Veteran comics creator Jim Starlin announced on his Facebook page Tuesday morning that he has received “a very big check” from DC Entertainment for the use of his KGBeast character in last year’s “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Starlin’s post claims that the amount stemming from this single movie exceeds what he has received from Marvel Studios for usage of characters he created across multiple films. KGBeast appears only in his civilian identity (Anatoli Knyazev) in the film.
Among comic fans, Starlin is better known for his more cosmic-centric creations like Thanos, Drax the Destroyer, and Gamora, all of whom he created for Marvel Comics during his initial stint there in the ’70s. Thanos appeared briefly in “The Avengers,” “Avengers: of Ultron,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” with the latter also introducing Drax and Gamora to cinematic audiences.
Stepping away from the space-faring stories he’s more commonly associated with, Starlin took over as the writer on “Batman” in the late ’80s, and co-created KGBeast with series artist Jim Aparo in 1988. Starlin and Aparo’s run on the title is perhaps best known for their “Death in the Family” arc, where Robin (Jason Todd) was killed after fans voted for the character’s demise in a phone-in campaign.
Starlin is in store to collect more royalties from Marvel, though, with the pending release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” in May and “Avengers: Infinity War” next year. Regarding “BvS,” Starlin added, “Guess I’ll finally have to sit down and watch the movie.”
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