Ep #7: Proximity Wars- Character Battles in the World of Comic Books

  • Ep #7:  Proximity Wars- Character Battles in the World of Comic Books

    BAM! POW! This week on IP Goes Pop! Volpe Koenig intellectual property Joseph Gushue joins fellow intellectual property attorney and host Michael Snyder to talk about comic book characters!

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In this episode, Michael and Joseph go to the magazine rack of yesteryear to discuss comic books characters and how those characters may be protected by intellectual property. The wide-ranging discussion touches on, among other pop topics, superhero movie franchises, comic book trivia, and some comic characters that are interestingly close in costumes and abilities.


00:34 Introduction: Comic book characters and popular culture

02:34 The Modern Era of comic book superheroes

07:18 The Marvel and DC (Detective Comics) Universes

11:05 The “Incredible Hulk” TV show and the first appearance of Thor & Daredevil on TV or film

“The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988)”

“Revisiting the Awesomely Cheesy 1989 Hulk TV Movie Featuring Daredevil,” Esquire, Apr 11, 2015

12:35 The Iconic DC Characters: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash & Cyborg (The Justice League)

17:33 Copyright Protection for Characters (and one car!)

18:25 Nichols v. Universal, (2d Cir. 1930)

19:38 Detective Comics, Inc. v. Bruns Publications, Inc., (2d Cir. 1940)

20:17 Warner Bros. Pictures v. CBS, (9th Cir. 1954)

20:49 Walt Disney Productions v. Air Pirates, (N.D. Cal. 1972)

22:13 DC Comics v. Towle, (9th Cir. 2015)

            “Batmobile - TV & Movie Cars Gallery | Barris Kustom Industries”

29:58 Anderson v. Stallone, (C.D. Cal. 1989)

30:36 Toho v. William Morrow & Co., (C.D. Cal. 1998)

35:17 Battle of the Comic Book Characters- Imitation, flattery, or something else…?

            “15 DC And Marvel Superheroes Who Are Strikingly Similar,” Screen Rant, Nov 12, 2016

            “Marvel and DC characters who are similar,” Comic Vine

            “10 Marvel/DC Characters That Are A Little Too Similar,” Fandom, Jan 6, 2016

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