Following the settlement between Marvel and the estate of comics legend Jack Kirby, the writer/artist’s contributions to the world of comics will now be recognised in the pages of every comic put out by the company. Unannounced, sharp-eyed readers spotted Kirby’s name appearing in the start of several comics published this week, including X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Captain America books.
As one of the founders of the Marvel Universe as we know it, Kirby was – as with every creator who isn’t Stan Lee – shafted by the company somewhat back in the early days. For decades since, he (and later his estate) have been locked in a battle with Marvel in an attempt to create a fair deal for use of the characters he brought to life. With a settlement apparently agreed earlier this year, we’re now starting to see some of the ramifications of the deal.
All-New X-Men #33, Fantastic Four #12, Inhuman #7 andWolverine and the X-Men #11 include the phrase “Created By Stan Lee and Jack Kirby,” while Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America #1 states, “Captain America Created By Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.”
Which is a good start.