Ghost Rider, the daredevil stuntman with a skeleton head made of fire, debuted in Marvel Comics on this day in 1972, and despite being one of the most definitively '70s Marvel concepts, along with Power Man and Iron Fist, the character has retained a lasting appeal and remains endlessly fun.
In what could only be considered a victory for Ghost Rider co-creator Gary Friedrich, Marvel Comics has apparently offered a settlement in his case against the publisher for ownership of the character.
Friedrich's attorney informed a federal judge in New York that the creator and Marvel have worked out a deal to dismiss the lengthy case without having to go to trial. The details of that deal haven't been revealed and the agreement hasn't yet been fully executed.
A little over a year ago, a judge ordered Ghost Rider creator Gary Friedrich to renounce any claim to the character and fork over $17,000 to Marvelfor selling unlicensed Ghost Rider memorabilia at conventions. Now, the tables may have turned.
Faced with internet outcry over the news that Ghost Rider creator Gary Friedrich has been ordered to pay Marvel Comics $17,000 in damages from a lawsuit over ownership of the character, Marvel has broken its silence on the case with Publisher Dan Buckley and Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada giving an interview about what they call "a very tough situation for everyone involved...
I've already offered up my thoughts on Marvel's recent stipulation that Ghost Rider Gary Friedrich pay them $17,000 for selling Ghost Rider merchandise at conventions, but in the interest of multiple viewpoints, here's Ty Templeton's Bun Toons taking on the latest creators' rights debacle in comics...