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Marvel Sue For Their "Rights"!

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Marvel's suing their own comic book artists now????

Well, sorta kinda.

Marvel Worldwide Inc. have filed a lawsuit against the man responsible for Spider-Man and X-Men, the late Jack Kirby, after Kirby's heirs sent a notice to Marvel saying the company would lose the copyrights to all of Kirby's creations from 2014 until 2019!

Marvel's argument with Kirby's heirs is that Kirby's comics were created "for hire" between 1958-1963, which would make the heirs' copyright claims "invalid."

The Kirby family's attorney has brushed off the lawsuit, stating:

It is a standard claim predictably made by comic book companies to deprive artists, writers, and other talent of all rights in their work… The Kirby children intend to vigorously defend against Marvel's claims in the hope of finally vindicating their father's work… Sadly, Jack died without proper compensation, credit or recognition for his lasting creative contributions.


Whose side are U on???

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17 comments to “Marvel Sue For Their "Rights"!”

  1. 1

    Rich guys always stealing from the little guy to stay richer. It's the American Way,
    God Bless America, she needs it!!!!

  2. 2

    How bout this, I'll bite their legs while the writerz shove some dynamite up their azzez?

  3. 3

    anything I do while under the employment of someone belongs to them. I am paid to do what I do… if he didn't have an agreement stating that he had the right to keep the rights of his creations then he is likely shit out of luck (or the family is in this case).

  4. 4

    the fam, mos def

  5. 5

    As an artist I can say it depends. Rights typically revert to the artist unless there is a specific contract attached.

  6. 6

    Ok, this is a very complicated issue. Jack Kirby did not create these characters alone, he worked with Stan Lee who is still alive. So They are not his sole creations. I do think Marvel should give Kirby's heirs more compensation for his co-creations, but then again THEY did not create them. It kind of seems money grubbing to me, but who knows. Marvel should keep the copy rights, they are still characters that are highly used in the Marvel universe, taking them out, for me as a comic fan, would be very upsetting. Kirby created these characters to be read, what are his heirs going to do with them?

  7. 7

    Kirby rules. Stan Lee robbed the poor guy. Marvel would be nothing without King Kirby.

  8. 8

    Whose side? The family's, of course. This is about intellectual property rights. It was not simply "for hire," they hired him to draw, but the imagination which created these marvelous images is protected.

    Good luck to the heirs.

  9. 9

    Hahaha - my favorite part about this post? Jack Kirby did a TON of stuff for Marvel in the 60s, great things like Fantastic Four, Hulk, X-Men - the one that he didn't do was Spider-Man. That was co-created by Steve Ditko. So the picture you're using isn't even a Kirby drawing!

  10. 10


  11. ap076 says – reply to this


    Honestly I would usually read the source article before I offered an opinion based on your post but that link does not work and as your "summarizations" tend to leave out key facts, I have no opinion.

  12. 12

    While I understand the plight of the artists…at that time you were HIRED to draw. That means that anything DRAWN FOR THE COMPANY means they own it..not you. I tmay not seem right or fair, but that's how it is. If I create a presentation for my company, I don't have any rights to said presentation for outside use. The family is obviously trying to get some money now that they see the comics are bringing in bug bucks for the movies. i think all the artists should get compensation and credit, but they don't own the rights at all. Only if they were on their own making the drawings.

  13. 13

    Oops…BIG bucks not bug! Lol…

  14. @v@ says – reply to this


    I's siding with the creator and artist. Marvel did pretty well off of the back of his creativity for a very long time, but unless there's a contract stating any concept created while under their employ belongs to them, I think the family may prevail, not being one bit certain on the laws regarding a case such as this.

  15. 15

    Re: caroaber – But he built and continued on from what was already there. he was a hired artist to create storyboards based on characters already there. Sorry….your wrong on this one.

  16. 16

    They won't get the rights. The guy was hired as a artist for Marvel so that means he was paid to do a job for Marvel. His family won't win the case.

  17. 17

    Re: gl3600 – i was going to write the same thing. just shows how much perez knows or more like how much he DOESNT know.