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Comic creator free to use Twist's name

Updated: July 24, 2002, 5:11 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Former NHL player Tony Twist's rights were not violated when his name was borrowed for a violent mob enforcer in the popular "Spawn'' comic book series, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The Missouri Court of Appeals' Eastern District said comic book creator Todd McFarlane was free to use Twist's name in his work of fiction -- partly because the only resemblance between the player and the character was a reputation for violence.

"We conclude that a reader could ...

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