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Neal Adams calls on creators to help Ghost Rider’s Gary Friedrich

Neal Adams, the legendary comic artist and advocate for creator rights, has joined Steve Niles and others in issuing a call to help Gary Friedrich, the Ghost Rider creator who owes Marvel $17,000 in damages for selling unauthorized merchandise.

Writing this morning on his Facebook page, Adams asked fellow artists to donate artwork for sale or auction to benefit the ailing Friedrich, who’s in danger of losing his home.

“Fellow creators, we can help Gary Friedrich without taking any kind of position in his case with Marvel,” he wrote. “Gary is sick, and he’s about to lose his house, and though he will tell you he is not destitute, he needs help. If I have to do it alone, I will see to it that he gets his mortgage paid, and gets some money in the bank. But I would like to ask you all to help.”

Gary is a victim of the deficiencies of two very bad copyright laws, and the history in the comic book industry of poor practices on everybody’s part. There will be battles in the future, and good will come of them. But this is simply just a bad situation. Gary is one of us. And while we can’t save him from Marvel, and his small place in history, we can help him have a place to live, ongoing. And I can only promise you this. If you find yourself in a bad situation, whether for heath or other reasons, I and others, will join to help you. Just as you have helped to support William Messner-Loebs, Dave Cockrum and others.

While I hope that Marvel would step up and help out too, I can understand that they find themselves in such an unfortunate position that they cannot do so. I would like to believe that they would if they could.

Artists wishing to donate work my send in to: Continuity Studios, 15 W. 39th St., ninth floor, New York, NY 10018.



The more I read on this – the more I want to boycott Marvel and all of their movies for a long, long time

You’re not the only one considering this. Its a messed up situation and have to applaud what Steve Niles is doing.

Doesn’t matter whether I think he’s right or wrong in the lawsuit or it’s result. I see no reason not to help him out if you ever enjoyed an issue or viewing of ghost rider.

I don’t think this is a case of right or wrong – it’s a matter of class. And the way Marvel Comics is acting in this matter is reprehensible and goes against EVERYTHING their characters stand for. Forcing Gary to stop taking credit for his creation (work for hire or ot) is just disgusting. They’ve made enough, and are continuing to make even more off a character he created that they can afford to be gracious.

Marvel stinks.

I don’t know why anyone would want to work in an industry that treats its luminaries so badly.

Like Prong said, this isn’t even a case of right or wrong. It’s about helping someone who needs help.

I applaud Neal Adams and Steve Niles.

Marvel sucks, with their army of lawyers.

My issue is how do you support the guy and not take a position.
Sometimes a position MUST be taken.

A person who will stand for nothing will fall for anything.

I just finished watching “in search of steve ditko” on youtube. Stan lee is on film giving his definition of “creator” which makes a case in favor of Friedrich. Of course stan lee was talking about Spiderman!

Ty Templeton hits the nail on the head. As per usual.

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