Iron Maiden Sues Comic Book Over Name


Posted May 6, 2009 - By Jake Gaskill

Iron Maiden Sues Comic Book Over Name

If I were to put together a shortlist of people I would not want to face off against in a court of law, heavy metal legend Iron Maiden would most certainly be on the list somewhere. Not for any practical or logical reason, but because I’d constantly be waiting for my soul to be ripped out through my eye sockets by some metal demon of rock.

Let's hope Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin doesn’t share my irrational fear, because he will soon find himself in this very position. Turns out Iron Maiden is coming for Rubin and his comic-book series Iron and the Maiden. Can you guess why the band is suing?

According to TMZ, Iron Maiden feels Rubin’s comic book features a “confusingly similar” title designed to leech off the popularity of the band. In response to the lawsuit, Rubin’s company told TMZ:

"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."

A valid point I suppose. Then again, one of the main reasons the general public recognizes the term "iron maiden" is precisely because of the band and its iconic stature. That’s of course impossible to prove, but you see my point. Truth be told, Rubin should be ecstatic (assuming his company doesn’t lose and is forced to pay some huge cash settlement), because I’m sure there a lot of people (myself included) who hadn’t heard anything about the comic book prior to the lawsuit.


Iron Maiden Sues Comic Book Over Name


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