>>94510620>Whut Kirby actually got credit and recognition for creating iconic characters there and DC actually respects his legacy (see the celebration they're giving his 100th Birthday)
No, he didn't.
He got told he'd be able to pitch his own series and work on it. Instead he ended up working on Jimmy Olsen (initially by choice to meet his weekly page quota) and, later, The Demon (which he hated from the start and considered one of the worst things he'd ever created).
New Gods was supposed to be a limited series - or rather, a series of several limited series. If he'd been allowed to pursue it, he'd have basically invented the graphic novel ten years before anybody thought it was worth doing. Instead, DC insisted he tie New Gods into DC's wider (and at that time, pre-Crisis, total clusterfuck) continuity, and refused to let him end the series (even though initially he'd been assured it would end, and another title carrying on in the same continuity, with different characters, would begin). By issue 11 (when it ended, the first time), it wasn't selling, everybody (Kirby included) hated it, and DC just told him to keep doing Jimmy pages and maybe think of something non-New Gods to do. So he came up with The Demon as a stopgap.
DC not only didn't let him work the way they'd promised (having only hired him for his name, rather than his creations), they continued to bleed out his New Gods over the following decades. By his death, they'd fully tied New Gods into the main canon, and released some of the worst stories ever published by DC, featuring those characters. Kirby had repeatedly tried to definitively end the Fourth World Saga and DC had repeatedly refused to honor his wishes.
By even continuing to publish this shit, they're literally pissing on his legacy. He never wanted this. He'd never have written fucking Batman dodging the Omega Sanction of all things. This idea that Marvel didn't respect him and he ended his career at DC isn't even true.