The Legal View: From Superman to Supergods with Grant Morrison

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By Jeff Trexler– In March 2008, Grant Morrison’s homage to Siegel and Shuster appeared in comic shops on the very same day that the Siegel heirs recaptured half the original Superman copyright.  Now Morrison is set to work his shaman’s magic once again in the September relaunch of Action #1–and this time, the Siegels could lose everything.

Morrison’s upcoming Supergods holds the key to understanding why. For an explanation and a sneak preview of Morrison’s new book, click below. A mysterious appeal, Joe Shuster’s super-swastika and the final crisis of the legal multiverse–this one has it all.

DC’s FAQ for the New 52

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In answer to all the questions that retailers — and a few readers and certainly Beat readers have — DC has sent out an FAQ on the relaunch/reboot/September to their retailer accounts, with a cover letter by Bob Wayne. It shows great insight into what people are squawking about and gives a good fact sheet on returnability, pricing, digital, and so on. Well be back later with analysis of all this.

DC New 52 site launches, leaks, promotes

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DC has launched a subsite for their September relaunch, and at last it has a name The New 52. The site includes the video of DC execs promoting the launch which was widely circulated yesterday, as well as previews of the various titles.

It also, as Comics Alliance slyly pointed out, hadn’t been properly proofed, as when it went live it included earlier, Earth-4 versions of the creative teams on a number of books:

Jeffrey Catherine Jones film preview to screen at San Diego

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At the time of her death in May, artist Jeffrey Catherine Jones was the subject of an upcoming documentary, Better Things. Director/producer Maria Cabardo writes to tell us that several minutes of footage will be shown at a panel at Comic-Con:

Studio Coffee Run 7/1/11: True Blood Season 4 news and hints, Walking Dead casting news, Guilermo Del Toro’s Hulk TV Series, etc.

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Take a spin around the week’s nerd entertainment news with Shannon O’Leary.

Garth Ennis writes and directs Stitched

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To find out that one of your regular drinking pals had quietly snuck off into the desert and directed a movie is always a surprise — when it’s Garth Ennis who did the sneaking it’s a delightful surprise.