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Ever heard the joke about
how, when Beatlemania was at its peak, the Beatles manager, Brian Epstein was
approached by some canny Americans who wanted to license the group’s images and names
for merchandising? The joke goes like
this – the Americans sent representatives to meet with Epstein in the
hopes that they’d be able to cut a good deal.
Epstein listened to their presentation, which amounted to the reps
stating how they were going to plaster the Beatles images onto everything from
towels to tea trays to toilet paper to underwear, cans of Beatle Breath, egg cups, wigs, shirts and more - if it could carry the Beatles name then it did. After they finished their pitch they began to discuss the
financial split and Epstein reportedly said, with a flourish, that they’d not accept
anything less than 10%. Net. The Americans couldn't get the paperwork signed quickly enough. Well, it’s not a joke
really. You see in 1963 Brian Epstein
did sign away the rights to the Beatles for the A…
1975 Jerry Siegel, annoyed and frustrated over decades of living in poverty,
decided to take the bull by the horns, prepared the following press release and
released it to the media. Naturally the
mainstream media were never going to print it as is – far too long – but it had
the desired effect. News outlets sat up
and took notice and began to sense that this was a story that had a lot of legs
– the creators of Superman were poor and in ill-health, DC Comics were making
millions and they were getting nothing.
Even better, or worse – depending on how you saw it – DC were standing
to make even more money with the multi-million dollar budgeted movie, and it’s
trickle down effect (increased sales of merchandise, comics and the like) and
not a cent of that would be going to the two people whose vision had made it
all possible. Siegel’s
essay (really, it was an essay, not a press release per se) documented all of
the issues that both he and Joe Shuster had faced, the legal battles, t…