U.S. District Judge Manuel Real has determined that toymaker Mattel owns the franchise and all its characters lock, stock and barrel, just in time for a proposed movie reboot from Sony.
It's a pretty good time for Masters of the Universe comics, what with DC's line of MOTU books being shockingly terrific. Those new comics aren't what has toymaker Mattel and its attorneys' attention, however. They're looking back to a handful of minicomics from 30-plus years ago, the writer of which is claiming he has a stake in the MOTU franchise.
In the fifty years since he was created, Spider-Man has been seen in a lot of pretty strange live-action adaptations, including a Broadway musical and a mind-boggling Japanese tokusatsu show, but it looks like one of the strangest interpretations might also be the first. It's an 11-minute fan-film produced by Donald Glut in 1969, in which Spider-Man (played, of course, by Glut) battles against a supervillain called "Dr. Lightning" and occasionally turns into an action figure whenever special effects are required, and it's well worth seeing.
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