Comic Book Creator Says Maiden's Lawsuit Is "Completely Without Merit"Blabbermouth reports:
“A spokesperson representing Jason Rubin, the creator of the Iron and the Maiden comic book, has released a statement to Blabbermouth.net in reponse to a lawsuit filed by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
Maiden is suing Rubin’s comic book company, Iron and the Maiden LLC, because, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, the “confusingly similar” name was a ploy used to profit off the band’s heavily trademarked name.
A spokesperson representing Mr. Rubin and his companies, Iron and the Maiden LLC and Morgan Rose LLC, released the following statement:
“The Iron and the Maiden legal team believes that this case is completely without merit. It is outrageous to claim ownership of the well-known term ‘Iron Maiden,’ a medieval torture device that predates rock and roll by centuries and is part of world culture, legend, and lore.
“The comic book at the center of this case, ‘Iron and the Maiden’, is set in an alternate universe 1930s. The main character, Michael Iron, and his maiden, Angel Chase, are two very different characters forced together by circumstances. The title is a play on the torture device. Any rational person who looks at the property at www.ironandthemaiden.com will immediately understand how ridiculous the assertions made in the complaint are.”
Iron Maiden wants Iron and the Maiden LLC to stop using the Iron And The Maiden name to sell its comic books, video games and other merchandise. Not only do they wish the materials pulled, but they are also seeking an undisclosed amount for damages/costs.”
Undoubtedly this is a stupid move by the management, but what can you do. It's business.