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Kirby's heirs deserve stipend

October 11, 2009

Ironic and typical that a story about unsung artist Jack Kirby ["A Credit to His Name," Sept. 27] would be accompanied by a photo of Stan Lee, his more-famous co-creator of many of the most recognized Marvel comic book characters that are now worth billions to Disney.

While Lee is, in my opinion, the Mastermind of the entire Marvel Universe, Jack Kirby, his most prolific artist, was essential to the success of the company by conceiving and designing characters, devising multi-issue story lines, creating the visual style followed by other staff artists and pushing the creative boundaries of the entire medium. It's no exaggeration to call Marvel "the house that Jack built.'

I think it's only fair that Disney provide significant compensation to Kirby's heirs, as Disney will be generating income from Kirby's creations for years to come.

Fred Janssen

Long Beach

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