Kirby estate sues Marvel – Copyrights to Iron Man and Spider-Man at stake

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The children of comic book icon Jack Kirby have officially sued Marvel to terminate copyrights and gain profits from such lucrative comic creations as Iron Man, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, follows the September move by the estate to send out 45 notices of termination to Marvel and owner the Walt Disney Co., as well as Sony, Universal, Fox and others, hoping to recapture control of much of Kirby’s work. In January, Marvel filed its own lawsuit, claiming the creations were “work-made-for-hire” and that Marvel was the real “author” of such works under the 1909 Copyright Act.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Kirby was instrumental in conceiving many popular characters and had a big hand with Stan Lee in helping flesh out and draw the Marvel universe. Kirby died in 1994, passing along his interests to his three daughters and one son.

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