Join Date: May 2005
I just read this page http://www.cbr.com/the-superhero-trademark-faq/ and it enlightened me on the trademark issue on the word "superhero".
According to this lawyer any products such as comic books and magazines, cardboard stand-up figures, playing cards, paper iron-on transfers, erasers, pencil sharpeners, pencils, notebooks, stamp albums, and costumes cannot use the term, "superhero" on the packaging.
He does say you can refer to your character inside a book as a superhero just don't put the word,"superhero" on the title. He said this is why DC says Shazam on the cover, but use to, anyway, refer to their character as Captain Marvel inside the comic book. Which is confusing as well. Just because Captain Marvel wasn't used for a few decades then I guess they lost the rights to use the name on the cover.
Now, my other question, which I don't think it states clearly is can you say superhero in your book's description. I'm assuming you can as it is part of the story.
Basically, the thing to remember at this point is, don't title your books, "Superhero Sam" or "Superheroes Whatever".
The other question I have is why do they have to make this stuff so complicated?