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January 22, 2005

CR Week In Review


Top Stories
The week's most important comics-related news stories, January 15 to January 21, 2005:

1. Gerhard Haderer is sentenced to six months in jail in absentia by courts in Greece for his satire of the life of Jesus Christ, Das Leben des Jesus. The editor and salespeople of the Greek edition are exonerated, although the two thousand copies printed will not be released. Haderer's book becomes the first book banned in Greece in 22 years.

2. Stan Lee wins round one in his lawsuit against Marvel over a clause in a 1998 "farewell contract" that astonishingly seems to grant the octogenerian 10 percent of movie and TV monies earned by Marvel. A potential story of the year if Marvel settles or loses its appeals.

3. Rax Babin at the Sacramento Bee angers national firefighter groups for subverting well-known heroic imagery in a cartoon about local fire department corruption.

Winner of the Week
Stan Lee, whose case not only looks way more cut-and-dried than it did when he filed, but who received largely positive press notices for his round one court victory.

Loser of the Week
Marvel Comics, as no one was really buying their spin on the Lee outcome, plus they also faced a motion to dismiss in the City of Heroes case.

Quote of the Week
"I think one issue that comes out of the court's decision that is not covered in the press so far is the spread between what Marvel says on Wall Street and what it said in court." -- Stan Lee's lawyer Howard Graff, interviewed at Newsarama.
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