Just because a fellow's dead doesn't mean he can't be a good earner. A great picture of a sexy movie star is still great, and even sexy, when the lovely lady (or guy) is gone. That's one of the reasons I love photography, and one of the reasons I love the "Top-Earning Dead Celebrity" list that Forbes magazine does every year.
Regular readers also know that I am particularly interested in the earning potential of one dead celebrity, Marilyn Monroe. I've been covering legal battles between her estate and photographers. The fight involves a legal battle over Monroe's so-called post-mortem right of publicity. Go here and here and here for some of my posts on that subject.
Meanwhile, let's look at which dead celebrities raked it in this year. Try guessing the top five of '08.