For years Stan ran the show pretty much by himself. For years he tried licensing Marvel's characters for film and television, and the results usually were less than what was desired. I'm not sure he ever really "retired" from Marvel, he's always been their P.T. Barnum. Anyway, under Marvel's new editorial staff (and ownership) films have obviously been making a premium, not just at the box office, but in various merchandising spin-offs. Apparently Stan thought he was entitled to a larger share of the pie. I'm not sure where I stand on this. It's not like Marvel shunned Stan like DC did to Bob Kane or Siegel and Shuster. If anything Stan has been given credit for creating damn near the entire Marvel universe. I really hope this doesn't sour the relationship between the parties involved.
Say it ain't so Stan! Marvel Comics consultant and former Editor in Chief Stan Lee has won a multi-million dollar lawsuit... from Marvel Comics.