In an interesting turn of events, two publishers once on opposite sides of a lawsuit have united to relaunch the longstanding John Carter property. Today Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. and Dynamite Entertainment have announced the re-acquisition of John Carter from Disney Marvel and will relaunch the series "Warlord of Mars" into "John Carter: Warlord of Mars" releasing later in 2014.
The ownership of the property "John Carter of Mars" has been confusing to say the least since the creation of the character over 100 years ago in 1912. The character John Carter has appeared in multiple comic series from various publishers including DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, Self Made Hero and Dynamite Entertainment.
The family owned ERB Inc. had recently sued Dynamite Entertainment in 2012 for apparent trademark infringements upon the release of the publisher's "Warlord of Mars" series. Dynamite Entertainment claimed that the series was forged with public domain access which other publishers have done in the past without purchasing licenses from ERB Inc. In a surprising settlement, the two will now partner up to bring John Carter back to Dynamite Entertainment without any restrictions
Here is a statement by the President of ERB Inc., James Sullos:
It was important to us that we reacquire the comic book and comic strip rights from Marvel Entertainment so we could reintroduce them in the market place. We’re excited to see the exploits of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ first science fiction adventure hero brought to life in their fullness by the passionate creative talents assembled by the folks at Dynamite. They’re true fans — and it shows on every page and in every idea they’ve shared with us. Now fans everywhere will be able to appreciate the original adventure stories that later spawned Flash Gordon, Superman, Star Wars and Avatar.
It's nice to see lawsuits end with happy endings for not only the publishers but for fans as well. We'll be keeping an eye out for more information as the re-branding of John Carter begins.
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