Marvel v Kirby: Full Deposition of Stan Lee, Los Angeles, May 13, 2010
However, with all such court cases, every so often a gem in the form of a complete deposition finds it's way into a docket entry, almost always hidden away - such is the case with this deposition, and it's a beauty; the big man himself - Stan Lee. If there's one person who represents both the face of Marvel, and as such the face of everything that the Kirby camp, and Kirby supporters, globally, resent - nay - outright hate - it's Stan Lee. Stan has made millions from Marvel Comics, and each year that amount increases by an estimated $1,250,000 - and that's just the base salary. Stan also earned an estimated $10,000,000 from the resolution of his own lawsuit against Marvel, a suit that was settled as quickly as Marvel could complete, and that fact still enrages Kirby supporters, never mind that settlement talks were in progress between the Kirby family and Marvel before the current suit was filed. Certainly Stan is just another name for Satan in the view of the Kirby family and supporters who feel that Lee created nothing, wrote nothing and took both money and credit away from Jack Kirby. It's a debate not worth getting into really.
This now leaves us with one full deposition being quietly released and the hope is that more will follow. Until they do, either enjoy, or don't enjoy depending on your viewpoint, this complete deposition of Stan Lee, talking about his role at Marvel and the working process of himself and Jack Kirby, back in the glory days of Marvel Comics. I'm sure a number of people will denounce this deposition as more of Stan's lies, others will feel vindicated. Such is the impact that Stan still carries with him, to this day. It's a long one, but well worth the read.