April 19, 2012

A case of rethink

David Brothers' column at Comics Alliance has made me reconsider my views that I voiced in a recent comics-related post. In my past post, I chastised comics great Alan Moore for being an egotist because DC is producing the series "Before Watchmen" ... and Moore ain't happy about it. But Brothers lays out an excellent case as to why Moore has a very legitimate right to feel as he does.

See? I am able to be persuaded to change my opinion!


Posted by Hube at April 19, 2012 03:33 PM | TrackBack

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As far as I'm concerned, the majority of Marvel's and DC's characters should be in the public domain by now. The Watchmen would be too, in a couple of years, if we had kept the original purpose and time constraints that copyright in the US was created for.

A large amount of Moore's work consists of stories he built using ideas and characters that he didn't create and are in public domain status. Much the same can be said about Lee's and Kirby's creations.

Posted by: jacob at April 19, 2012 05:27 PM

Can you educate us about the original purpose and intent of US copyright law, jacob?

Posted by: Hube at April 19, 2012 06:52 PM

Mike Masnick has an informative article at Techdirt-
Yes, Copyright's Sole Purpose Is To Benefit The Public
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120407/00171418416/yes-copyrights-sole-purpose-is-to-benefit-public.shtml

Posted by: jacob at April 20, 2012 03:19 AM

Thanks!

Posted by: Hube at April 20, 2012 08:27 AM

I have to say that my views of Stan Lee did sour somewhat when I learned that it was actually Jack Kirby who created most if not all the main Marvel characters in the 1960s and Lee took (and still takes) the credit for doing so.

Posted by: Carl at April 20, 2012 01:46 PM

Carl: Me too. A friend of mine a few yrs back lent me a book about Jack Kirby's life, and it totally changed my view on Stan Lee. And Kirby, too, of course. Kirby was indeed the driving force behind most of Marvel's characters and stories. Hell, he'd essentially plot an entire issue by writing what was going on in the margins of his panels. All Lee did was take that and spruce up the dialogue.

Posted by: Hube at April 20, 2012 02:08 PM

What was the name of that book, Hube?

Posted by: Carl at April 26, 2012 02:25 AM

Jack Kirby: King of Comics

Posted by: Hube at April 26, 2012 10:36 AM

Thanks. I'm definitely going to look for it, either on Amazon or atmy local bookstore.

Posted by: Carl at April 26, 2012 06:00 PM