Is Marvelman Closer Than We Think?

Three things have happened very recently.

One is that Neil Gaiman’s opposition to Todd McFarlane’s trademark registration for Miracleman was withdrawn.

Because Todd McFarlane had abandoned his claim on Miracleman.

Word Mark MIRACLEMAN
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: PRINTED MATTER, NAMELY, COMIC BOOKS AND POSTERS(ABANDONED) IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: CLOTHING, NAMELY, SHIRTS, ATHLETIC SHIRTS, T-SHIRTS, CAPS AND JACKETS(ABANDONED) IC 028. US 022 023 038 050. G & S: TOYS, NAMELY, ACTION FIGURES AND ACCESSORIES THEREFORE
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 76283194
Filing Date July 11, 2001
Current Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition November 13, 2001
Owner (APPLICANT) Todd McFarlane Productions, Inc. CORPORATION ARIZONA 12240 South Honah Lee Court Phoenix ARIZONA 85044
Attorney of Record Penny R. Slicer
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date September 11, 2012

And Marvel Comics lodged a new trademark claim on Miracleman.

Word Mark

MIRACLEMAN

Goods and Services

IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: Comic books; Magazines featuring printed stories in illustrated form and comic book stories and artwork; Posters; Printed periodicals in the field of comic book stories and artwork; Trading cards

Standard Characters Claimed

Mark Drawing Code

(4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK

Serial Number

85720902

Filing Date

September 5, 2012

Current Basis

1B

Original Filing Basis

1B

Owner

(APPLICANT) Marvel Characters, Inc. CORPORATION DELAWARE 1600 Rosecrans Avenue Manhattan Beach CALIFORNIA 90266

Attorney of Record

Eli Bard

Type of Mark

TRADEMARK

Register

PRINCIPAL

Live/Dead Indicator

LIVE

Marvel Comics paid the late Mick Anglo a million dollars for his rights to Marvelman, but Todd McFarlane’s trademark ownership of Miracleman had been a bit of a sticking point.

No longer it seems.

Could this be leading to a final, long awaited, republication amd conclusion of the Alan Moore, Garry Leach, Alan Davis, Chuck Austen, Rick Veitch, John Totleben, Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham Marvelman/Miracleman run?

I’m still not aware if an agreement has been reached wuth Garry Leach. As artist, designer and co-writer of the Warrior Magazine relaunch of the character that is responsible for this interest in the series, I understand that he was not that happy with earlier approaches that didn’t recognise that contribution. And all the artists own the rights to their artwork on the series, so accomodations to need to be sought.

Thanks to Daniel Best for pointing the way.

 

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