Draco x wrote:You have a lot of talent, here, bro, and I hope this does well. Oh, isn't Master Man a copy-righted Marvel character though as I am wondering if you will go through and legal hurdles or anything?
Thanks man, if I could hand out coupons for the ebook, you'd get two!!!
Copyrights are tricky but there are some interesting exceptions to all the rules. A character can be copyrighted but not just the name in and of itself, so as long as my Master Man isn't a blonde/aryan Nazi super villain, I'm not actually violating the copyright. My Master Man's name doesn't appear on the cover, so I'm not violating any Trademarks either, although I doubt Marvel has plans to trademark a Nazi super villain comic book.
The first Master Man was actually published by Fawcett Comics until DC threatened to sue them in the 40's, then they ditched it. Aside from Marvel's Nazi, there's another Master Man that's a villain of Kid Eternity. My version, aka Eze (Eh Zay; which is an Igbo name that means King or Chieftain,) Thunder, was always going to be from Nigeria because I don't like what big oil is doing there and at one point, Eze is going to get some payback for his people.
After I finished the ashcan version in 2011, I wanted Eze to have a code name and so I started to research Nigerian folklore for strongmen to see if anything would jump out and boy did it ever.http://www.aaronshep.com/stories/021.html
About the Story
“Master Man” is a tale of the Hausa, the largest ethnic group of northern Nigeria. The Hausa live mainly on the savannah (grassland with scattered trees) of Nigeria’s northwest quarter.
Though most Hausa live in rural villages—as portrayed in this story—the larger Hausa towns have possessed a sophisticated urban culture since long before European colonization. As traders, the Hausa have for centuries maintained economic and cultural contacts throughout West Africa. Their adoption of Islam led to early development of literacy and written literature.
Tall tales like this about fighting he-men are popular among the Hausa. Many such stories feature the stock character Mijin-Maza, or Namiji-Mijin-Maza. “Master Man” is my own rendering of this name, which has been translated variously as “A-Man-Among-Men,” “Manly-Man,” and “Superman.”
Master Man was a perfect fit for Eze, so I contacted the author of that short story, Aaron Shepard and asked him permission to use the name for my Nigerian hero. He immediately pointed out that character names can't be copyrighted but he gave me permission to use it anyways.