July 29, 2011 |
Comic book publisher Marvel Worldwide Inc. has won a federal court ruling in a dispute over the rights to such popular characters as the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk. The heirs of comic book artist Jack Kirby had sought to assert their rights to the characters in 2009, shortly after the Walt Disney Co. announced it would acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion. Kirby's estate wanted control over the characters they said he created from 1958 to 1963, under a provision of copyright law that allows creators to revoke rights granted to corporations after a certain number of years.
January 9, 2010
Fighting over superheroes The battle between Marvel Entertainment and the Jack Kirby estate is bringing out each side's inner Hulk. The comic book publisher and movie producer, which was recently acquired by Walt Disney Co. in a $4-billion deal, has unleashed a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate the copyright termination claims made by the heirs to the iconic artist. It's the latest in the fight over profits from lucrative superhero characters. The suit, filed in federal court in Manhattan on Friday, against the Kirby heirs attempts to halt the family's bid to reclaim the characters.
October 4, 2009
Loved Geoff Boucher's story on Jack King Kirby ("A Credit to His Name," Sept. 27). It's richly deserved that Kirby is finally getting a little attention, although far too little too late, for his contributions to comics and American culture. I was a huge Marvel comics fan when young and stopped reading them in my teens. I thought it was disinterest, but I realized late in life that I lost interest mainly because Kirby had left Marvel. They had a lot of artists go through Marvel and DC, but only a few were magic for me, people like Kirby, Steve Ditko, Barry Smith and Jim Steranko.
September 27, 2009 |
You'd be hard-pressed to find a recent comic book that didn't have the stylish scrawl of the artists somewhere on the cover, but that was not the case when Jack Kirby was making pop-culture history back in the 1960s with his wildly kinetic drawings of the X-Men, Hulk and the Fantastic Four. "I think I have a highly unique and unusual style, and that's the reason I never sign my drawings," the proud Kirby told an interviewer in 1987, seven years before his death. "Everybody could tell any of my covers a mile away on the newsstand, and that satisfied me."
October 28, 2007
Cartoonists: An article in the Oct. 21 Calendar section about recent books and museum exhibitions on classic cartoonists said Jack Kirby created the superhero Captain America. Kirby co-created the character with writer Joe Simon. Also, the article referred to three new biographies of cartoonists that complement complete reprintings of their life works, and implied that Kirby's life work was in "The Complete Dick Tracy."
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March 21, 2007 |
Jack Kirby, 84, who scored the only touchdown in USC's 6-0 victory over UCLA in 1947 that propelled the Trojans into the Rose Bowl, died March 9 of lung and heart complications at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, his son Steven said Tuesday. A native of Los Angeles, Kirby played football, baseball and track at Dorsey High before enrolling at USC. After a stint flying torpedo planes for the Navy in the Pacific during World War II, he returned to USC.