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Re: A DC/Fawcett legal question

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  • tigerterra
    Martin, Thanks for the info.One of these days I ll get around to read my copy of the Fawcett companion.With my schedule who knows when that will be. Sammie ...
    Message 1 of 10 , Apr 1, 2002
      Martin,
      Thanks for the info.One of these days I'll get around to read my copy
      of the Fawcett companion.With my schedule who knows when that will be.
      Sammie















      --- In thejusticesociety@y..., mlg32002us <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > --- In thejusticesociety@y..., "tigerterra" <tigerterra@y...> wrote:
      > > Martin,
      > > This a a follow up question:does DC own the rights to a Captain
      > > Marvel animated series?I remember hearing that Alex Ross made a
      > > proposal to DC/Warner Brothers a few years ago and was told they
      > > didn't have the rights.Also where can I find info on the history
      of
      > > Fawcett.
      > > Thanks,
      > > Sammie
      > >
      > > Sammie, DC does own Captain Marvel, but may not own the Animated
      > Series completely. I know they changed the comic book to conform to
      > the TV live action series, but the animated may be part owned by
      the
      > company that did the animation. I don't think DC was overly
      cautious
      > about contracts concerning Captain Marvel. That's probably why DC
      > turned down Ross' proposal. The animated version may still be tied
      up
      > with whatever studio did the original animation. I seem to remember
      > Paul Dini wanting to use Captain Marvel on the Superman animated
      show
      > and couldn't use him. The original animators could have come into
      play
      > at that point. Not sure. DC's legal staff only talks to me when
      they
      > want something.
      > One of the best places to learn about Fawcett's history is Jim
      > Steranko's "History of the Comics" Vol. 2. Steranko had a ton of
      > information in that volume. You can still get History at some of
      the
      > larger book stores.
      > The other place to see some great info is Paul Hamerlinck's part of
      > Alter Ego. His FCA section of Alter Ego is filled with some great
      > information. Also The Fawcett Companion he put out a while back has
      a
      > ton of info from the past years of the FCA. Neat cover of all the
      > Fawcett heroes by Jerry Ordway. Hope this helps.
      > Oh yes, I let Roy Thomas reprint my interview with Jack and Otto
      > Binder in an upcoming issue of Alter Ego. You'll find some neat
      stuff
      > there. If you want more info from the issue of Comic Crusader that
      the
      > Binder interview saw print you'll have to pick up Comic Crusader
      #15.
      > I won't let Roy reprint any of the other stuff from that issue. He
      > wants to, but he and Tomorrow's don't pay much and I don't work for
      > free.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > --- In thejusticesociety@y..., mlg32002us <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > > > --- In thejusticesociety@y..., fundacaoesfincter
      <no_reply@y...>
      > > > wrote:
      > > > > Wow! Someone had told me something like this at the DC
      History
      > > > > Group, but less detailed...
      > > > >
      > > > > Hahahaha that's amazing!!
      > > > >
      > > > > Anyway-
      > > > >
      > > > > So the Fawcett characters, Marvels included, were only
      > acquired
      > > by
      > > > > DC *after* the mid 80s????
      > > > > And that before that they only had the rights for the
      Marvels,
      > > and
      > > > > had to pay Fawcett every/each time they were used?
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > > Well, at least that explains why Spy-Smasher and co. never
      > popped
      > > up
      > > > > in the All-Star Squadron book (or did they?)
      > > > >
      > > > > Thanks buddy!
      > > > >
      > > > > FUND
      > > > >
      > > > The Fawcett heros never popped up in the All Star Squadron
      book.
      > > > Another piece of business on The Marvel Family was prior to DC
      > > getting
      > > > the rights to all the Fawcett heroes if they used each member
      of
      > > The
      > > > Marvel Family in seperate stories they had to pay a fee for
      each
      > > one
      > > > of them. DC tried to use them all in one story to avoid this.
      > > Together
      > > > they were one price. Each on their own, full price for each.
      I'm
      > > not
      > > > sure how much DC paid for ownership, but Fawcett made out very
      > well
      > > > I'm sure. Sorry to say Captain Marvel and company never made it
      at
      > > DC.
      > > > The closest was when Ordway was doing it. I just wish he'd been
      > > doing
      > > > the art as well as the stories. Jack Binder once commented to
      me
      > > about
      > > > bringing Captain Marvel back. He basically said that bringing
      > > > something back rarely makes it as good as the original. He was
      > > right.
      > > > Roy Thomas is going to reprint the interview Bob Cosgrove and I
      > did
      > > > for Comic Crusader in an upcoming issue of Alter Ego. You
      should
      > > check
      > > > it out. Of all the people I've interviewed over the years, the
      > > Binders
      > > > were the best. Otto and Jack remembered everything vividly. A
      lot
      > > of
      > > > the older pros couldn't remember anywhere near as much as the
      > > Binders.
      > > > Jack was very, very sharp. When I had my tape recorder running,
      he
      > > had
      > > > his going too. I had to send him the transcript for him to
      check
      > > > against his tape, before he'd let me publish the interview. He
      and
      > > > Otto were pro pros.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > The answer is a bit involved and has to do with a JLA
      Crisis
      > > story
      > > > > > that involved all the Fawcett heroes. Roy Thomas thought DC
      > > owned
      > > > > all
      > > > > > the Fawcett heroes when he wrote the story that included
      them.
      > > The
      > > > > > editors at DC thought so too. They did not. At this point
      in
      > > time
      > > > > they
      > > > > > had use of The Marvel Family only and they had to pay each
      > time
      > > > > they
      > > > > > used one of them. When the book came out DC had to
      negotiate
      > > with
      > > > > > Fawcett for the rest of their characters. They now own all
      of
      > > > them,
      > > > > as
      > > > > > well as The Marvel Family. I was told DC had to pay a
      goodly
      > > sum
      > > > > for
      > > > > > the goof up on that Crisis story.
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