Days before the Supreme Court went into conference to discuss the rights of Jack "The King of Comics" Kirby's estate over a significant portion of Marvel Comics most popular superheroes, Marvel and Kirby's heirs have announced they've reached a settlement. This, my friends, is unequivocally good news.

The terms of the deal are unknown, but the joint statement is wonderfully affirming: ""Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby's significant role in Marvel's history." As Deadline points out, the Kirby estate seemed to have the advantage here, so it is presumably one they're pleased with.

Kirby created or co-created many of Marvel's biggest characters, including the main four of Marvel's cinematic universe —Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Iron Man — and countless others. It sucks that the Kirby estate literally had to bring their case before the Supreme court before Marvel/Disney acquiesce here, but that shouldn't take too much away from the fact that a legendary creator will get his recognition in future Marvel endeavors from this point on. It's way overdue, but that doesn't make it any less deserved,

[Via Deadline]