whoever owns it can reprint it. I guess the dispute is over who owns it.
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1) Did Todd McFarlane actually acquire any rights to the book when he bought up Eclipse's surplus books?
2) Did Dez Skinn ever actually have the rights, or were they in the hands of Mick Anglo all along? (This was the knottiest issue, but I believe progress has been made.)
3) The status of ancillary characters like the Warpsmiths (created by Garry Leach) and Big Ben (created by Dez Skinn) who were created for other strips. The Warpsmiths are vital to Miraclemen.
All these problems involve two different sets of copyright law in two different countries, so that's why it's been such a mess over the years.
I guess it's big deal because one day it might make Marvel 200 million in a movie and no-one wants to miss out on the payday.
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You certainly couldn't use the character's established continuity, since Marvelman's setting at the start is clearly not the MU, and since the way he changes the world certainly doesn't reflect the MU.
I suppose you could either declare Marvelman's reality to be an alternate universe (though it in no way resembles the MU), or you could do a 616 version of the character (which would be pointless and stupid). Best would be to just leave it as its own thing.
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Absolutely. The only way the Moore/Gaiman stories work is if MM isn't part of a larger superhero universe.
Marvel have enough Superman-level heroes, they don't need to go ruining this one.
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The mess of who owns MM is a nightmare...
And was probably made even messier about Alan Moore selling his copyright to Gaiman, and I read an interview where he claimed he even expressed doubt over the validity of his own ownership of MM when he sold it to Gaiman.
And then there is the question of do Marvel own MARVELMAN and/or MIRACLEMAN? Are they different things!
Is Miracleman copyrighted as a different thing entirely?
Do Eclipse, that published the book (after the Warrior reprints finish) own the rights to the 18 issue or so storyline outright?
Guys, this will get published in a collection at some time... Unfortunately, the only obstacle is paying all the lawyers to sort it out!
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Then Garry Leach and Skinn contested over the inclusion of the Warpsmiths (Leach) and Big Ben (Skinn). Rumors that this had been settled, too, but again, no definite information.