Warren Publishing, "The Rook," and "The Dark Tower"

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Dressing the Gothic interval in tritones
Jul 1, 2009
Back to the serious side of things, Budd Lewis died in 2014, reduced to being homeless half the time and selling hotdogs from a cart. Where were his residuals and royalties from the Rook and Eerie properties sold by Harris comics, who in turn bought them in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings from Warren comics, to Dark Horse in 2009? Well, the answer may lie in the protest made to those in charge of the bankruptcy by Bill DuBay and 50 or so other editors and the like in 2003 that original art was being sold without their permission. I don't think its unreasonable to infer, judging by Lewis' lack of financial compensation, that perhaps the original stories were sold as well without permission. So maybe after all this time the contesting of those proceedings might be bearing fruit, such as a requirement of compensation to those people, or their families, like Lewis' wife, and Dark Horse, rather than pay up, would rather fob it off on Stephen. All of this is, of course, is pure speculation on my part, but then maybe it was just art, not story properties, and its Jim Stenstrum who's asked Dark Horse to file the lawsuit on his and the other writers' behalf. But its been over thirty years and the similarities are only superficial, so I really don't think this is going to succeed, whatever the original motivations and of whom.
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