Boycotting Ghost Rider

Boycotting Ghost Rider

After hearing the news of Marvel’s win in its counter-claim against Ghost Rider co-creator Gary Friedrich, Robert Luedke of Head Press Publishing sent out a message across various social networking sites asking others to join him in boycotting the new Ghost Rider movie in what seems to be a popular trend these days. His reason for doing so is to keep Marvel from earning anymore profits off the Ghost Rider character. Here’s the full message sent out by Mr. Luedke:

It was revealed today that the courts have supported Marvel’s denial any sort of creator rights or compensation to Gary Friedrich (who created the character for Marvel back in 1972).

But in addition, the courts also ruled in Marvel/Disney’s favor in their counter-suite to get back money earned by Friedrich over the years promoting his creation at conventions and selling pictures, prints and artwork of the character to the tune of $17,000! Read about the whole situation and rulings, at:

For those of you who know or have met Gary, this borders on the absurd, since he has very little to begin with and selling these items over the years at conventions that welcomed him as a guest, helped him financially stay afloat. It also once again demonstrates Marvel’s corporate pettiness and traditional disregard for the creators who helped establish them as an industry leader and corporate Juggernaut.

As an indy creator this really gets me angry and I think the only way I (and other like-minded comic creators and comic lovers) can voice our displeasure and make it something tangible to both Marvel and Disney….is to boycott the ironically premiering Ghost Rider 2 movie, which opens next Friday (here in the USA) at 12:01Am!

Our Mission statement:

“We will not help Marvel earn any further money on the Ghost Rider property by boycotting the new Ghost Rider Movie and by boycotting the purchase of ANY new Ghostrider comics…until Marvel/Disney, (at the very least), announces publicly that they will immediately renounce the judgement rendered in their favor, which stipulates that Gary Friedrich (The writer who created the character in 1972 for Marvel) must pay them $17,000 and additionally, that they immediately begin a dialog with Friedrich, ( that short of granting him ownership rights to the character or royalties from the properties), at least grants him a creators credit and ability to earn independently from the character.”

I ask that you join me in this and DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE or BUY ANY GHOST RIDER COMICS …and make sure to let your locate theaters and comic shops know why you are doing this! Think about some of the things that the power of FB has made come to pass over the past year…overthrowing entire governments for gosh sakes!! WE CAN DO THIS TO SUPPORT A CREATOR in dire need!

And also, please share this with as many people as you can on Facebook, on Twitter, on other networking sites, on your personal blogs and even by sending press releases to media of all sizes in your sphere’s of influence! Let’s take this thing viral my brother and sisters lovers of comics!

RJ Luedke

Will you be boycotting Ghost Rider 2?

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