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Possible Thanos Lawsuit

Creator Gearing Up For Lawsuit?

By Robert T. Trate     July 07, 2012
Source: Digital Spy

Jim Starlin has offered proof that he created Thanos, leading to speculation that he may launch a lawsuit against Marvel Comics.

The writer and artist has posted an early concept drawing of the Mad Titan from before he began working at the publisher, reports The Beat.

Interest in the character is growing following his cameo in The Avengers movie, the speculation of an upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film and the announcement of a Thanos: Son of Titan miniseries from Joe Keatinge and Richard Elson.

"This is probably one of the first concept drawings of Thanos I ever did, long before I started working at Marvel," Starlin wrote on his Facebook page. "Jack Kirby's Metron is clearly the more dominant influence in this character's look. Not Darkseid.

"Both D and T started off much smaller than they eventually became. This was one of the drawings I had in my portfolio when I was hired by Marvel. It was later inked by Rich Buckler."

Marvel is reportedly struggling to find records relating to the period in the mid-'70s when Thanos debuted in its comics.

"This is the second film that had something I created for Marvel in it - the Infinity Gauntlet in Thor being the other - and both films I had to pay for my own ticket to see them," Starlin previously said.

"Financial compensation to the creators of these characters doesn't appear to be part of the equation."

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mharsha 7/7/2012 11:29:37 AM

Did he have a problem with them having Thanos and the Infinty Gauntlet way back then? Why does he have a problem with it now? Oh yeah, money.

hamyslamy 7/7/2012 11:58:49 AM

Of course he had no problem taking the paycheck back then. I'm sure he had no problem using characters other people created to tell his own stories while they received no compensation. Ironically, comic book creators will be the death of the industry.

Wiseguy 7/7/2012 12:26:04 PM

Give him 50 bucks to reimburse him for the price of the movie tickets and some pop-corn.

I hate guys like these that come out of the wood work for money. Never gave a fuck I bet til he sees Thor and The Avengers become huge hits.

noahbody 7/7/2012 12:53:29 PM

I am sure a lot of artist reach into their portfolios when they are working on projects, but then you used that idea when working for Marvel so its your loss. Probably the only way a lot of their art see the light of day

Hookedonavengers2012 7/7/2012 1:28:20 PM

 Lord have mercy, shut up Starlin and enjoy the friggin movies! My uncle was the same friggin way when T.J. Hooker came out...sheesh

I say if you dont already have a suit in before this tough friggin noggies be'otch! 

thezillaman 7/7/2012 1:33:14 PM

like Wiseguy said , just give the fuck face a free pass to watch the next movie and a bag of stale rotten popcorn. i think $50 bucks is way to much, .Marvel don't give that idiot a penny.. don't do it, ...

millean 7/7/2012 1:37:05 PM

 Yeah.  I mean come on.  If you go to work for a comic publisher and use characters in THEIR books, I don't see how you would expect to retain the rights to those characters unless you had something in writing up front.  That was what they were paying you for back then, sheesh.

dawntreader 7/7/2012 1:52:39 PM

Usually when you work for a company there is an agreement that you are creating things for them. that is both implied by accepting a job and can also be put in writing.

either way i dont see how this guy should get anything unless marvel decides to be nice.

Wyldstaar 7/7/2012 1:57:51 PM

 The Infinity Gauntlet is in FOUR frames of Thor. You can be actively looking for it onscreen and still miss it.  

These creators with their hands out are getting absurd.  I'm an industrial designer.  Anything I create while employed at a company belongs to that company.  If I came up with something before working there, and then submit that earlier design, it becomes fair game to them.  If I want to retain the rights to my designs, I simply don't submit it. These guys get no sympathy from me.

SarcasticCaveman 7/7/2012 2:41:26 PM

Yeah, this isn't like the Schmacher issue with Superman...that issue was DECADES in the making.  The timing of this is just highly questionable.  Marvel Comics itself has been making money just fine for years...oh, but watch out...now they're owned by DISNEY!  That's where the REAL money is.  Dick.

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