Yes, it's me again - I know; you're really busy with September's upcoming relaunch/reboot/whatevertheheck is. It's in that spirit that I wanted to run a suggestion past you.
Last night, I was guest hosting the excellent Zone 4 podcast from Comic Related, and we were talking about DC. We were also talking about the recent court decision regarding some of the Superman rights, and I made a comment....one which I wanted to state publicly for the blog.
Sit down with the Siegels, Shusters, and all attorneys involved. Work out a fair deal where they get compensated for the creative aspects of Superman (basically anything outlined in Action Comics # 1) for you to use in your books.
Why? Because (spoiler for Zone 4) as pal Ron states, it's the decent, fair thing to do. Siegel and Shuster were taken advantage of decades ago....this would be a good way to "set things right". It would be an admission that the DC of today is much more ethical and considerate of creators' rights than the National Periodicals of back then. It would speak volumes that DC is much more open to making amends for past acts than its illustrious competition.
There will be those fans who will complain that the Siegels and Shusters are being "greedy"...to which I only have two things to say:
- Please go and read Men of Tomorrow by Gerard Jones first, to get some background before you snark about this; and
- Remember this when you complain that your employer doesn't pay you enough, or you feel cheated that you're not given value for your work.
After all, it's what Superman would do.
Thanks for your time and attention. Looking forward to seeing what you do next.