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April 06, 2015

BBC HARDtalk - Alan Moore (April 2012)

"You have to remember that the comics industry was set up in the 1920s by Legs Diamond, Meyer Lansky, it was set up as a cover for bootlegging… I’m talking about the original gangsters, as I believe the young people like to phrase it these days, the Meyer Lanskys and the Legs Diamonds. The ethics of the comics industry have not changed since those days when they were cheating Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, who were two teenagers from Cleveland, who had created Superman, and National Comics…they waited until Siegel and Shuster were going off to fight in the Second World War. And then they told them that 'we need to own the characters while you’re away, but you’ll get them back as soon as you return.' These are the ethics that the industry runs on, they’ve not changed significantly in 70 years."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 6, 2015 10:58 AM