Take a look around the local comics chop and you will notice that in some cases the same public domain superheroes occupy slots on several companies character rosters. You see, some golden age publishers didn't always secure their trademarks or copyrights, and many latter day corporate entities have used the "apparent" availability of these old favorites to launch entire lines of comic book titles that trade upon name recognition of these characters within the hobby or in other instances, simply incorporated these golden oldies into their own already established fictional universes.
Long established industry fables, old rumors, innuendos and sadly, outright lies have often muddied the waters for those intrepid souls who have endeavored to determine what IS legal and what ain't.
Recently Cash Gorman traveled to our nations capitol on holiday, and he took the opportunity to visit the Library of Congress to conduct some research on select golden age characters, titles and company's. This link will take you to his posted findings, and some surprising information .... if you are interested.
Ye Catacombs editor says that it is "recommended" reading for fans of golden age heroes!