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Phantom Lady returns this summer by Palmiotti, Gray, Staggs and Perotta

Phantom Lady

Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, who wrote the pre-New 52 Freedom Fighters title, will return to at least two of the characters this summer as they write a new Phantom Lady miniseries. Cat Staggs and Rich Perotta will provide the art for the four-issue series, which will co-star Doll Man. This being the New 52, though, they’ll have no relation to the previous versions of the characters.

“Phantom Lady and Doll Man is an exciting return to the roots of the characters as pulpy, street level crime fighters with a few new twists and some heavy sci-fi overtones,” Justin Gray told The Source. “We took the best of their original core concepts and updated them with no relation to our previous work on Phantom Lady and Doll Man in the Freedom Fighters. You’re getting in on the ground floor of the origin story of two people whose lives intersect and a common threat that transforms them into pretty amazing and engaging superheroes.”

Phantom Lady #1, which features a cover by Amanda Conner, goes on sale Aug. 29.

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Andrew Mathieu

May 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm

This sounds good to me. I appreciate the ground zero approach to the character. (I know nothing about either of them).

well, at least she has cleavage… LOL

Andrew Collins

May 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I got excited at the image because I thought,”Great! Something else being drawn by Amanda Conner!” Then I saw that she’s just doing the cover and my interest fell by about 100%…

Wow that costume is awful! DC now stands for “Dreadful Costumes”. They could have kept the wrist emitters, goggles and cape. I am a fan of the character and have to be told who she is. I know DC need new fans, but you are driving away your old faster than picking up new ones.

Greg, I’m not a big DC fan and even less Phantom Lady, but you must realize that old costume would be exhibit A on the this is what’s wrong with female characters list

Oh, a re-revamp? I rather liked the last Gray/Palmiotti versions of Phantom Lady and Doll Man. This PL costume doesn’t have immediate appeal, but we’ll see how it works in the book. I’d like at least the classic yellow/green combo as a visual callback to the three (or is it more?) previous versions.

To be honest, I’d prefer the super-sexy look, though not drawn in a Brazilian carnival style. And sexier looks for the fellas too, let’s be equitable. In fact, they can start by bringing back a classic Doll Man look – bare legs! This racing driver outfit is, at first glance, dull as dishwater.

Isn’t it time to stop calling it the “New 52?”

What Andrew Collins said. Dammit, Before Watchmen…

I’m glad it is only a miny series not that I plan to read it but there alot titles dc prduces right now that I don’t want to see ended

Isn’t any series with Doll Man a mini-series?

Bizzarro am pleased with deep cleavage.

Phantom-Lady is public domain. ANYONE, and their sister can use the original version of the character, in fact, two versions of her are in the public domain. DC is attempting to claim a copyright, that they cant legally claim. just as they recently did with the Ray, who is also public-domain. –federal laws state: when a character, or characters are not utilized in a “new” work for a period of over 28 years, they then lapse into the public-domain. meaning the copyrights no longer exist, and they can only have trademarks associated. the Charlton characters, all of them, the fawcett characters, yes, even captain marvel, and the dell characters among others are all public-domain.

Hey, that reminds me–where’s the rest of the “Ray” series they were doing????

The new costume is crap.

Bring back the original or the previously updated one. There is nothing wrong with a bit of T & A IMO. If done well that is. Look at True Blood. It’s OK to be sexy sometimes. You want androgony go buy a David Bowie record from the 70s. My Phantom Lady needs tits. Otherwise “what’s the point?”

So that’s where Mr Terrific’s jacket went! Must have shrunk in the wash too…

I Heart Catman

May 12, 2012 at 11:46 pm

i love anything amanda connors draws. even if it’s just a cover. i really liked the ray revival. this will probably also be fun.

Fun is the key word here.

“Phantom-Lady is public domain. ANYONE, and their sister can use the original version of the character, in fact, two versions of her are in the public domain. DC is attempting to claim a copyright, that they cant legally claim. just as they recently did with the Ray, who is also public-domain. –federal laws state: when a character, or characters are not utilized in a “new” work for a period of over 28 years, they then lapse into the public-domain. meaning the copyrights no longer exist, and they can only have trademarks associated. the Charlton characters, all of them, the fawcett characters, yes, even captain marvel, and the dell characters among others are all public-domain.”

Does that mean we may one day get a Ted Kord Blue Beetle series from another publisher?? Seeing as how DC wont use him.

“Phantom-Lady is public domain. ANYONE, and their sister can use the original version of the character, in fact, two versions of her are in the public domain. DC is attempting to claim a copyright, that they cant legally claim. just as they recently did with the Ray, who is also public-domain. –federal laws state: when a character, or characters are not utilized in a “new” work for a period of over 28 years, they then lapse into the public-domain. meaning the copyrights no longer exist, and they can only have trademarks associated. the Charlton characters, all of them, the fawcett characters, yes, even captain marvel, and the dell characters among others are all public-domain.”

You’re mistaken, Defiance-Defiant. There’s no requirement that a character be utilized within a 28-year period to prevent it from lapsing into the public domain. If that were the case (which it’s not), countless characters that appeared only in one novel, one film or one television series pre-1984 would be littering the public domain (dibs on a comic featuring Prince’s The Kid from Purple Rain). Copyright exists for a finite period (in theory, at least, considering that Congress keeps extending the duration), whether a creation appears one time or 100 times during that window. (Trademarks, however, can expire from disuse.)

Some presume Phantom Lady and other Quality Comics heroes have lapsed because they believe the original owners failed to renew the copyrights, which was a requirement under pre-1976 U.S. copyright laws. (That may be where you got the idea of 28 years: The earlier copyright term was 28 years with an option to renew for a second term of 28, for a total of 56 years.) However, likely the only way to know for sure whether that’s the case is to hire an attorney to do the research, and/or charge ahead and brace for a lawsuit, which would permit a court to make a concrete determination.

Others have done the research. At least the majority of the original Phantom Lady and Doll Man stories (and the Ray and most of the Freedom Fighters roster) are public domain based on copyrights not being renewed. However, that doesn’t negate DC’s trademarks or copyrights on all the DC published stories of these characters. My confusion over Defiance-Defiant’s post is that he seems to be trying to argue that DC is outside if their rights to do a series based on characters that are public domain, which is a very odd, and wrong, arguement to make. If “everyone and their sister” can use the character, why shouldn’t DC, who actually owns the trademark and has used the character repeatedly in the past? This isn’t about them shutting down a small publisher over using the character, they’re just using her themselves.

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