DC Entertainment has named July 23 “Batman Day” and this year he turns 75. In honor of this, we’re highlighting some of the resources where you can learn about the legal issues and lawyers in the worlds of superheroes:
- Law and the Multiverse: A blog about “the hypothetical legal ramifications of comic book tropes, characters, and powers. Just a few examples: Are mutants a protected class? Who foots the bill when a hero damages property while fighting a villain? What happens legally when a character comes back from the dead? You’ll find the answers to all of these questions and more right here!” (http://lawandthemultiverse.com/about/). They also offer CLEs through Thomson West; sample topics include:What Superheroes and Comic Books Can Teach Us About Constitutional Law, Real-Life Superheroes in the World of Criminal Law, Everyday Ethics from Superhero Attorneys, and Kapow! What Superheroes and Comic Books Can Teach Us About Torts.
- The Law of Superheroes by James Daily and Ryan Davidson (Gotham Books, 2012): Inspired by the Law and the Multiverse blog (http://lawandthemultiverse.com/the-book/), this book offers an “intriguing and entertaining look at how America’s legal system would work using the world of comic books” (Barnes & Noble, The Law of Superheroes). This book is available in the Oklahoma City University Law Library.
- Off My Mind: Superheroes Breaking Laws: Article on Comic Vine – “Heroes do a lot to protect mankind but does that excuse them from the laws they ignore?”
- Top 10 Lawyers in Comics: ABA Journal’s feature on (mostly superhero) lawyers in comics.
- Superhero Lawyers: They’re All Big… But They’re Not All BigLaw: Post on 3 Geeks and a Law Blog featuring 11 superhero lawyers in comics.
Also, keep an eye out for Banned Books Week 2014 (Sept. 21-27), which focuses on comics and graphic novels. More information and links to resources are available here.