Corrected: Long have comic book fans debated the minutiae of the genre. Lawyers James Daily and Ryan Davidson, authors of the two-time Blawg 100 nominee Law and the Multiverse, have taken the discussion from the comic book store’s backroom to the courtroom.
In their new book, The Law of Superheroes, Davidson and Daily map out what the legal implications would be for various superhero powers and storylines. Is Batman a state actor under the Lugar test? Is the Incredible Hulk liable for property damage created when he “hulks out?” Would a mind-reading psychic like Professor X be allowed to introduce telepathic evidence in court? When Superman crushes a lump of coal into a diamond and gives it to Lana Lang, is that gift taxable? The authors join ABA Journal podcast editor Lee Rawles to discuss those issues and share what comic aficionados’ responses to the book have been.
Wall Street Journal: “Invincible Heroes—Except in Court”
National Law Journal: “Superheroes and the law: How would Batman or Captain America fare in court?”
Popehat: “Better Call Galactus”
[Note on audio quality: Lee Rawles has a headcold and Ryan Davidson conducted the interview over Skype.]
Updated at 11:05 a.m. to correct that Lana Lang received the diamond from Superman.
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