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Jack Kirby v Marvel – the Comics Lawsuit Has Settled

Jack Kirby is one of the greatest comic book illustrators and innovators of all time.  Though arguably his most influential work was co-creating Captain America in the 1940s and working with Stan Lee in the 1960s when Marvel Comics reinvented itself in the so-called “Silver Age,” introducing characters like the Hulk, Thor, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and so on, he also worked with DC Comics (most significantly creating the Fourth World characters and concepts) and others.

Jack Kirby died in 1994 but his heirs have taken to the Court against Marvel to protect what they think are their property rights over Kirby’s creations which, now with the advent of extremely popular superhero movies, especially since 2000, have become extremely valuable.  This matter was slowly but surely climbing the judicial ladder to the United States Supreme Court however a last minute settlement deal, practically on the steps of the Court, resolved the dispute between Marvel Comics and the Kirby family.

This matter has been litigated for a number of years and involves some fairly complex intellectual property law.  You can learn more about this matter here, here, here, and here.

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