Marvel Tells 2nd Circ. Comic Artist Worked For Hire

Law360, New York (April 6, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT) -- Marvel Comics Worldwide Inc. on Thursday urged the Second Circuit to rule that it owned the copyrights to drawings by cartoonist Jack Kirby, who contributed to comic books like X-Men and The Incredible Hulk, saying that Kirby's work was done for hire.

The case traces its roots to 2009, when four of Kirby's children — Barbara, Neal, Susan and Lisa Kirby — sent Marvel some 45 notices purporting to terminate the artist's assignment of copyrights to drawings in a number of the company's comic books published...
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