‘Tom Clancy made Jack Ryan,’ au­thor’s widow says in law­suit

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

BAL­TI­MORE — Tom Clancy’s widow wants a court to rule that the au­thor’s es­tate is the ex­clu­sive owner of the rights to his fa­mous char­ac­ter Jack Ryan.

News me­dia out­lets re­port that Alexan­dra Clancy’s law­suit says that the au­thor’s es­tate should be the sole ben­e­fi­ciary of any post­hu­mous books fea­tur­ing the char­ac­ter who was first in­tro­duced in “The Hunt for Red Oc­to­ber.’’ Alexan­dra Clancy is su­ing the per­sonal rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Clancy’s es­tate, J.W. Thomp­son Webb, for al­low­ing other en­ti­ties to profit from post­hu­mous book rev­enues. Clancy’s first wife, Wanda King, is a par­tial owner of those other en­ti­ties.

The law­suit says: “Tom Clancy made Jack Ryan; and in a sense, Jack Ryan made Tom Clancy.’’

The law­suit was filed in the Cir­cuit Court in Bal­ti­more. Tom Clancy died in 2013.

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