In late August Marvel announced that it would be celebrating Kirby week: in honor of legendary comic book artist Jack Kirby’s 99th birthday. But Jack Kirby, who died in 1994, wasn’t on good terms with company that distributed his work.
Even if you’ve never read a comic in your life - there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Stan Lee, the creator of characters like Spiderman and Iron Man. It’s less likely that you’ve heard of Jack Kirby.
Jack Kirby and Stan Lee worked together at Marvel for almost a decade - they came up with the X-Men and the Hulk. And you may have heard of another character Kirby co-created: his name is…Captain America.
But for nearly 20 years Marvel and Jack Kirby engaged in harsh public battle over creative rights and fair compensation.
Asher Elbien's article for The Atlantic: “Marvel, Jack Kirby, and the Comic-book Artist’s Plight”