Thursday, January 20, 2005

Great news Stan, but...

Congratulations to Stan Lee for his recent victory in court. I'm sure Marvel's legal team will tie it up in appeals for as long as they can. Apparently, Marvel's stock price took quite a bath after this was announced.

That said, why does Stan get to take home ten per cent of the profits, and not the other writers and artists involved in the creation of the characters featured in Marvel's recent run of successful page-to-screen adaptations? Though Stan was management at Marvel whenever these characters were created, and headed up Marvel's Hollywood dividion for years before Ari Avad, surely his actual writing was done under the same work-for-hire contracts as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Johnny Romita (both Senior and Junior, come to think of it), Wally Wood, Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Len Wein, Herb Trimpe, Frank Miller, Dave Cockrum, Chris Claremont, John Byrne, Ann Nocenti, Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon... all of whom created or co-created characters featured in Marvel Production films. And thats just a list taken literally from the top of my head, without too much consideration.

My head is starting to hurt thinking of all the writers and artists stiffed.
Stan Lee has always been good at taking more credit than he's really been due at Marvel. How about everyone getting a slice of the pie?