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    Comic issues or series that face legal problems in the reprint department.

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    Trade Paperbacks are a great thing for comic book readers. Issues that were out of your range because you're not rich are accessible through them. But much like how some shows are unaccessible on DVD (if not an episode or two), there are some issues that may not see reprints anytime soon (or at all). Which issues do you know of that can't be reprinted?

    1. What If? #13 (The story basically asked what would happen if Conan The Barbarian ended up in the modern age): To my understanding, Marvel doesn't have the liscense to reprint any Conan based comics or issues that may feature Conan. As such, this issue was skipped in the What If? Classics TPB.

    2. The Ren & Stimpy Show #6: To my knowledge, companies that loaned out their liscenses to comic book companies can reprint their material provided they find another publishing company (or I'm at least guessing given that IDW has reprinted Star Trek comics that Marvel published). So if Nickelodeon wanted to reprint their Nick comics, they probably could. But unless they were reprinted through Marvel, this Ren & Stimpy issue would be left in the dust due to the appearance by Spider-Man.
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    I don't remember the exact numbers, but there are two issues of Spawn, within the first 10-12 issues I believe, that haven't been included in various TPBs because of rights issues. Fortunately, I still have the first dozen or so issues individually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael24 View Post
    I don't remember the exact numbers, but there are two issues of Spawn, within the first 10-12 issues I believe, that haven't been included in various TPBs because of rights issues. Fortunately, I still have the first dozen or so issues individually.
    Are they the ones Neil Gaiman did? Because I recall there being a huge conflict going on between him and Todd McFarlane when it came to characters and creation rights.

    Speaking of those two, Miracleman was an entire series that couldn't be reprinted due to legal issues. But now with Marvel having bought the rights to it, these comics might finally see the light of day sometime soon.
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    The Beavis and Butthead comics are probably in permanent limbo, too. They featured Beavis and Butthead making fun of pages from Marvel comics, like they did videos, so unless Marvel itself was involved they probably won't be reprinted, at least not in their entirety.

    You probably won't be seeing Rom Spaceknight, either, because Marvel doesn't have the license to the toy. Or the amazing original issues of Master of Kung Fu, some of the best comics Marvel ever did, unavailable for reprint because they use Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu and related characters, which Marvel also doesn't have the rights for. Marvel still uses both of these characters, kinda, they had to take the Rom out of the Spaceknight and remove his iconic armor. But the only way to get the old stuff is to find it in back issue bins. Rom's Dire Wraith War actually had some major impact on the Marvel universe, too. Something I'm not sure of is that Rom himself appeared in issues of Power Man and Iron Fist, Marvel Two in One and the Incredible Hulk, I'm wondering if those can ever be reprinted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Hopkins View Post
    The Beavis and Butthead comics are probably in permanent limbo, too. They featured Beavis and Butthead making fun of pages from Marvel comics, like they did videos, so unless Marvel itself was involved they probably won't be reprinted, at least not in their entirety.
    Now the B&B comics were on my mind when posting, but since said panels were in no way relevant to the story, they could be removed without consequence. The Ren & Stimpy Show issue on the otherhand centered around Spider-Man.

    Now were there any mainstream issues that Rom appeared in, or were his appearances limited to his own comic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Antiyonder View Post
    Now the B&B comics were on my mind when posting, but since said panels were in no way relevant to the story, they could be removed without consequence. The Ren & Stimpy Show issue on the otherhand centered around Spider-Man.

    Now were there any mainstream issues that Rom appeared in, or were his appearances limited to his own comic?
    Yeah, he had some guest appearances. Wikipedia says Powerman and Iron Fist, Incredible Hulk and Marvel Two-in-One.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Wednesday
    Are they the ones Neil Gaiman did? Because I recall there being a huge conflict going on between him and Todd McFarlane when it came to characters and creation rights.
    I checked online, and the issues in question are #9 and #10. #9 contains the first appearances of Cogliostro and Angela, created by Neil Gaiman, but the second issue is one that features Cerebus, created by Dave Sim. Apparently the Gaiman issue was included in an early TPB (in the US and UK), but has been left out of collections published after the lawsuit, whereas the Cerebus has never been reprinted in TPB form.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael24 View Post
    I checked online, and the issues in question are #9 and #10. #9 contains the first appearances of Cogliostro and Angela, created by Neil Gaiman, but the second issue is one that features Cerebus, created by Dave Sim. Apparently the Gaiman issue was included in an early TPB (in the US and UK), but has been left out of collections published after the lawsuit, whereas the Cerebus has never been reprinted in TPB form.
    Issue #165 has never been reprinted either, due to it featuring one of Gaiman's characters.

    Let us not forget the Transformers issues that feature Marvel characters like Spider-Man and Circuit Breaker (the latter was only in I think one non-TF Marvel book and I believe appeared in TF first, which I think should have made her property of Hasbro as far as I concerned).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Hopkins View Post
    Yeah, he had some guest appearances. Wikipedia says Powerman and Iron Fist, Incredible Hulk and Marvel Two-in-One.
    Found a list of appearances and cameos: http://home.hiwaay.net/~lkseitz/comi...hecklist.shtml

    I'm not sure what the policy is on camoes made by Rom, but one of the listed issues is Uncanny X-Men #187, and I recall that making it into Essential X-Men.
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    DC was going to print a few 80s era "Showcase Presents" TPBs of Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew plus All-Star Squadron, but pulled them (and not announced a new release date in a few years), apparently over their royalty situation (late 70s and 80s DC books had a different royalty scheme of some sort). Guess they must've resolved it for a few 80s reprints (the Outsiders and the IIRC upcoming Suicide Squad), so still waiting for those Zoo Crew / A-SS volumes...

    IIRC, there was a Ren and Stimpy TPB of at least hte earliest issues put out a long time ago by Marvel...

    My Showcase Presents copy of the 70s "Shazam!" run doesn't reprint the cover and lead story for issue #25, due to said lead story featuring "Isis", from the 70s Filmation live-action series. Thus there's an odd blank page before that issue's non-Isis story starts (about the bicentennial)...

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