear
2010-10-01 10:47 pm (UTC)
I ran across this post while looking for something else but you icon definitely caught my attention.

Who could mistake Irving Forbush...
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