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Give credit and royalties to Jack Kirby and his family.
  • Petitioned Marvel Entertainment

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Marvel Entertainment

Give credit and royalties to Jack Kirby and his family.

    1. Bryan  Munn
    2. Petition by

      Bryan Munn

      Guelph, Canada

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Jack Kirby is one of the most important and influential artists in the history of U.S. comic books and popular culture. Along with writers Joe Simon, Stan Lee, and Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby created the characters and stories on which Marvel Comics has built a very successful business over the past 60 years. Kirby created or co-created Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, The X-Men, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, The Avengers, and many more. For his efforts, Kirby was paid a few dollars a page and never shared in the billions of dollars in profits his characters have made in various media, including print, film, and video games.

We strongly urge Marvel Entertainment and its owner Disney to acknowledge Jack Kirby's authorship and primary role in the creation of these characters. As well, we urge Marvel to pay Kirby's family royalties or other just compensation for the use of these characters and stories.

Until such a time as Marvel can make things right with Kirby's legacy and Kirby's family and heirs, we may refuse to purchase any Marvel product, including comic books, movies, toys, or games. We ask Marvel, Disney, and its shareholders to act ethically and morally in this situation, just as their characters would.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory!

      Bryan  Munn
      Petition Organizer
      Marvel, Jack Kirby Heirs Settle Dispute Over Superhero Rights

      The family of Jack Kirby and Marvel Entertainment have resolved a long-running legal dispute over the rights to some of the most popular characters in Marvel's library, including "Spider-Man" and "X-Men."

    2. The Kirby's and Marvel Reach a Settlement

      Bryan  Munn
      Petition Organizer

      "Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history."

      http://handoffire.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/the-kirbys-and-marvel-reach-a-settlement/

      The Kirbys and Marvel Reach a Settlement

      Wow. Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby's significant role in Marvel's history. Two days ago, on Friday, September 26, Marvel Entertainment and the Kirby estate jointly released the above statement-which is the sum total of...

    3. How the Kirby case caused acclaimed ROGER LANGRIDGE to quit DC and Marvel

      Bryan  Munn
      Petition Organizer

      Washington Post story by Michael Cavna mentions the petition and talks to Langridge about how Marvel's treatment of Jack Kirby and his heirs in the past and currently, led him to recently stop working for the company.

    4. Fighting to Rescue the Lost Avenger by Bruce Bennett

      Bryan  Munn
      Petition Organizer

      Wall Street Journal article about Kirby's place in popular culture and how "sky-rocketing auction prices and a new museum in his honor are signaling that Jack Kirby may finally have arrived."

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. The Ethical Rot Behind 'Before Watchmen' & 'The Avengers'

      Bryan  Munn
      Petition Organizer

      Writing for AOL's Comics Alliance site, critic David Brothers recounts the history of Marvel's mistreatment of Jack Kirby as well as Alan Moore's experiences at DC.

    7. Growing up Kirby: The Marvel memories of Jack Kirby’s son

      Bryan  Munn
      Petition Organizer

      On the eve of the Avengers movie premiere, Neal Kirby shares his memories of watching his dad create the Marvel superheroes in his basement studio.

    8. Marvel vs Kirby: Appellants' Opening Brief by Daniel Best

      Bryan  Munn
      Petition Organizer

      The children of Jack Kirby are appealing the summary judgement against them on the issue of copyright over characters co-created by Jack Kirby. Please lend your support to the cause by signing this letter.

    9. Comic fan petitions Marvel to recognize Avengers creator by Thana Dharmaraj

      Bryan  Munn
      Petition Organizer

      Local paper covers the petition. Please contact your local media about this letter. Phone. Email. Send a press release.

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. “Avengers” boycotters assemble online by Matt Singer

      Bryan  Munn
      Petition Organizer

      The IFC Channel blog covers the growing movement and links to this letter.

    12. Reached 750 signatures
    13. Why I’m Boycotting The Avengers by James Sturm

      Bryan  Munn
      Petition Organizer

      Cartoonist James Sturm is the founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies and has also worked for Marvel. Not a piece about the petition but a history of Marvel's mistreatment of Jack Kirby and his legacy.

    14. Online Petition Asks Marvel to Give Kirby Credit by Brigid Alverson

      Bryan  Munn
      Petition Organizer

      The Robot 6 blog from Comic Book Resources wonders if the internet is too fickle for a campaign like this. Let's prove it ain't so!

    15. Reached 250 signatures
    16. Jack Kirby Royalties/Credit Petition Live at Change.org by Todd Allen

      Bryan  Munn
      Petition Organizer

      The Beat brings news of the petition to its large readership of comics fans.

    17. The Jack Kirby Lawsuit by David Brothers

      Bryan  Munn
      Petition Organizer

      an opinion piece about Jack Kirby and the comics industry

    18. It’s Here! The First Jack Kirby/Boycott Marvel Petition (that we know of)!

      Bryan  Munn
      Petition Organizer

      An early blog post about the petition. People are starting to get the word out. Please help share this issue with others.

    19. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Karon Patton BESSEMER, AL
      • about 2 years ago

      Jack Kirby needs to receive credit for his work even if it is post humously. It is wrong that he/his family does not receive royalties on his work. Large corporations should not be allowed to do this. This has become such a morally (and ethically) corrupt society that people think nothing of this type of wrongdoing.

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    • Brenda Dial CHINO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because certain things in life are just right, and giving credit where credit is due is one of them!

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    • Jeromy Oelker VENICE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Kirby did great work incredible passion

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    • David McNeilly EDMONTON, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Kirby may key contributions to the creation of what is come to be known as the Marvel Universe - these should be formally recognized.

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    • Mark Burnett ROSLYN, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      What's right is right.

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