Comics A.M. | Kirby heirs appeal Marvel ruling; Steve Geppi sued over art deal

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Comics A.M. | Kirby heirs appeal Marvel ruling; Steve Geppi sued over art deal

Legal | As he promised he would do last month after a federal judge declared the heirs of artist Jack Kirby had no claim to copyrights on the superheroes he co-created for Marvel Comics, Kirby family lawyer Marc Toberoff filed an appeal Monday with the Second Circuit Court of Appeal.

“Specifically, the estate of comic book superhero legend Kirby — co-creator of Captain America, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, The Avengers, Iron Man, Hulk, The Silver Surfer and Thor — sent notices terminating copyright to publishers Marvel and Disney, as well as film studios that have made movies and TV shows based on characters he created or co-created, including Sony, Universal, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures,” Deadline reports. [The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline]

Legal | Daniel Best shares details on a lawsuit the estate of Archie artist Bob Montana filed against Steve Geppi, founder of Diamond Comic Distributors, in 2009. Through his Diamond International Galleries company, Geppi agreed to pay $1 million to Montana’s family for his collection of Golden Age Archie artwork, but ended up only paying half of it. “And there was another, more important factor coming into play – at the point of purchase Steve Geppi and Diamond were hemorrhaging money to the point of legal action, not that he told anyone. Geppi was rapidly finding that more money was leaving Diamond than what was coming in from its various sources with the result that his net worth had plummeted to a fraction of its original value. While this didn’t leave him destitute, it did have the effect of leaving Diamond hovering on the brink of bankruptcy. Geppi elected to simply cry poor and not pay the remaining $500,000 owing to the Montana family.” [20th Century Danny Boy]

Retailers | The Jim Hanley’s Universe on Staten Island in New York is now open for business after suffering extensive damage from heavy rainfall over the weekend. [Jim Hanley’s Universe]

Conventions | Heidi MacDonald notes that several scheduled and as-yet-unscheduled conventions have dropped off the Wizard World website, including shows in Miami, Atlanta, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Nashville, in addition to the Winnipeg show we reported on in June. [The Beat]

Creators | Geoff Boucher talks to Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello about Orchid, his upcoming comic book from Dark Horse Comics. [Hero Complex]

Creators | NPR’s All Things Considered spotlights Grant Morrison and his recent book Supergods. [NPR]

Comics | Andy Khouri posts a very thorough examination of the “dollars and sense” of the Womanthology project. [ComicsAlliance]

Advertising | Todd Allen takes a closer look at ComicsUnited, a network that will bring paid advertising to comics published by Aspen, Boom! Studios, Dynamite, IDW and Top Cow. [Publishers Weekly]