From the Associated Press:
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal jury has upheld writer Neil Gaiman’s claim that he co-authored two characters in the “Spawn” comic books.
Following Thursday’s decision, arbitrators must decide how much money series creator Todd McFarlane owes Gaiman for co-creating the characters Medieval Spawn and Cogliostro in an early “Spawn” issue.
They also will decide how much McFarlane must pay Gaiman for not crediting him with writing part of another “Spawn” issue.
His lawsuit in U.S. District Court claimed McFarlane used Cogliostro, Medieval Spawn, and another character Gaiman created, Angela, without his authorization.
Gaiman’s lawsuit also alleged McFarlane made a wrongful claim to Miracleman, a character in a comic book series Gaiman co-wrote with Alan Moore. The jury agreed.
Afterward, McFarlane and Gaiman obliged a young fan by autographing a collaborative issue of “Spawn” that had landed them in court.
There is also coverage in the Edmonton Journal