Poisoned Chalice Part 13: More Angela, More Courtrooms, and Much More Todd

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[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 – 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 – The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 – Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 – The Twilight of Eclipse, 12 – All About Angela] Despite having lost both the original Angela court case with Neil Gaiman in 2002 and then the appeal in 2004, Todd McFarlane […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 12: All About Angela

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[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 – 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 – The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 – Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 – The Twilight of Eclipse] In February 1992 Todd McFarlane, along with six others, announced the founding of Image Comics, after having failed to negotiate more favourable terms for themselves at Marvel […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 10: Alan Moore at Eclipse

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[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 – 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 – The Dawn of Eclipse] The original contract between Quality Communications Ltd and Eclipse Comics called for Quality to provide enough material for twelve issues, but this ran into trouble, as Dez Skinn explained in Speakeasy #57: According to our contract, Quality has to […]

Poison Chalice Interlude: 1953 – 1985 Roundup and Some Notes on Copyright

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So far, this history of Marvelman – more correctly called Poisoned Chalice: The Extremely Long and Incredibly Complex Story of Marvelman – has taken nine chapters – well, eight chapters plus an introduction – to tell the story of the events that led up to the creation of Marvelman; the story of the actual creation […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 7: A Warrior Stumbles

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[Previous chapters: Introduction, 1 – Prehistory, 2 – Marvelman Rises, 3 – Marvelman Falls, 4 – Intermission: 1963 to 1982, 5 – Prologue to Warrior, 6 – A Warrior is Born] When Dez Skinn had started Warrior, he wanted the creators to own their own creations, which they all did, more or less. Marvelman was […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 6: A Warrior is Born

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[Previous chapters: Introduction, 1 – Prehistory, 2 – Marvelman Rises, 3 – Marvelman Falls, 4 – Intermission: 1963 to 1982, 5 – Prologue to Warrior] Warrior took nearly a year from its original inception in the spring of 1981 to finally reaching the shelves in March 1982. The contents of that first issue were, in […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 5: Prologue to Warrior

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[Previous chapters: Introduction, 1 – Prehistory, 2 – Marvelman Rises, 3 – Marvelman Falls, 4 – Intermission: 1963 to 1982] Born in Goole in Yorkshire on the 4th February 1951, by 1982 Derek ‘Dez’ Skinn already had a long and successful history working in British comics. He had started producing the comics fanzine Derinn Comicollector […]