Star Trek Comics Go ‘Round and ‘Round

Mike Gold

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14 Responses

  1. Rob Davis says:

    Interesting. I wonder if any of the creators on those books will get any "residuals" from this "reprint" of their work. So far I haven't been contacted, and I drew a few mini-series for Malibu and a series of issues for DC (and my address hasn't changed since then). Hmmmm…

    • Eager Veger says:

      Residuals? You expect residuals? Like Spock said "Comic book professionals are not logical.

    • mike weber says:

      What did your contract say? Did it have royalties and were they restricted to then-extant mediums, or were all future reprints included, or was that question not addessed at all?I would assume that whatever deal you originally had would carry over; if there was no mention of as-yet-unavailable (at the time) media, i'd guess it might be a crapshoot, uless it specifically said something along the use of "all future use".

      • Alan Coil says:

        I would suspect that because Malibu no longer exists there will be no royalties. Even if there are, I would suspect you might only get enough for a few cups of coffee.

        • mike weber says:

          Whether Malibu exists or doesn't, someone is handling their properties and the original contracts are l;ikely to be applicable – if you can catch them.

          • Alan Coil says:

            Contracts are frequently voided when a company goes through bankruptcy. That's one of the reasons to bother going through a bankruptcy filing.

  2. mike weber says:


    • Mike Gold says:

      Good question. My high school journalism teacher would have flunked me.It wasn't in the press release, but Amazon is selling it for $49.95, or $69.94 if you bundle it with Jughead Bronze-Age Stories. Now there's a great fit…

  3. Alan Coil says:

    September 1st is Labor Day, so more likely the 2nd.And , hey, you forgot to mention Rob Davis. ;-)

  4. Keith R.A. DeCandido says:

    I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for someone to pay me for this reprint of Perchance to Dream. Then again, that's the joy of work-for-hire on licensed comics….Heck, at this point, I'm just glad to see my first-ever Star Trek fiction being readily available again…..

  5. Rob Davis says:

    My contracts at Malibu (bought out by Marvel, btw…) had a clause about reprint royalties (I'll have to dig in my files to see if I still have the darn thing and the exact wording on rights). But I'd tend to agree that the cup of coffee remark is probably correct, though it would be nice to be contacted by the publisher. It will at least be nice to see some of my Trek work in print again even if it's digital and not dead trees.

    • Rick Taylor says:

      Did the contracts cover new media back then?

      • Mike Gold says:

        They did at First Comics, Rick. For what that's worth. Then again, First was just about the only house that didn't do Star Trek.

      • Rob Davis says:

        I found one of my contracts, or "Talent Agreement" ("Creator" in this case being Paramount- now Viacom)… (clause 20 (c)):"…Talent acknowledges that the Creator, or Malibu, or both, may exploit Talent's Contribution to the Series in any and all media, worldwide, in perpetuity, without permission for which the Talent shall be paid in accordance with this Agreement."And then there's this (clause 6(e)): "One hundred (100%) of the fee percentage in 6(a) will be paid for all income received from publication or licensing of publication rights of the Series to other publishers."Six (a) talks about "returnable", "non-returnable", "black and white", copies and also talks about fees kicking in after certain numbers sold (25,000 copies). This might be hard to parse for something that's not a pamphlet sold on the direct market and we're probably back to barely paying for a Latte with proceeds. But according to this I'd be entitled to something after those sales figures were met. However, Malibu was also savvy with their voucher for payments after Marvel bought them and sorting that "contract" out in addition to the "Talent Agreement" would probably cost more to litigate than I'd ever win, IF I won.