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Jack Kirby heirs challenge Marvel Comics rights ruling

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Jack Kirby's heirs have lodged an appeal against a court ruling that states Marvel Comics owns the characters the late artist co-created.

The influential illustrator's family claim that a federal judge misinterpreted the law in 2011 when he declared that characters including Iron Man and the Fantastic Four were created as works for hire.

Jack Kirby
Fantastic Four: Jack Kirby


Marvel countered the Kirby estate's initial claims with a testimony from the artist's collaborator Stan Lee, who said on record that Kirby drew the characters in question at the publisher's behest.

The Kirby children maintain Lee's statement was given too much credence and have lodged a bid with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to have the ruling overturned, Law360 reports.

Marc Toberoff, who also represents the heirs of Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in their legal battle with DC Comics, will serve as the Kirby family's legal representative.

Kirby, who had a hand in creating Captain America, Fantastic Four and the X-Men, died in 1994.

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