A court battle has ended between Marvel and Larry Lieber and the estates of Don Heck, Gene Colan, and Don Rico. Marvel has dropped its lawsuits against the four with prejudice after an “amicable resolution” was reached. A similar fight with the estate of Steve Ditko and Marvel looks to still be ongoing. The four artists in which settlements were reached involved the creation of Iron Man, Ant-Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Blade,and Captain Marvel.
Under the Copyright Act, creators can terminate a copyright assignment after decades as long as certain circumstances are met. Marvel sued the artists whose work spanned from the 1950s to the 1970s after they sought to terminate and reclaim copyrifhts.
Marvel has consistently taken the stance that creators’ work were made for hire which prevented their ability to recapture the copyrights.
In 2013, Marvel won a similar case in a U.S. appeals court involving Jack Kirby. The case was settled as the U.S. Supreme Court was considering to take up the case.
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Marvel Masterworks: Ant-Man/Giant-Man Vol. 1
Written by Ernie Hart, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber Art by Dick Ayers, Don Heck, Jack Kirby, Larry Lieber Cover by Richard Isanove, Jack Kirby Purchase
Collects material from Tales To Astonish (1959) #27 and #35-52.
Burned under the magnifying glass of overwhelming demand, Mighty Marvel has given in to bring you our smallest hero in his first big Masterwork! Scientist Hank Pym invented an amazing growth serum and a cybernetic helmet, making him the Astonishing Ant-Man! Teamed with the winsome Wasp, the tiny twosome battle a sensational array of mini- and maxi-sized menaces from the Scarlet Beetle to the Black Knight! And if that’s not enough to occupy a man of science, he’s also defending the good ol’ U.S. of A.’s secrets from the Commie hordes! But we’ve got more than just miniature mayhem for you, True Believer — you can also look forward to the birth of the biggest Avenger there ever was: Giant-Man!
Marvel Masterworks: Ant-Man/Giant-Man Vol. 2
Written by Al Hartley, Leon Lazarus, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber Art by Dick Ayers, Carl Burgos, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Larry Lieber, Bob Powell Cover by Jack Kirby Purchase
Collects material from Tales To Astonish #53-69.
Hank Pym and his ladylove, Janet Van Dyne, make their highly requested return to the Marvel Masterworks in the concluding volume of Ant-Man/Giant-Man’s Silver Age adventures! Penned by no less than “The Man” himself, Stan Lee, and illustrated by an unmatched cadre of Bullpen embellishers from “Dazzling” Dick Ayers and “Sturdy” Steve Ditko to Golden Age greats Carl Burgos and Bob Powell, you’ll need high pockets to hold onto the action and adventure that’s in store for you. Giant-Man and the winsome Wasp have the decks stacked against them as they go up against an array of antagonists from the wild and weird Human Top, Porcupine, Colossus and the Wrecker to the Incredible Hulk, Attuma and Spider-Man! Also presenting the debut of the world’s tallest Avenger’s new look and the Wasp’s own solo feature!
Avengers Epic Collection: This Beachhead Earth
Written by Harlan Ellison, Roy Thomas Art by Neal Adams, John Buscema, Sal Buscema, Frank Giacoia, Sam Grainger, Herb Trimpe Cover by John Buscema Purchase
Collects Avengers (1963) #77-97; Incredible Hulk (1968) #140.
Roy Thomas’ epic run continues with the origin of the Black Panther, the debut of the Lady Liberators, the return of the Squadron Sinister and the all-time classic Kree/Skrull War! Caught in a cosmic crossfire, Earth has become the staging ground for a conflict of star-spanning proportions! Two eternal intergalactic enemies — the merciless Kree and the shape-shifting Skrulls — have gone to war, and our planet is situated on the front lines! Can Earth’s Mightiest Heroes bring about an end to the fighting before humanity becomes a casualty of war? And what good are even a dozen super-powered champions against the vast military machines of two of the greatest empires in the cosmos?
Britannia All At Sea
Written by Betty Neels Art by Kuremi Hazama Purchase
Head nurse Britannia finds herself strangely attracted to the stone-faced and stoic visiting professor Jake Luitingh van Thien.
Getting a glimpse into his softer side, Britannia takes him up on his offer to visit his hometown in Holland to find love…
Marvel Adventures Iron Man Vol. 3: Hero By Design
Written by Fred Van Lente Art by Scott Koblish, Graham Nolan Cover by Francis Tsai Purchase
Collects Marvel Adventures Iron Man #9-12.
The Armored Avenger blasts through the third arc of his solo title in the critically acclaimed, best-selling Marvel Adventures line! Featuring an army of gray Iron Man armor automatons; the Chameleon; the spectacular Spider-Woman; the Living Laser; Canada’s greatest super heroes, Alpha Flight; Kiber the Cruel; and the return of Tony Stark’s missing father!
Marvel Fanfare: Strange Tales
Written by Mike W. Barr, Charlie Boatner, Chris Claremont, Steven Grant, David Anthony Kraft, Bill Mantlo, Roger McKenzie, David Michelinie, Sandy Plunkett, Roger Stern, David Winn Art by Joe Barney, Dave Cockrum, George Freeman, Michael Golden, Luke McDonnell, Sandy Plunkett, Marshall Rogers, P. Craig Russell, Paul Smith, Charles Vess, Trevor Von Eeden Cover by Michael Golden Purchase
Collects Marvel Fanfare #1-7.
One of Marvel’s most unique anthology titles had a strong start with a classic Spider-Man/X-Men team-up saga in the Savage Land, presented here in its entirety, with more than a half-dozen additional tales! Mister Fantastic, alone against Annihilus! Captain America faces a forgotten wartime legacy! The Hulk vs. the circus! Christmas with Daredevil! Deathlok, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Ian McNee of MYSTIC ARCANA fame and more!
Marvel Illustrated: The Last Of The Mohicans
Written by Roy Thomas Art by Steve Kurth, Denis Medri Cover by John Watson Purchase
Collects Marvel Illustrated: Last Of The Mohicans #1-6.
The first great hero in American fiction—in the first true American epic! Across the Eastern Wilderness rages the French and Indian War—with only a handful of English and Colonial troops standing in the path of the relentless army of General Montcalm and his fierce Iroquois allies. But arrayed against the invaders are Hawkeye, the fabled frontier scout, and his noble friends Chingachgook and Uncas, the only two survivors of the Mohican tribe. THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS is a tale of bravery and barbarism — of heroism amid the horrors of the final great war fought between the British and the French — and their Indian allies — for a land destined one day to seize its freedom in its own hands. James Fenimore Cooper’s famous novel has been adapted with all its legendary excitement intact by award-winning writer Roy Thomas, and artists Steven Kurth and Denis Medri.
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Long before Super Heroes patrolled the skies, mammoth monsters roamed the Marvel Universe – leaving wanton destruction in their wake. Now, they have returned! Before their explosive re-emergence in the all new spectacular Monsters Unleashed #1 – catch up on the rich history of these marvelous monsters with the Monsters Unleashed Prelude TPB coming to comic shops and bookstores everywhere in January! Peel back this brand-new cover from artist Greg Land and you’ll find a treasure trove of iconic stories and first appearances! Titanic tales from the past and present designed to get fans everywhere prepared for Monsters Unleashed!
Before the can’t-miss first issue of Monsters Unleashed in January, meet a menacing menagerie of unforgettable monsters, Marvel mainstays, and some major players in Monsters Unleashed! Featuring Monstrom, Grottu, Moomba, Bruttu, Orrgo, Elsa Bloodstone, Lady Hellbender, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur and many more!
Monsters Unleashed Prelude TPB collects Fearless Defenders #8, Marvel Zombies (2015) #1, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1, Totally Awesome Hulk #2-3 and material from Strange Tales (1951) #73 & #90, Tales to Astonish (1959) #11-13, #15, #17, #19 and #23; and Tales of Suspense #15, #17, #19 and #22.
MONSTERS UNLEASHED PRELUDE (OCT161023)
Written by STAN LEE, LARRY LIEBER, CULLEN BUNN, SIMON SPURRIER,
AMY REEDER, BRANDON MONTCLARE and GREG PAK
Art by JACK KIRBY, WILL SLINEY, KEV WALKER, NATACHA BUSTOS & FRANK CHO
New Cover by GREG LAND
FOC – 11/14/16, On-Sale – 01/04/17
The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection, Volume 3: 1981–1982
Stan Lee (w) • Larry Lieber, Fred Kida (a) • Larry Lieber (c)
New artists offer a new look, but the wall-crawling adventure is as exciting as ever! Doctor Octopus and Aunt May a couple? Not if Peter Parker can help it! Mary Jane’s stage debut may be spoiled by the mystery man known as—The Assassin! As the campaign for president heats up, millionaire Thurston Thruwell shows us where creatures roam, while Spidey invades Latveria just in time for Dr. Doom and his captured spaceship to show the world where monsters dwell! And that’s just to start!
Edited by Bruce Canwell, this book includes more than 700 sequential comics—the complete run from January 1981 through December 1982!
HC • PC • $49.99 • 312 pages • 11” x 8.5” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-651-5
Stan Lee (w) • John Romita and Larry Lieber (a) • John Romita (c)
The exciting second volume of the wondrous wall-crawler’s long-running newspaper strip by Stan Lee, John Romita, and Larry Lieber, with all Sundays in color and integrated with the dailies—just as they originally appeared in newspapers worldwide. Edited by Bruce Canwell, this book includes more than 700 sequential comics—the complete run from January 1979 through the January 1981!
HC • FC • $49.99 • 320 pages • 11” x 8.5” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-498-6
It was new comic release day yesterday, did you grab your pull list? I didn’t, but that’s because I couldn’t sneak away from work. The big news that broke yesterday was Julie Taymor being put to the side as far as directing the Spider-Man musical and it’s delayed…. again…. shocker. Anyone want to take me up on the bet it doesn’t get released this year? Below is the rest of the news that made the tubes.
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The Comic Chronicles – The difference 50 years makes – Do you know what comic sales were like 50 years ago? The numbers as far as comics sold and revenue gained is quite interesting and makes the argument things might not be so bad.