With Hillary Clinton running for President, her association with convicted drug dealer and fraudster Peter F Paul and Stan Lee Media may well hit the headlines again.
Paul ran the (then) largest political fundraiser ever for her Senatorial campaign and tried to get Bill Clinton onto the board of his company Stan Lee Media. The company was set up to exploit Stan Lee's name after he left Marvel Comics, to benefit from his new creations for comics, TV and films.
It all went sour rather. And Stan Lee Media – a company no longer associated with Stan Lee – has spent the last ten years trying to claim rights to all Stan Lee's creations from Marvel – and now Disney. Despite six courts saying they have no claim.
Stan Lee Media have claimed that Lee transferred all his creative rights to the company in exchange for a large sum of money, and that includes Spider-Man, The Avengers, the Hulk. X-Men, Thor and the like. Unfortunately the courts really don't see it that way. And Disney was awarded almost half a million in costs.
Stan Lee Media claimed bankruptcy, so Disney went after the people funding the litigation, a company called TAP-SLMI, owned by a Mr Wolk. The courts stated that relevant documents should be produced and a representative appear in court for a deposition.
This has not happened. It was claimed that Mr Wolk has been sick. And what bank accounts that have been provided have shown that while the company did have $240,000 a year ago, that has been reduced to $2000 after paying some of Stan Lee Media's legal fees – and large sums to Mr Wolk. Who is now in Disney lawyers' sights…
However it has left us with these phone calls between Stan and Hillary to enjoy…