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Magneto’s ‘House of M’ uniform again draws royal objections

King Juan Carlos of Spain, left, and Mike Mayhew's Magento

In 2005, Marvel drew the displeasure of Spain’s royal family when the official portrait of King Juan Carlos — right down to the sash, medals and wall pattern! — was used as the basis of Mike Mayhew’s image of Magneto for the cover of The Pulse: House of M Special. There were rumblings of legal action, followed by an apology and a new cover.

More than six years later, Magneto’s Juan Carlos-inspired uniform is back, this time as a downloadable skin for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. And so, too, are the royal family’s objections, apparently.

Courtesy of Kotaku and a Google translation comes word from the Madrid newspaper Heraldo that Zarzuela Palace has asked Spanish game distributor Koch Media to remove the skin, which is virtually identical to the uniform worn by Juan Carlos in his role as Captain General of Armies of the King.

Contending that, like the Mayhew cover, the downloadable costume may infringe upon the copyright of the original portrait, the royal house insists it is seeking to prevent the “misuse” of the figure of the king and Spanish military uniform. For its part, Koch says it’s not explicitly stated that the uniform is based on Juan Carlos’.

Magneto’s House of M uniform will reportedly be available for digital download beginning Dec. 20.

Magneto's downloadable costume from "Marvel vs. Capcom 3"

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Magento? Ironically more appropriate for his traditional uniform.

I can;t believe Marvel let this cover slip by them…. that’s just sad that the artist got away with that. Straight up traced/manipulated the colors… all he did was add a white-haired Will Farrel head (why does Magneto look like Will Ferrel anyways???) Ugh….

Holy swipe file!

What’s particuarly offensive about it, if you know anything about Spain in the last quarter of the twentieth century, is that Juan Carlos did so much to bring Spain from dictatorship to democracy in the years after the death of Franco & the end of the Falangist regime that to style a dictator after him, even a complex one like Magneto, is unthinking & unpleasant.

Looks like him? eh his head is completely different. Like its not even close. Except they are both male. The body is dead on though.

And yes clearly he used a famous picture of royalty as the base. If I had to guess it was to show Magneto was royalty of that world.

Magneto’s face in the 1st paining looks a bit like Ted Danson.

Spain can GTFO, who cares what the royal family of Spain thinks? Who cares if they object?

LMFAO, like their objection will affect anything, anywhere!

THEY HAVE NO LEGAL rights, even in the original cover.

The only way a portrait is protected is if a street vendor is selling the portrait.

I can make a villain dressed as the Queen of England, right down to the family insignia, the coat of arms, what have you, and they have NO RIGHT to infringe upon my freedom.

Also, manipulation of images is an ACCEPTED art form

people need to realize that, its been going on forever

Somebody better warn Greg Land about his tracing.

Ted Dansen’s face on Juan Carlos’ body.

This is why super hero comics are awful.

Blame the idiots who buy the comics for allowing cheats like Land, Mack, Mayhew, etc. to make a living.

Marvel and DC should have a better policy about such things (And by policy I mean more than a meaningless “Marvel No Allow Swipe” press release) but that’s a difficult thing to enforce when the culprits are your buddies.

Funkygreenjerusalem

November 29, 2011 at 12:27 am

Spain can GTFO, who cares what the royal family of Spain thinks? Who cares if they object?

LMFAO, like their objection will affect anything, anywhere!

It did the first time around.
It’s not like this is a work of satire, where Marvel or the creators are trying to get a rise from the Royal family, it’s an artist swiping.
Any country is going to grumble if you make their head of state into a terrorist mass murderer, and why would Marvel, subsidiary of Disney, want that?

THEY HAVE NO LEGAL rights, even in the original cover.

The only way a portrait is protected is if a street vendor is selling the portrait.

I can make a villain dressed as the Queen of England, right down to the family insignia, the coat of arms, what have you, and they have NO RIGHT to infringe upon my freedom.

There’s no copyright on the piece because it’s a portrait?
Never heard that before.
Seems odd that the official royal portrait wouldn’t have ownership/copyright.

Marvel, Clue – i don’t believe you two have met before.

That’s really lazy. I would hope the artist was embarrassed, but he probably wasn’t. There is a difference between being inspired by another image and just plain copying it and calling it your own.

Man, if I were a company with pockets as deep as Marvel, I would force any of my photorealistic artists to turn over their photo-reference and prove that they took the pictures themselves and are not swiping from copyrighted works. They’re really just setting themselves up to be sued into bankrupcy with the amount of blatant stealing they’ve let guys like Mayhew, Land and Deodato get away with for years.

I don’t know even understand why artists DO that…all it does is result in stiff artwork, and is often downright distracting. Marco Checchetto randomly traced a single picture of Morgan Freeman in the first issue of Punisher, but it was just so awkwardly plopped in there that it just ground everything to a halt.

I think its even worse that Land, Mayhew, Deodato and Larocca are all really good artists who have taken to tracing and using famous faces to speed up the process.

If they were outright hacks that would be one thing, but to do it when you can also put out great original work is just a shame.

Of course Land could also be criticized for taking narrative shortcuts like having big moments off panel or cropped so that the focus is too tight and without drama.

But I digress.

“I think its even worse that [snip] Larocca [is a]l really good artists who have taken to tracing and using famous faces to speed up the process.”

YES. THIS. Larocca’s run on Namor, as dopey as the story was at times, was one of the most gorgeously illustrated comics I own. But man, his Invincible Iron Man phototracing stinks so bad I can’t even read it.

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