|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. :)