82-year-old Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, the Silver Surfer, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four and other amazing characters, is kind of happy. A New York court agrees he's due millions of dollars in unpaid profits from Marvel Enterprises.
"U.S. District Court Judge Robert W. Sweet found in favor of the comic-book legend on Monday and ruled that Lee is entitled to a 10 percent share of profits earned by Marvel since November 1998."
Many agree that Spiderman's daddy should get some of the money Marvel has made from the many movies featuring Lee driven protagonists made in the past few years.
Lee is bittersweet.
"I am very gratified by the judge's decision, although, since I am deeply fond of Marvel and the people there, I sincerely regret that this situation had to come to this."
Marvel reps say they plan to appeal the decision, and attorney John Turitzen was quick to point out that Lee won't be receiving cash from some of the merchandise from films, which didn't fall under this ruling. So there! How quickly Marvel forgets that just a few years ago they were on a financial precipice.