I run a small business creating my own designs as well as using public domain images. While I would obviously love to feature my favorite comic book images on my jewelry, I am well aware of trademark and copyright laws so I steer clear. However I have a competitor of sorts who makes a very nice living selling MAJOR names. She buys comic books, cuts them up, glues them to jewelry, and markets them using the names (DC, Disney, Marvel, Etc.) She has even recently put them in some brick and mortar shops to sell. Now I know she has been reported to several major publishing companies (including Disney), from myself and disgruntled customers but they do nothing. She profits THOUSANDS a week on these big names, and the companies are well aware. Which makes me wonder, is it truly illegal?