(KSL) SALT LAKE CITY — Stan Lee, the father of the Marvel universe, may have unintentionally tipped the scales in a trademark lawsuit between Salt Lake Comic Con and San Diego Comic-Con by renaming his own Comikaze event.
Lee this week announced he is renaming his 6-year-old pop culture and comic convention to “Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con.” While the move led Los Angeles city leaders to declare the Oct. 28 opening of the event “Stan Lee Day,” it may put Lee in the crosshairs of neighboring San Diego Comic-Con.
A fixture in pop culture and long-time leader on the convention circuit, the San Diego event is currently trying to sue rival Salt Lake Comic Con over the right to call itself a “comic con.”
San Diego Comic-Con filed a trademark violation lawsuit against Salt Lake’s startup event in August 2014 after the Utah convention became an overnight success. In the lawsuit, the San Diego convention claims legal ownership over the term “comic con” in its various forms, though similar events around the country use it.