I can't wait for this series, man.
[QUOTE=The Valeyard Too bad Archie lost the rights to The Fly.[/quote]
More than likely has to do with the changes in copyright law. With the last extension, a provision was added that for characters created by freelancers and sold to the companies, the creators could get the rights back or the companies had to pay and renew the contracts. For example, DC paid Martin Nodell for Alan Scott and the Green Lantern concept all over again. In this case, the company and the creator did not reach an amicable deal and the characters are back with Simon. However, Archie does get to own the rights to derivative works such as Fly-Girl and presumably the name Fly-man. This means Simon's character is stuck as a kid who turns into an adult hero ala Billy Batson, a concept shortly abandoned when other creators took over the title for Archie and had Thomas Troy grown up. And, Lancelot Strong cannot be referred to as the Shield.
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I love the design for Fireball- it's hard to nail an original "fire power guy" costume. I just got a new iPad- can't wait for this!
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Why doesn't Archie simply pay the Joe Simon estate for the use of The Fly? The property isn't worth anything to the estate unless someone uses it--and what better publisher to use The Fly than the one that published the original adventures? Win-win all around.
Regarding this relaunch though, I am SUPER excited and I LOVE the design of "Fly-Girl" -- in fact that image is now my desktop background!
Or, it could be simply that as Dynamite found out with Fighting American, Joe Simon has the right and is willing to say "no". It's possible his heirs might be more agreeable, but Archie still has to be interested in doing so.
I wish Archie would get it for simply I like the "adult" Thomas Troy better. Kids that turn into adult heroes are hard to do right (although the Parobeck drawn IMPACT version was a lot of fun) and will always seem to be a little too Captain Marvel.
Maybe with the Avengers movie, some studio will want to capitalize on the idea by doing the Crusaders.