Let's get one thing straight before you go through this interview in which Stan Lee is drilled by a reported from Moviefone about why Jack Kirby isn't credited in The Avengers... Jack Kirby actually is credited in the film as a co-creator. I can't help but think that this guy feels like a total jackass, after finding out later that Kirby was actually credited. If you're going to go after someone like this, make sure you do your homework first. At the same time, you'd think Stan would have known and just said, yeah... he's credited as a co-creator, but I guess he wasn't really prepared for the question either. It really gets uncomfortable, the guy just wouldn't stop pressing him. I know there's a lot of legal mumbo jumbo surrounding all of this stuff, but of course Marvel is going to credit Kirby for his contribution to these comics.
Here's how it went down...
Fans of Jack Kirby are concerned that his name appears nowhere on the credits of "The Avengers." What's your take on their concern?
I don't know how to answer that because in what way would his name appear?
His name isn't mentioned anywhere in the film production as a co-creator.
Well it's mentioned in every comic book; it says "By Stan Lee and Jack Kirby."
But it doesn't appear for the film itself; and his fans feel he should get that recognition, with the movie exposing his work to a whole new audience.
I know, but you're talking to the wrong guy because I have nothing to do with the credits on the movies. I'm credited as one of the executive producers because that's in my contract. But Jack was not an executive producer. So I don't know what he'd be credited as. Again I know nothing about that, I have nothing to do with the movie's credits. You'd have to talk to whoever is the producer of the movie. Is there anything you want to ask me about the documentary because I thought that's what I was supposed to be talking about.
What do you think about this little question and answer exchange between the reporter and Lee?