Through the Mirror

Late in life, Jack Kirby returned to his youth. After a long, distinguished career he drew his first unequivocally autobiographical story, “Street Code”, in 1983.

Gary Gerani

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.

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?

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.

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?

“And the Danger’s Even Larger…”

This month’s column will run from Thanksgiving through Christmas, and since many of you will be spending time with family and friends, I thought I’d do something fun this month. Let’s take a look at Fantastic Four Annual # 6, the book featuring the birth of Franklin Richards. My thanks to the owner of the… Read more »

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.