This week the long, long battle for the rights to Superman took another turn, as Warners sued attorney Marc Toberoff , who has been representing the family of Jerry Siegel, Superman’s co-creator, for many years. The Siegel’s have won several legal rounds, leading Warners to adopt very aggressive tactics to delay enforcing a decision to award the Siegel family half of Superman’s copyright — a decision which a court reached 13 years ago, in 1999.

Dismayed by this long battle, Laura Siegel Larson, daughter of Jerry and Joanne Siegel has released the following statement, declaring her intention to keep fighting, no mater how many obstacles are thrown in her way.

It’s powerful reading. As she points out, Warners has spent $35 million in legal fees rather than make an equitable settlement with the family. Who is really the winner here?

LSL Open Letter 10.11.2012-1


  1. Right the %@#&=ON. Nice to see there are people left in the world who have it right. She’s an old woman, there is big money on the table. Figure it out people. She isn’t greedy. She actually cares. Love you Laura. XOXO.

  2. Oh where is JMS? Why hasn’t he come to trash this lady and talk about how he got screwed over too and Babylon 5, so interesting. Maybe they can have Morrisson re-boot reality and make it one where DC and WB don’t suck. God I f’ing hate the soulless lot of them.

  3. How shocking. Well Laura did make one mistake in her letter. She addressed it to “Superman fans” and apparently though one of them would care.

  4. Clearly Disney has been too slow to have changes enacted in the copyright laws if Warner has to spend $35M to ensure none of the claimants, victory or no, is left alive.

  5. Kind of funny to see “fair and balanced” “reporters” and their buddies openly mocking Laura Siegel Larson on their FB pages.

  6. If anyone honestly thinks that Marc Toberoff is involved in this lawsuit because he wants to help some down-trodden little old lady, then I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.

  7. Laura,

    you are an amazing woman.

    But I guess I have always felt that ..over the last 40 years…
    Your assistant manager at the National Theater in Westwood.. living and working in Germany

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