Steve Bissette calls for Marvel boycott over their treatment of Jack Kirby

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Spinning out of a Facebook discussion, cartoonist and educator Steve Bissette is making a case for a boycott of Marvel over how shabbily they have treated Jack Kirby and his heirs:

Court rules in favor of Marvel in Kirby copyright case — with text of ruling and depositions

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A sad day for those who hoped, perhaps against hope, that Jack “The King’ Kirby’s heirs would get some of the money their father’s creations have made over the years. Characters including Captain America (created in the ’40s with Joe Simon), The Hulk, Iron Man and Thor– you know, if they called next year’s potential biggest-movie-of-all-time THE AVENEGRS “JACK KIRBY’S AVENGERS” they would not be far from the mark.

Deadline has analysis, seeing it as a big setback for lawyer Marc Toberoff, who has won many unlikely IP cases against giant studios in the past:

Stan Lee 3: The King and the Man in their own words

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Gerry Giovinco‘s blog is always worth reading, but here’s a telling piece setting the two titans’ accounts of the origins of Marvel side by side and coming to a conclusion:

Jack Kirby: "Nobody was in the mood to joke unless you hit a guy with a baseball bat."

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The notorious 1990 Comics Journal interview with Jack Kirby is now online in its entirety, and you can see what made it notorious. The 71-year-old Kirby was not shy about asserting his place in the creation of comics’ best known characters and at the expense of his collaborators.

Nice art: Jack Kirby's Three Thors

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Before he designed the Thunder God whose movie opens tomorrow, Jack Kirby had designed two previous characters named Thor, and over at the Kirby Museum they look back at the Sandman version and the Tales of the Unexpected version.

We’ve seen THOR btw and will have a full review tomorrow. Short version: entertaining but 3D sucks.

Jack Kirby: What does this panel mean?

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It is explained here.
Everything is explained here.

Galactus is real and sending huge gamma-ray bubbles towards us

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Tweet “They’re big, they’re sharp-edged and they contain a lot of energy.” Is there anyone other than Galactus who could possibly be behind this???? Head for the hills! We are going to be eaten! [Thanks to Mike E. for the warning.]

Super Cool: New Jack Kirby website and discussion

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Looking to get high today? What If Kirby is a new site devoted to new, detailed, mind-blasting scans of Jack Kirby’s artwork, and honestly just a few minutes of browsing sent The Beat tripping into new realms. Purchase of a membership in the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center gives access to the real hard stuff however: even bigger scans.

Coming Attractions: September 2010

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The following is a selection of new titles due to be published in September 2010.

There is no particular order to the titles presented below.

This list is not comprehensive, as there are over 275 graphic novel titles scheduled for this month. If you would like to browse them at your leisure, click here. Instead, I have selected titles which caught my interest. These are not necessarily titles I will purchase, but which I will definitely look at once they arrive at my local comics shop or bookstore. Please be advised that publication dates are not set in stone. Also, your local comics shop might receive copies before your local neighborhood website or library. Links connected to publishers will link to the publisher’s website, sometimes to the exact title. Links for the ISBN-13 (also known as the Bookland EAN) will take you to the title as featured on BarnesAndNoble.com . I consider my tastes to be rather eclectic. If you feel I’ve neglected or slighted a title, publisher, or creator, please feel free to mention it in the comments below.

Monthly lists such as this will be posted at the end of the previous month. I will also be posting specific subject lists (comic strips, comics history and surveys, superheroes…) for each season, but these will not have a set schedule.

Busiek and Ross re-team for Kirby Project

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Tweet Via PR, Dynamite has announced that Kurt Busiek will be the writer of the Jack Kirby/Alex Ross project they’ve been teasing. Based on some of Kirby’s concepts, Busiek and Ross will co-plot with Busiek writing and Ross supplying some of the interior art. Having already thrilled fans with the release of teaser images for […]

Disney joins Marvel’s fight with Jack Kirby

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TweetDisney has issued a memo supporting Marvel in the rights dispute with the heirs of Jack Kirby. THe document is included in the post; we don’t have time to read it now, but we’ll join you back here for the discussion.

Jack Kirby in Lucerne

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You might wonder why the first city to stage a major fine art retrospective on the whole career of Jack Kirby is Lucerne in Switzerland. Since Kirby died in 1994, there have been several modest exhibits, including a small display I curated in 1994 at the Cartoon Art Trust in London, as well as the Masters of Comic Art show which began in Los Angeles and included Kirby as one of the fifteen creators spotlighted.

… Of course the idea of an exhibit of Jack Kirby art is enticing enough; but it includes such personal effects as copies of his letters home to wife Roz from the front in WWII: 201005031252.jpg

…Left him enlightened, somewhat calmer but his problem like some problems was laid in the lap of time which is the only other substitute for John J.

Contest: Write your own Jack Kirby pitch

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TweetDave Itzkoff at the NY Times uncovers the story of  a vault of 600 pages of unpublished Jack Kirby concept art.  After leaving DC in the ’70s, the King went on to work in animation for Ruby-Spears through the ’80s, designing such things as Thundarr the Barbabian, among others. But so prolific was Kirby’s imagination […]

Jack Kirby’s Julius Caesar the Celestial

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Tweet Via the Jack Kirby Museum, the tale of Jack Kirby’s foray at costume design for the stage: In 1969, Sheldon Feldner contacted Marvel Comics, asking if one of Marvel’s artists would be interested in designing costumes for a production of William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar by the University Theatre Company at Santa Cruz at […]

This weekend: Royal Flush Festival

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Tweet Jah Furry shares a preview of the new issue of Royal Flush Magazine, which contains much of comics-related interest: • Exclusive cover story / interview with Playboy’s Hugh Hefner, including a first-time-ever-printed 60-year-old autobiographical comic strip written and drawn by Hef. In homage, Royal Flush Book 6 features two foldout posters: centerfold by comics […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 9/29/09

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Tweet§ Oh Shaenon, why can’t I be you? The Patrick Swayze Manga Recommendation Guide. § Robot 6 calls this post “The comic Chris Ware doesn’t want you to see“, and it is pretty hard to improve upon that description. What is the secret of…FLOYD FARLAND??? § Geoff Boucher looks at Jack Kirby, the abandoned hero […]