Marvel Comics now include creator credits for Jack Kirby

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It seems like the effects of Marvel and Disney's settlement with the Kirby estate are finally coming into effect - for the first time since the legal battle between the two began in 2009, the legendary King of Comics has received co-creator credits in the pages of Marvel comic books.

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This week's releases of All-New X-Men #33, Fantastic Four #12, Inhuman #7, Wolverine and the X-Men #11 and Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America #1 all feature credits for Kirby, either alongside Stan Lee, or in the case of Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America, Joe Simon. It's not just the first time credits in these comics have shown up for Kirby but all creators too - before the change neither Simon or Lee were included on the credits pages, but the addition of Kirby is all the more potent after the feud between Marvel and Kirby's estate over the last five years. Here's the credits page of Fantastic Four #12 showing the credit:

Illustration for article titled Marvel Comics now include creator credits for Jack Kirby
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It's long overdue - Kirby helped create some of Marvel's biggest stars, heroes that they've earned millions from not just through comics but now through the MCU as well. Still, it's a great thing to see Kirby's name in the credits where it belongs.

[Comic Book Resources]


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I'm certain this is part of the settlement with the estate, but I can't help but think that Kirby would have received a co-creator credit anyway if the legal battle hadn't been going on. In fact, I'd assume the only reason he didn't was because the case was currently in court, so they couldn't.