For those unfamiliar with some of the goings on of the early comic book industry back in the first half of, er , last century, there was a period where a young DC comics, in its fervent attempts to protect a budding Superman, sued pretty much everyone else producing a superhero comic at the time. To their credit, most of the time they were likely right. (If you’ve never read Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay, it covers a lot of this stuff, and is a great read.)

At any rate, I found this article over at The Comics Detective about one particular trial involving Will Eisner, one of the greats in the biz. The complete transcripts of Eisner’s testimony are available there. I’ve only had a chance to read the first few pages, but it’s fascinating stuff. My favorite line so far comes from the judge (who just seems really impatient and annoyed with the whole lawsuit): “I don’t know that a man in tights can be copyrighted.”