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SDCC ’11 | Bob Burden, Mysterymen and … Marble Comics?

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Marvel may have Mystery Men, but now Mysterymen creator Bob Burden has … Marble Comics?

In response to Marvel’s current Mystery Men miniseries, the Flaming Carrot creator and Dark Horse Comics announced that Burden is bringing his own “publishing house,” called Marble Comics, to Dark Horse.

Burden will be in San Diego this weekend in support of a Mysterymen trade that’s limited to 200 copies just for San Diego. It’ll feature a “first peek” at The Mysterians. and a back cover advertising Journey to Astonish and a Fin Fang Foom-ish monster called Flip Flap Flop. Burden spoke with Bleeding Cool about the ideas behind Marble Comics in a very entertaining interview.

You can find the press release and more info on Burden’s SDCC plans after the jump.

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Comics A.M. | Borders bankruptcy looms; ‘Mystery Men’ trademark issues?


Retailing | Citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg reports that Borders Group may file for bankruptcy protection as early as next week. Additionally the struggling book chain, the second-largest in the United States, will likely close at least 150 of its 500 remaining namesake stores. Company stock plunged in the wake of the news. A Borders spokeswoman declined comment, but referred to a Jan. 27 statement from President Mike Edwards in which he raised “the possibility of an in-court restructuring.” [Bloomberg]

Legal | Rich Johnston and retailer news and analysis site ICv2 look at potential trademark issues surrounding Marvel’s “Who Are the Mystery Men?” They note that cartoonist Bob Burden owns the trademark to the one-word “Mysterymen,” while Dark Horse and Universal Pictures control the two-word “Mystery Men” — both relating to the characters created by Burden and the 1999 movie adaptation. Dynamite Entertainment also has laid claim to “Super-Mysterymen” for its Project Superpowers series. “I have not heard from Universal yet, but I’m sure Universal will proceed in an orderly and propitious manner,” Burden said. [Bleeding Cool,]

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