Avengers Weekend Part 2 – Kirby Credit?

I don’t really follow the fan press too much so I missed this. Apparently someone asked Stan Lee why Jack didn’t receive credit in the Avengers movie. There was some hoopla, but in the end I guess Jack does get a credit. And it’s nice Jack gets a credit, but I’d rather see his family get some money. Here’s the article:

Stan Lee On The Jack Kirby ‘Avengers’ Credit Controversy (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post  |  By  Posted: 04/24/2012 5:19 pm Updated: 04/25/2012 2:10 pm


Not surprisingly, Jack Kirby’s co-creator credit appears nowhere in the promotion of “The Avengers.” His fans have expressed outrage over the way his contributions to the movie’s very existence are being swept under the rug. Stephen Bissette (co-creator of“Constantine,” and noted “Swamp Thing artist) called for a boycott of Marvel comics and merchandise, while James Sturm, co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies,also published an essay explaining his decision to boycott the movie. Many fans have followed suit, arguing that while Disney and Marvel have no legal obligation to acknowledge Kirby, their actions are completely lacking in ethics.

During an interview to promote both “The Avengers” and his new documentary“With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story,” Moviefone asked Stan Lee himself about his take on the Kirby controversy. His response is below. (The full Stan Lee interview will run next week.)

Fans of Jack Kirby are concerned that his name appears nowhere on the credits of “The Avengers.” What’s your take on their concern?
I don’t know how to answer that because in what way would his name appear?

His name isn’t mentioned anywhere in the film production as a co-creator.
Well it’s mentioned in every comic book; it says “By Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.”

But it doesn’t appear for the film itself; and his fans feel he should get that recognition, with the movie exposing his work to a whole new audience. 
I know, but you’re talking to the wrong guy because I have nothing to do with the credits on the movies. I’m credited as one of the executive producers because that’s in my contract. But Jack was not an executive producer. So I don’t know what he’d be credited as. Again I know nothing about that, I have nothing to do with the movie’s credits. You’d have to talk to whoever is the producer of the movie. Is there anything you want to ask me about the documentary because I thought that’s what I was supposed to be talking about.