What A Difference A Court Case Makes To Marvel Comics' Credits

Recently, the estate of Jack Kirby represented by lawyer Marc Toberoff was to take Marvel and Disney to the Supreme Court. In a case that, if won, would have redefined work for hire and creator ownership for the whole of the United States.

Marvel and Disney settled.

Bleeding Cool was informed by close, but confidential sources, that the settlement involved full credit for Jack Kirby and a mid eight-figure sum, which we estimate from between $30 million and $50 million.

It is doubtful we will ever receive any confirmation on that last part. But on the credits?

Well this is the credit page from Fantastic Four #11 of the current run from last month.

Fantastic Four #11 (2014) - Page 2

And from Fantastic Four Annual #1, which followed it.

Annual Fantastic Four #1 (2014) - Page 2

And now on Fantastic Four #12 out this week.

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Note the difference? Let's zoom in.

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Other books stepping into line include Wolverine & The X-Men.

Wolverine and the X-Men #11 (2014) - Page 2

Where only a couple of weeks ago, there was none.

Wolverine and the X-Men #10 (2014) - Page 2

And All-New X-Men #32

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When the last issue looked like,

All-New X-Men #32 (2014) - Page 2

Note that not only does Jack Kirby now get credit but so does his co-creator on the book, Stan Lee, with top billing. A rising court case, it seems, lifts all credits.


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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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