Marvel Comics Is Giving Jack Kirby A Creator Credit
Those of you who take a moment to read the credits pages of your weekly Marvel Comics may have noticed that there's been a small change that started in this week's batch: Jack Kirby is receiving a creator credit for characters and teams that he co-created.
The new credit comes only a few weeks after Marvel and the Kirby family reached an agreement that settled a lawsuit that lasted five years, just before the Supreme Court was set to announce whether it would hear the case. While the details of the settlement haven't been released, giving Kirby a creator credit in the comics certainly seems to fit the joint statement released by both parties in September, which mentioned "advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history."
Kirby's credit appears this week in All-New X-Men #33, Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America #1, Fantastic Four #12, Inhuman #7, and Wolverine and the X-Men #11, listing him as a co-creator alongside Joe Simon (for Captain America) and Stan Lee (for the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Inhumans). Other creators have often acknowledged Kirby's role in creating Marvel's biggest heroes in other ways -- Lee and Kirby being listed as the "Unified Field Theory" or "Better Days Gone By" during Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting's run on FF -- but listing him as the creator of these characters is something that carries a lot more weight.
It's worth noting that this is happening just a few years after DC introduced a "by special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel family" credit on comics featuring Superman, along with similar creator credits on related characters like Superboy and Supergirl. It's a pretty big change that seems to be coming all at once for creators like Kirby, and it's certainly a welcome one.