Jan 30 2012

U.S. and Marvel Agree: Mutants Are Not Humans (At Least For Tax Purposes)

Published by at 2:05 pm under Publishing Law

Toys classified as “dolls” face import taxes twice as high as other toys do. Dolls are toys that are (only) humans, as opposed to, say, teddy bears. In 2003, Marvel successfully convinced the U.S. Court of International Trade that mutant action figures are not actually humans, even the ones that look human (e.g. Professor X).


PS: Biologically speaking, Marvel mutants probably count as the same species as humans.  If two organisms can have fertile offspring, they are (biologically speaking) part of the same species.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “U.S. and Marvel Agree: Mutants Are Not Humans (At Least For Tax Purposes)”

  1. Contra Gloveon 31 Jan 2012 at 5:55 am

    Wow. Going against the entire message of their franchise just to make a buck.

  2. Damzoon 31 Jan 2012 at 11:01 am

    That’s pretty funny.

  3. Tesson 31 May 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Don’t worry, DC won’t let themselves be left out. Especially since it seems like most of their characters are aliens, demons, part demons, demigods, gods, robotic/cyborg they should have an easy time. Technically most of those aliens seem able to interbreed, but most biologists would say that say that both species have to be able to produce fertile offspring- and I believe the offspring’s offspring has to be fertile- as well as live in circumstances in which they are probable to interbreed in nature. We may not live in nature, but after a few thousand light years I’d say we failed to meat this criteria.

  4. taylaon 20 Aug 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I agree with jess but honestly dc would of already done it plus cyborg and raven are half human and batman robin catwoman and joker are human so it wouldnt have the affect

  5. Maxon 21 Aug 2012 at 8:46 am

    magneto wins!

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