On The Avengers and Creator's Rights
May 23, 2012 2:33 PM Subscribe
posted by shmegegge (106 comments total)
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So The Avengers is a very successful movie
. This has lead many comics fans to express their concern over the treatment of original creators in the industry, specifically of Jack Kirby
. Creators' Rights controversy is nothing new, and there remains to this day ample reason to question the business dealings of The Big Two when it comes to how they compensate the men and women who work for/with them. Alan Moore has been and continues to be the victim of numerous shady deals at the hands of DC comics
. But no one, with the possible exception of Seigel and Shuster, has suffered more than Jack "King" Kirby.
Ultimately, many longtime fans have asked
"Why should I help Marvel make billions off of The Avengers when none of it will go to Kirby's estate?" Scott Kurtz, creator of PVPonline
, asked fans to give up the fight for Kirby's estate and see the movie
, citing the work of everyone who contributed to the characters since Jack helped create them as reason enough to support the film's release. Mefi's own mightygodking disagreed strongly
, and has since supplemented
his original post with links to other prominent pieces in support of Kirby's legacy. No one denies that King, and Alan Moore among many others, was cheated and denied compensation for his work. The question seems to be, with comics franchises becoming media juggernauts worldwide and moving outside of traditional comics fandom, do fans have the ability to advocate successfully for the rights of the people that started it all?