Superman co-creator’s daughter has no rights to the character

9th Circuit rules in favor of Warner Bros. and DC Comics

As superhero movies continue to rake in huge amounts of cash, thanks to the courts, many of the heirs of comic book creators have little more than bragging rights to show for the characters their families originated.

The latest blow was dealt by the 9th Circuit, which told Laura Siegel Larson, daughter of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, that she had no rights to the character of the Man of Steel. The court ruled in favor of Warner Bros. and DC Comics, saying that a letter between the two companies and Larson in October 2001 amounted to an agreement in which Larson would receive payment while DC and Warner Bros. would hold the rights to Superman.

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