Author Archives: Jeffrey Trexler


America’s Own Charlie Hebdo

A U.S. legal antecedent to Charlie Hebdo. Continue reading


Should the Kirby Family Have Settled?

On Veterans Day Marvel celebrated Jack Kirby’s military service with photos and recollections from Kirby’s son Neal. Does this collaboration prove that the Kirby heirs triumphed in their fight for justice, or did their settlement betray creator’s rights? Continue reading


How Marvel Could Win the Kirby Case

Kirby family attorney Marc Toberoff’s Supreme Court filing and the supporting amicus briefs are not immune from attack. Here are some of the more creative ways that Marvel – or the Court itself – could trump their central arguments. Continue reading


The Ultimate Nullifier?

On Monday the Supreme Court announced that yet another brief has been filed in support of the Kirby family’s attempt to regain the copyright to key Marvel properties. Have these briefs truly made it all but certain that the Court will not just agree to hear the case in the 2014-15 term, but rule that Jack Kirby’s creations were not work for hire? Continue reading


Taking Back the Kirby Case

Could it be that the Marvel v. Kirby case has exposed fundamental problems not merely with how Marvel treated Kirby, but with the law itself? The answer to this question could determine whether the Kirby family has any chance of having the appellate court ruling reversed. Continue reading


How Censorship Won: The Final Victory of the Comics Code

Just a few months after the Comics Code met its less than grisly fate, the U.S. Supreme Court cited the anti-comics crusade of the 1950s as an example of misguided censorship. Continue reading


The Comics Code in the Phantom Zone

What is in the archives? Has the CMAA actually dissolved? Continue reading


The Comics Code Revisited, Part 1

A look at the legalities surrounding the end of the Comics Magazine Association of America. Continue reading