Comic books icon Stan Lee is suing the entertainment company he co-founded for damages topping US$1 billion (HK$7.8 billion), accusing bosses of trying to steal his image, according to court documents.
The Los Angeles complaint alleges POW! Entertainment chief executive Shane Duffy and co-founder Gill Champion failed to fully disclose details of the firm's 2017 sale to Camsing International.
Lee, 95, claims they took advantage of him when he was despondent over his wife's death, and suffering from macular degeneration, a condition affecting the eyes.
The co-creator of many superhero characters, including Black Panther and Spider-Man, alleges he was duped into signing a fraudulent agreement that gave POW! exclusive rights to his name, identity and likeness.
Lee said he could not read the document due to his eye condition, and he doesn't remember anyone reading it to him, suggesting his signature may have been forged.