Thursday, July 30, 2009


One of the big stories at Comic-Con last week was that Marvel Comics now owns Marvelman (aka Miracleman). The comic was once a knock off of DC’s Captain Marvel (SHAZAM), but came into its own right as a distinct comic property under the writing of Alan Moore and later Neil Gaiman. While there are plenty of pre-Alan Moore stories, Moore and Gaiman’s stories are the most sought after, in terms of fans who want to see the stuff reprinted. Quite possibly, no other fictional character has had a more convoluted history in terms of copyrights and creators than Miracleman/Marvelman. This link at Sequart is pretty good as is the detail given in the Wikipedia entry on the character, and Stephen R. Bissette post below, which is also in the great Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman which I recently read.

Well, Neil Gaiman weighed in on the subject recently (and he’s had things to say about it before considering he was the last writer to legally write Miracleman stories, much to the chagrin of Todd McFarlane).

Personally, I've been searching for the issues for a while and haven't had much luck. Granted, I haven't been obsessively hunting them down, but I do look for them at new comics shops I visit. As a big fan of both Moore and Gaiman, I (like thousands of other comic book geeks) really want to see their stories brought back into print.

I'm one of the last people to post this, so here's some other good bloggage/coverage:

Mark Buckingham (the last person to legally draw Miracleman and possessor of the unreleased 25th issue)
Steve Bissette (Comic artist and Gaiman biographer)
Mike Sterling (Comics Blogger Extraordinaire)
Alan David Doane (one of the premier comics bloggers)
hueysheridan (Newish comic blogger with a good summation/positive outlook on the situation)

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