As you can see in the photo comparison, there is some credibility to a new claim by Brothers Ben and Ray Lai, owners of Horizon Comics Productions, that Disney and Marvel hi-jacked their character Radix and used him as a basis for Tony Stark's Iron Man armor. The pair filed a lawsuit in federal court in Massachusetts on Thursday, claiming that Tony Stark is clearly wearing the same mechanized suits of body armor seen in the pages of their Radix comic book. The suit, which names Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Studios, The Walt Disney Company and others, reads as follows:

"In the Films, Iron Man is depicted wearing mechanized body armor that appropriates the copyrighted artistic work of the Plaintiff without authorization or attribution."

Brothers Ben and Ray Lai created the Radix series in 2001. The following year, the pair were hired by Marvel to work as artists on various comic book franchises. The lawsuit goes onto specifically single out the Iron Man costume worn by Robert Downey Jr. in all three movies, saying that in the original Marvel Comics, Tony Stark only wore spandex and minimal pieces of armor. Though, in the movies, he is "wearing a fully mechanized suit of armor" which has becomes increasingly complex over the course of the series. The lawsuit continues, claiming that the story in the movies is closer to Radix as it "centers on the protagonist as he creates and builds increasingly powerful and futuristic versions of this body armor that allow him to fly, shoot projectiles, and perform other superhuman feats."

At this time, Marvel and Disney have not commented on the lawsuit, which notes that the entire Iron Man franchise has already grossed $4 billion worldwide. The brothers are alleging copyright infringement and unfair and deceptive trade practices, and are seeking unspecified damages and a permanent injunction barring further alleged copyright infringement. We'll keep you up to date as more on this story breaks.

B. Alan Orange