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Ancient One 

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Subj: Re: Big news on Superman comics!
Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2021 at 07:23:52 pm EDT (Viewed 155 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Big news on Superman comics!
Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2021 at 09:03:22 am EDT (Viewed 134 times)

    What I don't understand (unless I read it wrong) is why he's seemingly implying that DC would somehow get out of their agreement with the Siegels and the Shusters by having a new Superman. They still created the concept of Superman. You could have some all new character become Superman and it doesn't get you off the hook with the two families.

Gerry Conway tells a story about the use of the Killer Frost character in the Flash tv show.

Conway and Al Milgrom created Killer Frost (Crystal Frost) back in 1978. He heard Killer Frost was going to be used in 'The Flash', and sat back and waited for his royalty check to come in. When it didn't appear, he contacted DC to rectify the apparent oversight and was told: 'Oh, you created Crystal Frost, but we're not using her. We're using the Caitlin Snow version created by Dan Jurgens, and as only the name is the same, there's no royalties to be paid to you on it'.

Annoyed as he was, he got in touch with Dan Jurgens - who'd created Caitlin Snow - and told him to make sure he got paid for use of his character. Jurgens duly contacted DC and was told: 'Oh. No. Killer Frost is a legacy character. You didn't create her, Gerry Conway and Al Milgrom did. It's just the same character with another name, so there are no royalties to be paid to you on it'.

So DC screwed everyone on a technicality.

Now I'm no legal expert, but I'd bet it all comes down to what's in any given creators' contract, and who owns what trademark, but it seems that legacy characters might be a way of sidestepping rights issues and royalty payments.

Maybe not in all cases, but Jon Kent is a very recent creation, and you can bet that after all the legal challenges DC have fought since the 1970's, they've dotted the 'i's, crossed the 't's and have everything sewn up tighter than a drum in contracts issued to creators today.

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