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Who Really Owns Atlas Comics? Not Jason Goodman...Yet!

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Who owns Atlas Comics?  If you answered with the obvious reply, Jason Goodman (grandson of Martin), then you’re only partially right.  While it’s true that Goodman is publishing comics using the old Atlas/Seaboard characters, and is running a line under the Atlas Originals brand, his company, Nemesis Group Inc, is currently battling a person named Jeffrey Stevens over the Atlas name.  How did this all happen?  To understand how this has all come about, it’s worth looking at the history of the name, Atlas Comics, and how it relates to both Goodman and the current characters that he’s using, and just how Stevens, who is the current owner of the Atlas Comics trademark, has been able to sneak in and snare the name. 
After leaving Marvel Comics in 1974, Martin Goodman went and formed another company, which he named Atlas Comics.  Goodman had used the name Atlas previously as a predecessor for Marvel Comics (in order, the company was known initially as Timely Comics, then Atlas, then, final…

The Art Of Dave Simons: Part I - Preliminaries & Sketches

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After spending the entire afternoon scanning around 70+ pages of Dave Simons preliminary art, I thought I'd showcase some of it here over the next few months on a semi-regular basis.  One of the most under-rated, and under-seen, features of Dave as an artist was his preliminary art.  Dave once told me that he threw virtually all of his preliminary art into the bin once he was finished with it as he felt that it was of no value to anyone, and he couldn't make any money from it.  When he approached me to establish and maintain his web-site he was upfront and told me that he couldn't afford to pay me money, but offered to send me any and all of his preliminary sketches.  I couldn't agree to that deal fast enough and it wasn't long before packages would start arriving, each packed with reams of sketches and ideas, all done on heavy vellum.  Dave would then spend a lot of time discussing with me the various ideas he'd had and showing me where he'd progressed som…

Ay, Caramba! Superhombre!

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Superhombre remains one of the more bizarre comic books never produced by DC Comics, and the cover for the actual ash-can is one of the more rarely seen of all of DC's output.  In the excellent summary of ash-cans compiled by Gary Coabuno and published in issue #71 of Comic Book Marketplace (September 1999), the title was described as existing with one known copy, in the collection of Charles Costas, with other copies possibly existing.  Oddly enough Gary stated in his article that the ash-can was dated April 1945, but the actual ash-can bears a generic date of 1944, and the actual registration date of the title is February 1945, as will be shown.  However you can trust me here, other copies do exist, and unlike Charles's copy, which was described as being too brittle to even be photocopied, this copy can now be shown.  But don't bother looking for Superhombre, the actual book was never on sale in the USA, although Superman was marketed as Superhombre in Spanish speaking …

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