Moonstone and Dynamite Both Publishing ‘The Phantom’

Rick Marshall

Rick Marshall was Online Managing Editor for ComicMix before joining MTV's SplashPage. Previously, he was Online Content Manager for Wizard Entertainment. He has written for several daily newspapers, alternative weekly newspapers, trade magazines and online media, and was named "Writer of the Year" by the New York Press Association in 2005.

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5 Responses

  1. Tom Fitzpatrick says:

    Wonder how they're going to keep from crossing swords (sorry, I mean stories). ;-)

  2. John Leasure says:

    If I were Ardden Entertainment I'd lock down those "exclusive rights" to Flash Gordon. And if I was Moonstone I'd be looking for a new business affairs lawyer.

    • Mike Gold says:

      Perfectly consistent with my relationship with King Features. I wouldn't trust those people if they were the only licensing outfit in town.But I was more perturbed about Nicky's misinformation at the Dynamite panel — the stuff about returning The Phantom to his original adventures outside the jungle, and the bullshit about DC making Falk move The Phantom to the jungle because it copied Batman, which was created three years later. The Phantom was ALWAYS based in the jungle, although that jungle was moved from a place that was, vaguely, India to a place that was definitely Africa. Those earliest Phantom stories have been reprinted a great many times and have been available online. They're in comics fans' DNA.

  3. Delmo Walters Jr. says:

    Reminds me of when DC was publishing a Shadow series and Marvel came out with a Shadow graphic novel at the same time.

  4. Brian K. Morris says:

    This is a FANTASTIC idea! King Features can license The Phantom to EVERYBODY who publishes comics. Way to spread the branding, King! Seriously, while I feel for Moonstone and Dynamite, did anyone in their legal camps think it odd that the word "exclusive" wasn't mentioned anywhere near the American publishing rights section of the contract? Maybe Rob Liefeld could spring for a license too. THAT would be interesting. :)