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Gary Friedrich vs Marvel Round II - Ghost Rider Lawsuit Reinstated

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court in New York has reinstated a lawsuit against comic book publisher Marvel Entertainment by a man who claims he owns the rights to the "Ghost Rider" character.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed a 2011 lower court decision that dismissed a lawsuit brought by Gary Friedrich. The comic features a motorcycle-riding character with a flaming skull. The cover of its 1972 debut says it was conceived and written by Friedrich. 

He sued in 2007, claiming he was owed of cut of the box office proceeds from the film version starring Nicolas Cage. The lower court found that he relinquished his rights in a 1979 agreement with Marvel. But the appeals court found that the contract language was open to dispute.

With those words a comic book industry jaded over recent defeats to the Siegel and Kirby families learnt that Gary Friedrich has had a win over Marvel Comics.  This now means that the case goes to trial, with a date yet to be…

UPDATE #2: Newton Comics - The Amazing Rise & Spectacular Fall Book - New Incentives Added

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Wanting an update on the Newton Comics book? Then you're in the right place.  We're almost halfway towards achiving full funding via Pozible, but there's still a long way to go yet. If you can't donate then that's fine, just spread the word as far and as wide as possible.   The URL for the book funding is here: http://www.pozible.com/project/23150/120085

In the meantime I've added a lot more incentives.  There's original art from the likes of Norm Breyfogle, Michael Golden, Herb Trimpe, Fred Hembeck, Tom Grindberg, Dave Simons, Ron Frenz, Tom Smith, Alex Saviuk, Ron Wilson, Mike McKone, Mark Bagley, Alan Weiss, Steve Rude, plus signed comics from John Romita Sr, Walter Simonson and Jerry Ordway, and some rare comics such as the first four issues of Hellblazer, the first five issues of Alan Moore's Miracleman and more.  There's 25 days to go, so pop over, be part of history and make a pledge.

Melbourne and Australian based folk might want to see i…