The 'Comics' forum for created comics, I really want to post there. But, I know it would be moved. I avoid it, why? Legal reasons. Basically, since you'll be using the same characters, is it the best idea to be reading their ideas? Legally?
Especially if you know how copyright law works: Availability + Similarity. So why not make certain things unavailable to yourself?
All it took is 3 notes on a song to convict one guy.
"HE TOTALLY STOLE MY BACKFLIPPING 'THE BLACK TERROR', WHUUUUUTTTT!!!!"
And yes, sometimes it is that stupid. Superman/Superboy... DC was sued for making a boy version of superman because they didn't accept/buy superboy in the original negotiations (foo). That's why I (as a matter of policy) design armored, lycanthropic, furry, kids, adult, animal, etc... versions of every character... even if I don't publish them... I design the complete spectrum.
My Black Terror, either a panther or a cat.
My Green Llama? do I even freaking need to say? Of course he's an Aardvark. (Kidding).
Now could someone please make a page that lists all the public domain characters so I can just look at them? (There are not over a thousand public domain characters, I had trouble compiling a list of 50). And if anyone can find the original public domain comics in PDF format I would be appreciative (why doesn't google books have them?).