This announcement is somewhat confusing, but so is the entire legacy of Miracleman, one of the most interesting heroes that Marvel has ever published. First off, the run with The Original Writer (Alan Moore) has come to an end with issue #16 that Marvel started printing after they acquired the rights to the character again. […]
Miracleman, a character with one of the most fascinating back stories in comics chronicled in our own Poisoned Chalice pieces is getting an Artifact Edition from IDW. The collection was announced this morning from Comics Alliance, and contains 144 pages of sheer Alan Moore awesomeness. The hardcover is solicited as being $95, and features an orientation […]
by Sam Thielman [This article contains teeeeeeeny, tiny spoilers. Sooooooo small. Very little. Please read it anyway.] Eventually, in Alan Moore’s final story arc from Miracleman, our hero makes contact with an alien who, after a breakdown in communication, decides to literally take him to its leader. Before entering into the alien ruler’s chamber, however, […]
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 […]
So today, after decades of arguing and speculation and heartache and anger and perhaps even here and there a little joy, Miracleman #1 has been published by Marvel Comics. It’s the end result of all that arguing, speculation, etc etc etc. If you would like to know more about what I am talking about, I […]
Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 12/19/13: These amazing links will change the way you think about clicking on links
§ The Comics Reporter Holiday Interview series has kicked off with Paul Pope! Your morning coffee reading is assured for the next few weeks. § The Hollywood Reporter’s legal reporter Eriq Gardner has a devil’s advocate In Defense of Shia LaBeouf suggesting that LaBeouf “seemed to be making the case for his transformative “fair use” […]
Finally, a look at the new “remastered” MIRACLEMAN #1 by Alan Moore (name removed at his own request so credited as THE ORIGINAL WRITER) and Garry Leach with Mick Anglo along for the ride. The new Marvel edition has modern computer coloring on some pages which leaves the art, if anything, flatter than the original, […]
As reported at Comicbook.com, apparently part of the deal in Marvel FINALLY reprinting the original Alan Moore Miraclemans is that they not mention that Alan Moore had anything to do with it. The press releases have been Moore-free and the solicitations yesterday mentioned only a secretive Original Writer: MIRACLEMAN #1 & 2 THE ORIGINAL WRITER […]
Marvel just sent out some artwork to go along with the blockbusting news that FINALLY Miracleman/Marvelman is coming back, with Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham finishing their run on the book that was abandoned more than 20 years ago. If nothing else NYCC ’13 was the event that answered two of the biggest questions in […]
So, just to recap where we left off last time: it looks like Alan Moore has based all the big hits of his career on ideas he stole from Robert Mayer’s 1977 novel Superfolks. Various people, including Grant Morrison, Kurt Busiek, Lance Parkin, Joseph Gualtieri, and even Robert Mayer himself, have claimed at one point or another that Moore based a lot of his superhero work on various aspects of the book, specifically Marvelman, Watchmen, Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, and his proposal to DC Comics for the unpublished cross-company ‘event,’ Twilight of the Superheroes. But is any of this true, or might there be another explanation? To answer that, I’m going to go through the individual allegations or suggestions, and deal them one by one, to see how they hold up.
Danny Best rolls out the relevant documents to show that Marvel now seems to own the Miracleman trademark. Does this mean the way is clear for the finale?
This is what we call a “hot drink” post in the biz*, as in, you must get a hot drink and a comfy chair before you dive in to the next link. Pádraig Ó Méalóid has done an amazing job of putting together a Gaiman/McFarlane/Marvelman timeline, which, although it only skims the details of the Marvelman deals of the ’80s, does cover the 10-year legal battle between Gaiman and McFarlane as it pertains to Marvelman. It’s a tale of (Tony) twists and turns. Of course the pre-history is also stunning: