All posts by Derek Coward

I am the host of the Comic Book Noise podcast.

Public Domain Superhero stories

As far as I can tell, if a superhero has gone into the Public Domain, then anyone can use the character to create any new stories. A writer or an artist can take the original character and make changes so that they can copyright their new stories. The only slight twist in the bowel that I can see is that you cannot base anything off of copyrighted stories about the same character.

For example, if I wanted to tell a story about The Black Terror or The Fighting Yank. I could as long as it was based on the original stories and NOT the stories that Alan Moore told in Terra Obscura or (in the case of BT) the story that Beau Smith and Chuck Dixon told for Eclipse.

One thing that I found very interesting is that Airboy is in the public domain. So although I would not be able to use the Eclipse series as the source of any new stories (because they are owned by Todd McFarlane Inc.), I would be able to tell new stories about the character.

I’m feeling pretty creative all of a sudden.

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Comic Book Noise Family Get Together 2: Tom Beland Part One

An interview with Tom Beland, creator of True Story Swear To God. 45 minutes.

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Tom Beland’s official site
The K Chronicles

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Angelina Jolie in Wanted

I know that I’m a little late with this (Link:, but Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie will be appearing in the upcoming Paramount film ‘Wanted.’ For those of you who do not know, Wanted (Link: is based on an Image miniseries written by Mark Millar with art by JG Jones.

She plays “an assassin who teaches the ropes to the wannabe killer.” I’m assuming that she will be playing The Fox. I have no problem with that, I think she is a very good actress when she wants to be and the character will allow her to cut loose instead of being the “cool chick” she has been playing in the past few movies that I have seen her in.

My problem is with the fact that the character was reportedly based on Halle Berry. Why not get Halle Berry (or someone who looks like her) to play the part is actually not the crux of my problem. I want to know where are all of the Anti-PC crowd who always moan and complain whenever the race or sex of a character is changed in a reinterpretation of whatever they hold “holy”. The same guys who were complaining about the new Starbuck and Boomer on BSG. The same guys who complained about the new Firestorm being black or the new Blue Beetle being Hispanic or the new Batwoman being a lesbian. The same guys who way back when complained about a black Vulcan being on Star Trek: Voyager existing. The same guys who start a sentence with “I don’t like being politically correct…” before they say some racist, sexist, homophobic crap that should get them cursed out, but who somehow think that they can win the argument by saying “See, I knew your politically correct crowd wouldn’t get it.”

Personally, I don’t care who plays the part because I’m going to see the movie when it comes out on DVD anyway. I’m just waiting for the next time a gender/ethnic/sexual orientation switch happens because I want to see who comes out complaining. I want to know where those guys are at? Do you think they’ve even noticed or do you think they are busy saying “At last, we got one back.”

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Comic Book Noise 75: Comic Book Podcasts Part 2

Fallout from the last episode
a look at Flash issues 1-9
the return of the Random Comic Review (sort of)
Stick Figure Noise
a change to the contest
a look at Comic Book Noise, Comic News Insider, Comic Talk Cafe, Comicology, Comic Timing and Comics Radar
also an audio Top Five from Peter Rios.

69 minutes.

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Comic Book Noise Talks 2 and 3: Christopher Neseman and Mike Myers

I decided to put both shows up at once.

The conversation with Christopher Neseman is the same one that was in Comic Book Noise 74. It’s just in standalone form.

The conversation with Mike Myers is a new conversation that took place a few weeks before the Comic Book Noise Family Get-Together. Funny story behind this one. After I logged off with Mike, I started processing an episode of Deliberate Noise, which usually takes over a hour. Around half of the way into it, I saw that Tim Terrell connected to Skype. If I wasn’t already right in the middle of processing, the Family Get-Together would have happened a lot sooner than it did.

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Brandon Routh to star in JLA?

According to Cinematical (Link:, Movie Hole is reporting a rumor that 2009’s Superman Returns sequel ‘The Man Of Steel’ is being delayed so that Brandon Routh can star in the upcoming JLA movie (Link: Both articles have pretty good commentary and opinions about that particular scenario.

To me, it makes sense. A lot of people didn’t think that Routh was able to carry Superman Returns, so it makes sense to spread the wealth a little bit. It’s a bit disappointing that Batman reportedly is too big for the project, but I would be surprised if he didn’t make at least a cameo.

This also solves the problem about the next Superman movie villain. Now, they can easily use Darkseid because he is a threat that is too large for one hero. They can pretty much ignore the rest of the Fourth World characters until a sequel because Darkseid is just so imposing. Plus if Darkseid becomes the breakout character of a JLA vs Darkseid movie (and I think that it’s possible, after all Darth Vader was the coolest thing about the original Star Wars), I wouldn’t mind if Warner Brothers decided to make a series of Fourth World movies. Yeah, I’m dreaming, but don’t wake me up.

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