Evicting Dr. Frankenstein

Dr. Frankenstein was a terrible tenant.  There were strange smells, late night excavations, and complaints from undertakers about missing corpses.  Furthermore, Dr. Frankenstein never paid his rent.  His landlord was fed up and wanted Dr. Frankenstein out. What the landlord did not know was that Dr. Frankenstein was conducting his greatest experiment, a matter of life and death!  Dr. Frankenstein was building a superhuman with the legs of a running back, the arms of a weightlifter, and the head of a law professor.  Just at the moment when Dr. Frankenstein was going to unite the various body parts with a surge of electrical current, the landlord shut the power off. However, also at that moment a storm was approaching.  Dr. Frankenstein hoisted the lifeless collection of body parts to the highest point of his rental property, and then tied a kite to his creation. Sure enough—SHAAA-ZAMMO! Lightning struck with ten thousand times the voltage that would have come from  Dr. Frankenstein’s washer/dryer outlet, and behold…the creature came to life!  With superhuman strength and the madness only possessed by law professors and judges who’ve sat on the bench too long, the creature took off in a rampage, destroying everything in its […] Read More

Frankenstein Effect of a Contract

Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel put together the perfect man.  In fact, he was not a man at all—he was Superman!  The writer and cartoonist behind the original Superman made something faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound—and without legal representation, they lost control of their creation to DC Comics. It seemed like a good deal at the time, and the Superman creators signed over the rights to their Man of Steel to DC Comics.  Not only did the corporation then control the character, it eventually fired Shuster and Siegel. Before you inadvertently build a contractual monster that is going to turn on you, have your own attorney review the paperwork.  Just because something is legal does not mean that it is in your favor.  Make sure you understand the risks as well as the rewards.   Read More