Texas Blues Brothers Sue DC Comics for Worm-like Portrayal

By Stephanie Francis Cahill

Johnny and Edgar Winter, the guitar-playing brothers known for their Texas blues music, aren't laughing at their portrayal as cannibalistic, half-worm characters that live underground.

The siblings allege that the "Autumn Brothers," villains depicted in DC Comics' "Jonah Hex" series, are based on their image, and they filed defamation and misappropriation of likeness claims against the company. The Autumn Brothers are named Johnny and Edgar and, like the Winters, they have albinism (a lack of pigment that has left them pale and white-haired). The characters, featured in a series that parodies Wild West story lines, wear clothing associated with the Winters, such as stovepipe hats decorated with feathers.

The Autumn Brothers have some unique traits, though. They are the spawn of a human and a worm. They rule the earth after dark and have sexual intercourse with dead animals.

[...] "Clearly, they are being transformed into worms. The real question is, is that transformative use in a legal sense, such that the First Amendment requires that we let this happen?"

More at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund site: www.cbldf.org

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