Legal | Marc Graser breaks down what aspects of Superman are now controlled by the heirs of co-creator Jerry Siegel after Wednesday’s court ruling: depictions of “Superman’s origins from the planet Krypton, his parents Jor-El and Lora, Superman as the infant Kal-El, the launching of the infant Superman into space by his parents as Krypton explodes and his landing on Earth in a fiery crash.” In 2013, the estate of Joe Shuster will become co-owners of the copyright to Action Comics #1 and the newly recaptured early works.
Warner Bros. and DC Comics, which still own later additions to Superman’s mythos — flight and other superpowers, kryptonite, Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, etc. — issued a statement characterizing the decision as affirmation that “the vast majority of key elements” developed after Action Comics #1 remain the property of DC. [Variety]
Publishing | Wired.com’s Andrew Kardon profiles BOOM! Studios’ kids’ imprint, which features Disney/Pixar comics and, soon, the Disney Standards line. [GeekDad]
Creators | Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Matt Davies talks about being laid off by the Westchester, N.Y., Journal-News after 17 years with the newspaper: “I was told a few months back by my editor that my position was valued, so I didn’t expect this. I’m not stupid, the business model is in dire straits for all newspapers, we all know that. It’s weird. Before there was a focus on the content; management was cognizant of the need for content, but this time it was all about the numbers, so my position was cut.” [The Daily Cartoonist]
Creators | Sean Collins continues his interviews with contributors to Marvel’s Strange Tales MAX miniseries with this Q&A with Molly Crabapple. [Marvel.com]
Creators | David Small discusses his graphic memoir Stitches: “Structuring the book was the hardest part of making it, for multiple reasons. One being that memories don’t have a structure; they don’t come back in sequence. Two, if you tried to make a memoir where everything was in perfect sequence, it would be boring as hell and nobody would read it. Three, certain things are very important to you — everything is important in your own life — that have to be left out, certain people, certain events, because they don’t have anything to do with the main thread or theme of your book.” [Powell’s Books]
Creators | I love seeing photos from Jeff Smith signings — the lines are filled with kids. Plus: Lynda Carter! [Good Comics For Kids]
Fandom | Dave Luebke, whose copy of Archie Comics #1 is expected to sell today for $30,000, isn’t thrilled about Archie’s proposal to Veronica. [The Associated Press]
Fandom | Rich Lopez profiles Dallas comedian, and comic-book fan, Steven Jay Crabtree, who confesses to crushes on Spider-Man, Dick Grayson and Red Arrow. [The Dallas Voice]
Blogosphere | Rich Watson, blogger and founder of the Glyph Comics Awards, has launched Great Black Comic Books, “a guide to the quality black comics (read: graphic novels and trade paperbacks) and where and how to get them.” [Great Black Comic Books]
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