Skip to main content

REACTION AND ACTION-->Blank Panther?: Jack Kirby, Blackness and the American Dream

Blank Panther?: Jack Kirby, Blackness and the American Dream

The recent decision against the Kirby estate was not unexpected. The rules governing copyright are in some minds, regressive and suppress creativity. Fairness aside, should we allow a corporation to own the fruits of creative labor forever? It is a question worth asking. If the creator can never get their creation back, should they create? It is an argument that this decision is not going to do anything to solve. Regardless, the significant of Kirby's work remains despite the owner. Back in February, when I was reflecting on Black Panther and Kirby for Black History Month, it was impossible to escape the significant of Kirby's vision and the continuing power his work has shaping modern comics. Dynamite Entertainment's recent publication of Kirby: Genesis means that Kirby family will benefit from Jack Kirby genius in very real way in the coming months and years. The bitter feelings from this decision cannot deny Kirby's importance, but it does serve to once again highlight questions about corporate power and individual rights. Faced with the choice of making a living through a creative endeavor as an employee of a "big business" or going it alone and risking not every achieving the dream, many people sign on to create for a "DISNEY" or some other media giant. If the creation is successful, they are forever struggling to get their "fair share" of the profit. This is at the heart of every confrontation between writers, directors, and producers in past labor negotiations over the last five years. This struggle will continue as the digital revolution requires content for myriad platforms. The irony is that while the Kirby estate may have loss the battle, the war between creators and owners of the system is not going away. If anything, Kirby's loss will heighten awareness among creators that they must be aware of their rights. With the emergence of digital opening the door for more and more creators, Kirby's greatest legacy make be to remind creators to safeguard their creations.


Popular posts from this blog

Marvel, Iron Man, and Media Convergence

When munitions manufacturer and millionaire playboy Anthony “Tony” Stark goes to observe some of his military hardware in action in Vietnam, he is wounded by an enemy mine and taken prisoner. His communist captors threaten to kill him unless he creates weapons, but in a desperate bid to survive (shrapnel from the mine is slowly moving toward his heart) he works with a fellow captive, Professor Yinsen, to create a chest-plate to support his damaged heart and transistor-powered iron armor that amplifies his strength and destructive power. While Yinsen is killed, Stark escapes to return to the United States. Like most Marvel heroes, Stark’s power is as much a curse as blessing. As Iron Man, corporate spoke-man for Stark Industries, Stark battles Cold War inspired foes to protect his company and his country. Yet, his condition has not been cured; he must wear his armor chest-plate to stay alive. Iron Man was the most political of all Marvel comic characters. Iron Man was overtly pro-…

The Zero Hour DESPERATE WITNESS (Conclusion) hosted by Rod Serling