Stan “The Man” Lee, Marvel Comics’ showman and co-creator of most of the characters you can’t see a movie without nowadays, has been having a very non-Excelsior! time lately. 95-year-old Stan recently turned down an offer from famed comics geek Kevin Smith to come live with him due to a rumor that his daughter J.C. Lee and her associates had been abusing him, which he denied in a video. He’s also claimed to have been the victim of financial misdealings with a former business manager, who he says stole $300,000 from him, bought an $850,000 condo with Stan’s money, and allegedly STOLE HIS BLOOD FOR SOME KIND OF WACKY SOUVENIR PEN SCAM! I’m as big a comic book geek as the next guy, but there’s no need for anyone’s blood as a souvenir unless you really, rally want to commemorate having murdered them. Crazy.
Well, Stan would appear to be rallying himself after these setbacks and a lawsuit was filed against the allegedly vampiric former business manager Jerardo Olivarez in L.A. Superior Court this week.
According to Deadline:
A former business associate of Lee’s daughter, the suit claims Olivarez took control of Lee’s professional and financial affairs — and began enriching himself through various schemes and bogus enterprises.
Stan’s wife of 70 years, Joan, passed away last year and he’s claiming that Olivarez took advantage of his grief.
It’s a tangled web we weave when first we practice to pull a grift on an elderly millionaire. It was previously alleged that J.C. Lee’s attorney Kirk Schenck, Olivarez, and a man named Keya Morgan were the three people conspiring to bilk J.C. out of her trust fund. Stan denied that he’s being abused in a couple of videos shot by Morgan and threatened to sue anybody saying otherwise in the second one. And now he’s saying, via this lawsuit, that Olivarez is the real villain here. We’re going to need Professor X and Dr. Strange to combine mutant mental telepathy with sorcery to figure out this mess!
The suit states that it was only days after Joan Lee’s death that Olivarez “and others” (hmmm) fired Stan’s longtime business manager and transferred $4.6 million of his money out of the bank. Olivarez also allegedly convinced Stan to sign his power of attorney over to Olivarez’s lawyer. It’s also alleged that Olivarez’s “donated” the money to a fake charity.
Lee was duped into donating $300,000 to a bogus charity, the Hands of Respect, which Olivarez claimed was a non-profit organization working to promote racial harmony, the suit claims. The company is actually registered as a for-profit merchandising company.
“Olivarez misled Lee and the public into thinking that it was a caring non-profit charity to ease racial tension, when in reality, Hands of Respect was just a scheme to appropriate funds from Lee and the public to enrich Olivarez,” the suit alleges.
This “charity” is allegedly the organization selling Stan Lee’s blood in Las Vegas, according to the aforementioned “family friend” and videographer Keya Morgan. Except it sounds like the pen scheme was abandoned in favor of merely stamping issues of Black Panther WITH HIS BLOOD.
“There are shops in Las Vegas selling Stan Lee’s blood,” said a family friend, Keya Morgan. “They’re stamping his blood inside the Black Panther comic books and they sell them for $500 each.”
The suit also ups the $300,000 Stan previously claimed Olivarez stole from him to $1.4 million.
Kevin Smith’s offer must sound really nice to Stan about now. Get out of HELL A, and go live with a guy who worships you, Stan. Kevin probably has a whole Marvel Comics-themed guesthouse that you could live in. And, if you’re still allowed to drive at 95, you could probably borrow the Spider-Mobile that Kevin most likely had built for himself. Yes, there was actually a Spider-Mobile at one point in the comics due to a toy demand. A dude whose primary mode of transportation was swinging from buildings was supposed to nix that to sit in traffic all day just to plug a shitty toy? Ridiculous.