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Iron Maiden -- Comically Tortured

5/5/2009 2:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Don't mess with the heavy metal band Iron Maiden -- who have a hit called "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter" -- but that's exactly who one company just picked a fight with by naming its comic book "Iron and the Maiden."



Iron Maiden is now suing Iron and the Maiden, LLC -- because, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, the "confusingly similar" name was a ploy used to profit off the band's heavily trademarked name.

Maiden wants the company to stop using the I.A.T.M. name to sell its comic books, video games and other merchandise -- and also wants some money for the trouble.

Iron and the Maiden gave us this statement: "The Iron and the Maiden legal team believes that this case is completely without merit. It is outrageous to claim ownership of the well known term "Iron Maiden", a medieval torture device that predates rock and roll by centuries and is part of world culture, legend and lore."

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shannon k johnstone    

Im a 42 year old woman who grew up listening to Metalica,Iron Maiden,Saxon,Etc......Im not a skinhead or a child molester Get your head out of you ass.

1894 days ago
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Mike Brown    

Some of these posers on this site should try and say some of these things in front an Iron Maiden fan face to face! I've been listening to Maiden for 25 years now, and this is the first lawsuit I've heard of from them (not to say that there hasn't been others). The band enjoys and even collects bootleg records, appreciated the fans that tuned into Maiden because of MP3 songs downloaded from the 'net. Maiden has been together since '79 and have never broken up, relied on the American market, or catered to radio. If they feel threatened by this comic (which is comical) then I guess they will sue them out of existence. Happens all the time in corporate America. Iron Maiden's gonna get ya, no matter how far! Up the Irons!

1892 days ago
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Me    

The "iron maiden" is a long existing, centuries old torture device. How does pointing out that historically accurate fact make us "hip hoppers" who should "shut the hell up"?

1892 days ago
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GRAYHILLWELDER inc.    

I`m 41 yrs.old,they are the best.When i was over seas protecting your country i saw them numerous times in the late 80`s to the mid 90`s.If you have`nt got something good to say shut the hell up LIL` punks.They rocked then and they still do. UP THE IRONS! GRAYHILLWELDER inc.

1888 days ago
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Tris    

I am a really big Iron Maiden fan and normally have nothing but the highest respect for them.

However, I am disgusted with them over this, they are just embarrassing themselves and all the fans who've stuck with them over the years. This is even worse than Metallica suing Napster. At least they were actually being stolen from, even if they were jerks about it.

1885 days ago
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Tris    

9. Who cares? The only people that listen to Iron Maiden is skinheads and child molesters.

Seriously, these trailer park living, camero driviing, mullet wearing losers should be whiped off the face of the Earth.

Posted at 9:14AM on May 5th 2009 by Chikkah
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I am astounded by your pathetic small-mindedness.

1885 days ago
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Mark    

10. 10. Who cares? The only people that listen to Iron Maiden is skinheads and child molesters.

Seriously, these trailer park living, camero driviing, mullet wearing losers should be whiped off the face of the Earth.

Posted at 9:14AM on May 5th 2009 by Chikkah

Just goes to show how iggnorant you are CHIKKAH !

IGGNORANT F'NG Douchebag !

1868 days ago
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bookrissy    

FIRST...bitches!

1896 days ago
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peanutbutterandhoney    

Wut? "Iron maiden" was a term *way* before Iron Maiden was a band! It's not like the term belongs to them. Iron and the Maiden is a clever play on words, that has nothing to do with the band. I'm certain they would have called the comic that even if the band never existed.

1896 days ago
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poopy pants    

Just the same way the band took the name from a popular midieval torture device. They suck anyway.

1896 days ago
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Omar    

Maiden rules! Up The Irons!

1896 days ago
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Luigi    

UP THE IRONS!!!! I LIVE FOR THE MAIDEN! I DIE FOR THE MAIDEN!

1896 days ago
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BaldOuting.blogspot.com    

i wouldn't mess with the maiden.

1896 days ago
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VI VI VI    

Poopy pants... you are an idiot.

1896 days ago
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Bex    

Iron Maiden is real rock and roll. Take your Rihanna and Chris Brown and Jay Z crap and flush it!

1896 days ago
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