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Marvelman character rights finally acquired by Marvel

MATTHEW PRICE, Features Editor Published: July 31, 2009
SAN DIEGO —At Comic-Con International, it was revealed Marvel has bought the rights to the Marvelman character from creator Mick Anglo and his representatives.

"It is an honor to work with Mick Anglo to bring his creation to a larger audience than ever before,” said Dan Buckley, chief executive officer and publisher for Marvel Entertainment Inc.’s Print, Animation & Digital Media, in a release. "Fans are in for something special as they discover just what makes Marvelman such an important character in comic book history.”

The character was created in 1954 by Anglo and was most famously brought to life by writers Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman. Legal problems have kept Gaiman’s Marvelman (published in the U.S. as Miracleman) stories from being completed and Alan Moore’s stories from being reprinted. Marvelman is Micky Moran, a young reporter gifted with the power to save the world by uttering the word "kimota!”

"I did not think it would ever happen,” Anglo said in a release. "It’s a wonderful thing to see my creation finally back.”

Marvel is selling Marvelman T-shirts online now. Marvel had staffers wearing the shirts immediately after the Comic-Con announcement. A Marvelman poster by Marvel’s editor-in-chief Joe Quesada is set to ship in September.


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