Friday, December 07, 2012
passes the news that Elaine Lee and Michael Kaluta got a "cease and desist" letter from Marvel/Disney over the Lee/Kaluta creation STARSTRUCK, which was briefly published by Marvel in the 1980s, following some stories printed by other publishers including Heavy Metal, and subsequently published by Dark Horse and most recently IDW. The matter seems to have been resolved to the creators' satisfaction, but really should never have gotten as far as it did.
In honour of the incident, some images from Steve Gerber and Jack Kirby's DESTROYER DUCK #1 (1982), that strike a resonant chord now more than ever. Gerber and Kirby were always among the most prescient of creators to work in corporate American comics, and prominent on the long list of creators to feel the sting of the corporate policies.
We're long overdue for a reprint of DESTROYER DUCK, aren't we. Hopefully soon. A new generation deserves to be introduced to Booster Cogburn...