Marvel Could Lose Rights For Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, and The Avengers
by Posted by Kasper (Source: New York Times)
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Date: 24 September 2009
Many people inside and outside the industry expressed public misgivings about Disney's recent acquisition of Marvel. But a recent decision in favor of the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel against DC Comics has opened the door for other comic book character creators and their heirs to take similar legal action, just as four of Jack Kirby's heirs have now done.
We think an amicable settlement where the heirs get a piece of the action is better than killing the goose that laid the golden eggs. There's plenty of gold to be mined from comic book properties.From release/information:
Recently the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel won a trial against DC Comics, thereby regaining some control of the legendary comic book character. In the light of that success the heirs of Jack Kirby - one of the most accomplished comic book creators of all time - has sued Marvel over the rights for all of the characters he spawned at the comics giant. Helping them do that is the same firm that helped the Siegel heirs win their trial. I smell a new fad within the comic book world coming.
Over the span of his career, Kirby took part in creating both Iron Man, Thor, the original X-Men, The Fantastic Four, The Hulk, Silver Surfer, and Black Panther among others. So if the outcome of the trial ends up being roughly the same as the Superman deal then Marvel will be in a lot of trouble and Disney even more so. People are already saying that the house of mouse may have struck a poor deal acquiring Marvel for the sum that they did since several of Marvel's franchises are already leased out elsewhere (like X-Men being at Fox). If the remaining ones were also possibly snatched away, then the purchase starts to feel more or less redundant.
The case seems like a quick cash grab from the Kirby heirs' side, so I doubt that this will go as far as the Superman case and Marvel will just try to strike a quick deal with them. Still, even if it should go to court and Marvel were to lose, I doubt that the Kirby heirs would pull the plug on any potential projects for the future when they could just accept a piece of the cake on every production instead. What do you think, is a new fad starting, and could this mean the fall of comic book movies for good?
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