Next stop Bogie Man!Kirby, Zenith
, and One-Eyed Jack
are properties Rebellion have either bought or claim they always owned anyway*.
I'm not sure Wagner** would want to relinquish ownership of what he describes as his favourite character creation
, but presumably Rebellion are open to the idea of licencing work - that must have been the deal they were proposing to DC for Metalzoic
Maybe if Rebellion can show healthy balance sheets for properties they licenced from other publishers - like Dan Dare
- they can tempt the Dan Dare Corp and DC into licencing other material they hold.* The only recent precedent we have for Rebellion collecting already published, creator owned work is Edginton and D'Israeli's Scarlet Traces, which Rebellion bought on the condition that they gain ownership of past and future material. Rebellion collected Button Man, which apparently is creator owned, but that had already appeared in the pages of 2000ad under the aegis of a different publisher. Rebellion recently published Goldtiger, which is presumably creator owned, but that was original material.
** ... and Grant. Smith is credited as sharing copyright on the first series, but I don't think he shares ownership of the character, since he was frozen out of the Toxic series