Weird story from THR Esq. Comic book legend Stan Lee is being sued by his namesake company Stan Lee Media Inc. for intellectual property theft. Lee left SLMI for Marvel Entertainment nearly a decade ago, and the legal wrangling for control of Lee’s comic universe has been going on ever since. THR‘s Eriq Gardner explains:
California federal judge Stephen Wilson is allowing the authorities now controlling SLMI to pursue a lawsuit against Lee for improperly transferring the intellectual property rights to many legendary comic book characters including Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, Thor, and more.
On Monday, with Judge Wilson’s blessing, the plaintiff filed a new consolidated complaint that alleges that Lee assigned rights to these characters to SLMI in 1998 and then colluded to divert assets to his other companies, QED Productions and Pow! Entertainment, before they eventually wound up in Marvel’s hands as the result of a settlement.
This latest suit comes only weeks after a billion dollar Lee/SLMI/Marvel suit was dismissed.