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September 19, 2010
Comic Books And The Law
Here's a bit of Sunday fluff. The New York Times is highlighting an exhibition of comic books featuring super heroes in the dock for all kinds of grievances stemming from their activities. Comics may be entertaining in their own right, but if the super powered existed in the real world, there would be legal consequences associated with their activities. Superman stops a train with his bare hands, the engine is wrecked, cars go flying and track is warped beyond repair. Who's going to pay for all the damage?
Sometimes legal liability made it to the fantasy pages. The story, with illustrations, is here. The exhibition is at Yale's Lillian Goldman Law Library, and details about the various exhibitions of legal situations in comics are available on the Yale Law Library Rare Books Blog. The illustrations are great. [MG]