As of today, Marvel Comics and the estate of Jack Kirby are friends again. Or, at least, they’re not fighting out a dispute in court.
Kirby was the creator or co-creator of many of Marvel’s biggest characters including The Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and the original X-Men. But his work for Marvel was under a work-for-hire contract. Despite being one of the brightest talents who built Marvel’s greatest age, Kirby ended up with no copyright ownership for his characters. Now, after several lower court battles over Kirby’s rights, and an impending date with the Supreme Court, Marvel and the Kirby Estate have reached a settlement. Read More »
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Stan Lee is the father of many of the great Marvel comic book superheroes we now watch every year on the big screen. Its hard not to notice Stan’s cameo appearances — I think even non-geeks recognize Lee.
Stan has appeared in a lot of the Marvel movies: X-Men, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men 3: The Last Stand, Spider-Man 3, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man 3, and Thor: The Dark World. He even had a cameo in Marvel’s ABC television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
But Lee will not be appearing in Marvel’s 2014 release Guardians of The Galaxy, the first Marvel Studios film without the legendary creator. Find out why after the jump.
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The following story and excerpt come from Jeff Goldsmith:
After winning BAFTAs for Best Director and Best Picture, Argo continues to enjoy its festive awards season glow.
For all the things going right for Argo, it’s interesting to learn more about the history behind the real script’s difficult past (the movie/script inside the movie). The digital iPad magazine Backstory just published issue 04, their awards season issue, and in it they did a profile about a script called Lord of Light by screenwriter Barry Ira Geller — the writer of the script that went on to become known as Argo.
Not only did Backstory track down and interview Geller, who in real life had his script supposedly stolen by the C.I.A., Backstory was also given permission to run original Jack Kirby storyboards and even the first 20 pages of the script that fooled the Iranian government! Now, Backstory gave /Film the exclusive permission to reprint the first four pages of their article, which you can see after the jump as screenshots.
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Hot on the heels of the lawsuit filed by Jerry Seigel’s estate to reclaim ownership of Superman, the Jack Kirby estate is suing many companies — Marvel, Disney, Sony, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Paramount and others — to reclaim copyright ownership of characters created and co-created by Kirby. That’s a big roster: the Fantastic Four, Captain America, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor and many others. Lawsuits like these aren’t uncommon, but there’s one ingredient that could make this one more likely to have long-term effects: it is being litigated by the lawyer who successfully won some Superman rights for the Seigel estate. Read More »