Former WCW Executive Vice President, Eric Bischoff, has revealed whether he had dealings with Marvel over the copyright of the name, Hulk Hogan.
Though the comic book giant didn’t have the backing of a multi-billion dollar business like Disney as they do in the present, the company were still protective over their designations in the mid-nineties firing on all cylinders at anyone they felt had infringed on copyright of their intellectual property.
Thanks to his first name, Hogan could have been an easy target for the group to target, however, as Eric Bischoff explained on his 83 Weeks Podcast, he never had any problems with Marvel thanks to Hulk owning the copyright to his own name:
“No because Hulk Hogan owns the trademark ‘Hulk Hogan’ not Marvel. Hulk and his attorneys and Marvel reached an agreement prior to Hulk coming to WCW that gave him the rights to use ‘Hulk’ as long as it was Hulk Hogan in a wrestling-related environment so I didn’t have to pay Marvel anything. That was something Hulk and Marvel had come to an agreement with prior to Hulk coming to WCW.”
Hogan entered World Championship Wrestling in 1994 and picked up where he left off in the World Wrestling Federation by capturing the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at Bash at the Beach in his debut match.
The connection between the two exists in the present, with Thor star Chris Hemsworth slated to play ‘The Immortal One’ in his upcoming Netflix biography.
Credit for the interview: 83 Weeks
h/t for the transcription: WrestleZone