The long LONG awaited arrival at long last of Marvel’s Miracleman reprint series has led to many conversations: on pricing, on censorship, on credits. But Steve Bissette, points out something very important about the reprints: the original creators who wish to do so are getting some money out of it:
Read (though no real new material, save interview scraps with Mick Anglo) the Marvel MARVELMAN #1, just in. Kudos to all concerned for seeing this through at last—and the fact that, in short order, my beloved pal John Totleben and his family (yo, Michelle! At last!) will finally, FINALLY see the revenue stream that should have been theirs for DECADES makes this a happy week indeed for me. Once John’s collaborative chapter in MM is reprinted (though I can’t imagine the repro will do justice to John’s linework, just as the SWAMP THING reprint volumes haven’t), head will turn, I assure you.
And then Bissette makes the point that if things could be sorted out on the royalty front for Miracleman, they could probably be sorted out for anything…but people chose not to, for whatever reasons.
Despite the controversy over The Original Writer, as Alan Moore is credited, and royalties and rights, that this reprint is being done the right way makes this a book to purchase with some of the usual reservations set aside.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.