Those sneaky authors ….

September 27, 2007

I rather enjoyed this story from the blog of Crosley author Michael Banks about another author, Manly Wade Wellman:

Wellman was asked to write a story for an issue of the Superman comic book. He duly wrote and turned in the story, and it was published. After waiting a polite amount of time, Wellman asked about his payment. He was told that he wasn’t being paid, and that he couldn’t prove that he wrote the story. (When published, the story had no byline.)

The matter ended up in court, where Wellman proved that he’d written the story by showing that if you wrote down the first letter of each sentence in the speech balloons over characters’ heads for several pages, you would spell out his name. He had, of course, set up the dialogue that way. He was paid.



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