Friedrich conceived the character, whose first appearance for Marvel Comics was in 1972. When the first Ghost Rider film came out in 2007, he sued Marvel claiming it had infringed his rights because he owned the character. However, the judge in a recent hearing ruled that, as creating comic books involved so many other processes in addition to the writing, Ghost Rider was undoubtedly owned by Marvel, not the writer. Friedrich had also cashed cheques from Marvel, it was reported, thereby relinquishing his rights to the character. He intends to appeal against the ruling.
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