May 08, 2014

Hoping for the best for Jack Kirby

The US Supreme Court will meet in private to determine if they should hear arguments regarding the rights of comicbook legend Jack Kirby's heirs to certain Marvel Comics properties. Kirby, as you may well know, was the major creative force for Marvel in its formative years (early-mid 1960s). So far, Marvel has been successful in warding off the legal challenges.

There's an interesting comment in the above link's comment section which, if accurate, certainly bodes well for Kirby. At the very least, Marvel should of its own accord set up Jack's heirs for life, for the company would be nothing without him. Period. Kirby created or co-created Marvel's most popular characters. He wasn't merely an artist; he essentially plotted out entire stories with written notes in the margins of panels that he drew, and Stan Lee would later add the actual dialogue.

Posted by Hube at May 8, 2014 04:14 PM | TrackBack

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Moreover, pretty much what Marvel movies are doing is mining what Kirby created.

Posted by: Steve Newton at May 9, 2014 10:37 AM

"At the very least, Marvel should of its own accord set up Jack's heirs for life, for the company would be nothing without him."

Marvel owes Jack Kirby a lot. It's true the company would be nothing without him. But it doesn't follow that his heirs should be able to mine his legacy for profit in perpetuity. Jack Kirby has been dead for 20 years. His wife (and inker IIRC) Roz has been dead for 16. Jack Kirby's estate is not Jack Kirby.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at May 9, 2014 12:37 PM

I don't think the heirs should be able to "mine" Marvel "in perpetuity" either. As I said, set up for life ... with a one-time payout. If the heirs blow it all, that's on them.

Posted by: Hube at May 9, 2014 01:17 PM

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