Jack Kirby Estate Sues Marvel for Rights to His Comic Book Characters

September 21, 2009

The heirs of the Jack Kirby estate is currently in the process of suing Marvel for the rights to the comic book characters he created. Read more about the story below.

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Heirs to the Jack Kirby estate have decided to take legal action, and sue in an attempt to take back copyrights to a few of the iconic artist’s creations. According to the NY Times, 45 copyright-termination notices were delivered to several corporations including Marvel, Sony, Universal, Paramount, Fox, and others who have produced movies along with other types of media based on characters Kirby co-created.

Attorney for the plaintiffs, Marc Toberoff, is also responsible for helping the wife and daughter of Jerry Siegel reclaim their portion of the rights to Superman in a lawsuit not too long ago.

Although the article doesn’t specify what characters are being claimed in the dispute, it is relatively safe to assume that Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and the Fantastic Four all may be named in the suit.

Other characters that the brilliant cartoonist created along with Stan Lee are: The Avengers, Thor, The Black Panther, the Silver Surfer, Nick Fury, Magneto, Galactus, and Doctor Doom.

What are your thoughts on the inheritors to the Jack Kirby estate suing Marvel for the copyrights to his greatest comic book characters? Let us know in our comment section. You will also find pictures and a video below.

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Photos: Apega/Agent47/www.wenn.com

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One Response to “Jack Kirby Estate Sues Marvel for Rights to His Comic Book Characters”

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    Scott Says:

    That sounds like a tough call, but it should all come down to what any contract he signed with Marvel states. I mean, many companies have contracts that any creations made during working for the company remain with the company after said author leaves. The fact that they are suing may mean there is something within the contract that may be vague enough to win, or at the very least, go to trial. Or maybe they’re whining enough to maybe just get a kick back and have Marvel “re-buy” the characters back from the estate leaving the public with a happy feeling all-around.