• SD2416


    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

    Tomboy.. and others

    November 10, 2018 by Mhunt0

    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:

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

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

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  • Gummy Cat15

    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

    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

    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

    Hi, I'm new here.

    May 31, 2017 by FutureFunk

    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

    "Open Source" Characters

    November 21, 2016 by DrObscure420

    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

    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

    We need an admin!

    August 30, 2016 by Cebr1979

    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

    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

    I apologize.

    July 5, 2016 by Adamz58

    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

    Wiki Help

    March 15, 2015 by JoeFrankenstein

    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="">


    To the extent possible under law,
    <a rel="dct:publisher"br /href="">
    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

    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

    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

    Loot Crate Giveaway

    November 28, 2013 by Bchwood

    Hi All,

    To reward your Alliances membership, Wikia has teamed up with Loot Crate to run a cool Giveaway where you vote on items to create your ultimate Loot Crate. You can then enter to win the crates and even if you don't win you can still purchase them at a discount rate!

    You can check it out here --

    Happy Holidays!

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  • Cloak5000

    Question about Atoma

    June 24, 2013 by Cloak5000

    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. 


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  • Cloak5000

    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

    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

    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

    The Freedom Guard.

    March 1, 2012 by Cloak5000

    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.

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  • Cloak5000

    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

    War Nurse

    January 21, 2012 by Craig Daley

    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,

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  • SimonKirby

    The Sanction

    October 18, 2011 by SimonKirby

    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

    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

    Comic Art Commission

    March 18, 2011 by Roygbiv666


    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:

    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


    February 28, 2011 by Golden one

    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


    January 7, 2011 by Golden one

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

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  • Golden one

    Fawcett Characters

    January 3, 2011 by Golden one

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

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  • Chugite

    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

    captain america?

    November 22, 2010 by Chugite

    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

    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

    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



    Captain Marvel

    Ghost Rider


    Dr Doom

    Doc Strange

    there may be more....

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  • Drx2010

    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

    Dell Comic's LOBO

    October 23, 2010 by Chugite

    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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    October 21, 2010 by TARGET-DEFIANT.



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  • Madmikeyd

    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

    Captain Marvel

    July 30, 2010 by MTV

    Is golden age captain marvel public domain?

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  • Mattd43

    The Blue Beetle

    July 1, 2010 by Mattd43

    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

    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

    Operator 5?

    June 11, 2010 by Mattd43

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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