Post by themanofbat on Jul 24, 2009 20:05:30 GMT -5
MarvelMan was created in the UK in the 1950's... sort of the British equivalent of Captain Marvel/Shazam... he had a run of silly type comics that lasted for about a decade.
In the early 1980's, Warrior Magazine alledgedly picked up the rights to MarvelMan and with writer Alan Moore, printed a run of MarvelMan stories in Warrior Magazine that never saw it's end due to the cancelation of Warrior. Both the artist & Moore, as well as WM, claimed a percentage of the rights to MarvelMan.
In 1985, Eclipse Comics reprinted the Warrior Magazine stuff but due to pressure by Marvel Comics, they had to change the name from MarvelMan to MiracleMan.
The Warrior reprints went for the first 7 issues, and issue #8 saw new material for the first time in 3 years. Alan Moore went on to issue #16, where he gave creative control as well as his rights to Neil Gaimen.
Neil Gaimen had a 3 book plan, each lasting 6 issues.
Issues #17 to 22 was the first book.
Issues #23 & 24 came out, and then Eclipse went bankrupt... issue #25 has been completed, but due to the complexities of ownership, it's never seen print.
Todd McFarlane bought out the properties of Eclipse in 1994, thus claiming ownership of MiracleMan... he's been fighting Gaimen in court ever since, and seeing as Gaimen claims the ownership rights to Angela (a Spawn character he created in Spawn #9), both parties have never seen eye to eye as McFarlane refused to pay Gaimen toy royalties to his creation... where this is in court needs to be looked up.
Gaimen & Marvel got together a few years ago to kick McFarlane in the balls, and they produced the limited series 1602, which all proceeds of the book went to Todd for his legal battle with McFarlane.
Now that Marvel has apparantly gotten the rights to MarvelMan, there's no doubt in my mind that Marvel & Gaimen will carry on with Gaimen's continuation of his story... a mere 14 years later.
The trades are near impossible to find, and the Gaimen issues are extremely pricey (between $40 & $100 per issue), but for the time, it's a beautiful read.
Even the Moore issues blow me away, especially #2, and the violence depicted in Moore's last issues were mind-boogling stuff for the 1980's and even defies modern day gore...
Moore & Gaimen took a Mickey Mouse version of Captain Marvel and turned it into the story of gods walking amongst men... it's all very captivating stuff & simply a great read.
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From what I've been hearing, Marvel definately has the rights to reprint silver age MarvelMan stuff and to print new material starring the character. Things are less certain for the 80's stuff (IE the stuff people care about).