Marvel Hijacks Fan Art For Their 75th Anniversary TV Special

So check this out, Leaguers. Our artist pal Marc Lapierre, who illustrates The Superfogeys webcomic, does some art for us, and is an occasional podcast co-host drew an Iron Man parody/homage comic cover back when Iron Man 3 was released. On last night’s Marvel 75th anniversary TV special on ABC, the artwork showed up during a quick montage! Pretty cool, but also pretty shady on Marvel’s part, as Marc’s watermarks were removed, and his artwork went uncredited! What do you make of this, gang? Is this cause for some legal action or at the least, some emails, etc.? Here’s the still from the special, and here’s the link to Marc’s original blog post detailing the creation of the piece in question.

Here’s what Marc has to say about the whole affair:

“To be clear, I’m not planning to seek a lawyer. Considering the pantheon of creators who have gone before me and have encountered “less than fair” practices at Marvel, I feel it would be an insult to them for me to cry and moan about my situation. I created this piece using Marvel’s character, aping someone else’s artistic style, using a composition from a Marvel movie poster, and lifting actual logos and trade dress from a real Marvel comic. It was never intended to be anything more than a gag. I have never tried to sell any prints of it. I have never included it in a portfolio of any kind. The fact that a simple image a slapped together in a couple of hours has blown up to this level is mostly just an amusing, surreal moment in my life.

That being said, if someone of power and influence were to take notice of this and offer me a shot at a pin-up or cover gig, I wouldn’t mind.”


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