The New York Times is reporting today that the hiers to former Marvel comic book artist Jack Kirby, have filed copyright termination notices for several Marvel Superheroes which Mr. Kirby co-created.
Mr. Kirby died in 1994 and worked with Stan Lee to help create many of the more popular Marvel characters such as “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man,” “Spider-Man,” "X-Men," "The Fantastic Four," and “The Avengers”.
The heirs have hired LA law firm Toberoff & Associates to help them. For those of you who in the comic book community, you will remember this firm as the one who last year helped get a court ruling returning a share of the copyrights to the hiers of Jerome Siegel who co-created Superman. The legal notices which were sent out by T&A to Marvel, Disney, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures, expressed an intent to regain copyrights to some creations as early as 2014.
When asked for a comment, a Disney spokesperson said "The notices involved are an attempt to terminate rights seven to 10 years from now, and involve claims that were fully considered in the acquisition.”
For the full story, please go to: In Wake of Disney-Marvel Deal, Cartoonist’s Heirs Seek to Reclaim Rights - Media Decoder Blog - NYTimes.com