Marvel Worldwide, Inc. et al v. Kirby et al - Jack Kirby's Creations
- Mr Fantastic - the concept of a stretching man can be traced back to Jack Cole’s Plastic Man.
- The Human Torch – the concept of a flaming man named the Human Torch can be traced back to Carl Burgos and his original creation, the Human Torch, which appeared in Timely Comics in the 1930s through to the ‘50s. Burgos’ original Human Torch first appeared in Marvel Comics #1, dated October 1939. The Johnny Storm Torch was clearly designed to be an update of the original.
- Namor The Sub-Mariner – this character was created in the 1930s by Bill Everett and first appeared in the first issue of Motion Picture Funnies Weekly which appeared around April 1939. The character that appeared in the Fantastic Four is the very same Everett creation. For the Kirby estate to claim that Jack Kirby created, co-created, or should have ownership of the character is a very, very long shot indeed.