Saturday, September 27, 2014

Marvel finally settles with Jack Kirby Estate

No details on the arrangement, but Marvel Comics has finally reached a financial settlement with the Jack Kirby Estate over rights to the many characters Kirby co-created - including Captain America, the Avengers, X-Men, Hulk and Fantastic Four.

The U.S. Supreme Court was to consider taking up the case on Monday, but the settlement sidesteps that potential showdown. According to the New York Times:
Marvel said in a statement: “Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.”  
Mr. Kirby died in 1994. Disney directed calls to a Marvel spokesman, who declined to provide additional comment. A lawyer for the Kirby family, Marc Toberoff, and one of the litigants, Neal Kirby, Mr. Kirby’s son, did not respond to email queries.

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