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Subj: Quality characters fell into the public domain? Well, that means
Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 at 08:23:20 pm EDT (Viewed 161 times)
DC recently acquired the MLJ properties. It occurred to me that they had also acquired the Quality characters. However, I have read that other than Blackhawk and Plastic Man (Blackhawk continued without long interruption until 1968, Plastic Man returned in the 1960's) all Quality characters fell into the public domain. Note that DC did not revive most of them till the 1970's.
Had DC revived more of the Quality characters in the 1960's, would they not have fallen into the public domain? It seems intriguing, especially when you considered that DC later put out series about successors or namesakes of the Ray, Black Condor, Uncle Sam, and Firebrand.
Kind of seems as if DC paid a lot for nothing when they acquired the Quality characters.
By the way, how come Fawcett's properties did not fall into the public domain (if they have not) despite a comparable lag time between revival (the Shazam franchise did not return till the 1970's)? I know that Fawcett continued publishing paperback series such as Matt Helm by Donald Hamilton and Travis McGee by John D MacDonald. Did Fawcett keep those copyrights and trademarks renewed just in case?
Regarding Charlton, Charlton folded too recently and most of their "Action Heroes" (Dick Giordiano may have in fact coined this term while at Charlton) did not predate the 1960's (lone exception comes to mind; the allegedly public domain policeman Dan Garrett or Garret [one "t" in surname] Blue Beetle acquired from Fox), so I would doubt they would have fallen into the public domain. It seems that in the 1970's and later, fewer works fell into the public domain.
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