Four episodes in the original Cursed Earth series (progs 61–85 (1978)), written by John Wagner and Chris Lowder (aka Jack Adrian), featured trademarked characters used without permission that prompted a lawsuit in 1978 involving the publishers of 2000 AD (then IPC Magazines), Burger King, McDonald’s and B&G Foods. In 2014 a European directive on copyright law was implemented into UK law sanctioning the use of copyright-protected characters for parody, thereby allowing for the republication of the stories in 2016, after a hiatus of nearly 38 years.
The two troublesome stories were Battle of the Burger Barons! in prog 71 and Burger Law! in prog 72 (together known as Burger Wars [featured in HoH No. 63]), and Giants Aren’t Gentlemen! in prog 77 and Soul Food in prog 78 (together known as Soul Food).