Gary Friedrich vs. Marvel: Friedrich, who created Ghost Rider for Marvel, has a long history of battling with the company over the character. In 2007, he filed suit against Marvel and other companies alleging that they had infringed on his copyright to the character by making a Ghost Rider film, claiming he’d won the rights back some time earlier. Marvel countered with a suit claiming that Friedrich did not own the rights to the character, and that he’d been illegally using the name and likeness for years to sell art and other merchandise at comic book conventions. The suit ended last year, when Friedrich was ordered to pay Marvel $17,000 and stop selling unlicensed Ghost Rider merchandise at conventions. He is, however, still allowed to sell his autograph on officially licensed Ghost Rider merchandise.