- Posted by Johanna on September 16, 2008 at 7:45 am
- Category: Graphic Novel News
As reported here in July, the Absolute Edition of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier was supposed to contain a recording of Alan Moore songs that fit into the story, but DC removed it. Many have wondered why.
Here’s one possible explanation: On The V, a UK-based web-board, Adi Tantimedh posts:
The reason the record isn’t included in the Absolute edition is that DC’s lawyers were played the songs and were worried that they sounded too similar to old British Sixties pop and TV shows, including the THUNDERBIRDS theme. Fearing charges of plagiarism – as opposed to pastiche or homage – they refused to press the songs for the book. Moore was only told this much, much later, and is pissed off, because, you know, if Oasis can do Beatles riffs without getting sued, why can’t a song that pastiches Sixties pop?
So the songs are still owned and controlled by Moore and his co-composer to do as they please, as long as DC has nothing to do with it. Moore is supposed to still control the masters and copies have not been circulated so far.
As the thread continues, Adi goes on:
[Moore] said that as the Absolute went to press, DC told him they wouldn’t include the songs because they were still nervous about the plagiarism issue, but someone else told him it was more likely they just didn’t want to spend the extra money pressing the vinyl disks. He chalks it off to DC messing him about as usual.
Adi can reasonably be assumed to know what he’s talking about, since he’s interviewed Moore about the book.
If I had to guess, I’d say both reasons — extreme legal caution and cheapness — are likely. We are talking about a company that had six characters in the background of one panel of a Legion comic redrawn because they looked too much like the cast of Friends… only first, someone had to explain to the decision-maker that Friends was a very popular TV show at the time. They can be both that gun-shy and that out of touch.