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  • JoeFrankenstein

    Wiki Help

    March 15, 2015 by JoeFrankenstein

    So I'm trying to add a Creative Commons Zero notice to my profile here but I'm not quite getting the code to come out correctly. Any ideas?

    here's the code they provide at creative commons:

    <a rel="license"br /href="">


    To the extent possible under law,
    <a rel="dct:publisher"br /href="">
    Brandon Longstreth</a>
    has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to
    Open Source Characters by Brandon Longstreth.
    This work is published from:

    United States

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  • Jay042

    This character is known as The Knitter. He was created on tumblr in response [a post ]suggesting a young man who happens to knit looked quite a bit like a Batman villian. Another friend took up the challenge and created this image.

    The post went viral, and more and more fanart of the character started [up]. Much like Jenny Everywhere the character has already developed a following (mostly limited within tumblr) but is clearly an idea that is out there in the public consciousness (unlike a lot of the open source characters )

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  • Jay042

    I was doing some searching, and realized we are misssing a page listing Honest Abe's Golden Age comic apperances. Washington has one, and it would seen to me Lincoln would be just as likely to turn up in comics has him.

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  • Bchwood

    Loot Crate Giveaway

    November 28, 2013 by Bchwood

    Hi All,

    To reward your Alliances membership, Wikia has teamed up with Loot Crate to run a cool Giveaway where you vote on items to create your ultimate Loot Crate. You can then enter to win the crates and even if you don't win you can still purchase them at a discount rate!

    You can check it out here --

    Happy Holidays!

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  • Cloak5000

    Question about Atoma

    June 24, 2013 by Cloak5000

    Can anyone shed some light about the character Atoma?  I had posted a design I did regarding the character but an online friend told me that Harvey still owns the rights to the character.  

    Any input from anyone?  Can you shed some light about it?  

    Your help is appreciated. 


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  • Cloak5000

    It is great this site is devoted to Public Domain characters.  However, I am a bit reticent to visit the site because of the plethora of Open Source Characters.  

    Yes, I did contribute to the design of one Open Source Character but the issue I have, is this site seems to have too many Open Source Characters.  I am saying this because I get the distinct feeling many of these characters weren't really intended to be "free" but for the potential of someone eventually claiming "rights" if a creator decides to use them in their potential publications.  

    Really HATE to think along those lines but it just seems there are too many Open Source Characters.  Don't get me wrong, there are many great ideas, characters and names but again, I am really war…

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  • CodeAndReload

    I have a List of Characters that have a Creative Commons License that I try to maintain to the best of my ability, which is sorted by which Creative Commons license. For reasons listed here, I cannot post the list on the wiki, but if you want it let me know.

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  • Red Rube

    Does anyone know the status of Gold Key's Tiger Girl?  She had only one issue appearance.  I really liked the character.  Is she public domain by any chance?

    She's not public domain. Gold Key's Tiger Girl was first published in 1968 with a proper copyright notice. Since it was published after 1964 renewal was automatic. Tiger Girl's copyright will expire in 2063, 95 years after publication. Crimsoncrusader (talk) 16:34, May 16, 2013 (UTC)

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  • Cloak5000

    The Freedom Guard.

    March 1, 2012 by Cloak5000

    I started up a new story using some PD characters, currently set during the Golden Age in the USA.

    Calling it the "Files of the Freedom Guard". While I plan on using other PD characters, currently Liberator, Captain Flag, Man O' Metal, Torpedo Man and the Blue Lady are featured.

    Hoping someone can spare time to check out the story as the chapters progress. ANY input would be welcome either here on the Comic Vine site. Thanks.

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  • Cloak5000

    Just letting anyone know who may be interested I've been writing a type of "Sci-Fi/Western/Pulp" story on the website Comic Vine. It is available to read for free, naturally, and I am currently using the PD characters Doc Strong, Rulah, the Black Bat, Lava Men and soon a few others to be introduced. Doc Strong and the Black Bat's names have been altered a bit as well as their original design and the like. As these are PD I know I have freedom to do with them as I like.

    It is hoped someone can spare time to check out the story, Chapters I-VI are currently posted as of this writing. I go by the username "Decept-O" on that site. Hope that is OK to mention another site here with a link.

    More of my story on Comic Vine. Thanks: The Adventures…

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  • Craig Daley

    War Nurse

    January 21, 2012 by Craig Daley

    Just revamped War Nurse, the first comic is available on Kindle £1.98 or equivalant. It's her origin story and introduces some supporting characters, like Winston Churchill, Nikola Tesla and Aleister Crowley for more information about CDComics and War Nurse check out www.cdgraphicnovels,

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  • SimonKirby

    The Sanction

    October 18, 2011 by SimonKirby

    Hi guys, Simon here again. I'm working on a story arc adressing the sudden disappearance of superheroes after the War. Here's a basic outline; the working title at the moment is "The Sanction":

    ...Historically speaking, the Super-Patriot project of the late thirties achieved significant success rates. Code named Operation Eagle, contemporary records estimated that over 70 percent of military test subjects were endowed with enhanced physiques and superhuman endurance.
    Variants of the original formula were simultaneously developed by the private sector, ostensibly to provide the home front with a virtually indestructible National Guard in the event that the Axis powers attempted to invade American soil.
    These variant formulas were administered to c…
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  • Shastab24

    It may be shameless self-promotion, but I'm posting here because I think it fits:

    Gold Comics #1 is a comic I put together featuring public domain superheroes, with all information on said characters gathered from this site. The comic includes a short, six-page comic written by myself followed by three Golden Age stories featuring characters included in my comic: Madame Fatal (from Crack Comics #1), Bulletman (from Nickel Comics #2 - I would have used #1, but I couldn't get an acceptable scan) and Captain Nazi (from Master Comics #21, which also has Bulletman and Captain Marvel).

    I hope to return to this project and make Gold Comics #2, and continue down the line. Publc domain superheroes are quite fun to write for, and I love some of the ch…

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  • Roygbiv666

    Comic Art Commission

    March 18, 2011 by Roygbiv666


    Ernie Chan was a prolific cover artist for DC Comics during my "Golden Age" of the 1970s - I'm thinking of getting a commission, like a cover re-imagining of this:

    Yeah, so if we were to replace the Freedom Fighter members with other Golden Age/Public Domain characters of similar power sets, who would you pick?

    Phantom Lady =

    Uncle Sam =

    Black Condor =

    Human Bomb =

    Ray =

    Doll Man = (almost forgot him)

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  • Golden one


    February 28, 2011 by Golden one

    Are the original golden age archie/mlj heroes really in the public domain?Golden one 22:12, February 28, 2011 (UTC)

    Yes their first appearances were not renewed 28 years after publication so just like every other hero on this site they are in the public domain. Here's the renewal list. I've added this info to the FAQ. Crimsoncrusader 00:41, March 1, 2011 (UTC)

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  • Golden one


    January 7, 2011 by Golden one

    How Do I Post images on the public domain super heroes wikia page?

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  • Golden one

    Fawcett Characters

    January 3, 2011 by Golden one

    How many of the fawcett characters are in the public domain?

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  • Chugite

    This case screwed Fawcett because Captain Marvel is not really that close to Superman. They both share the super strength but marvel flew first, his secret identity is a kid, he turns to marvel and his costume: orange with a lightning bolt on the front. his cape is not even full length , he works at a radio station and he gets his powers from Gods and other figures. I guess since the superhero was really new they could get away with this but not nowadays. I knew about wonderman but i did not even know about masterman

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  • Chugite

    captain america?

    November 22, 2010 by Chugite

    wouldn't it be cool if someone found out that Timely had let the copyright on Captain America lapse. they cancelled his comic back in 1950 when it was still Timely comics and didn't use the character again until the 60's in a fake Stange Tales story i think and then him for real in the Avengers in 64. I'M JUST SAYING....

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  • Chugite

    I keep reading that DC Comics(National) acquired the rights to Quality Comics characters in the 1950's but I also read that they had lapsed into the public domain before the purchase so which is true?

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  • Chugite

    Is it me or has Marvel comics taken a lot of names from the golden age characters for themselves? I only noticed this when I was surfing a cover of the original X-men and saw them fighting a villain named Mekano. Today I was looking for golden age comics to read and I came across this on a site.

    Wonder Comics Story: Mekano, from Wonder Comics #1, pubished by Better/Nedor/Standard/Pines in 1944.

    the names marvel has used off the top of my head are



    Captain Marvel

    Ghost Rider


    Dr Doom

    Doc Strange

    there may be more....

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  • Drx2010

    Hi True Beleivers :

    As a kid growning up in 70's and 80's I always like watching show like the Super-friend or Spider-man and his Amazing friends, and alway like it when Bat-man would team Remia or Spider-man Teaming with like Captain America ect.. And would go out and play super heroes, and I would away want to be like Bat-man and friend would like Tarzan or Tontoe . so here is my question then What Pubilc Super Heroes would like to see team up?

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  • Chugite

    Dell Comic's LOBO

    October 23, 2010 by Chugite

    Is Dell Comic's LOBO in public domain. the comic came out in in like 1965 I think, so I am not sure.

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    October 21, 2010 by TARGET-DEFIANT.



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  • Madmikeyd

    I have posted a new site notice on the Ouworlder webcomic pages:

    "Copyright © 2008-2010 Michael Dean. This is an open-source comic. All characters and events contained in this comic are available for use by anyone, with only one condition. This paragraph must be included in any publication involving these characters, in order that others may use these properties as they wish. All rights reversed. The artwork is copyright of Michael Dean, all rights reserved."

    Basically, my intent is that all the characters and events of the comic are free for anyone to use, whether they want to reference the story in a new story featuring the characters, or even if they just want to redraw the whole story on their own. I am holding on to the rights for my p…

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  • MTV

    Captain Marvel

    July 30, 2010 by MTV

    Is golden age captain marvel public domain?

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  • Strannik01

    Author's Notes: The following story is something I worked on for several weeks. I changed it so often that it bears little resemblence to it's original draft (though the basic plot remained the same). It may be a start of a bigger story, or it may not - I do have plans to expand on it later, but between work and other stuff, I have no idea when I get around it.

    The story contains a few swears and includes discussion of racism in the early 1960s, but other than that, it's actually tamer than most of the stuff I posted here. As always, any comments, questions and criticisms are appreciated.

    Legal Notice: Commander Battle was created by Jack Binder and Carl Formes and is currently in public domain. Miss Masque was created by someone unknown and …

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  • Mattd43

    The Blue Beetle

    July 1, 2010 by Mattd43

    Okay, if I wanted to you use golden age blue beetle, is there away I could get around the name trade mark? Like, does DC have the trademark for The Blue Beetle or just Blue Beetle? loop holes like that. Same with golden age daredevil.

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  • Strannik01

    Back in December of last year, I started posting short stories involving characters on this wiki. I never really explained anything or gave it any background, mostly because I was curious to see how people would react if I showed them my stories cold, without any preconceptions. But I figured that now would be as good of a time as any to give a little background.

    PDH Universe actually started all the way back in 2005-2006, when I first discovered that some Golden Age characters were in public domain. It started out as a modern-day story involving revamped versions of the original characters. After toying around with it for a while, I realized that I didn't really like it. The world I created was the world where legacies of decades-old heroe…

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  • Mattd43

    Operator 5?

    June 11, 2010 by Mattd43

    Hey, I was wondering if pulp character operator 5 was pd. In addition, could I please have a more complete list of pd pulp titles and characters please?

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  • Mattd43

    Hey, all...I was just looking for a list of pd space heroes...Are Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, and Tom Corbett Space Cadet in public domain? Because I was looking, and there radio shows and things are...but...I don't know. I don't know why they wouldnt be. Being as old as they are. I'd love to make a Buck Rogers fan film or something...and be able to enter it in contests and things...

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  • Megacomicsgroup

    The Whole Hullabaloo Over Trademarks and the Public Domain Copyright. We last reported to you on the subject in out several months research that the whole argument over Public Domain is not about the Copyright, at least not from the publishers view point. We discovered the fact most publishers back in the early days of comics were more concerned with maintaining the Trademarks than the Copyright. The reasoning behind that is that Copyright is for a limited amount of time, whereas a Trademark can perpetuate as long as the owner of said Trademark continues to use it. He who controls the Trademark controls the product more so than he who controls the Copyright. Trademark doesn’t protect original expression like Copyright does. The Trademark’s…

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  • Strannik01

    Crimsoncrusader, one of our wiki's admins, has recently proposed a policy change. Under the current policy, our wiki includes public domain comic book heroes and public domain heroes from other media that appeared in comics at some point in the history of the medium. Crimsoncrusader wants to expand the scope to include "any [public domain] superhero in any media whether its pulps, comics, literature, movies, and etc," regardless of whether they appeared in comic books or not.

    We admins agreed to bring the matter to a wiki-wide vote. It will be a simple majority vote. The vote will go on until every regular contributor (which is to say, a contributor with an established user account who contributed to this wiki more than once) votes one way …

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  • Strannik01

    Author's Notes: Because I feel like writing about the late 50s - early 60s Sentinels of Justice, here is the story of a Little Wise Guy making it to the big leagues. As you may recall, Daredevil's secret ID was revealed during Charles Biro's abortive attempt to move Daredevil Comics away from costumed heroics, so Daredevil's ID is public in PDH Universe. As always, questions, comments and criticisms of any sort are very much appreciated.

    Legal Notes: Jock C. Herendeen II was created by Charles Biro and is currently in public domain. The story itself is (c) Strannik01.

    September 12, 1958
    Watchtower II, Long Island, NY

    My name is Jock C. Herendeen II, and this may be the best day of my life.

    I say 'may' because there are a few days that come quite cl…

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  • Strannik01

    Author's Notes: My next story was originally going to be the second part of Summertime Seduction, but my computer is currently in pieces, so I don't have access to my notes, and I won't be able to get them until it's fixed. So, for the time being, please enjoy another story set around the same time period.

    Legal Disclaimer: Captain Battle was created by Jack Binder and Carl Formes and is currently in public domain. Miss Masque was created by someone unknown and is currently in public domain. The story itself is (c) Strannik01.

    Watchtower II, Long Island, NY
    June 21, 1962

    Captain Jonathan Battle is a brilliant man. He is a gifted inventor, a skillful strategist and a masterful tactician. He is brilliant enough to lead Sentinels of Justice and use …

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  • Strannik01

    Author's Notes: In real life, Wonder-Man was nothing more than Fox Feature Syndicate's attempt to rip off Superman. National Comics wasn't too keen on it, so it sued, and the character never appeared beyond his debut issue. Now, he is in public domain. As I developed ideas for my Public Domain Heroes series, I wondered how Wonder-Man would fit in. And then, I realized that the answer was right in front of me.

    As always, comments, criticism and any form of feedback is encouraged.

    Legal Stuff: Wonder Man was created by Will Eisner and is currently in public domain. Ditto a few other public domain characters references throughout the story. Everything else is (c) Strannik01.

    September 3, 1939
    Kielce Voivodeship, Republic of Poland

    I was getting tire…

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  • Strannik01

    Author's Note: The following is the revised version of a multi-part story that chronicles the beginning of the age of the super-humans in my Public Domain Heroes continuity. It's set before any other stories I posted so far. This first section contains one instance of swearing, but other then that, I don't think it's terribly objectionable.

    Legal Stuff: The Clock was created by George Brenner. The story itself is (c) Strannik01

    Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, NY
    April 15, 1938

    The masked vigilante who called himself the Clock ran through a narrow, dark, utterly foul alley, his pitch-black curtain mask moving up and down with every breath. He ran up to a rusting metal door and slid the key into barely-there lock and twisted it, putting…

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  • Strannik01

    Author's Note: This usually goes without saying, but given the contents of the story, it is worth pointing out that the opinions expressed in the story don't necessarily reflect my own. I don't believe everything the characters believe - I just try to get into their heads.

    Legal Stuff: Captain Nippon (originally known as Captain Nippo,) was created by someone whose name was lost in history. The character is currently in public domain. The story itself is (c) Strannik01.

    National Spirit Mobilization Movement office, Tokyo, Japan
    August 5, 1945

    Nippon is burning.

    The Americans turned Tokyo into a fire pit. Their bombs were packed with napalm, which turned every spark into a raging inferno that burnt everything in sight. And they did it over and ove…

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  • Strannik01

    Author's notes: The following story takes place in the same world as my previous story. This time around, the action opens years after the Golden Age, when many 1930s-40s heroes have retired and younger heroes have stepped in to take their place. But some old-timers are still very much around.

    Legal Stuff: Wonder Boy was created by Toni Blum and John Celardo. Mister Excellent and the Amazing Five (and related heroes) were created by yours truly. The story itself is (c) Strannik01. I should warn you that the story includes some strong language and... that's about it. As always, comments and criticisms are very much appreciated.

    Montrose Point, Chicago, Il
    May 10, 1964

    I found him exactly where everybody said I'd find him - at Montrose Point, an a…

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  • Strannik01

    My Legacy

    December 26, 2009 by Strannik01

    Author's notes: This story has be revised quite a bit compared to the original, because, after I checked my notes, I realized that I got a few dates wrong, which forced me to change a few events. And, since I was editing, I figured I would change a few other things. The changes weren't quite fundamental enough to require a new blog entry, but those who read the original will notice a few differences. Or maybe not. Ether way, enjoy.

    Legal Stuff: The Clock was created by George Brenner. Other characters that are mentioned in the story are either public domain or created by yours truly. The story itself is copyright of yours truly.

    The Clocktower, Edgewater, Chicago, IL
    June 7, 2005

    My name is Brian O'Brien.

    I am ninety-five years old.

    I lived to see…

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  • Strannik01

    Author's Notes: The following story is part of a series I've been developing on and off for the past few years. While the main series takes place in the present day, this short story offers a glimpse into my universe's past. I like my superheroes more grounded in reality, so if that's not your cup of tea, you probably won't like this story. Also, I should warn you ahead of time that the story contains references to sexual activities and some moderately strong language. Just FYI.

    Comments and criticism are welcome and encouraged.

    Legal stuff: The characters that appear in this story are all in public domain, but the story itself is (c) Strannik01.

    (A PDH Universe short)

    The official residence of Magno the Magnetic Man, New York City, NY
    April 13, …

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  • Madmikeyd

    VOTE: Should we include literary and other public domain characters (i.e. Sherlock Holmes, Dorothy Gale, Santa Claus) on Public Domain Super Heroes? Or should we limit it strictly to characters who originally/primarily appeared in comic books? I've never done this before so we'll see how it works. Simply say "YES" to include everybody or "NO" if you would prefer to limit it to comic characters.

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