"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.
You can find the real Punchline here:https://www.bxhcc.com/store/p47/PUNCHLINE.html
It's been five years since my first curated show, "Dream Sequence", at the Longwood Gallery of Art.
It was also the launching point of the first Bronx Heroes Comic Convention at Hostos College. It was almost 17years ago when I moved to the Grand Concourse beginning my first job as an educator as well. Something in the air steered my hand in the direction of the Grand Concourse, which to me was the "Park Row" of Gotham City, the place where Batman's birth took place.
Who would of known that Bob Kane, Bill Finger and then later, Jerry Robinson would create the most iconic figures in the comics and entertainment industry? It's the entire reason I moved to the Grand Concourse back in 1996, was because I knew that those three creators made magic at Poe Park way back in 1938.
Who would of known that I'd be doing a show based on the Batman and other artists which inspired me and led me down the path of comics? There are no accidents. Everything happens for a reason.
You can say that "Bronx Heroes" and "Living in Sequence" were my destiny to bring comics love and pride back to the Bronx for Bronxites. Its my destiny to make sure the people of the Bronx recognize there own creative talents, self worth and unlimited potential. Batman, Hip Hop, Hollywood actors all came from the Bronx and we should take time to celebrate the beauty of our borough. I want the world and Bronxites to forget the concept of" The Bronx is burning" and replace it with "The Bronx is Booming with talent".
To have hope and the power to dream is much more a definitive aspiration than what I hear young teens discussing everyday. Young men boast about a bid done in Juvenile detention. Each one amongst their friends trying to out tell each others War stories.
Young women celebrating and wearing teen pregnancy as a badge of honor. This mentality must be changed and can be eliminated through the beauty of art. Art has an effect on our minds which is allows us to reflect the beauty within ourselves. Comics have that power of imagination that young people thrive for.
Tell all your friends about "Living in Sequence". It's not an art show its a window into the past history of the Bronx and the greatnes
It's another year and I am honestly glad to say that I am looking forward to presenting Bronx Heroes Comic Convention for a fifth year at New York Comic Con. I am excited because I've worked so hard to get some irons in the fire and everyone will get to see them at our booth 1877. Vanessa, Topher and myself have busted ass all year round and finally we get to chill and enjoy the weekend. I want my wife to please forgive me for being a work-a-holic ,but I love what I do, and "A World Without SuperHeroes" #5 has been published. Also, I've composed and re-edited the last issues 1-4 and the Annual#1 and formatted it into a graphic Novel. I'm just praying the gate folds come out right. Also, if you missed BXHCC4, we'll have the new Bronx Heroes 2.0 #1. Sales were healthy, I just hope to find a distributor for the book. Trevor's work is phenomenal as always. "The Roach", "Heavy Traffic" and "Nemesis" also debut in that issue beside "Black Power", and I must say the stories hold up pretty good. ALso, Check out Bronx Pop and Bronx Heroes Comic Conventions collaboration. Bronx Heroes on soda. They taste great and thats coming from a non-soa
Please come to New York Comic Con and spread the love with your Bronx Pride. Remember, booth 1877.
Summer is in the air as Bronx Heroes launches its new titles at the Latin Mixx Conference on Thursday July 12, 2012 at the Times Center in Manhattan. Join us as we continue promoting education, literacy through comics and showiing the world that the Bronx is beautiful.
Thanks to everyone who attended this years event. It is through your support that makes the Bronx Heroes Comic Con one of the best comic shows in America. Also, I'd like to thank our Artists, writers, special guest and blood donors who attended. Bronx Heroes Comic Con is a free comic convention made possible with support from the New York Community Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, NYS Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx Museum of the Arts, BronxNet, New York Blood Center, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Council Members Maria del Carmen Arroyo and James Vacca.
Bronx Heroes Comic Con
Bronx Heroes is less than two months away!!! We only have 15 tables left! So get a move on. Remember this year we're doing our very first Friday Bronx Heroes Happy Hour Mixer and Live Life model drawing session at the Bronx Museum the night before our big event. It's on May 11th 2012, and you must bring ID if you wish to partake in the spirits. Drawing sessions will be on a seperate floor from the Bar area so if you don't drink, don't worry, you're still welcome to draw.
Happy New Year 2012 from Bronx Heroes!
Another exciting year awaits us as we get ready to launch Bronx Heroes 2.0 #1 at the Bronx Heroes Comic Con 4 @ the Bronx Museum May 11th and 12th 2012. The best part of it is that you can now have a part in it! We are looking for a vote on the color of the costume for our new costumed character, "Black Power". Originally we were going to have him in Orange, Blue and Red, but fans at New York Comic Con thought that he looked like a Black version of Wolverine. That's not what I'm going for at all. So I leave it to you the fans to decide the color for our new launch character by voting for your favorite color. It's simple all you do is click onto our voting poll and choose the color that appeals to you the most. The most votes win. The pay off is that you have a part in making "Black Power" one of the most appealing characters in comics for the 21st Century. Thanks for your vote and don't forget to attend our 100% free comic convention on May 11th and 12th, 2012.