Sunday, October 10, 2010

Wallace Wood and John Carbonaro


Here's a cartoon I just saw on the Net that was apparently done at the time of the passing of John Carbonaro who, after a long court battle with less than reputable opponents, had established complete and total ownership of the rights to Wood's T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS. Note Woody as the angel coming down to welcome John to that great comics afterlife in the sky.

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  1. There's an interesting explanation about the Singer/Carbonaro lawsuit at http://www.comicsbulletin.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6548
    The judge decided that the original THUNDER Agents were, in fact PD.
    Carbonaro appealed the decision, and threatened to sue all the existing comics distributors if they carried the book!
    The distributors, wanting to avoid costly litigation which wouldn't pay off even if they won, since Carbonaro was using a Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts-assigned team, dropped Deluxe Comics until the suit could be settled!
    (The VLA assists creatives who can't afford legal services. They're "Legal Aid" for the arts.)
    Without income from the distributors, Singer couldn't afford lawyers.
    That's why Singer settled.
    So, as it stands, the last ACTUAL legal decision proclaimed the Tower characters Public Domain!
    (This is backed up by a news feature in The Comics Journal around issue #105 or so. My copies are in storage, so I can't dig them up for now. If anyone else can...)
    According to http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/T.H.U.N.D.E.R._Agents the original Tower run is, in fact PD, so like all the characters in Project SuperPowers and Next Issue Project, only the new versions from Deluxe, JC, (as are the new, heavily-revised, DC versions) etc are copyrighted.

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