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I have the impression that the ERB estate has kept Tarzan and John Carter, via TM, out of the pd

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Omar Karindu

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Subj: I forgot about the 1988 Shadow graphic novel with Kaluta and O'Neil, more
Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 at 08:47:50 pm EDT (Viewed 76 times)
Reply Subj: Re: MVL Adaptations of prose, literary characters, whether established as part of Earth-616 or not, but for the most, part do not list properties in the public domain, as that would make the list a bit too long
Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 at 11:00:47 am EDT (Viewed 84 times)

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    Homage characters I deal with in the thread above.

    Trying to think of Marvel's adaptation of prose, literary properties not in the public domain.

Well, there was Elric of Melnibone turning up in a couple of Conan issues, with Moorcock's permission.

They also adapted Theodore Sturgeon's "It" and "Killdozer."

2001 and Planet of the Apes are borderline cases, as they were primarily film adaptations but also had a literary existence. In 2001's case, the book an movie were simultaneous projects, of course.

I don't actually know the PD dates for the H.G. Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs materials Marvel has adapted; was the Barsoom stuff PD in the 1970s when Marvel published a John Carter series?

    Doc Savage
    Conan/Kull/Solomon Kane, etc.
    Remo Williams, the Destroyer
    Fu Manchu
    Anita Blake
    The Stand
    Brak (John Jakes)
    Opener of the Crypt (also by Jakes)
    Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper
    few other Robert Bloch adaptations
    Wildcards (started in prose) by George R.R. Martin
    Hellraiser (began as the novella The Hellbound Heart) and other Clive Barker adaptations
    Logan's Run (began as a novel)

    Epic did quite a few adaptations of prose.

    Has Lovecraft's work passed into the public domain? I know of a Richard Corben series.

I have the impression that the ERB estate has kept Tarzan and John Carter out of the public domain by asserting trademark.

In 1988, they released a Shadow graphic novel, which oddly came out while DC had a Shadow regular series running the same year.

Several anthology series of the 1970's and later adapted literary works outside of the public domain. Many of these appeared as black and white oversize magazines.

Oddly, many Conan stories adapted works by Norvell W. Page and other authors besides Robert E. Howard, thought often having Conan in the stories. David LoTempio at in the files section lists these oddities.

Marvel Super Special adapted Frank Herbert's Dune and other literary works that received film adaptations.

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