MONTREAL — A Montreal-based comic book company is suing Marvel Entertainment and Disney for allegedly ripping off its designs multiple times in its Iron Man, Ant-man and Avengers series.
Horizon Comics and its founders Ben and Raymond Lai allege that Marvel used their designs without consent or compensation and are suing for damages and an injunction “to put an end to this deliberate and persistent infringement, and to order the defendants to pay compensatory and punitive damages to the plaintiff, in addition to Horizon’s costs, including solicitor-client costs,” the suit reads.
Horizon Comics was founded in Montreal in 1995.
THE RADIX SERIES
The three-volume Radix series was published by Image Comics and ran from December 2001 to April 2002 and “gathered substantial interest in the comic industry and sold tens of thousands of copies in Canada and the USA,” according to the suit.
Lawyers Julie Desrosiers and Patricia Henault filed the motion on April 22 in Quebec Civil Court.
Image Comics is a direct competitor of Marvel, and produces the Spawn, Summoners War and Gideon Falls series, among others.