Okay, I’m Back

Okay, I’m Back

Only slightly worse for wear.

Reader Chief_Tuscaloosa writes: “In the future, when Vox Day has bought the Superman franchise for $1, I look forward to issue AV (after Vox) #1: “Superman, The Illegal Alien with Super-powers: He Has To Go Back.

Not worth the dollar.  

Part of the reason DC is doing this, is so they can turn things over to Jon Kent because 11 years Clark Kent goes into the Public Domain. So they’d like to shoo him off stage.  

I’m positive that big media will try to change the Public Domain law. A lot of older characters are coming up on the deadline. Mickey Mouse for example goes into the Public Domain in two years. Big Media has been successful in and changing this law before. They should have no trouble getting one of their pet congresswretches to slip in an extension into a budget reconciliation bill. The thing is that they settled for 95 years last time for a reason. Once you cross the century mark it is a lot more likely to get shot down in the courts. It will only take one judge to say, you’ve gone too far, copyright was never meant to be eternal.

Consequently, it makes sense to plan for a future where Superman is no longer protected.  In eleven years anyone can use Superman provided you don’t violate the trademark (which is a separate matter). So, create a new character that is under copyright protection and will be for decades to come.

The insane part is what they are doing with his successor.  

They honestly can’t stop themselves. When having to create a new character these days the first thing a mainstream comic book writer HAS to do is pull out the Woke Character Matrix and start checking boxes.

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Comments (8)

  • Michael Maier Reply

    I don’t think letting companies own a character forever is such a terrible thing.

    What DC is doing to their characters, though…. yeah, they suck donkey balls.

    August 28, 2021 at 1:06 am
    • furor kek tonicus ( Whipper Snapping Egg Suckers is my band name ) Reply

      corporations create nothing.
      .
      and the LEGAL PURPOSE OF COPYRIGHT LAW is to protect the earning potential and rewards for the work of THE CREATOR, in order to both encourage him and enable him ( by enabling him to make a living from his work ) to create even more works.
      .
      thus, your assertion that there’s nothing wrong with a corporation owning copyright is in direct opposition to meaning of the Law ( excepting the special case of the creator using a wholly owned corporation for the purpose of holding and enforcing his own copyrights ), if not the specific letter of the Law that we use today.

      August 28, 2021 at 3:12 am
  • Dave W. Reply

    Welcome back!

    I look forward to Marvel and DC’s inevitable self-immolations.

    August 28, 2021 at 1:39 am
  • jorgen b Reply

    Honestly I think Superman has run his course. I’m not interested in the character anymore, and he was one of my favorites growing up. Watched all the Christopher Reeve movies of course. Didn’t read the comics till Doomsday killed him though. But the definitive Superman to me is the Superman in Superman the Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited. They powered him down to make him more interesting, and it worked. Any stories beyond the ones they tell are just grasping at straws trying to make an interesting story out of a character to invincible to be interesting.

    August 28, 2021 at 5:31 am
  • joe90 Reply

    Welcome back, copyright lasts as long as congress wants it too. Its in your constitution. There was a lot of fuss some 20 years ago over the last extension and the courts made it clear that congress has the power to set any time span it likes. I am surprised to find out it hasn´t been extended, was Trump blocking Disney?

    August 28, 2021 at 9:30 am
  • furor kek tonicus ( Whipper Snapping Egg Suckers is my band name ) Reply

    another incident of kiddy diddling in the entertainment sphere:
    there’s a lawsuit against a former SNL actor claiming that the ( at the time ) underage plaintiff was groomed, plied with drugs and alcohol and molested

    and that pretty much every member of the SNL cast and crew, particularly Jimmy Fallon, knew about it.
    .
    George Rockal-Schmidt has a video about it. i doubt that anything will come of this as it’s too much in NBC’s interest to settle this and make it go away.

    August 28, 2021 at 9:34 pm
    • Dave W. Reply

      Horatio Sanz? Wish I could say I was surprised.

      August 28, 2021 at 9:53 pm
  • Grames Barnaby Reply

    The only reason that DC or Marvel are still in business at this point is because the big banks in the US that loan the endless fiat money to their parent conglomerates, make money of the interest to their corporate loans. And at this point in time if any reader wants a superman book they’re most likely going to turn more to the DCAU back catalog than anything that current (at least based on the sales charts). Or they’d just read Dragonball, which now has all of their Cape needs fulfilled in manga form.

    If anything turning Superman’s son Gay to replace him, isn’t making a new character it’s just making a lower end knockoff than the goofy one off Superman parodies that used to appear in Silver aged Superman books.

    September 4, 2021 at 3:40 pm

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