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Krypton explodes

Krypton explodes

Legal | Marc Graser breaks down what aspects of Superman are now controlled by the heirs of co-creator Jerry Siegel after Wednesday’s court ruling: depictions of “Superman’s origins from the planet Krypton, his parents Jor-El and Lora, Superman as the infant Kal-El, the launching of the infant Superman into space by his parents as Krypton explodes and his landing on Earth in a fiery crash.” In 2013, the estate of Joe Shuster will become co-owners of the copyright to Action Comics #1 and the newly recaptured early works.

Warner Bros. and DC Comics, which still own later additions to Superman’s mythos — flight and other superpowers, kryptonite, Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, etc. — issued a statement characterizing the decision as affirmation that “the vast majority of key elements” developed after Action Comics #1 remain the property of DC. [Variety]

The Muppet Show #1

The Muppet Show #1

Publishing |’s Andrew Kardon profiles BOOM! Studios’ kids’ imprint, which features Disney/Pixar comics and, soon, the Disney Standards line. [GeekDad]

Creators | Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Matt Davies talks about being laid off by the Westchester, N.Y., Journal-News after 17 years with the newspaper: “I was told a few months back by my editor that my position was valued, so I didn’t expect this. I’m not stupid, the business model is in dire straits for all newspapers, we all know that. It’s weird. Before there was a focus on the content; management was cognizant of the need for content, but this time it was all about the numbers, so my position was cut.” [The Daily Cartoonist]

Creators | Sean Collins continues his interviews with contributors to Marvel’s Strange Tales MAX miniseries with this Q&A with Molly Crabapple. []



Creators | David Small discusses his graphic memoir Stitches: “Structuring the book was the hardest part of making it, for multiple reasons. One being that memories don’t have a structure; they don’t come back in sequence. Two, if you tried to make a memoir where everything was in perfect sequence, it would be boring as hell and nobody would read it. Three, certain things are very important to you — everything is important in your own life — that have to be left out, certain people, certain events, because they don’t have anything to do with the main thread or theme of your book.” [Powell’s Books]

Creators | I love seeing photos from Jeff Smith signings — the lines are filled with kids. Plus: Lynda Carter! [Good Comics For Kids]

Archie #600

Archie #600

Fandom | Dave Luebke, whose copy of Archie Comics #1 is expected to sell today for $30,000, isn’t thrilled about Archie’s proposal to Veronica. [The Associated Press]

Fandom | Rich Lopez profiles Dallas comedian, and comic-book fan, Steven Jay Crabtree, who confesses to crushes on Spider-Man, Dick Grayson and Red Arrow. [The Dallas Voice]

Blogosphere | Rich Watson, blogger and founder of the Glyph Comics Awards, has launched Great Black Comic Books, “a guide to the quality black comics (read: graphic novels and trade paperbacks) and where and how to get them.” [Great Black Comic Books]



Let me guess, coming in 2010 from DC: a maxi-series in which Superman’s classic origin story, being send to Earth as a baby from the planet Krypton, is revealed to be an elaborate hoax of some kind.

The bright side is that maybe now they’ll stop shoehorning Superman’s origin into everything Supes does, be it movies, tv or new comics. This way they can do a straight up Superman movie without having to spend a half hour on Krypton blowing up. At this point, everyone knows Superman’s origin.

Wonder how this is going to effect Secret Origin. It’s too late to change content or delay it (don’t know if it’s gone to press yet but there’s a preview for it in each of this week’s comics, so I’m guessing it probably has). There’s probably a window where DC can appeal, and I’m sure they will.

It’s been an interesting week for copyright suits, with this, Microsoft being barred from selling Word, and two separate companies being told they can’t sell DVD ripping software.

Thanks for taking the time to mention Steven Jay Crabtree, and the Dallas Voice, in your column. It is always nice when the GLBT comic book community gets a shout-out by the rest of you! We all let our Freak Flags fly, so thanks for the nod and the acknowledgement from the mainstream comics press!

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