Jack Kirby and Marvel Settle: what we know, what we don’t

Tribute to the King by Alex Ross.

Friday’s announcement of a settlement between Jack Kirby’s heirs and Marvel seems like good news—but is it? And what does it mean?

I’m told Jeff Trexler, whose identification of the “instance and expense” aspect of the lawsuit may have helped get that into the petition to the Supremes, is writing his summary for TCJ.com, so while we all eagerly await that, here’s a little of the known knowns and known unknowns:
First off, Mark Evanier, a Kirby family confidant, a witness at various Kirby-related trials and filier of an amicus curiae brief is certainly in a position to know more of the Kirby position and this is all he had to say on the matter:

Supreme Court to decide whether to hear the Kirby case later this month

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The Kirby vs Marvel battle is not quite over yet. According to Dominic Patten the Supreme Court will actually discuss whether to hear the case on May 15th. As you may recall, the case involves Jack Kirby’s heirs suing Marvel for rights to the characters he co-created during his long Marvel career. Although Marvel has […]

Stan Lee talks to Playboy about everything—but is it the truth?

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Playboy has a long interview with Stan Lee here (link NSFW but not really as much as you’d think), Normally I’d call this an “autumnal” interview, but under the circumstances, it’s more…the lion in winter. Lee, perhaps realizing this is one of the few spots he has to dig in a little, sometimes avoids the kind of jokes and spin he uses in other interviews. And while his memory is always spotty (and any Lee interview includes may spots where he takes the question and moves the answer to more familiar territory) his grasp on things is still pretty sharp all things considered.

RIP Al Plastino, the man who replaced both Kirby and Schulz

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Golden age artist Al Plastino has died after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 91. Plastino was best known as a Superman Artist—he was the last surviving Golden Age Superman artist, in fact. Among the characters he drew first: Supergirl, Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad and Cosmic Boy. He also co-created the Parasite and […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – Comics are for Everyone

Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s episode, Heidi and the rest of the More to Come Crew – Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Mark Millar, Todd McFarlane and the relationship between women […]

Pedigree Chum, 16/08/13: Captain America Steps Onto The Good Ship Disney

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Heidi’s away, so there’s a bit of a twist on the Kibbles N Bits section today. Well, I say ‘bit of a twist’… but what I mean to say is ‘bit of a Steve’. § Disney have worked out a way to get Marvel characters into their resorts — put them on international water. If […]