Beyond the obvious characters and worlds he created, Jack Kirby's career stands as a cautionary tale comic creators and publishers a like. Forced into a work for hire situation by financial pressures, Kirby remains largely uncredited for creating half of the Marvel Comics slate of intellectual property. The money making half, I might add. His estate has no stake in these characters that are the basis for multi-zillion dollar movies and merchandising campaigns.
That's sad. Given the size of Marvel and their parent company Disney's legal brigade, its unlikely to ever be resolved in favor of Kirby's heirs. Like so many injustices of the past, there's nothing that can be done to fix the problem short of spewing venom on those responsible.
But, like I said, his career can been seen as a cautionary tale to the comic creators of today. I look at Kirby's career and I realize that investing in my artists is investing in my legacy. I may not ever be a successful business man, but I can be a successful human being.
So, today, in honor of what would've been the King's birthday, I am honoring the Nix Comics co-creators and collaborators. Please read through my facebook page and Twitter feed thank yous to get a peek at the great artists who have made such a tremendous effort on my behalf.
I wish I could pay them all what you are worth.
I promise that should I ever have the capability to fulfill that wish, I will.