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?
Just a comment in general...really impressed with the ephemera you feature. Great stuff.ReplyDelete
marvel paid Fass off, before it went to court...ReplyDelete
What anonymous (Steven Rowe?)ReplyDelete
In other words, I concur!
yep, that was me.ReplyDelete
Do you happen to have the date of the issue that this clipping came from? Thanks!ReplyDelete
Oh, wait. Never mind, I just saw the "1968 issue" reference. That's close enough for me.ReplyDelete