The Rights Stuff, by Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner's Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost.

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12 Responses

  1. MARK WHEATLEY says:

    I have DAKOTA NORTH sitting on the same shelf as BAT LASH and the MANHUNTER collection. One of those series that was exceptional and too short. I'm looking forward to your next script.

  2. John Tebbel says:

    No company or executive should ever expect anyone to agree to any contract or terms they wouldn't proudly offer to their mother, Jesus, the fat lady, or their thousand dollar whore. Offering anything less or any "choices" involving anything less than the best deal possible is an immoral act. I read this in somebody's holy scripture somewhere.

  3. M. Sean McManus says:

    So when is more Dakota coming out?And why aren't you my friend on facebook?

  4. Joe in Philly says:

    Martha, do they have to pay you something even if Dakota North is just seen on one page of a book in one of those two-page spreads where a couple hundred characters are gathered together? One of those spreads where everyone (but me, it seems) picks the scene apart to figure out the name of every character pictured, even if all that's shown is about 25 percent of someone's torso? ;-)

    • Martha Thomases says:

      No, I only get paid if she's in a certain (relatively high) percentage of pages. So far, nothing has met that cut-off point.

  5. M. Sean McManus says:

    I wouldn't look at is as a burn, but a precursor to an all out DN explosion.

  6. Dean Trippe says:

    Great post, Martha. :)

  7. Russ Rogers says:

    Dakota North is based (at least in part) on Norris Church Mailer! Wow! Sometimes truth is wilder than fiction. A very interesting woman.