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The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators by Thomas A. Crowell Esq.

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APPENDIX H

Famous Comic Book Cases1

Sometimes the greatest fight a superhero must face is in the courtroom; since its formative years, the American Comic Book industry has been rife with such two-fisted legal dust-ups. Here are just a few of the more famous cases.

 

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SUPERMAN BATTLES WONDERMAN

Detective Comics v. Bruns Publications, 111 F.2d 432 (2nd Cir. 1940)

Facts: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s . . . Wonderman?? Having just introduced Superman in Action Comics, Detective Comics (aka DC) was less than pleased when rival Bruns Publications introduced their own superhero with super-strength, a secret identity, a “skintight acrobatic costume” (red not blue), and who liked to crush guns and leap over ...

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