asliarun writes: Gary Friedrich, the creator of Ghost Rider is being ordered to pay Marvel $17000 by the courts. It seems that he continued to claim to be the author and creator of Ghost Rider even after he signed over the rights of the character to Marvel. Profiting from this claim by merely attending conventions and seminars is now considered illegal in the eyes of the law, and he needs to pay back Marvel for all his ill-gotten gains, which amounts to the massive sum of seventeen thousand dollars. Gary also happens to be 68 year old and more or less broke. Shareholders and senior staff of Marvel were seen rejoicing on hearing this news, and the significant boost this money will provide to their annual profits and bonuses.