But on May 15th, Supreme Court judges will hear Marc Toberoff's representation of Jack Kirby's estate against Disney and Marvel Comics over the termination of rights to the likes of X-Men, Thor, Fantastic Four, Thor and Hulk – and whether or not they will hear the case. They have been petitioned by the family, Lisa, Neal, Susan and Barbara Kirby.
The legal battle has been running seriously for five years and has suffered a number of set backs with Kirby's work repeatedly being defined as work for hire, and so the rights unable to be terminated by the creator's estate. But now it is to be discussed in Conference and, if heard by the Supreme Court, may lead to a massive reversal of fortunes for Marvel. Or, if nothing else, considerable publicity for the artist who created so much of Marvel Comics, including their current success in the movies, yet never received a cent in royalties for his comics work there.
What a time to release Days Of Future Past….