Friday, March 11, 2011

The Jack Kirby Lawsuit

Kind of a cop-out post today, as I have a meeting in a few minutes that I had somehow managed to completely forget about. So there might be a little more linking to things and a little less talking about things, but hey. It's Friday. Sue me.

Speaking of...

Today's topic is one that I've wanted to write about for a while, but just really didn't have enough information to do so. Well, thanks to the excellent comics news site, Bleeding Cool, we can rectify that.

Over the past 18 months or so, we've all heard about the heirs of legendary comics creator and artist Jack Kirby, and their intentions to sue Marvel Comics for ownership of their biggest characters.

It is, quite literally, the grand-daddy of all creator rights issues, and until now, there hasn't been much info about the ongoing case. This week, though, Bleeding Cool released deposition testimony from four key players in all of this--Stan Lee, John Romita, Sr., Mark Evanier, and Roy Thomas--and you can (and absolutely should) check them out at the links provided.

These testimonies give insight into what the "Marvel Bullpen" of the 1960s was like, and what went into creating the comics, and the characters, we all know and love today.

More than that, though, we see the pure business of comics. The pure, unadulterated business of comics. We get to hear about the often unfair work-for-hire arrangements made back then, and we get to see what's changed since those days, and what still needs to change.

Check out those links above if you get a minute or two at lunchtime. You won't regret it.

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