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Barbara Crabb

Neil Gaiman Defeats Todd McFarlane in Legal Battle Over Spawn Characters

It's not everyday you see the Associated Press link to Neil Gaiman's blog. So what's all the fuss about? Yesterday, a federal court judge ruled that Spawn creator Todd McFarlane owed royalties to the Sandman writer, over three derivative characters—Dark Ages Spawn and shapely warrior angels Domina and Tiffany—based on Gaiman's own "Medieval Spawn" characters, created when he guest wrote issue #9 in 1993. We recount the case's history, which stretches back over seven years, after the break.

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