We had a chance to listen to the Alan Moore interview on Fanboy Radio, and in it he dropped a bit of a bombshell into the already ravaged crater that is the rights situation of Marvelman/Miracleman. You’ll recall that this long unavailable comics classic is unavailable because the rights are in dispute among Todd McFarlane, Neil Gaiman and possibly others. McFarlane and Gaiman already had one lawsuit with the rights as part of the stake, and further legal wrangling has crawled along.
The character of Marvelman was actually created by Mick Anglo, a British comics packager of the 50s and 60s. According to Moore, he wrote his version of Marvelman with the understanding that the rights to the character “had lapsed into receivership with the bankruptcy of the company that had published his adventures.That was the entire basis upon which I wrote my Marvelman stories.”
However, now, says Moore, “We’ve since found out that apparently this was all a pack of lies from the beginning.” Anglo had never lost the rights.
Anglo is still kicking at age 90. It’s believed that relatives (perhaps the Len Miller’s niece of this LitG report?) are helping him get back the rights – which he may have had all along – would then put him in clear ownership of the Marvelman material, and possibly lead the way to it returning to print.
Moore was hopeful but the situation sounds like it is far, far, far– like, way far — from being resolved. And thus, one of the great battles of comics continues on another front.