Lex LuGer

Hey Scott,

Just wondering: how did WCW, or at least Larry Pfohl, never get the sh*t sued out of them by DC Comics?

I mean, they have a guy who's name is essentially the same as one of their top characters and I've never heard any stories about DC even being annoyed by this. Was the subject never even broached by WCW? Marvel gave Hulk Hogan tons of hassles and Terry wasn't even green. He was ORANGE!

Was it just below their radar? Marvel noticed Arachnaman easily enough. And I doubt DC wouldn't have noticed if Bruce Wohne came out during Nitro.

On a similar topic how this Vader never have any legal issues? He didn't even bother to change the name and even when he went by Big Van Vader, he was still a hulking monster that came out in a huge mask (and even used to wear an even larger black robotic one).

And Tazz for that matter? Was an extra "z" really enough to stop the Warner Bros Legal dept from freaking out? The more I think about, this feels like a legal landmine where people just decided to no-sell the explosions.


You can't sue someone for having a name KINDA like another one.  There was no danger in Lex Luger confusing DC's intellectual property and he didn't make any references to Superman or use any of Luthor's mannerisms.  
Same with Vader.  "Big Van Vader" is not "Darth Vader" and he wasn't claiming to be a part of Star Wars or using any of their trademarks.  In fact, the only legal trouble over the name was WCW moving away from "Big Van" because New Japan owned that specific name.
Same with Tazz.  Vince changed the name so he could own that specific spelling, but no one was claiming that Tazz had any relation or shared characteristics with the Tasmanian Devil, so there's no legal case there.  Don't forget, Sting the wrestler and Sting the musician shared the same name for years because there was no confusion in either marketplace, and in fact Sting the wrestler was the one who trademarked the name!  
The reason Hulk Hogan was such an issue is that he was specifically billed as "The Incredible Hulk Hogan", which was meant to evoke Marvel's trademarked character and thus could confuse people.