More on Z-Cult and the torrenting mess

Glenn Hauman

Glenn is VP of Production at ComicMix. He has written Star Trek and X-Men stories and worked for DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, Random House, arrogant/MGMS and Apple Comics. He's also what happens when a Young Turk of publishing gets old.

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4 Responses

  1. Marilee J. Layman says:

    Wow. I had no idea the comics field was so mixed up when it comes to copyright. One advantage of books is that the copyright is usually clear.

    • Glenn Hauman says:

      Most of it has to do with the multiple creators and work-for-hire contracts that in the olden days were shoddy at best. There have been many lawsuits over the ownership of everybody from Superman to Howard The Duck. Superboy is just the latest in a long, long line.

      • Vinnie Bartilucci says:

        I recall Jim Shooter once positing that the rights to the THUNDER agents belong to the Wally Wood estate. Tower Comics had not one piece of paper that proved it was a work for hire arrangement, not even that rubber stamped disclainer on the back of the paychecks.Heck, Jim was advised that since he signed his OWN work-for-hire agreement with DC when he was a minor, he could claim it was null and void and claim ownership to all the character he created in Legion. It's a mess, and it's one of the reasons many creators are getting large paychecks and editorial positions when their creations make it to the Big Screen. Insurance against a lawsuit.

  2. John Freeman says:

    Thanks for these posts, Glen – fascinating stuff. I've noted both this and your DC Comics meeting post in my ownBritish comics blog (…), noting that poor archives are not just a problem for US publishers. The problems facing UK digitised comics are of course exacerbated by the fact that many publishers who own rights to many old strips, most of which will be unfamiliar to US fans, no longer publish comics and thus see no need in retaining any physical archives.