Marvel wins NYC dispute over Ghost Rider rights

Ghost Rider goes to CourtBy LARRY NEUMEISTER, Source: The Associated Press /

NEW YORK — Comic book publisher Marvel Entertainment owns the rights to the Ghost Rider character in the fiery form that originated in the early 1970s, a federal judge ruled Wednesday as she rejected the claims of a former Marvel writer seeking to cash in on lucrative movie rights.

U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest tossed out 4-year-old claims brought by Gary Friedrich, who said he created the motorcycle-driving Ghost Rider with the skeletal head that sometimes had fire blazing from it. A Ghost Rider of the 1950s and ’60s was a Western character who rode a horse.

The judge said Friedrich gave up all ownership rights when he signed checks containing language relinquishing all rights to the predecessor companies of Marvel Entertainment LLC. Continue reading

19 upcoming superhero movies you need to know about

The Supers are coming, the Supers are coming

Over the next three years we’re going to have the chance to see more than a dozen superhero films, mostly from Marvel and DC, but also a few others. To help keep track of it all we’ve created this handy guide to the 19 most notable titles that are supposed to come out (some more tentatively than others) through 2013.

See the list here