The Early Days of Marvel Comics
The New York Times has an interesting article today about the current quiet debate over who owns the copyright to many of the comic book characters and stories we know and love. At the heart of the matter is whether or not the family of Jack Kirby, the King of Comics, deserves some part of the proceeds from the massive blockbuster movies that Marvel has been making recently.
Wherever you fall on that question, it’s an interesting look into how the world of comic book creation used to be – it’s certainly not the shiny world of Metropolis; more like the seedy underbelly of Gotham. Comic authors and artists used to essentially be sweat shop laborers. Check out the article here.
Also, for another (fictional) look into the world of early comics, I highly recommend you read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. It’s an amazing read.