"Sadly, Jack died without proper compensation, credit or recognition for his lasting creative contributions," the statement said.
BurningDoom wrote:My first reaction is: "Good, Kirby finally deserves something from the work he did." But then I think about what that would do to Marvel Comics. We would be missing most of the a-listers from the Marvel Universe. Marvel would no longer be able to print many of it's top draws. That would be bad for comics and comic fans without a doubt. And at the same time, it would seem like too little too late anyways. It's not like Kirby's kids did the work, Jack did, and HE was never properly compensated which is a shame."Sadly, Jack died without proper compensation, credit or recognition for his lasting creative contributions," the statement said.
Okay, Jack Kirby wasn't properly compensated, true. But never given credit or recognition for his work? Give me a break. Point me out one current or past comic fan that doesn't know who Jack Kirby is or a few characters he created. I dare you. How many stories have you heard from Stan Lee that include Jack Kirby? How many recognitions and awards has he won? How many comic books have his name on it?
I think if anything these people should be pointing all those same facts out that I just did as reason as to why they deserve the compensation, instead of saying he didn't receive recognition.
The Kirby "heirs" should be ashamed of themselves and ridiculed wholesale for it.
In fact, I'd say the judge this case is brought before should have a right to sue those heirs for wasting his or her time. Perhaps the heirs can be ordered to have a sign in their front yard alerting neighbors that stupid people live there.
Jack Kirby was compensated, fully, in his lifetime, for his work for hire.
Jack Kirby's heirs aren't seeking credit and recognition for Jack Kirby or his work. They're seeking benefit for something they had no part of whatsoever.
Imagine the "heirs" of Michelangelo seeking "royalities" from the Catholic Church's Sistine Chapel tour. Imagine the son of the carpenter that installed the framework of your house or the daughter of the assembly line worker that put the carburetor in your car coming to extort money from you via lawsuit because you "don't give credit where credit is due."
It's the same thing.You'd regard them as social parasites the same way you ought to regard Kirby's heirs in this case. In the off-chance that such a frivolous case does go to trial in the first place and Kirby's heirs win and Marvel gets out of producing works with characters Kirby was hired to create, what then? No more Marvel Universe as we know it, and people you've never heard of and didn't give a darn about yesterday are suddenly profitting from "owning" things they successful stole via lawsuit never to be heard from again.
Yeah, that protects "Jack Kirby's legacy."
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