Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Biting the Creative Hand that Feeds You

Between the Comics Code Authority (see the original code here) and the business practices of the publishers, it is a miracle that comics have survived at all.

"A federal judge has ruled that Marvel Comics owes millions of dollars to its longtime writer, Stan Lee, in unpaid profits from movies based on the characters he created: Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.

Lee's lawsuit had sent a modest shock wave through the comics community -- not because a comic-book publisher scammed one of its creators -- that's what those publishers have always done. Lee, of all the creators in the business, seemed to be the one immune to scammery."

The Oregonian