"A World Without Superheroes" is under attack as it reaches its 10th anniversary of its historic lawsuit.
To add insult to inju It seems like DC Comics has a real mad on for RayFelix's, "A World Without Superheroes" series. While in court a decade ago in 2010, DC Comics released the New 52.in 2012. While the case was ongoing, Ray Felix didn't read any comics by DC Comics out o disgust and disappointment for the company trying to prevent him from publishing his comic which he created and copyrighted in 1993. Amidst his trademark case, DC settled with the creator in 2014, which allowed Felix to continue publishing his comic series. In 2015, in Green Lantern Issues 41-52, Hal Jordan was reimagined to resemble Thomas Masada, Mystery Man, from the pages of "A World Without Superheroes". Also, DC parodied the premise of Felix's comic series and mocked it by utilizing the title, "A World Without Superheroes" in their Multiversity miniseries. Ray Felix at the time had ceased reading DC comics and never discovered thatIn less that one year, DC Comics violated their agreement terms within their joint contract which included Marvel Comics. In that contract both DC and Marvel comics agreed not to use the term, " A World Without Superheroes" in any of their publications. The penalty for violating that agreement, would result in compensation on Felix's behalf. DC has yet to respond to his request of payment for DC violating the terms of their settlement. To add insult to injury, in 2020, DC Comics published a one shot story within the "Hawkman" series depicting Hawkman very close to Felix's copyrighted story, "Poe Is The Raven". Felix now feels like this is a personal attack against him.
Ray Felix then respondedFor the last few years, DC Comics has been swiping and redesigning characters from Ray Felix. Frustrated by this barrage of blatant theft from DC Comics, dating back to the infamous Marvel/ DC comics lawsuit that tied up Felix in Trademark court from 2010-2014. Despite, Felix's settlement with the big 2, DC has continued to stress their agreement by having their editors and creative staff use Bronx Heroes/ A World Without Superheroes properties and making them their own. Even as to going so far using the term, " A World Without Superheroes" in their comics, which is a direct violation of their contracted settlement. Among the many characters that DC swiped that are most obvious are Mystery Man, Black Power and Punchline, to name a few. DC claims that the features of Black Power and Punchline are generic. In an email to Ray Felix,DC lawyers stated, "
First, as for your claim that current imagery of DC’s character Duke Thomas, aka The Signal, resembles your character Black Power, I refer you to my March 2017 correspondence with you in response to your claim that DC’s Duke Thomas, then known as The Lark, resembled Black Power. As noted in the March 2017 correspondence, the similarities in appearance of these characters remain limited to basic generic components shared by many comic book characters and action heroes, such as a mask, gloves, knee guards, and a chest emblem, and do not constitute infringement. This analysis remains as true with respect to the current version of the Duke Thomas character as it did with the prior version".
Ray Felix then responded to DC's lawyers, "If you look at the redesign of the signal costume, it isn't a generic comparison. From the ridges on the neck and trapezius, to forearm, knee pads and the actual silhouette of Black Power's costume you will see comparisons. In addition, He was originally advertised in a yellow orange costume, and we even conducted an online contest in 2009, when artist, Trevor Von Eeden and myself decided to change his color to purple. The costume was then drawn by veteran comic artist, Paris Cullins, while the DC character Duke Thomas was published in a comic, "We are Robin" where he appeared as a Black Robin. We distributed thousands of posters at New York Comic Con with the Black Power character in yellow".
Felix then continued, "We had several creators and interns from the DC booth visiting our table and taking photographs of our banners and purchasing our books. It is no coincidence that DC now features Black Power alongside, Black Lightning (Trevor Von Eeden co-created the DC character in 1975) in the comic "Batman and the Outsiders". (see attachments STL134367 and other Black Power/ Bronx Heroes covers). I also included a rough sketch of how the yellow suit would now inhabit a young sidekick to Black Power that was published on social media Twitter, Facebook and Instagram which hundreds of DC professionals follow on my page". Felix is waiting or DC to respond.
With the release of "Punchline: Clown Detective". coinciding DC comics release of a Punchline character, Ray Felix is going head to head with the Corporate giant owned by AT&T/ Warner Bros. The story begins at New York Comic Con in the early 2000's where Ray Felix was in discussions with his former SVA teacher, Dennis O'Neil, who was interested in obtaining some of Ray Felix's original artwork that depicted a new and unique take on Batman. After spending the weekend side by side at the convention, Ray Felix later met Mr. O'Neil at the Baltimore Comic Con with prints of the artwork and a detailed eight issue submission titled, "Mantle of the Bat". Ray Felix submitted the proposal with a plethora of art which included new characters for the DC universe. The Punchline Character was on of many that DC would later alter and integrate into their Batman stories without ever paying Felix or giving him credit. Felix states adamantly," I created Punchline for DC comics in 2005 and it was rejected. I was then sued by DC for trademark infringement over my federal approved trademark, "A World Without Superheroes", in 2010. Around the same time "Punchline" debuted in my comic, " A World Without Superheroes Annual #1". Since DC Comics announcement of their version of Punchline which also was a Joker villain, Ray Felix has been in discussion with the DC law firm to insure that he get's what he feel is due to him.
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