August 4, 2013
Len Wein To LA Times: He Got A Check For The Wolverine
Here's the money quote
: "Lucius Fox has earned me a great deal more money than Wolverine ever has, although I will say that for the latest film Marvel did send me a nice check."
I'm never sure why no one talks about these things openly. In some cases there are legal reasons; in other cases, it seems more like there is general fear of legal reasons maybe cropping up. Since it's more difficult to assert a positive formulation for talking, I guess that sort of answers the question. This was actually rumored about 10 weeks ago, I heard it from two different directions, although there was no confirmation coming from Wein or Marvel. So as I understand the scorecard now, Marvel is paying people, although not as much as DC, and maybe not for a lot of things, and DC probably isn't now that Paul Levitz is gone, except maybe they are if you fill out the right paperwork. Comics!
Don't get me wrong, though: it's good when a creator is paid for their work, especially when there is money to pay that creator
. This is true when contracts favor the creator, and this is true when they don't but the company would like to favor the creator.
Len Wein is the character's co-creator. I'm not exactly sure how the detailed provenance works on that character -- I know that John Romita Sr. is often credited with the costume.
posted 6:30 pm PST
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