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How in the sweet fuck are Archie Andrews, Felix the Cat, Captain Marvel, and Plastic Man all public domain? How have other publishers not tried to take advantage of that? I can tell you, if Todd Loren hadn't been murdered by that serial killer from the gay bar he used to drink at, he'd be publishing his own Archie, Felix, Captain Marvel and Plastic Man comics with HORRENDOUS art.


I had no idea Femforce was all public-domain. And Erik Larsen based a whole line on golden-agers. Well, I knew he'd used the original Daredevil, the one who used 3D Man's tailor apparently.

But no-one touches the big names?


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>Archie Andrews

Archie comics trademarked Archie's face, so that's a no-go.

>Felix the Cat

Dreamworks currently owns the rights to the character

>Captain Marvel

Marvel owns the copyright on the name "Captain Marvel" and probably has it trademarked too. DC has copyright and trademark on "Shazam" and probably his lightening bolt symbol. You'd have to avoid infringing on those rights when making a new Captain Marvel story, but at that point you'd be better off making your own Captain Marvel expy.

>Plastic Man

DC owns him and has a trademark on his distinctive belt.

Basically, nobody touches those big names because they've been carved up by other companies to the point that none of them are actually in the public domain.



>Yukon Cornelius

>The copyright year in Roman numerals for the special was mis-marked as MCLXIV (1164) instead of the correct MCMLXIV (1964). This invalidates the copyright under U.S. law at the time, which required a valid date of copyright be affixed to the production meaning that still images from the special and all of the characters unique to it are, as a result, in the public domain.

Absolutely amazing


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>six-gun gorilla is in the public domain



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<Captain Marvel

<Plastic Man

>not Brick Bat



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>i'm psychic


With the expiration of the copyright protections for works from 1923, in a few years we might see some cool oldie comics finally enter the public domain.



>He thinks Disney will just let that happen



Disney is barely profiting off of Marvel comics.



It's not the comics. Marvel and DC are IP farms for movies, cartoons, and other shit.


I'd forgotten Linkara released Lightbringer to the public domain.


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>Madam Satan was a mortal woman. When she found out her fiancé's parents didn't approve of her impending marriage, she murdered them. As they were dying, they managed to tell their son who had done the deed.

>Naturally, the fiancé wasn't happy to hear that, and he wound up killing her. The murderess went to Hell, where she became a loyal servant to Satan himself. Her job was to seduce men into losing their souls.

>Brother Sunbeam was her arch-enemy. He tried to capture her in a bottle but, never could.

Yikes. That's some grimdark for 1941.


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Woman in Red

By day a mild-mannered policewoman, at night she solves crimes.

Her powers include deductive reasoning, athletic prowess, and a willingness to brandish her gun.

Give her a red fedora and she's the anti-Carmen Sandiego


The characters as depicted in their unmodified state are public domain.

DC owns Captain Marvel but he's legally distinct from the Fawcett-verse version by virtue of the world he inhabits.

A similar story with Plastic Man, who was originally published by Quality Comics.

Archie's a trickier issue as he's technically the same character in roughly the same world. You'll note on his PDSH page that it's the version in Pep Comics that's public domain.

As for Felix, yeah, he's damn near fully public domain.


But public domain isn't even recognized in europe



What do you mean? Public domain is a thing in Europe. For example, Conan entered public domain in Europe last year. That's why Glenat began publishing Conan the Cimmerian.

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