Friday, April 13, 2007

Well, Xam!


The other day we mentioned the supposed upcoming CAPTAIN MARVEL movie. In the news on that same day was Gary Friedrich's claim against Marvel's GHOST RIDER (not a lawyer so I'm not even commenting on that one) which reminded me of the classic SUPERMAN vs. CAPTAIN MARVEL legal battles. That, in turn, reminded me of this lesser known legal battle.


Here, from a 1968 issue of WALL STREET JOURNAL, are some details in the CAPTAIN MARVEL vs. CAPTAIN MARVEL suit! More specifically, notorious rip-off publisher Myron Fass was suing Martin Goodman's Marvel over THEIR stealing of HIS trademark on the name CAPTAIN MARVEL after Fass allegedly refused to sell the rights to Goodman for $6000.00! Fass, you old-timers will recall, published a rather insipid hero of that name who was in actuality a robot who yelled "SPLIT!" to separate his various body parts (Wow! What a cool power! Ahem.) To reunite his wayward arms, legs, etc., he would yell "Xam!" His book was populated with trademark-infringed characters such as Plastic Man, Bat-Man and Doctor Doom. And yet here he was suing the big guy claiming THEY were infringing him with their new Kree spaceman Mar-Vell! No idea how this one turned out. Sam? Anybody?

6 comments:

Marty Weil said...

Just a comment in general...really impressed with the ephemera you feature. Great stuff.

Anonymous said...

marvel paid Fass off, before it went to court...


steven r

sam kujava said...

What anonymous (Steven Rowe?)
said!
In other words, I concur!

Steven said...

yep, that was me.
Hi Sam!

steven r

David Young said...

Do you happen to have the date of the issue that this clipping came from? Thanks!

David Young said...

Oh, wait. Never mind, I just saw the "1968 issue" reference. That's close enough for me.