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Marvel Worldwide, Inc. et al v. Kirby et al - Declaration of Gene Colan

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Here's the last in a series of five declarations from the Marvel vs Jack Kirby's estate court case.  Over the next few days I'll be posting all of the declarations -  you can read the declarations of Joe Sinnott, Dick Ayers, Neal Adams and Jim Steranko by clicking on their names.  Before anyone does ask, the exhibits that were lodged with Gene's declaration have been sealed by the court as they contain highly personal, and confidential, information.  Thus you won't be seeing them in the public domain anytime soon.

Gene Colan is another artist who's connections with Jack Kirby go back to the early days of comic books.  Both Kirby and Colan worked at Timely Comics in the 1940s, although their paths rarely crossed.  When Marvel relaunched in the late '50s Colan was busy working at DC, but he did return to Marvel, first under the pseudonym of Adam Austin, and finally under his own name, and there he remained until the early 1980s when a conflict over desig…

Alan Grant & Norm Breyfogle Re-unite For Batman One-Shot

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This would have to be one of the most exciting news of the year, no matter how you want to look at it.  Details aren’t as complete as I’d like them to be, but I can announce, now that the contracts have been signed and agreements made, that DC Comics will be releasing a series of comics.
You might well be saying, “So what?  DC release comics every week – it’s their job ya idjit!”  And you’re right, but what sets these issues apart is both the description and the creative teams.  The series is being referred to by the title "Retro-Active" at the moment, this may or may not change.  The concept, according to DC Editor Jim Chadwick, is, “…to take our six flagship titles-- Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Justice League-and create one new issue for each of the following decades: the 1970s, 80s and 90s. So there will be 18 individual comic books in total, three for each character.”   The new story will be 36 pages long and the actual comic will be matched with…

Marvel Worldwide, Inc. et al v. Kirby et al - Declaration of Joe Sinnott

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Here's the fourth in a series of five declarations from the Marvel vs Jack Kirby's estate court case.  Over the next few days I'll be posting all of the declarations - the next entry will be the declaration of Gene Colan and you can read the declarations of Dick Ayers, Neal Adams and Jim Steranko by clicking on their names.

Joe Sinnott is one of the most famous of all of Jack Kirby's collaborators, even shading Joe Simon in most people's eyes.  The general consensus is that Kirby was poorly served by having inkers of varying skills and abilities working over his pencils when he started at Marvel in the late '50s and early '60s.  This was due to the fact that Kirby was producing more work than any one inker could handle, and anyone who could ink was assigned to him - the list included very capable talents such as Paul Reinman, Don Heck, Dick Ayers, Mike Esposito, Christopher Rule, Vinnie Colletta and many more.  However when Sinnott came to Marvel and off…

Marvel Worldwide, Inc. et al v. Kirby et al - Declaration of Dick Ayers

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Here's the third in a series of five declarations from the Marvel vs Jack Kirby's estate court case.  Over the next few days I'll be posting all of the declarations - in no particular order, you'll read from Gene Colan and Joe Sinnott, you can read the declarations of Neal Adams and Jim Steranko by clicking on their names.

Dick Ayers has been around since the early days of comic books.  There's not much he hasn't done, and not many companies that he hasn't worked for.  More importantly he worked at Marvel when they relaunched their line in the early 1960s, both as a penciler in his own right, and also as an inker for none other than Jack Kirby.  The relationship between Kirby and Ayers had it's ups and downs over the years, the details of which you can see if you read Dick's brilliant three part comic book autobiography, as published by Mecca Comics in 2005.  I have no doubt that Ayers has nothing but the utmost respect for Kirby, his frustratio…

Marvel Worldwide, Inc. et al v. Kirby et al - Declaration of Jim Steranko

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Here's the second in a series of declarations from the Marvel vs Jack Kirby's estate court case.  Over the next few days I'll be posting all of the declarations - in no particular order, you'll read from Dick Ayers, Gene Colan and Joe Sinnott, and yesterday we looked at Neal Adams.

Jim Steranko is another of the heavy hitters for the Kirby side.  As with Adams, Steranko is one of the true legends of the comic book world, although his output was small indeed.  But what Steranko lacked in volume, he more than made up for with sheer quality and ingenuity of design and approach.  From his early days, when he started out as a virtual Kirby clone, he showcased an approach that set him apart from other artists.  When he finally broke free of the Kirby influence, he displayed a style that has yet to be duplicated for sheer impact.  As with Adams, Steranko has a healthy admiration for Kirby, and indeed two of Steranko's best remembered works - Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L…

Marvel Worldwide, Inc. et al v. Kirby et al - Declaration of Neal Adams

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