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ART: Cover Art for Superman #1, Superboy #1 and Supergirl #1! (And Action #1 Promotional Image!)

Posted in Art, Comics, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2011 by ghostradioworld

Here’s the cover for Superman #1 by Georges Perez.  We must say we aren’t crazy about the costume changes.  (Jim Lee was responsible for the redesign.)  Superman’s costume is iconic.  Leave it alone.  Some have suggested these costume changes are a way to get around the court decision in DC’s case with Siegel and Shuster estates.  We don’t think so.  The changes we need to be more significant.

Superboy and Supergirl after the jump …

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Krypton Destroyed … Again!

Posted in Comics, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2009 by ghostradioworld

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In a new ruling, heirs to Jerry Siegel (co-creator of Superman with Joe Schuster) won another major legal battle.  According to Variety, in addition to the rights they were already granted, they now retain the rights to:

Superman’s origins from the planet Krypton, his parents Jor-L and Lora, Superman as the infant Kal-L, the launching of the infant Superman into space by his parents as Krypton explodes and his landing on Earth in a fiery crash.

This is in addition to the rights they were previous granted which included:

the basis of the Superman character, including his costume, his alter-ego as reporter Clark Kent, the feisty reporter Lois Lane, their jobs at the Daily Planet newspaper working for a gruff editor, and the love triangle among Clark/Superman and Lois.

Warner Brothers and DC Comics still retain the rights to Superman’s ability to fly, Kryptonite, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White and other elements of his expanded origin.

The estate of Joe Schuster wasn’t a part of this ruling, because he has no direct heirs.  But another ruling granted his estate rights identical to the Siegels which will result in the entire rights of Superman resorting to the joint estates in 2013.

This is a great victory for creator rights.  But what does it mean for our beloved Superman?  In practical terms it means either Warners has to negotiate a new deal with the creators’ estates, or they will be able to shop Superman elsewhere.

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