Friday Links

We’re a bit perplexed by the cover of Venom: On Trial #3, published not so long ago in the halcyon days of 1997. First, there are the bizarre depictions of Spider-Man and Daredevil, both of whom are looking on awkwardly at the execution of Venom, whose trial apparently resulted in a conviction and a death sentence. But here’s the question: Why was Venom on trial in the American courts? Venom, as we all know, is an extraterrestrial life form! Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about him: “the creature is a Symbiote, a sentient alien, with a gooey, almost liquid-like form that requires a host, usually human, to bond with for its survival, as with real world symbiotes, and to whom it endows enhanced powers.” So why is he being tried in our criminal justice system?

Jay Hornack of Pittsburgh a/k/a The Panic Street Lawyer describes a recent trip to Philadelphia, where he toured the new “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” exhibit at the National Constitution Center. (Jay was also able to see Morrissey in concert this past week, although that’s another story.).

Friend of the blog James Daily – of the famed and fabled Law and the Multiverse blog – has a guest post over at Wired magazine.  In it, he offers – in great detail – an analysis of the contract Bilbo Baggins – the title character in The Hobbit – enters into with a dwarf adventure party.

Once again, The Black Keys, the fine musical group, are in litigation.