| > > The rights to ROM are owned by his creator, Bing McCoy. He has|
> > been trying to negotiate with Marvel to bring the character back
> > but doesn't want to outright sell it. Here's a link to his
> > website:
> > http://www.stonefoundationentertainment.com/mccoy.html
> I didn't see anything there saying he was trying to negotiate with
> Marvel. Is there another link to him saying that?
I don't know if he still is, but he was circa 2005-6.
| > It would also be tricky to what the guy actually owns. He created|
> the initial design, but didn't come up with the name, the back
> story, the personality, etc. Everything but the name and design are
> probably owned by Marvel. Does anyone know differently?
McCoy came up with the initial design and still holds the patent on the toy. However, Parker Brothers redesigned Rom to his well-known (at least to fans) look. Parker Brothers is also the one that came up with Rom's brief backstory, but it was somewhat different from Marvel's version.
This is a verbatim transcript of Parker Brothers' promotion video in 1979, which was embellished by Bill Mantlo:
| > Far, far away, in another galaxy, the knights of the Solstar|
> (sounding more like Soul Star) Order, defenders of justice and
> truth, have been ambushed by the evil magicians, the Dire Wraiths.
> The Solstar Order has prevailed and are now seeking out their
> scattered enemies.
> One of these knights has followed the trail of the Dire Wraiths all
> the way to Earth. This one the Dire Wraiths fear more than all
> others. This one has hounded them and kept them underground for
> centuries. This one alone could wipe them off the face of
> He is Rom, Lord of the Solstar Order. Rom, the Wraithslayer. Rom,
> the Space Knight. Even he must be careful. The Dire Wraiths can
> assume any form they wish. Rom counters this with the Energy
> Analyzer. With it, he can see through appearances and determine the
> true essence of any being.
> Rom also has a weapon unique to his order. The Neutralizer, which
> can disorganize any molecular structure. He has Rocket Pods, which
> can instantly send him soaring. He has a Translator through which
> he can communicate with any intelligent being in the universe. And
> his Respirator allows him to breathe in any atmosphere.
> Rom, Lord of the Solstar Order. Rom, the Wraithslayer. Rom, the
> Space Knight. The micro-electronic creation from Parker Brothers.
If Hasbro is now entirely disclaiming ownership of Rom, it's possible that McCoy was able to get complete ownership in some way. Hasbro hasn't wanted to make a dime from Rom, ever, so it's possible McCoy was able to buy it from them. McCoy wouldn't need Marvel at all if he wanted to go with this backstory.
| > I think Marvel would certainly be willing to outright buy the|
> character, but I doubt they would be willing to do anything else.
> The character is useless to take to another publisher.
> If the guy was smart, he would sell the character to Marvel. Maybe
> ask for a percentage of the profits.
I'm really doubtful that Marvel would. They hate that "percentage of the profits" thing (see Malibu characters).