DC Comics has been granted summary judgment (with thanks to the Hollywood Reporter Esq. for providing a copy of the ruling) by U.S. District Judge Otis Wright III in Los Angeles, ending the claims to some of the early works of Superman by the heirs of Joe Shuster, original illustrator and co-creator of Superman. The court found that the Shuster estate was bound by its 1992 Agreement and is not open to termination. Shuster and Jerry Siegel were the co-creators of the Superman character, first published in 1938 by National Allied Publications, the forerunner to DC Comics. They sold their Superman rights to National for $130 and a 10 year contract to provide more stories. In 1975, Warner Communications, then parent of DC Comics, gave both Shuster and Siegel lifetime pensions and health benefits. Their estates have been fighting separate battles with Warner Bros., current owner of DC Comics. The Oct. 17 Wright decision is independent of Siegel’s daughter’s current situation. The next installment comes Nov. 5 at an appeals hearing when Warner Bros. asks the court to overturn her successful copyright termination, as discussed in this earlier post. Shuster died in Los Angeles in 1992.
Kryptonite ruling for heirs’ claims on Superman
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