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Marvel Worldwide, Inc. et al v. Kirby et al - Vintage Stan Lee/Jack Kirby Interviews

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More information from the Marvel vs Jack Kirby's estate court case. What we have here is a couple of short, yet sweet, excerpts from radio interviews done in the mid to late 1960s featuring, for the main part, Stan Lee, and to a lesser part, Jack Kirby.  These interviews were introduced as evidence to illustrate how Kirby was involved in the creation and plotting process of the time, but are even more notable for Lee claiming a bad memory, as far back as 1968, so, if nothing else, at least he's been consistent with his claims since then.  It's also amazing to think that Stan was claiming a yearly circulation figure of over sixty million issues - which I'd believe, as, in the late '60s, other than books, movies, some television and radio, there wasn't a lot to shift the focus of young people from comic books, unlike today's environment where comic books have to compete with the internet and the instant gratification of downloading and pay TV, all of which ad…

Marvel Worldwide, Inc. et al v. Kirby et al - Susan Kirby Speaks

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Marvel Worldwide, Inc. et al v. Kirby et al - Neal Kirby Speaks

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More information from the Marvel vs Jack Kirby's estate court case. Reading this deposition you get the feeling that Stan Lee isn't on the Kirby families Christmas Card list, and I doubt that he ever will be.  Neal Kirby, the only son of Jack Kirby, shared his thoughts about Stan Lee in his deposition, and it almost reads like he was pleased to finally be able to get his impressions down on the record.  There's a lot of anger in the Kirby family and the bulk of it is directly squarely towards Stan Lee, moreso than Marvel itself.  The Kirby's clearly believe that Stan Lee is the reason why their father never got the credit he was due, or got the money that he was due.  Reading this deposition, I doubt anything anyone could say would change Neal Kirby's mind on that front.

Clearly this wasn't the most pleasant of depositions.  Towards the end of the taping the two main lawyers, Marc Toberoff, acting for the Kirbys, and David Fleischer, acting for Marvel, actually…