The Supreme Court was about to consider the lawsuit between Marvel and the Kirby Family. But just in the nick of time, the two sides found a way work out an amicably acceptable agreement. They released a joint statement about this settlement.
“Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.”
Jack Kirby was one of the greats in comic even back in the 40s. He partnered with Stan “The Man” Lee to bring to life many of our favorite characters. Kirby helped create Captain America before Stan Lee ever wrote comics. He helped create the look and feel for characters like The Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and the X-Men.
Because Kirby was the artist and considered a work for hire, he had no rights to these character nor to the financial benefits around these characters. His family has been fighting with Marvel to get Jack recognized for his contribution. They also desire to benefit financially from their popularity.
In the past, creators have not fared well in suing comic companies for credit and financial compensation. But times have been changing. If Marvel/Disney thought they would have won in front of the Supreme Court, they wouldn’t have agreed to a settlement.
Congratulations to both the Kirby Family (and the member of one of the Kings of comics) and Marvel for finally settling this lawsuit.
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