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Joanne Siegel And Laura Siegel Larson v. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.; Time Warner Inc.; & DC Comics: Jeff Rovin vs Jim Steranko & Mark Evanier

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This is what court cases are for - bringing together people from all walks of life, with varying opinions and then pitting them against each other in a legal version of cock fighting.  As part of the recent Joanne Siegel And Laura Siegel Larson, Plaintiffs, v. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc case various depositions were called for, and opinions were sourced on both sides.  DC Comics went for their usual roster of employees and ex-employees, led by Paul Levitz, and the Siegels went for Marc Toberoff's favourite standby experts, Jim Steranko and Mark Evanier.  As was revealed in court, Toberoff's production company has ties with Evanier via Groo being under option for a film, meaning Evanier stands to profit, financially, if the movie goes ahead.  But, as they say, I digress...

The battle you're about to see was waged over, of all things, the Superman logo and the establishing mythos that surround the character.  To prove to the court that the current Superman was vastly diff…

Jack Magic by Greg Theakston - Don't Ask, Just Buy It!

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Every so often a book comes along that blows the competition out of the water - this is such a book.  Jack Magic, by Greg Theakston, is everything that people have ever wanted - a comprehensive biography about Jack 'The King' Kirby, written by someone who knew him very well, isn't afraid to call things as they were and is savvy enough to know what people want to see and read.  And what people want isn't a puff piece - there's been enough of those already, written by people who claim to have known Kirby better than anyone else, and also written by people who didn't know him at all.

For years Mark Evanier has been promising a massive, tell all Jack Kirby biography, but to date it hasn't happened.  What Mark did deliver was Kirby Lite - a good introduction to the man but little in the way of real depth and insight.  Greg has gone light years beyond a mere introduction, he's written a book that will make plenty of people sit up and take notice.  And with the…

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