Tag Archives: Jack Kirby

Seeking Salivation! Food in Early Comics

University of Washington professor José Alaniz invited me to prepare and deliver a guest lecture on early comics for his class on food-themed comics. You could say I hoped the project would turn out to be something I could sink my teeth into. I was not disappointed. Continue reading

 

Black Panther #1: 31 Thoughts

Perhaps the critic had unrealistic expectations. Continue reading

 

Greg Theakston Says the Kirby Museum Can Look Forward to a Theft Complaint for Christmas  

In what has to be one of the world’s slowest-building controversies, Theakston’s grievance with the Kirby Museum has been building for some time. 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

 

“Trail May Lead to the Ends of Infinity”

A close reading of The Mighty Thor # 166 (July 1969). Continue reading

 

Jack Kirby and Alex Niño: Innovation at DC Comics in 1972

Searching for the unusual in the sometimes formulaic world of mainstream comics, we travel back to 1972 and uncover Jack Kirby’s despair and Alex Niño’s faces. Continue reading

 

“If I Don’t Put this Dude Out of Action Now, We’re Both Chopped Liver!”

Jack Kirby’s Black Panther. Continue reading