Quote:That just seems unfair to me. I'm not a big Billy Batson fan either but he was here first.
Quote:I always thought it was crappy that DC wasn't allowed to call him Captain Marvel anymore.
Quote:His name doesn't even make sense. What is he captain of? At least Steve Rogers and Carol Danvers and Mar-Vell were in their respective militaries.
He was created in 1939. Things didn't have to make sense then.
DC bought up Fawcett comics trademarks but didn't use them so they lost the rights to title a book Captain marvel when Marvel swooped in and bought the rights as soon as they were available.
With trademarks and copyrights its use them or lose them. As long as Marvel publishes a captain marvel book at regular intervals even if it is reprints of Mar-vell stories, the trademark is theirs.
As to the movie trademark, I'm guessing it is separate from the book and Marvel secured it first.