Ghost Rider Film Producer Buys the Atlas Comics Catalog


The producer of two Ghost Rider movies that weren’t particularly successful wants to take charge of the old Atlas Comics brand from the 1970’s, just so he can use it for making more movies. Atlas/Seaboard is the term comic book historians and collectors use to refer to the 1970s line of comics published as Atlas Comics by the American company Seaboard Periodicals, to differentiate from the 1950s’ Atlas Comics, a predecessor of Marvel Comics. 


At Cannes last week, Ghost Rider producer Steven Paul revealed that he had purchased the library of 1970s comic book publisher Atlas Comics, with a view to reviving the brand and relaunching it as a movie universe akin to what Marvel Studios has done.

But it won’t be an easy road. While Paul may have acquired a majority interest in the publishing properties of the short-lived outfit, an entirely different comic book company says he does not own the trademark to the name Atlas Comics itself. Dynamite Entertainment maintains that it owns that trademark, and has for a number of years. […]

When Paul announced his purchase of the majority interest in the Atlas Comics library, he also announced a partnership with Akiva Goldsman’s Weed Road Pictures with the intent of producing one superhero movie a year, starting in 2021, based on the defunct publisher’s output.

So the guy’s bought into an archive he may find legal hurdles to overcome with Dynamite, and, he’s joining up with another guy whose screenplays for the 3rd and 4th Batman films from the late 90s aren’t held in high esteem. And, he’s doing all this just for the sake of moviemaking, not because he’d like to develop comics stories per se.

This is just more exploitation of the medium for the sake of another medium, and it’s unimpressive at this point. IMO, it shows how Hollywood will do anything to turn a fast buck at the expense of comicdom.

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Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1