Not even Spider-Man or the Incredible Hulk could save comic book creator Stan Lee from failing at business. The former editor of Marvel Comics who helped revitalize the super hero genre with Captain America and others, crashed and burned with Stan Lee Media during the dot-com stock boom.
His Internet-based company was founded in 1998. A mere two years later, it was filing for bankruptcy protection after quickly burning through more than $20 million in cash and only producing $1 million in revenue.
Even while spending more money than it was taking in, Lee's company attracted top talent hiring people away from major studios like Disney. Lee and his bankrupt company have been involved in several lawsuits by investors since 2007. (Photo: AP)