They've even got CBLDF scarred into believeing this myth is true. They will not represent me because they feel that it is not a freedom of speech issue. I disagree. When the "big two" tells the world around that they own the word "Super Hero" and sues everyone in site based on variations of the word, that is clearly a violation against freedom of speech and word usage." For those of you who do not know, trademarks only protect the literal element. That means one word for a specific number of products. It does not cover variations of any word. In this case it is as if I decided to trademark the words "God", "Jesus" and "Satan the Devil".
Then turn around and charge every church, minister, religion and bible printing company for usage of that word. I cannot do this because the words "God" , Jesus" and "Satan the Devil" are public domains and can be used by anyone just as they can use "Zeus", "Hermes" "Hercules" or "Thor". The word Super Hero" , "Super Heroine" and Super Villain" are also public domain, but DC and Marvel sue people and corporations so that the word cannot maintain its public domain status. Clearly that sounds absurd, but it is in fact what DC/ Marvel are doing. They've trademarked "Super Hero" , "Super Heroine" and "Super Villain", just to name a few for clarity.
They've even got cases against companies for using "Thor" which is absurd, because they did not create the Norse God of thunder. Then they've illegally licensed the word to other companies and individual who wished to use the word on any product being sold in the market.
In short, DC/ Marvel lawyers are involved in illegal activity by licensing a word from the Webster's dictionary. They even go so far as to claim that they invented "Super Heroes". If that were true how could one explain Tarzan, Zorro, Flash Gordon, The Phantom, Mandrake the Magican, The Shadow, Doc Samson or the Spider? All whom existed before Marvel (formerly known as Timely Comics) and DC came into operation.
The reality is that they cannot, but they've gone unchecked and left to their own devices to create a Monopoly which is illegal as well.