Well, I would have bought Minutemen by Darwyn Cooke in 2 seconds flat, controversy or no.
Except that yes, DC does own the characters (or at least the rights to them), specifically because of the contract Moore signed with them.Whether or not certain characters were based on Charlton the final product was produced with non Charlton characters and DC does not own Watchmen characters or the book.
That's a mighty big accusation, as is your insistence that the contract Moore signed has a "right to defraud" clause, as you described it earlier. What I don't see, however, is any proof supporting these statements.This is simply a manipulative contract that gives them publishing rights and republishing rights to infinity.Even in the early days as the history of this unfolds there were plans to exploit this property into toys and movies and etc.
For those of you boycotting Before Watchmen - Do you plan on (or are you already) boycotting other properties from creators who have gotten screwed in the past? Jack Kirby? Siegel and Shuster? They dealt with contract issues as well. Promises that were never held.
Do you (or will you) stop buying those titles?
"The Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker side of the Doctor’s nature. Somewhere between his 12th and final incarnation."