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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Gordon Scratch View Post
    The problem with that stand is that the author in question own their characters in Europe! Uderzo owns Asterix. Tintin was owned by Hergé until his death in the mid eighties, and since that, no one has written or drawn Tintin.
    The point was, that Moore has argued that at the time it was unforeseeable that traded/hardcover collections of comics could remain in print for a period of 5 years, when in fact it was quite commonplace in other parts of the world, including some collections available in North America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin T Brown View Post
    If you want to Google it, you look for Brian Cronin's debunking of the Wonder Woman reversion to Marston story.
    Here's a link: Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #1 | Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources

    According to Cronin, the story of Wonder Woman rights reverting to Marston/Marston's estate was, in fact, true for decades, but in more recent times DC bought the rights outright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WinterCeltic View Post
    Great article. Thanks for the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Kalicki View Post
    DC actually published a number of creator-owned in-universe books at one time or another. Sovereign Seven, Lab Rats, Xero. . .
    And Young Heroes in Love! I want more Young Heroes in Love to this day.

    One of the earliest Big Two comics I can think of that regularly featured a gay subplot BTW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by photonex68 View Post
    Was DC already doing reprints in TPB form around the time of Watchmen? IIRC, Marvel and DC were just starting to get into reprinting materials in TPB collections (as opposed to using reprint-specific comic book series, tabloid edition reprints, digest-sized reprints, annuals, etc.), and the very success of Watchmen helped prove the marketability of trades. Sorry to be tangential, but I'm curious about the situation because I don't remember the state of the industry at that time very well.
    The criteria just keeps changing. Moore & Gibbons would get the rights back, one year after DC stops publishing it. Nothing was written about TPBs.

    TPBs are being used as a misdirection by posters who can't prove that DC screwed Moore.

    My point was, DC had a history of reprinting classic comics. So this idea that Moore was expecting Watchmen back after a year or two is just nonsense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike H. View Post
    Great article. Thanks for the link.
    Other than picking at the low-hanging fruit that is Lucas saying the BEFORE WATCHMEN project is BETTER because Alan Moore doesn't want it to happen, I really don't think there's anything great about the article. David Brothers is a very good and intelligent writer, but he hits many of the same pitfalls (read: mistakes and factual errors) that others stumble upon all while putting on a bit of the "cool kid" routine in announcing he never much liked Watchmen to begin with.
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    Been away for the past couple of days. Did I miss anything interesting?

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    I don't believe you have. (because "nope" wouldn't have been allowed)

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    Just skim-read a few threads and you're absolutely right. Think I might be tempted to go away for a little longer...

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    Quick question, in Europe, was there ever a time Tintin wasn't in print?

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