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Marvel Worldwide, Inc. et al v. Kirby et al - Jack Kirby's Creations

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Marvel Worldwide, Inc. et al v. Kirby et al - Jack Kirby's Missing Art

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1915. That’s how many Jack Kirby pages went missing from Marvel between the time Irene Vartanoff did her famous inventory and Kirby got his art back in 1987.

Yet another great document that has been brought back into the light via the the Marvel vs Jack Kirby's estate court case is an art return form and inventory. Now we can finally see just what art was returned to Jack Kirby after he signed his amended art return form in early August, 1987 and compare it against the inventory list that had been published in The Comic Journal in Fenruary 1986. That inventory was done by Marvel staff member Irene Vartanoff and was current up to February 1980 and the inventory counted 3973 individual pages of Kirby art, however Kirby received 2058 pages in 1987. After that Vartanoff was relieved of her duties and art had started to be returned, for example, Joe Sinnott was handed the art to Fantastic Four #91 in its entirety. Kirby was handed nothing. Some of the missing art can be put down…

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