DC Retains Superman Rights

A Federal Court ruled that Joe Shuster’s heirs do not have the right to reclaim copyright on Superman, a character co-created by Shuster and Jerry Siegel. The judge noted that a 1992 agreement to receive annual payments from DC Comics in exchange for all rights to the character made by Shuster’s sister superseded the Shuster heirs’ claim under “termination rights” in U.S. copyright law. In 2008, Siegel’s widow was able to successfully reclaim some of the copyright.

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Obituary: Marcus Swayze

Comic artist Marcus Swayze (b.1913) died on October 14. Swayze began working for Fawcett Comics in 1941, where he worked on Captain Marvel (SHAZAM) and co-created Mary Marvel. His other titles included The Phantom Eagle and The Flyin’ Jenny. He remained there until 1953, when Fawcett folded its main comic line. He worked for Charlton for a short time after Fawcett sold its business to them. While serving during World War II, he was called upon to accompany Bing Crosby for two USO performances.

Obituary: Joe Kubert

Comic book artist Joe Kubert (b.1926) died on August 12. Kubert began working in the comics in 1942. He began working for DC Comics and began an association with the character Hawkman in 1945. In the 1950s, he create the prehistoric character Tor, who he used at DC, Marvel, and Eclipse Comics. From 1967-1976, he worked at DC as Director of Publications. Kubert was inducted into the Harvey Awards’ Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1997 and Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1998.

Eisner Award Winners

The Eisner Awards were announced at Comic Con San Diego on July 13. Below are the winners.

  • Best Short Story: “The Seventh,” by Darwyn Cooke
  • Best Single Issue (or One-Shot): Daredevil #7, by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera
  • Best Continuing Series: Daredevil, by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera
  • Best Limited Series: Criminal: The Last of the Innocent, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
  • Best Publication for Early Readers (Up to 7): Dragon Puncher Island, by James Kochalka
  • Best Publication for Kids (Ages 8-11): Snarked, by Roger Langridge
  • Best Publication for Young Adults (Ages 12-17): Smile, by Raina Telgemeier
  • Best Humor Publication: Milk & Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad, by Evan Dorkin
  • Best Anthology: Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson
  • Best Digital Comic: Battlepug, by Mike Norton
  • Best Reality-Based Work: Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case
  • Best Graphic Album-New: Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, adapted by Ramón K. Pérez
  • Best Graphic Album-Reprint: Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition, edited by Darwyn Cooke
  • Best Archival Collection/Project-Strips: Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse, vols. 1-2, by Floyd Gottfredson, edited by David Gerstein and Gary Groth
  • Best Archival Collection/Project-Comic Books: Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material: The Manara Library, vol. 1: Indian Summer and Other Stories, by Milo Manara with Hugo Pratt
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia: Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, by Shigeru Mizuki
  • Best Writer: Mark Waid, Irredeemable, Incorruptible
  • Best Writer/Artist: Craig Thompson, Habibi
  • Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team:
  • Ramón K. Pérez, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand

  • Best Cover Artist: Francesco Francavilla, Black Panther, Lone Ranger, Lone Ranger/Zorro, Dark Shadows, Warlord of Mars, Archie Meets KISS
  • Best Coloring: Laura Allred, iZombie, Madman All-New Giant-Size Super-Ginchy Special
  • Best Lettering: Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo
  • Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: The Comics Reporter, produced by Tom Spurgeon
  • Best Educational/Academic Work (tie): Cartooning: Philosophy & Practice, by Ivan Brunetti; Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby, by Charles Hatfield
  • Best Comics-Related Book: MetaMaus, by Art Spiegelman
  • Best Publication Design:
  • Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, designed by Eric Skillman

  • Hall of Fame
    • Judges’ Choices: Rudolf Dirks, Harry Lucey
    • Elected: Bill Blackbeard, Richard Corben, Katsuhiro Otomo, Gilbert Shelton
  • Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: Tyler Crook
  • Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Morrie Turner
  • Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award: Frank Doyle, Steve Skeates
  • Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award: Akira Comics, Madrid, Spain – Jesus Marugan Escobar and The Dragon, Guelph, ON, Canada – Jennifer Haines

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Harvey Award Nominations

The nominees for the Harvey Awards, presented by the Executive Committees of the Harvey Awards and the Baltimore Comic-Con, have been announced. The awards, which recognize excellence in the comics industry, will be presented on September 8 at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Best Letterer

  • Fear Itself, by Chris Eliopoulos
  • Page by Paige, by Laura Lee Gulledge
  • S.H.I.E.L.D.: Architects of Forever, by Todd Klein
  • Secret Avengers, by David Lanphear
  • Empire State: A Love Story (Or Not), by Jason Shiga

Best Colorist

  • Captain America and Bucky, by Elizabeth Breitweiser
  • Black Panther: The Man without Fear, by Francesco Francavilla
  • Artifacts, by Sunny Gho
  • The Magdalena, by Dave McCaig
  • Hellboy: The Fury, by Dave Stewart

Best Syndicated Strip or Panel

  • Bizarro, by Dan Piraro
  • Cul De Sac, by Richard Thompson
  • Doonesbury, by Garry Trudeau
  • Mutts, by Patrick Mcdonnell
  • Pearls Before Swine, by Stephen Pastis

Best Online Comics Work

  • Battlepug, by Mike Norton
  • Bucko, by Erika Moen And Jeff Parker
  • Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, by Tony Cliff
  • Gronk, by Katie Cook
  • Hark! A Vagrant, by Kate Beaton

Best American Edition of Foreign Material

  • Adventures of Herge
  • The Killer Vol. 3: Modus Vivendi!
  • The Manara Library Vol. 1: Indian Summer and Other Stories
  • Onward Toward Our Noble Deaths
  • Single Match

Best Inker

  • Page by Paige, by Laura Lee Gulledge
  • Thor, by Mark Morales
  • The Magdalena, by Sal Regla
  • Daredevil, by Joe Rivera
  • Empire State: A Love Story (Or Not), by Jason Shiga

Best New Series

  • Angel & Faith
  • Animal Man
  • Daredevil
  • Last Mortal
  • Ozma of Oz
  • Rachel Rising

Most Promising New Talent

  • Nick Bradshaw for Astonishing X-Men
  • Nathan Edmondson for Who Is Jake Ellis?
  • Laura Lee Gulledge for Page by Paige
  • Justin Jordan for The Strange Talent of Luther Strode
  • Sara Pichelli for Ultimate Spider-Man

Special Award for Humor in Comics

  • Hark! A Vagrant, by Kate Beaton
  • Milk and Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad, by Evan Dorkin
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, by Jeff Kinney
  • Snarked, by Roger Langridge
  • Fairy Tales for Angry Little Girls, by Lela Lee

Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers

  • Anya’s Ghost, First Second
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
  • Fraggle Rock
  • Mystic
  • Ozma of Oz
  • Snarked

Best Graphic Album Previously Published

  • Big Questions
  • Dark Tower Omnibus
  • The Death Ray
  • Echoes
  • PS Magazine: The Best of Preventive Maintenance Monthly
  • S.H.I.E.L.D.: Architects of Forever

Best Anthology

  • Dark Horse Presents, edited by Various
  • Flight #8, edited by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, edited by Nate Cosby
  • Shame Itself, edited by Tom Brennan
  • Someday Funnies, edited by Michael Choquette

Best Domestic Reprint Project

  • Blackjacked and Pistol Whipped: A Crime Does Not Pay Primer
  • The Comics: The Complete Collection
  • Definitive Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim
  • Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse
  • Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition

Best Cover Artist

  • Artifacts, by John Tyler Christopher
  • Daredevil, by Marcos Martin
  • Daredevil, by Paolo Rivera
  • Detective Comics, by Mark Simpson (Jock)
  • Batwoman, by J.H. Williams

Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation

  • Alan Moore: Storyteller
  • The Comics Journal
  • Genius Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth
  • Government Issue: Comics for the People, 1940s-2000s
  • PS Magazine: The Best of Preventive Maintenance Monthly

Special Award for Excellence in Presentation

  • Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, designed by Eric Skillman
  • PS Magazine: The Best of Preventive Maintenance Monthly, selected by Eddie Campbell
  • Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition, designed by Darwyn Cooke
  • Someday Funnies, edited by Michael Choquette
  • Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier

Best Graphic Album Original

  • Empire State: A Love Story (Or Not)
  • Habibi, Pantheon Books
  • Infinite Kung Fu
  • Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand
  • One Soul
  • Page by Paige

Best Continuing or Limited Series

  • Atomic Robo and the Ghost of Station X
  • Daredevil
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
  • Echoes
  • Rachel Rising

Best Writer

  • Echoes, by Joshua Fialkov
  • Page by Paige, by Laura Lee Gulledge
  • Animal Man, by Jeff Lemire
  • Empire State: A Love Story (Or Not), by Jason Shiga
  • Daredevil, by Mark Waid

Best Artist

  • Daredevil, by Paolo Rivera
  • Captain America and Bucky, by Chris Samnee
  • Empire State: A Love Story (Or Not), by Jason Shiga
  • Habibi, by Craig Thompson
  • Batwoman, by J.H. Williams

Best Cartoonist

  • Hark! A Vagrant, by Kate Beaton
  • Pilot Season: The Beauty #1, by Jeremy Haun
  • Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, by Jeff Kinney
  • Snarked, by Roger Langridge
  • Rainbow in the Dark Comfort Love & Adam Withers
  • Habibi, by Craig Thompson

Best Single Issue or Story

  • Daredevil #7
  • Echoes #5
  • Ganges #4
  • The Homeland Directive
  • Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand
  • Optic Nerve #12
  • Zorro Rides Again #1

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Bill Finger Award Recipients

Frank Doyle and Steve Skeates will receive this year’s Bill Finger Award, presented at Comic Con International to recognize unsung writers in the comics field. Each year, the award is given to one living and one dead writer. Doyle began writing for Archie Comics in 1951 and continued to write until his death in 1996, producing possibly 10,000 stories. Skeates began working as Stan Lee’s assistant and went on to write for numerous Marvel, DC, Atlas, and other titles.

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Obituary: Robert L. Washington III

Comic author Robert L. Washington III (b.1964) died of an heart attack on June 6. Washington is best known for his work on the original run of Static from DC Comics in 1993. He went on to write Shadow Cabinet, Extreme Justice, The Good Guys, and Ninjak. Washington had fallen on hard times recently and been helped by the Hero Initiative, for which he wrote an autobiographical comic for Hero Comics 2012.

Obituary: Tony DeZuniga

Artist Tony DeZuniga (b.1933) died on May 11 after suffering a stroke in mid-April. DeZuniga was a comic book artist born in the Philippines. He began working in the comics industry there in 1957, and eventually began working for DC in 1970. He introduced other Filipino artists to the US comics world as well as created the characters if Johan Hex and Black Orchid.

Obituary: Kristiina Kolehmainen

Swedish librarian Kristiina Kolehmainen (b.1953) died on March 27. Kolehmainen founded the Serieteket, the comics library housed within Stockholm’s Kulturhuset. Since 1998, Kolehmainen also served as director of the Stockholm International Comics Festival/Small Press Expo, helping to build the event.

Battle of the Toronto Cons

Hobby Star is suing Wizard World over the use of the name Toronto Comicon. Hobby Star has run the Toronto Comicon for several years and claims that the newer Wizard World Toronto Comic Con is infringing on its name and misrepresenting itself as being related. Hobby Star is also claiming Wizard World is defaming Hobby Star by claiming that company is threatening reprisals against vendors who exhibit at both events.

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