Public Domain Super Heroes
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IndiGoat IndiGoat 28 November 2020
1

Can anyone tell me which of these Captain Marvel characters are NOT in the public domain

With the help of this page, I know that Black Adam is owned by DC because the license on 1945's Marvel Family #1 was renewed, however as for characters that aren't owned by DC, I'm pretty sure there are some that this wiki is missing.

My problem is not really knowing how to find out which ones (other than maybe guessing that Georgia Sivana, Thaddeus Sivana, Jr., Oggar, Mister Atom, Tawky Tawny, King Kull and other characters made after Black Adam are owned by DC).

Anyway, does anyone think that any of the Crocodile Men (Herkimer, Sylvester and Jorrk), Evil Eye, Goat-Man or Jeepers have a place on this wiki (or at least the Monster Society of Evil in general)?

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FraBig FraBig 11 October 2020
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Discussion Board on the PDSH Wiki

Hello everyone, I wanted to propose to ask for a Discussion Board for this wiki.

First of all, a Discussion Board is the easiest and best way to ask for every doubt and question about anything concerning Public Domain Super Heroes and it can be a great opportunity to socialize and create a nice place for everyone to talk about comic book heroes that are now in the Public Domain, like people talk about Marvel and DC characters in the Marvel or DC Databases here on Fandom.

I've been around the Marvel and DC wikis for more than a year now and I enjoy my time there. However, I'm also a great Golden Age fan and I love the heroes published by MLJ, Nedor, Centaur, Quality, etc. and it would be amazing to have the chance to talk about them in a comm…

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Ycthk Ycthk 1 April 2020
1

PD - character vs background story of character

Hi

I was wondering, when a super hero is PD, does it mean only the character image is PD, or that the entire background story and "specifications" of it are also PD?

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Heckfire Heckfire 3 November 2019
1

Where is Mr. Monster?

Hey, I noticed that I can't locate the article for Mr. Monster anymore...I know the later version by Michael T. Gilbert isn't in the Public Domain, but the original "Doc Jim Stearne" version was becasue I've been using him for my own projects for years.Can you remove a character from the Public Domain?

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IsabellaFiskeMcFarlin IsabellaFiskeMcFarlin 1 September 2019
1

Girl Commandoes

This comic strip wasn't created by Jill Elgin, as it states on the Girl Commandoes Fandom page. https://pdsh.fandom.com/wiki/Girl_Commandos My mother, Barbara Hall, also known as B. Hall, drew the strip till 1943. Jill Elgin took over from Barbara when she abruptly decided, at the urging of my father, Irving Fiske, writer and playwright, that she become a full-time painter.

See The Great Female Cartoonists and Babes in Arms by   Trina Robbins, cartoonist and comics historian.

Does anyone know how to arrange for this mistake to be corrected? I'd be grateful for your help. Thanks,

Ladybelle (Isabella Fiske McFarlin)

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DeltaSquad5 DeltaSquad5 21 April 2019
0

If you could make a film/show/game starring Public Domain characters, what would you do?

(I'm posting this as a blog as for some reason, this Wiki has neither a forum or a discussions section).

Since the majority of characters and stories just seem to be sat here in the public domain - gathering virtual dust as it were - until someone comes along to get inspiration or try to use said characters in a book, tv show/special, film or game, with some characters (such as King Arthur and Robin Hood) getting pulled out of the PD for new properties fairly often while others are consequently ignored.

With the possibility in the future that the public domain will start to "shrink" as people not only begin to try and take characters out of the PD but take them out permanently, I'm curious to ask about ways in which you'd like to see one or m…

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SD2416 SD2416 13 December 2018
1

Character Creator program for those of us that cant draw?

Hello, 

I was wondering if anyone had any success with a program, app, software, etc that allowed those of us that cannot draw to be able to create/edit characters?

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Mhunt0 Mhunt0 10 November 2018
0

Tomboy.. and others

hello,  I like many old characters that are currently public domain and I've used some on my webcomic.

My webomic, about my own character "Kinetics" can be seem here:

https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/kinetics/list?title_no=64622

The public domain characters that  I used so far are Tomboy and Madame Doom, you can see the strip here:

https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/kinetics/tomboy/viewer?title_no=64622&episode_no=11

My taste for these old charcters started when I discovered the "Femforce" comic by AC Comics.

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Gummy Cat15 Gummy Cat15 2 June 2018
1

Where is Omega Frost?

Hi I am new here and I really liked the character Omega Frost (or  Decker Jackson). Got deleted I was wondering why? If anyone could tell me that would make me every happy.



Thanks for reading!

Gummy Cat15-

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Lawrenzlano Lawrenzlano 20 March 2018
4

What's the point in editing??

I was just wondering what was the point of editing a character if the changes and information you provide get deleted by the administrator?

I recently edited the character Dr Frost to include new information about him and the changes were dismissed. Dr Frost started out as a Public Domain character but was given new life by IronGate Comics and is presently featured in one of their comic. An expanded origin story is also available.

Shouldn't this information be included in the Wiki? Why was it deleted? The administrator should have at least, given me a reason for this deletion. 

If they don't want us to add pertinent information, then remove the editing function.

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Cebr1979 Cebr1979 3 June 2017
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Deleting this from/Changing the PDSH

People... Here's how it is:

I've had it with this "These need to go"/"I don't want these here"/"This wiki needs to change" posts.

Everything that's here... has been here longer than every single one of you (and me)! The way this wiki is now is the way this wiki was created or later upgraded to by public vote.

If you don't like the way this wiki is... STOP COMING HERE!

I don't come to your house and tell you what furniture needs to go in the garbage because it's ugly so stop coming to this wiki and saying [these types] of character bios need to be deleted or moved somewhere else.

From here on out: anyone who does that will be blocked indefinitely and that should make them happy because they clearly aren't happy coming here anyhow.

I'm not saying …

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FutureFunk FutureFunk 31 May 2017
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Hi, I'm new here.

Well actually, I've been reading the site since last year. I'm a big fan of comics, and I'm writing my own. I came to the site after looking up public domain characters, and I became fascinated by some of the designs (not so much the back stories as a lot of them are the same or uninteresting in my opinion.) So yeah, just wanted to introduce myself.

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DrObscure420 DrObscure420 21 November 2016
4

"Open Source" Characters

I am curious what the policy is regarding "Open Source" characters? For all intents and purposes, most lead to dead sites. For all Open Source characters i have witnessed,they never featured in an actual comic. If this site is meant to preserve history and public domain characters, why are there over 500 "Open Source" characters permitted alongside actual history? Can these "characters" be moved elsewhere, or is there a way to filter them out? There's like 20 Jenny Somethings for one unused character.

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Cebr1979 Cebr1979 17 November 2016
1

New (temporary) policy: Please read!

As of now, I have to instill a new policy where no editor can create more than two new pages in a 24-hour period (exceptions will be made for any needed new categories). This is temporary (though I don't know how long it will need to be in place, simply "until further notice"). Too many errors are being made and I think it's because editors are rushing. This (again: temporary) policy will allow editors the time to double check their pages for errors and also give me time to check the new pages as well. I'm finding way too many mistakes here and there that I just can't keep up with. Thanks, all!

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Cebr1979 Cebr1979 30 August 2016
2

We need an admin!

I have been here for 3 years and I greatly care about this place. I would love to take on admin duties in order to prevent vandalism and clean up the pages in need of deletion. I look forward to the new position should I receive it. Cheers. :-)Cebr1979 (talk) 22:54, August 30, 2016 (UTC)

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ElyaqimNYC ElyaqimNYC 6 July 2016
2

Not in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus seventy years

Based on Wikimedia’s template (“This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 70 years or less”), I recommend implementing the following text in all appropriate characters’ articles (in the manner of a template):

The character {character name} is not in the public domain in its country of origin or in other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus seventy years. {Creator’s name} died in {year of death} so the character is not expected to enter the public domain in {“the UK,” “Germany and the European Union,” “Argentina” etc.} until {year of death + 71}.

For example, “The character Helen Vaughan is not in the public doma…

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Adamz58 Adamz58 5 July 2016
1

I apologize.

I was just trying to organize characters who where trained in the East. Characters like: Flame, Green Lama, Amazing Man, Phantasmo, Peter Cannon, the Shadow. I don't understand how that not a real catagory when so many characters where in fact trained, in Tibet.

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JoeFrankenstein JoeFrankenstein 15 March 2015
1

Wiki Help

So I'm trying to add a Creative Commons Zero notice to my profile here but I'm not quite getting the code to come out correctly. Any ideas?

here's the code they provide at creative commons:


<a rel="license"br /href="http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/">

</a>


To the extent possible under law,
<a rel="dct:publisher"br /href="http://lordcrotch.deviantart.com/gallery/52072690/open-source-characters">
Brandon Longstreth</a>
has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to
Open Source Characters by Brandon Longstreth.
This work is published from:

United States
.

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Jay042 Jay042 1 March 2014
1

Wonder if we could include this character?

This character is known as The Knitter. He was created on tumblr in response [a post ]suggesting a young man who happens to knit looked quite a bit like a Batman villian. Another friend took up the challenge and created this image.

The post went viral, and more and more fanart of the character started [up]. Much like Jenny Everywhere the character has already developed a following (mostly limited within tumblr) but is clearly an idea that is out there in the public consciousness (unlike a lot of the open source characters )

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Jay042 Jay042 15 January 2014
1

Lacking a page for Abraham Lincoln

I was doing some searching, and realized we are misssing a page listing Honest Abe's Golden Age comic apperances. Washington has one, and it would seen to me Lincoln would be just as likely to turn up in comics has him.

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Bchwood Bchwood 28 November 2013
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Loot Crate Giveaway

Hi All,

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You can check it out here -- http://www.wikia.com/Know_Days/Loot_Crate

Happy Holidays!

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Cloak5000 Cloak5000 24 June 2013
2

Question about Atoma

Can anyone shed some light about the character Atoma?  I had posted a design I did regarding the character but an online friend told me that Harvey still owns the rights to the character.  

Any input from anyone?  Can you shed some light about it?  

Your help is appreciated. 

Thanks

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Cloak5000 Cloak5000 5 June 2013
11

Too many Open Source characters

It is great this site is devoted to Public Domain characters.  However, I am a bit reticent to visit the site because of the plethora of Open Source Characters.  

Yes, I did contribute to the design of one Open Source Character but the issue I have, is this site seems to have too many Open Source Characters.  I am saying this because I get the distinct feeling many of these characters weren't really intended to be "free" but for the potential of someone eventually claiming "rights" if a creator decides to use them in their potential publications.  

Really HATE to think along those lines but it just seems there are too many Open Source Characters.  Don't get me wrong, there are many great ideas, characters and names but again, I am really war…

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CodeAndReload CodeAndReload 29 May 2013
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A List of Creative Commons Characters


I have a List of Characters that have a Creative Commons License that I try to maintain to the best of my ability, which is sorted by which Creative Commons license. For reasons listed here, I cannot post the list on the wiki, but if you want it let me know.

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Red Rube Red Rube 16 May 2013
2

Gold Key's Tiger Girl

Does anyone know the status of Gold Key's Tiger Girl?  She had only one issue appearance.  I really liked the character.  Is she public domain by any chance?

She's not public domain. Gold Key's Tiger Girl was first published in 1968 with a proper copyright notice. Since it was published after 1964 renewal was automatic. Tiger Girl's copyright will expire in 2063, 95 years after publication. Crimsoncrusader (talk) 16:34, May 16, 2013 (UTC)

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Cloak5000 Cloak5000 1 March 2012
0

The Freedom Guard.

I started up a new story using some PD characters, currently set during the Golden Age in the USA.

Calling it the "Files of the Freedom Guard". While I plan on using other PD characters, currently Liberator, Captain Flag, Man O' Metal, Torpedo Man and the Blue Lady are featured.

Hoping someone can spare time to check out the story as the chapters progress. ANY input would be welcome either here on the Comic Vine site. Thanks.

http://t.co/vJ2KybrV

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Cloak5000 Cloak5000 26 February 2012
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"The Adventures of Doc Strong".

Just letting anyone know who may be interested I've been writing a type of "Sci-Fi/Western/Pulp" story on the website Comic Vine. It is available to read for free, naturally, and I am currently using the PD characters Doc Strong, Rulah, the Black Bat, Lava Men and soon a few others to be introduced. Doc Strong and the Black Bat's names have been altered a bit as well as their original design and the like. As these are PD I know I have freedom to do with them as I like.

It is hoped someone can spare time to check out the story, Chapters I-VI are currently posted as of this writing. I go by the username "Decept-O" on that site. Hope that is OK to mention another site here with a link.

More of my story on Comic Vine. Thanks: The Adventures…

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Craig Daley Craig Daley 21 January 2012
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War Nurse

Just revamped War Nurse, the first comic is available on Kindle £1.98 or equivalant. It's her origin story and introduces some supporting characters, like Winston Churchill, Nikola Tesla and Aleister Crowley for more information about CDComics and War Nurse check out www.cdgraphicnovels,blogspot.com

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SimonKirby SimonKirby 18 October 2011
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The Sanction

Hi guys, Simon here again. I'm working on a story arc adressing the sudden disappearance of superheroes after the War. Here's a basic outline; the working title at the moment is "The Sanction":

...Historically speaking, the Super-Patriot project of the late thirties achieved significant success rates. Code named Operation Eagle, contemporary records estimated that over 70 percent of military test subjects were endowed with enhanced physiques and superhuman endurance.
Variants of the original formula were simultaneously developed by the private sector, ostensibly to provide the home front with a virtually indestructible National Guard in the event that the Axis powers attempted to invade American soil.
These variant formulas were administered to c…
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Shastab24 Shastab24 24 April 2011
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Gold Comics 1 available on IndyPlanet

It may be shameless self-promotion, but I'm posting here because I think it fits:


Gold Comics #1 is a comic I put together featuring public domain superheroes, with all information on said characters gathered from this site. The comic includes a short, six-page comic written by myself followed by three Golden Age stories featuring characters included in my comic: Madame Fatal (from Crack Comics #1), Bulletman (from Nickel Comics #2 - I would have used #1, but I couldn't get an acceptable scan) and Captain Nazi (from Master Comics #21, which also has Bulletman and Captain Marvel).

I hope to return to this project and make Gold Comics #2, and continue down the line. Publc domain superheroes are quite fun to write for, and I love some of the ch…


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Roygbiv666 Roygbiv666 18 March 2011
2

Comic Art Commission

OK

Ernie Chan was a prolific cover artist for DC Comics during my "Golden Age" of the 1970s - I'm thinking of getting a commission, like a cover re-imagining of this:

http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/File:Freedom_Fighters_Vol_1_1.jpg

Yeah, so if we were to replace the Freedom Fighter members with other Golden Age/Public Domain characters of similar power sets, who would you pick?

Phantom Lady =


Uncle Sam =


Black Condor =


Human Bomb =


Ray =


Doll Man = (almost forgot him)

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Golden one Golden one 28 February 2011
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ARCHIE/MLJ HEROES

Are the original golden age archie/mlj heroes really in the public domain?Golden one 22:12, February 28, 2011 (UTC)

Yes their first appearances were not renewed 28 years after publication so just like every other hero on this site they are in the public domain. Here's the renewal list. I've added this info to the FAQ. Crimsoncrusader 00:41, March 1, 2011 (UTC)

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Golden one Golden one 7 January 2011
2

images

How Do I Post images on the public domain super heroes wikia page?

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Golden one Golden one 3 January 2011
1

Fawcett Characters

How many of the fawcett characters are in the public domain?

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Chugite Chugite 10 December 2010
3

National Comics Publications vs Fawcett Publications

This case screwed Fawcett because Captain Marvel is not really that close to Superman. They both share the super strength but marvel flew first, his secret identity is a kid, he turns to marvel and his costume: orange with a lightning bolt on the front. his cape is not even full length , he works at a radio station and he gets his powers from Gods and other figures. I guess since the superhero was really new they could get away with this but not nowadays. I knew about wonderman but i did not even know about masterman

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Chugite Chugite 22 November 2010
6

captain america?

wouldn't it be cool if someone found out that Timely had let the copyright on Captain America lapse. they cancelled his comic back in 1950 when it was still Timely comics and didn't use the character again until the 60's in a fake Stange Tales story i think and then him for real in the Avengers in 64. I'M JUST SAYING....

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Chugite Chugite 19 November 2010
2

so are Quality Comics characters public domain or what?

I keep reading that DC Comics(National) acquired the rights to Quality Comics characters in the 1950's but I also read that they had lapsed into the public domain before the purchase so which is true?

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Chugite Chugite 1 November 2010
1

Marvel comics jacking the Golden Age

Is it me or has Marvel comics taken a lot of names from the golden age characters for themselves? I only noticed this when I was surfing a cover of the original X-men and saw them fighting a villain named Mekano. Today I was looking for golden age comics to read and I came across this on a site.

Wonder Comics Story: Mekano, from Wonder Comics #1, pubished by Better/Nedor/Standard/Pines in 1944.

the names marvel has used off the top of my head are

Daredevil

Wonderman

Captain Marvel

Ghost Rider

Mekano

Dr Doom

Doc Strange

there may be more....

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Drx2010 Drx2010 1 November 2010
3

What Pubilc Super Heroes would like to see team up?

Hi True Beleivers :


As a kid growning up in 70's and 80's I always like watching show like the Super-friend or Spider-man and his Amazing friends, and alway like it when Bat-man would team Remia or Spider-man Teaming with like Captain America ect.. And would go out and play super heroes, and I would away want to be like Bat-man and friend would like Tarzan or Tontoe . so here is my question then What Pubilc Super Heroes would like to see team up?

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Chugite Chugite 23 October 2010
1

Dell Comic's LOBO

Is Dell Comic's LOBO in public domain. the comic came out in in like 1965 I think, so I am not sure.

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TARGET-DEFIANT. TARGET-DEFIANT. 21 October 2010
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HI.

I OWN M.K.U.I.I./MYTHOLOGY KINGDOM INK/INC, AN LLP COMICS COMPANY.


WE INTEND TO USE DOROTHY GALE, A PUBLIC DOMAIN CHARACTER, AND GIVE HER THE POWERS OVER THE VERY WINDS THAT BROUGHT HER TO OZ..TARGET-DEFIANT. 18:01, October 21, 2010 (UTC) ODIN AND ZEUS CREATED OZ IN OUR NINE FICTIONAL UNIVERSES. OZMA GIVES DOROTHY MULTIPLE TORNADO POWERS, LIKE RED TORNADO POSSESSES. I AM FREELY ENTERING MY VERSION INTO THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.

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Madmikeyd Madmikeyd 2 August 2010
4

Outworlder comic declared "open source"

I have posted a new site notice on the Ouworlder webcomic pages:

"Copyright © 2008-2010 Michael Dean. This is an open-source comic. All characters and events contained in this comic are available for use by anyone, with only one condition. This paragraph must be included in any publication involving these characters, in order that others may use these properties as they wish. All rights reversed. The artwork is copyright of Michael Dean, all rights reserved."

Basically, my intent is that all the characters and events of the comic are free for anyone to use, whether they want to reference the story in a new story featuring the characters, or even if they just want to redraw the whole story on their own. I am holding on to the rights for my p…

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MTV MTV 30 July 2010
12

Captain Marvel

Is golden age captain marvel public domain?

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Mattd43 Mattd43 1 July 2010
6

The Blue Beetle

Okay, if I wanted to you use golden age blue beetle, is there away I could get around the name trade mark? Like, does DC have the trademark for The Blue Beetle or just Blue Beetle? loop holes like that. Same with golden age daredevil.

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Strannik01 Strannik01 18 June 2010
0

Behind the Scenes of the PDH Universe

Back in December of last year, I started posting short stories involving characters on this wiki. I never really explained anything or gave it any background, mostly because I was curious to see how people would react if I showed them my stories cold, without any preconceptions. But I figured that now would be as good of a time as any to give a little background.

PDH Universe actually started all the way back in 2005-2006, when I first discovered that some Golden Age characters were in public domain. It started out as a modern-day story involving revamped versions of the original characters. After toying around with it for a while, I realized that I didn't really like it. The world I created was the world where legacies of decades-old heroe…

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Mattd43 Mattd43 11 June 2010
1

Operator 5?

Hey, I was wondering if pulp character operator 5 was pd. In addition, could I please have a more complete list of pd pulp titles and characters please?

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Mattd43 Mattd43 8 June 2010
11

Public Domain Space Heroes.

Hey, all...I was just looking for a list of pd space heroes...Are Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, and Tom Corbett Space Cadet in public domain? Because I was looking, and there radio shows and things are...but...I don't know. I don't know why they wouldnt be. Being as old as they are. I'd love to make a Buck Rogers fan film or something...and be able to enter it in contests and things...

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Megacomicsgroup Megacomicsgroup 30 May 2010
0

The Whole Hullabaloo Over Trademarks and the Public Domain Copyright

The Whole Hullabaloo Over Trademarks and the Public Domain Copyright. We last reported to you on the subject in out several months research that the whole argument over Public Domain is not about the Copyright, at least not from the publishers view point. We discovered the fact most publishers back in the early days of comics were more concerned with maintaining the Trademarks than the Copyright. The reasoning behind that is that Copyright is for a limited amount of time, whereas a Trademark can perpetuate as long as the owner of said Trademark continues to use it. He who controls the Trademark controls the product more so than he who controls the Copyright. Trademark doesn’t protect original expression like Copyright does. The Trademark’s…

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Strannik01 Strannik01 20 May 2010
21

Public Domain Heroes Wiki Policy Vote

Crimsoncrusader, one of our wiki's admins, has recently proposed a policy change. Under the current policy, our wiki includes public domain comic book heroes and public domain heroes from other media that appeared in comics at some point in the history of the medium. Crimsoncrusader wants to expand the scope to include "any [public domain] superhero in any media whether its pulps, comics, literature, movies, and etc," regardless of whether they appeared in comic books or not.

We admins agreed to bring the matter to a wiki-wide vote. It will be a simple majority vote. The vote will go on until every regular contributor (which is to say, a contributor with an established user account who contributed to this wiki more than once) votes one way …

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Madmikeyd Madmikeyd 21 July 2009
23

Literary Character Vote

VOTE: Should we include literary and other public domain characters (i.e. Sherlock Holmes, Dorothy Gale, Santa Claus) on Public Domain Super Heroes? Or should we limit it strictly to characters who originally/primarily appeared in comic books? I've never done this before so we'll see how it works. Simply say "YES" to include everybody or "NO" if you would prefer to limit it to comic characters.

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