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Legal | As he promised he would do last month after a federal judge declared the heirs of artist Jack Kirby had no claim to copyrights on the superheroes he co-created for Marvel Comics, Kirby family lawyer Marc Toberoff filed an appeal Monday with the Second Circuit Court of Appeal.
“Specifically, the estate of comic book superhero legend Kirby — co-creator of Captain America, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, The Avengers, Iron Man, Hulk, The Silver Surfer and Thor — sent notices terminating copyright to publishers Marvel and Disney, as well as film studios that have made movies and TV shows based on characters he created or co-created, including Sony, Universal, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures,” Deadline reports. [The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline]
OC Weekly has a look at Shepard Fairey’s variant cover for Orchid, the debut comic by Rage Against the Machine guitarist and Audioslave frontman Tom Morello and artist Scott Hepburn announced last week at Comic-Con International by Dark Horse. Morello stopped by the Comic Book Resources yacht at the convention to talk with CBR TV about the 12-issue series, which involves 16-year-old prostitute in a dystopian future leading a revolt.
“When the seas rose, genetic codes were smashed,” so the premise goes. “Human settlements are now ringed by a dense wilderness from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and powerful that overlook swampland shantytowns from their fortress-like cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves. This is the world of Orchid.”
Orchid debuts from Dark Horse in October.