While DC and Warner Bros. “won” their legal battle with the Joseph Shuster estate when the Supreme Court denied the review concerning the rights to Superman, Disney and Marvel worked out a quiet settlement with the Jack Kirby estate. The details of that settlement were kept private, until now.
There’s a lot of shame to go around when one looks back at how creators, and the rights to their creations, were treated back when comic books were still a fledgling industry. It gets even more confused when you throw in the truck loads of cash made when these characters started to appear on the big screen. Something that back then, wasn’t really a consideration when these characters were created. Hell, it wasn’t until recently that some creators actually got any compensation or credit for their creation in movie credits. All because the lawyers and purse string monitors didn’t want to accept their shameful role in the whole thing or loss even a percentage of all that wonderful superhero movie money. (more…)
Included in the upcoming Marvel Comics The Avengers Blu-ray box set is a 90 minute documentary entitled:
“Building a Cinematic Universe“
These two video clips, that total over 25 minutes of the documentary, are a fascinating look at how and why Marvel is working to create a movie universe that supports all their superhero characters. There are some great talents talking about the history of Marvel and the transition from the comic book page to the big screen.
The late Joe Simon, who co-created Captain America talking about how Captain America came to be. Stan “The Man” Lee makes an appearance to talk about the birth of the Marvel Age of Comics. Of course there’s Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige talking about the decision to put Hawkeye in the Avengers movie, and some insight into some Comic-Con moments that show everyone how long ago Feige was working behind the scenes to bring it all together.
The Avengers Blu-ray box set hits store shelves on September 25, 2012. Are you planning a purchase?
Joe Simon passed away today at 98. Joe co-created Captain America with artist Jack Kirby back in 1941 for Timely Comics. Many current comic book professionals are expressing their condolences and remembrances of Joe’s work and generous heart; a comic book legend who will be remembered fondly.
Also in sad news, artist Eduardo Barreto passed away today at age 57, after a long battle with meningitis. Barreto was best known for his work on several Batman titles and Teen Titans.
They will be missed.