Is Jim Starlin gearing up for a lawsuit over Thanos?
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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