10:09am PT by Graeme McMillan
ERB, Inc. Teams With Dynamite for New 'John Carter,' 'Tarzan' Comics
Bringing to an end a legal dispute that has been ongoing for two years, Dynamite Entertainment and the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate announced Tuesday that they have reached an agreement over Dynamite's Warlord of Mars and Lord of the Jungle titles.
The conflict began in 2012, when Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the family-owned company that controls the rights to the works by the famous author, accused Dynamite of trademark infringement and unfair competition over the titles Warlord of Mars, Lord of the Jungle and Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris, each of which was based on material firmly in the public domain in the U.S. The complaint accused the publisher of causing "irreparable injury" to the properties.
After two years of negotiations, the outcome wasn't just a settlement. In addition, the two have created what is described as "a comprehensive agreement" that includes the licensing of material not in the public domain, including archival material from the ERB library previously licensed to Marvel Entertainment via the Walt Disney Pictures John Carter deal.
"We're excited to see the exploits of Edgar Rice Burroughs' first science-fiction adventure hero brought to life in their fullness by the passionate creative talents assembled by the folks at Dynamite," Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. president James Sullos said in a statement. "They're true fans -- and it shows on every page and in every idea they've shared with us. Now fans everywhere will be able to appreciate the original adventure stories that later spawned Flash Gordon, Superman, Star Wars and Avatar."
According to Dynamite, the Lord of the Jungle and Warlord of Mars series will be relaunched as a result of the agreement, with the latter -- to be titled John Carter: Warlord of Mars -- set for late 2014. "I can't express how happy and excited everyone at Dynamite is to be working hand in hand with everyone at ERB, Inc.," Dynamite CEO Nick Barrucci said in the statement.