DC Comics may have recently won the battle for the rights to Superman, but the war for creator rights is far from over. This week, legendary creator Harper Lee announced that she was suing for the rights to "To Kill A Mockingbird," alleging that agent Samuel Pinkus, the son in law of her longtime agent Eugene Winick, took advantage of her bad sight and hearing to transfer the rights. Lee claims to have no recollection of agreeing to transfer the rights, though she admits she should have recognized that Samuel Pinkus is clearly a great supervillain alter ego name and therefore she should have been wary of working with him.
Published in 1960, To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the most renowned comic books of all time. The series focused on mild mannered attorney Atticus Finch, who dresses up in tights and a cape at night to fight crime in Maycomb, Alabama as superhero Mockingbird. It was adapted to a feature film in 1962, predating the heydey of superhero movies by about twenty years. In 1971, Mockingbird was reimagined as female S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Bobbi Morse in the Marvel Comics universe, one of the first examples of "genderbending" in the Silver Age of comics. Since that time... hold on a second, we're getting a message from our editor. What? It's not a comic?! It's a what? With no pictures?! No way! And it has nothing to do with Marvel's Mockingbird? Seriously?!
Readers, I must apologize. I've just been informed that To Kill A Mockingbird is actually not a comic book. This "novel" (so named for how whimsical the concept of a book with no pictures seems) is similar to a comic book, in that it consists of a story told on pages in a bound folio, but it features no pictures and uses only the words to depict the story. Wow. What will they think of next?