Saturday, June 7, 2014

Forget Captain America, Spider-Man, and The Avengers--Cash is the Real Superhero

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When you think of comic books it’s pretty easy to immediately summon colorful images of any number of superheroes and characters, but what should be popping into you head is dollar signs—really big ones at that.

No I’m not talking about those ultra-rare issues that fetch thousands upon thousands of dollars or about the onslaught of movies that pop up year round at the local multiplex and soon to be even more prevalent on television.  Think about the money that is generated by these fictional characters.

According to ComicBookMovie.com, the Marvel Comics stable of movies (which includes the Avengers, Spider-Man, X-Men, etc.) is the highestgrossing movie franchise of all time.  However, if you are more of a numbers person (and who isn’t) ThePhoenixMag.com estimates that AMC profits $8 million per episode on “The Walking Dead.” 

Okay, so what?  Just about everybody knew that comic book properties are all the rage lately generating millions upon millions of dollars.  The exception appears to be the people that helped create the characters in the first place.

Jack Kirby is pretty well-known in the comic book realm, but outside of fans of those great books he remains something of an enigma.  The point is, according to Business Insider, is that Kirby helped create a lot of those characters raking in huge profits including Thor, The Fantastic Four, and Captain America.

The sticking point is that Kirby was paid as a freelancer decades ago when the characters were created and the comic book industry was not generating billions of dollars at the movies, according to ComicBook.com.  That has lead, Kirby’s children to file a lawsuit looking to retain copyrights to the characters he had a hand in creating.

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So Kirby’s family, the artist passed away in 1994 click herefor the New York Times obituary, hopes the Supreme Court will even hear their argument.  I’m just glad I don’t have to hash out who owns what.  I just hope this doesn’t get ugly.  Even Stan Lee had seen his fair share of legal action over the past decade or two according to CNN.

That’s the thing, nobody knew when the characters were created that they would endure decades and rise in fall in popularity only to end up generating a lot of cash.  And so the tale of the one true superhero is born—Cash.

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