Today’s Superman Rulings Explained

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Tweet After a surprising victory in 2008, Siegel attorney Marc Toberoff decided to press for the rights to more Superman material. Instead, he lost everything that the Siegel heirs and he himself had won.

The Beat Reviews for 02/01/13: Featuring Illicit Benedict Cumberbatch Pictures!

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Tweet2013 rolls in like a Swiss person being pushed down a hill, which means it’s time for some more reviews! And some photos of Benedict Cumberbatch, because I refuse to bow to reader demands. He’s such an intellectual! Trying as ever to get a mix of comics from the shelf, this week sees the usual […]

Today’s (Partial) Smallville Settlement and the Kardashians

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TweetGiven the lively discussion of what folks don’t want to see on The Beat, I couldn’t resist noting that an attorney representing Smallville co-creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough in their dispute with Time Warner also represented the Kardashian sisters in the epic, never to be forgotten Kardashian Kard case. However, the Smallville dispute is also […]

Election Day, 2012

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TweetAs we wait for the returns to trickle in, and for the long national indigestion to finally end, we here at Stately Beat Manor provide you with the finest in Election Night coverage.

Clark Kent: Quitter

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TweetAlmost certainly due to the news that The Daily Planet was long-ago outstripped by The Beat in terms of superhero coverage (suck it, Perry White), Scott Lobdell’s first regular issue of Superman will apparently see Clark Kent quit the company.

The Legal View: What the Shuster ruling means

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TweetBy Jeff Trexler In the book of Genesis, Esau sells his birthright to his younger brother Jacob for some lentil soup. Yesterday, a judge ruled that Joe Shuster’s sister sold the family’s claim on the Superman copyright for a meager pension. Superman may be a modern myth, but that’s not always a good thing.

Warner Bros Win Superman Court Case Against Shuster Estate

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Tweet It’s being reported that Warner Bros have won a court case which will determine who owns the copyright to Superman, meaning they will retain rights over the character. On Wednesday a court ruling was issued which stated that: the studio’s motion has been granted for summary judgement on the question of whether a 1992 […]

Laura Siegel Larson: “I refuse to be bullied or deterred from enforcing my family’s rights.”

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This week the long, long battle for the rights to Superman took another turn, as Warners sued attorney Marc Toberoff , who has been representing the family of Jerry Siegel, Superman’s co-creator, for many years. The Siegel’s have won several legal rounds, leading Warners to adopt very aggressive tactics to delay enforcing a decision to award the Siegel family half of Superman’s copyright — a decision which a court reached 13 years ago, in 1999.

Andy Diggle takes over Action Comics in March

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TweetEngland’s own Andy Diggle has been announced as the new writer for Action Comics, taking over the series from Grant Morrison as of issue #18, in March next year. He’ll be joined by artist Tony Daniel on the series, as is revealed on DC’s The Source website today. Speaking on the news, Diggle talks a little […]

Wonder Woman and Superman Have Some Sex

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What happens whan an immovable lesbian object hits an unstoppable asexual force? As revealed by Entertainment Weekly today, they apparently have unconvincing heterosexual sky sex.

The Legal View: Legal maneuvering on both sides as judge cancels Superman hearing

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[On Monday, US District judge Otis Wright cancelled a hearing on the case of the Joe Shuster estate's claim for his half of the copyright to Superman. This led many observers to think a decision was near. The Beat's legal expert, Jeff Trexler explains it's just not that simple.]

DC announces Superman crossover; H'el on Earth

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We knew the crossovers were coming, but as things go, this one sounds fairly modest — a mere three-issue tale spanning Supers Man, Boy and Girl as they face the menace of the shirtless, alien terror, H’el, who is so horrible he wears his cape around his waist like a skirt. Sounds pretty basic and maybe even jumponable? Going by the cover art, though, it looks like some injury-to-the-arm is headed our way.

The Legal View: Historic Documents in the Siegel & Shuster Lawsuits

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By Jeff Trexler

— Whatever the merits of the latest summary judgment motion in the dispute over the Superman copyright, its supporting exhibits bring together a number of important documents in two accessible filings.

Spoiler! Batman makes his Smallville Debut

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Bryan Q. Miller’s comic-book continuation of the Smallville series brings a few familiar people face-to-face with Tom Welling

What's behind the new movie Superman's giant…personality?

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We were all pretty excited when the first set photos of Henry Cavill as Superman leaked out. It seemed that after years of binding and CGI smoothing, Superman was finally getting super where it counted.

Gerade Links: My Train Of Thought Goes Off The Rails

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A brief conversation with a co-worker starts with Archie and ends with Gary Owens, with cameos by Scooby-Doo and Batman! (No Kevin Bacon, alas.) Read on to discover the crazy linkage!