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    Default Complete list of expired Marvel licenses? (ex. ROM, Conan, etc.)

    Hey, I am currently collecting old back issues and TPBs from other publishers of comic licenses that Marvel no longer has the rights to.

    I wanted to make sure if I'm missing any or not:

    Conan the Barbarian
    Doc Savage
    Godzilla
    Micronauts
    NFL Superpro
    Planet of the Apes
    Red Sonja
    ROM the Space Knight
    Tarzan
    War of the Worlds


    Are there any others?

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    Star Trek
    possibly James Bond, Marvel did some movie adaptations.

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    Doctor Who (now with Panini and Titan).
    Transformers, GI Joe (both now with IDW).
    Power Rangers (now with Boom! Studios).

    There's quite a lot more. When I was little, I read a Marvel UK mag... called Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. Yeah, that's right, they used to have the comic rights to the Railway Series!

    More:
    http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Comics
    Rocky and Bullwinkle
    Care Bears
    Fraggle Rock
    The Flintstones
    Thundercats
    He-Man
    The Muppets
    Defenders of the Earth
    Heathcliff

    Also, Barbie: http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Barbie_Vol_1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digifiend View Post
    There's quite a lot more. When I was little, I read a Marvel UK mag... called Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. Yeah, that's right, they used to have the comic rights to the Railway Series!
    I so want to read these now.

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    It was a nursery title, captions under pictures, no speech bubbles (the format kinda fit perfectly, actually, as the TV show it was released to tie-in to was narrated rather than having a full voice cast).

    Incidentally, it's still running to this day, though no longer published by Marvel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLemsterPju View Post
    Hey, I am currently collecting old back issues and TPBs from other publishers of comic licenses that Marvel no longer has the rights to.

    I wanted to make sure if I'm missing any or not:

    Conan the Barbarian
    Doc Savage
    Godzilla
    Micronauts
    NFL Superpro
    Planet of the Apes
    Red Sonja
    ROM the Space Knight

    Rom, not ROM.
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    Tarzan
    War of the Worlds
    Quote Originally Posted by TheLemsterPju View Post

    Are there any others?
    In addition to the two Captain Cleghorn mentioned:

    Hanna Barbera
    US 1
    Team America
    GI Joe
    Transformers
    Kull
    Solomon Kane
    A-Team
    The Shadow
    The Phantom
    Shogun Warriors
    Logan's Run
    Kiss
    2001
    Alf
    Elric
    Meteor Man
    Nightcat
    Doctor Who
    Fu Manchu (though they have some sort of deal currently on permitting the MoKF reprints)
    Robocop
    Blackstone the Magician
    Destroyer
    John Carter
    Hellraiser
    Mandrake the Magician
    Neuromancer
    Tek War
    Visionaries
    Worzel Gummidge
    Blake's 7
    Weaveworld
    Wild Cards
    Zoids
    Zorro
    Nightbreed
    Gulliver Jones
    Heathcliff
    Defenders of the Earth
    Human Fly
    Brak the Barbarian
    Thongor
    Rupert Bear
    Sectaurs
    Battlestar Galactica
    Care Bears
    Ghostbusters
    Popples
    Thundercats
    Madballs
    Thomas the Tank Engine
    Inspector Gadget
    Galaxy Rangers
    Police Academy
    Dennis the Menace
    Ren and Stimpy
    Beavis and Butthead

    plus several they only had for specific movie adaptations - Krull, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Annie, Last Starfighter, Terminator 2, Willow, Jaws 2, Blade Runner, Dune, House II, Labyrinth, Xanadu, Dragonslayer, Buckaroo Banzai, Hook, Sheena, Masters of the Universe, 2010, Dark Crystal, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Muppets Take Manhattan (though they'll have the rights to the Muppets back now, I guess, thanks to the Disney buy-out), Time Bandits.

    There's bound to be more I have overlooked.

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    ^They did not have MMPR just for movie adaptations. They ran two books set in season 3, one of which was a flip book with VR Troopers. He-Man also had a series and not just a movie one-shot.

    Also, Dennis needs to be disambiguated. Blonde American, not the British Beano star.

    As for the Muppets, you're right, but it's not automatic just because Disney own it. If it was they'd have the rights to Mickey Mouse, which is with IDW.
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    For a while they had permission to use Fu Manchu as Shang Chi's father in the old Master of Kung Fu series in the 1980s. But I guess the Sax Rohmer estate didn't renew that. The last time he appeared he was just called He Who Shall Not Be Named. The series used some of the other Rohmer characters in supporting roles like Dr Petri, Dr Denis Nayland-Smith

    ooops...just noticed he is in an earlier post by Loki

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki View Post

    In addition to the two Captain Cleghorn mentioned:

    Hanna Barbera
    US 1
    Team America
    GI Joe
    Transformers
    Kull
    Solomon Kane
    A-Team
    The Shadow
    The Phantom
    Shogun Warriors
    Logan's Run
    Kiss
    2001
    Alf
    Elric
    Meteor Man
    Nightcat
    Doctor Who
    Fu Manchu (though they have some sort of deal currently on permitting the MoKF reprints)
    Robocop
    Blackstone the Magician
    Destroyer
    John Carter
    Hellraiser
    Mandrake the Magician
    Neuromancer
    Tek War
    Visionaries
    Worzel Gummidge
    Blake's 7
    Weaveworld
    Wild Cards
    Zoids
    Zorro
    Nightbreed
    Gulliver Jones
    Heathcliff
    Defenders of the Earth
    Human Fly
    Brak the Barbarian
    Thongor
    Rupert Bear
    Sectaurs
    Battlestar Galactica
    Care Bears
    Ghostbusters
    Popples
    Thundercats
    Madballs
    Thomas the Tank Engine
    Inspector Gadget
    Galaxy Rangers
    Police Academy
    Dennis the Menace
    Ren and Stimpy
    Beavis and Butthead

    plus several they only had for specific movie adaptations - Krull, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Annie, Last Starfighter, Terminator 2, Willow, Jaws 2, Blade Runner, Dune, House II, Labyrinth, Xanadu, Dragonslayer, Buckaroo Banzai, Hook, Sheena, Masters of the Universe, 2010, Dark Crystal, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Muppets Take Manhattan (though they'll have the rights to the Muppets back now, I guess, thanks to the Disney buy-out), Time Bandits.

    There's bound to be more I have overlooked.
    As others have said, MotU was not just for the movie adaptions, He-Man and C/O had a whole series of their own - one which I used to own every issue of. (dog-gone lost 'em!)


    You know, US 1 is one which I never had a clue was a licensed property! Until you listed it here - I always thought it was an original concept, since we didn't have those electric truck-toys here in Sweden.

    Fascinatingly enough, I'm starting to think that the license only covers the actual NAME of the comic, and the design of the truck - everything else seems to be owned by Marvel, as evidenced by Ulysses Solomon Archer and C/O continuously making comedic guest-appearances even to this very day!

    Would you happen to know whether this is correct?

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    They did a couple of OZ adaptations.

    Is Indiana Jones now much like the Star Wars agreement via Lucas / Disney?

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    Marvel had Power Rangers?

    Also didn't they have some Chuck Norris books?

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.R Johansson View Post
    You know, US 1 is one which I never had a clue was a licensed property! Until you listed it here - I always thought it was an original concept, since we didn't have those electric truck-toys here in Sweden.

    Fascinatingly enough, I'm starting to think that the license only covers the actual NAME of the comic, and the design of the truck - everything else seems to be owned by Marvel, as evidenced by Ulysses Solomon Archer and C/O continuously making comedic guest-appearances even to this very day!

    Would you happen to know whether this is correct?
    Yes, only the name and the truck are licensed, hence why all the characters have continued to appear.
    Quote Originally Posted by jebsib View Post
    Is Indiana Jones now much like the Star Wars agreement via Lucas / Disney?
    I would assume so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triniking1234 View Post
    Marvel had Power Rangers?
    Yeah. But it ran for less than a year.
    http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/L...Marvel_Comics)
    Quote Originally Posted by Triniking1234 View Post
    Also didn't they have some Chuck Norris books?
    Yeah, they did. It was based on the Karate Kommandos cartoon.
    http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Chuck_Norris_Vol_1
    Last edited by Digifiend; 03-07-2017 at 10:33 AM.

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    I am trying to think of which books had real ties to the main Marvel U either appearing in other books or having characters show up in theirs and being part of the Marvel U as a whole. Micronauts, Shogun Warriors, ROM, Team America, US 1, and Godzilla are the only ones I can think of.

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    Transformers. They met Spidey in their first mini.

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