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Marvel Worldwide, Inc. et al v. Kirby et al - Reading Lists

More on the Marvel vs Jack Kirby 's estate court case.   During Mark Evanier's deposition , he made this statement, when asked if he'd referred to any research material or reference books to substantiate his claims about Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Marvel Comics during the time period in question (1958-1961).  MARK EVANIER: I don't know of any reference book or source like you're describing that would do that. I derived a lot of my knowledge about Marvel from books, as I mentioned. There is very little written and published about a lot of this material. A lot of what has been published about it was written by me. So if the question is, did I check my opinions against published works by others, I don't think there are any published works by others that would cover this material. That's a bit misleading to say the least and, as you'll soon see, John Morrow makes use of a list of published works by people other than Evanier that covers the materia

Gene Colan - A Call To Arms!

By now everyone associated with comic books should be aware of Gene Colan's health situation.  Simply put the man isn't well, but when you look at it, he's not been all that well for a while now.  Late last week Gene woke up with chest pains and shortness of breath, so his son took him straight to the hospital where he was admitted.  He's now in a serious, but relatively stable condition, but the outlook could be better.  A hell of a lot better. Gene has had a rough trot in the past few years.  First was his much publicized health issues, then there was the scandalous issue which we all know about.  Then, sadly, his beloved wife, Adrienne, passed away.  All of this adds up to a series of blows that would have seen a lesser man simply give up and wait for the inevitable.  But not Gene, no, not by a long shot.  Gene isn't going anywhere. Clifford Meth is in touch with Gene on a daily basis and his reports have been encouraging.  I had to chuckle when I read how Ge

Marvel Worldwide, Inc. et al v. Kirby et al - Problems With Hearsay

More on the Marvel vs Jack Kirby 's estate court case. .   In the current issue of The Jack Kirby Collector , issue #56 , John Morrow makes mention of the case and the issues that surrounded his deposition.   Primary amongst them was the fact that while the lawyers for both sides had, “…boxes of reference materials (including copies of lots of Kirby Collector articles, I might add!), and laptops hooked up to the Internet for quick and easy reference to anything they needed.   Me? I had bupkus. I wasn’t allowed to bring any notes or reference materials - it was just me and my memory. Real fair, huh?”   Giving a deposition from memory only is a daunting task, especially when the people asking you questions have access to all of your notes, all of your articles and can easily catch you out on a contradiction, it’s one of the reasons why you have to research your material before going in, something Morrow states he didn’t do.   Preparation is half the battle won. Law courts are int

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