Son Of Unsung Marvel Creator Speaks, Shatters Stan Lee’s Throne

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Disney+’s post-humous piece on the life of Marvel legend Stan Lee is catching more flack than you might expect from a documentary. While the film celebrates his accomplishments in the comic book industry and his various Marvel characters, it does a disservice to another Marvel creator that is also responsible for the expansive superhero worlds portrayed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Have you heard of Jack Kirby?

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Even if you’re not a comic book fan, you know Stan Lee’s name, but he certainly did not create all those characters by himself. Lee is responsible in part for heroes like The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, and more, but many of those characters were created in tandem with other artists. For example, Steve Ditko is the co-creator of Spider-Man. Ever heard of him?

Perhaps as quintessential to Marvel Comics as Stan Lee was legend Jack Kirby, who passed away in 1994.  He co-created many of Marvel Comics’ most popular characters, including the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, and the Avengers, as well as the Fourth World saga for DC Comics.

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Now Jack Kirby’s family is speaking up about Disney+’s Stan Lee, and it’s the blatant erasing of Kirby’s legacy. Jack Kirby’s son Neal says,

It’s not any big secret that there has always been controversy over the parts that were played in the creation and success of Marvel’s characters. Stan Lee had the fortunate circumstance to have access to the corporate megaphone and media, and he used those to create his own myths to the creation of the Marvel character pantheon. He made himself the voice of Marvel…

…Lee had over 35 years of uncontested publicity, much, naturally, with the backing and blessing of Marvel as he boosted the Marvel brand as a side effect of boosting himself.

See his whole statement via the Twitter page granddaughter Jillian Kirby made for Jack Kirby’s legacy.

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!