This is a really great little history lesson on how Watchmen came to be.
John Santangelo was an Italian immigrant who started a successful construction company in Westchester County. In 1931, after moving to Derby, he got his start in the business that would become his meal ticket for the rest of his life and would also put him in a jail cell that fateful day: publishing.
Gramophones and "electrical recordings" were a new fad, and Santangelo found a way to profit from them, publishing booklets with the lyrics to popular songs. The Connecticut Historical Society, which compiled an exhibit on comic books in Connecticut in 2003, estimates that Santangelo sold around seven million of them.
But he didn't have any of the copyrights, and during a legal battle with the American Society of Composers and Publishers, he was arrested for copyright infringement. While in a holding cell, he met Ed Levy, an attorney who had been arrested as part of a Waterbury political scandal.
*Big thanks again to Jeff Lester for the link*
The internet should be thankful every day Chris Sims decides to blog.
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