Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sudden Change of Name

For many months now, I have been waiting for a new spin-off title of Invincble. And that is the Guardians of the Globe. When suddenly, around some time in June. Image comics decided to change the title from 'GUARDIANS of the GLOBE' to the new 'GUARDING the GLOBE'. What the heck? What gives? The first title is much cooler than the previous one. And they have been using it for many years now.

I was looking on many comic news sites regarding this. But just like I am, they are also on the dark on this. Some of my friends told me some speculations that it had a conflict with 'Guardians of the Galaxy'. Those are just speculation. And we have a tagalog word for that -> 'Kwentong Barbero'. But I do not want to just speculate on things. I want hard facts. Then I remembered Ryan Ottley (artist of Invincible) having a DA(DeviantArt) account. And I recall that he replied on my comment once (kinilig ako nun... :D). He is such a nice guy, so I asked him about it. And today I was surprised (kinilig nanaman) that he answered my question.

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As it turns out, The speculation of my friends are somehow true. The word 'GUARDIANS' is copyrighted by Marvel. What a bummer, so does this means that no one can use that word as a title other than Marvel?

Yeah... I know, the later part of my message shows that I am such a die hard fan boy. I just could not help it. :D


Aris B. Panganiban said...

I would have guessed it was because DC Comics has a group called The Global Guardians. They also have The Guardian, the New Guardians and of course, the Guardians of the Universe from Green Lantern.

Really, Marvel owns the word "Guardian?" That doesn't make sense. It's such a common word. What, they own every word that appears on their books?

monsanto said...

Paano na ang galactic guardians ko? hahaha! di ba kapag guardians ang copyrighted ay hindi na sakop ni ang guardians bla bla bla? o anything na basta kasama sa salitang guardians? ang pagkakaalam ko pwede lang na di gamitin kung ang title ay GUARDIANS. ang labo> pinauso ba ng marvel ang word na guardians? they should sue the dictionary kasi ginagamit ang word dun hahaha!

Budjette said...

Which makes me wonder with characters like Oracle (Barbara Gordon in DC) and the Oracle from the the Shi'ar Imperial Guard in Marvel.

I wonder why Marvel doesn't make a fuss about DC's Oracle, considering they created their Oracle first, back in the 80s.

Gio Paredes said...

@Aris...Oo nga. The word 'Guardian' is such a common name. Ang alam ko meron ding character na 'Guardian' di ba? -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guardian_%28DC_Comics%29

@G.Monsanto ... Sarge, "they should sue the dictionary"? Bago po iyon ah. hehehe :D

@Budjette... Wow, boss Budjette. I am humbled by your wisdom in comics. :-) 100% comic book geek po talaga kayo.