This is just… amazing. And in the bad sense. Steve Bissette shares this from Starstuck co-creator Elaine Lee:
Look, I’ll say it now. [Mike] Kaluta and I, just week before last, received a letter from a Marvel/Disney attorney, challenging our rights to Starstruck, a project that was briefly with Marvel/Epic, supposedly their creator-owned imprint, almost three decades ago. Since then, we’ve been published by Dark Horse and IDW. This has sent us rummaging through 30-year-old documents, looking for proof that we own what we own. We’ve found several letters that back up our claim that the rights were returned to us, and things seem to have quieted down, but we are still looking for more “just in case.” You don’t screw around with The Mouse.
Starstruck was first published (as a creator-owned title) by Marvel’s Epic imprint in the 1980s, but re-appeared in 2009 as an IDW reprint.
I wonder if any other creators who published through Epic in the ’80s have been contacted? I mean, the Pinis are still doing Elfquest, Sergio and Mark are still doing Groo, but both of those were published elsewhere before Epic… Are there other books that debuted through Epic and have made re-appearances in recent years? Aside from DC’s upcoming Marshall Law reprint, of course… When did Starlin last put out a Dreadstar book…?