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The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear Stan Lee Media’s case against Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment, bringing to a definitive end at least one part of a legal battle that’s been waged for the better part of a decade.
The action lets stand the 2012 dismissal of a lawsuit seeking million in profits and ownership of the Marvel characters co-created by Lee, co-founder of the failed dot-com. Stan Lee Media had argued in its petition to the justices that the Ninth Circuit erred in October when it upheld the lower court’s decision.
Business | Indian digital comics and animation producer Graphic India has raised $2.8 million in seed financing, led by CA Media, the Asian investment arm of the Chernin Group (which previously acquired “a large minority stake” in the company). Founded in 2013 as a subsidiary of Liquid Comics, Graphic India is perhaps best known for the Stan Lee-created Chakra: The Invincible. The funding will be used to create content in English, Hindi, Tamil and other Indian languages for mobile devices. [Variety]
Creators | Geoff Johns says he returned to Superman because he was interested in giving the Man of Steel a new confidante: “When I was just thinking about the character and thinking about the story possibilities, every time my brain started to picture him talking to somebody with a problem he was having … or dealing with Clark and Superman, it always was just with another superhero. I quickly realized [Superman] didn’t really have anyone normal in his life that he could talk to again, because no one knew his secret.” The other reason: The opportunity to work with John Romita Jr. [Comic Riffs]
Stan Lee, who bought a new house earlier this year off the Sunset Strip, has put his former Hollywood Hills home on the market for $4.9 million. There’s a life-size Spider-Man statue in the entryway, but it’s unclear whether it comes with the place.
Page Six notes the legendary writer and editor bought the 4,963-square-foot home in 2012 for $3.4 million, so he stands to make a tidy profit on the property, which is located in the prestigious Bird Streets community.
Stan Lee will join Batman producer Michael Uslan for a free online course that explores the history of comic books and superheroes.
Offered by edX and the Smithsonian Institution, “The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture” examines the factors that led to the Golden Age of comics, the ebb and flow of the genre, the scares of the 1950s, the acceptance of comic books as an artform, and the current popularity of superheroes in television, film and video games.
After losing one lawsuit after another in its eight-year battle for many of Marvel’s most famous characters, Stan Lee Media is looking to the U.S. Supreme Court for a reversal of fortune.
In a filing made public Friday, and first reported by Law360, the failed dot-com asked the justices to revive its lawsuit against co-founder and namesake Stan Lee, arguing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals erred in its October dismissal.
Drawing may never have been Stan Lee’s forte, but when called upon for a good cause, even Stan The Man can put pencil to paper.
That’s the focus of a rather heartwarming story that ran in The New York Times this weekend focusing on 8-year-old autistic Harlem resident Jamel Hunter. The youngest of five children to a mother who herself has physical disabilities, Hunter was the subject of a profile in the paper late last year when he received a Spider-Man themed birthday party. The story caught the notice of retired jazz musician Corky Hale — who just happens to be the neighbor of the 92-year-old Marvel Comics legend. Hale enlisted Lee to draw a sketch of Spidey declaring “Hi Jamel!” and sent it to the boy via Times reporter Michael Wilson.
Legendary comics writer Stan Lee, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Batman star Adam West are among the fifth wave of action figures in NECA’s limited-edition Simpsons collection celebrating “25 of the Greatest Guest Stars.”
They appear alongside musicians Lenny Kravitz and Tom Petty, joining a lineup that includes the likes of Stephen King, Leonard Nimoy, R.E.M., Mark Hamill, Lucy Lawless and Tom Hanks. Launched in 2014, the boutique collection releases a new wave every two to three months, available at select retailers.
With collaborators like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Stan Lee dreamed up futuristic technology and alien civilizations, but he still marvels at the advancements he witnesses in our world.
I always knew new inventions and new things would come along,” he tells music producer Steve Aoki the latest edition of Wired’s “Neon Future Sessions.’ “I didn’t think it would happen so fast. I didn’t think in my lifetime we’d have things like navigators in automobiles, that we’d have smartphones that can talk to you, but, boy, science is moving so fast. They’re actually managing to keep up with me.”
The nearly 16-year-old LiveJournal last week finally introduced video hosting, and 92-year-old Stan Lee was the first to give it a whirl.
The legendary writer partnered with the social media platform in November to not only launch a blog but to also kick off a contest to find his biggest fan. So of course his video was a reminder to submit entries by the Friday deadline.
Given that just yesterday we were spotlighting Stan Lee’s Kpop video debut, it seems only appropriate that footage of one of the legendary creator’s earliest media appearances has begun to make the rounds again: a 1970 episode of To Tell the Truth.
For those not well-versed in game-show history, each segment of To Tell the Truth introduced three contestants, one who had an interesting occupation or experience (who was sworn to tell the truth), and two imposters (who were permitted to lie). It was up to a panel of celebrities — here, Bill Cullen, Peggy Cass, Tom Poston and Kitty Carlisle — to ask a series of questions to try to identify the real person.
Stan Lee is legendary for his cameos, from 1989’s The Trial of the Incredible Hulk to next week’s Agent Carter and 2000’s X-Men to 2014’s Big Hero 6. However, in the rush and the push of the holidays, one of his latest appearances was largely overlooked.
Kotaku catches that the 92-year-old made his Korean pop debut with a role in the new music video for “”Gwiyomi Song 2,” by actress/singer Clara. Lee, who met the actress/singer during her visit to the United States, shows up during the credits (4:11) in a setting quite familiar to anyone who’s seen “Stan’s Rants.”
After selling a piece of property in Hollywood Hills West in November, comics legend Stan Lee has reportedly bought a contemporary home off the Sunset Strip for $4.4 million.
According to real estate website Trulia, the “luxurious” 5,285-square-foot pad boasts four bedrooms, seven baths, a remodeled chef’s kitchen, a “professional-grade” movie theater, den, sauna and, outside, a pool, spa and patios. The home, which sits on more than an acres, was last sold in 2005 for $3.22 million.
Placing what very well could be the final lump of coal in Stan Lee Media’s stocking, another federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the failed dot-com can’t claim ownership of the Marvel characters co-created by its namesake.
As ROBOT 6 readers are well aware, the litigious shareholders of Stan Lee Media have long insisted that between August 1998, when Marvel terminated Stan Lee’s $1 million-a-year lifetime contract, and November 1998, when he entered into a new agreement, the legendary writer signed over to Stan Lee Entertainment (later Stan Lee Media) his likeness and the rights to all of the characters he co-created.
It’s not easy being Stan Lee, particularly when it feels as if people only like you for your body of work.
“I’m glad people care about Spider-Man and Iron Man and the X-Men and the Hulk and Doctor Strange and all the others,” the legendary creator says in the latest installment of “Stan’s Rants.” “But this burns me up: I’ll meet somebody. ‘Hello, how are you? My name is Stan.’ ‘I’m Joe, that’s fine … Hey, Stan, tell me about Spider-Man.’ Or, ‘Hey, Stan, how come in the latest Iron Man story you did … Stan, how come this happened?’ Nobody ever says to me, ‘Tell me about yourself.’ All they want to know is my characters. How about me? What makes me happy? Did I have a good day, did I have a bad day? What are my hopes, my dreams, my aspirations? Nobody cares!”
Publishing | The British independent publisher Great Beast, which has released the work of Dan Berry, Marc Ellerby and Isabel Greenberg, among others, will close on Jan. 7. Founded in 2012 by Ellerby and Adam Cadwell, the publisher was something of a victim of its own success, as Cadwell explains: “As the group got bigger, as the books became more successful and as we widened the range of shops we sold to there became more of a need for the management and promotion to come from one or two people and Marc Ellerby and I (Adam Cadwell) happily took up that role. However, as time went on we found that the time spent working for the benefit of the group was getting in the way of us actually making our own comics, which is why we started the group in the first place… We looked at many ways of monetising the group so we could pay someone to run things whilst still giving the creators the bulk of the profits but we just couldn’t find a fair way to make it work.” [Great Beast Blog]