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February 27, 2012

Interview: Gary Friedrich, creator of Ghost Rider

Kevin Moyers at Wizard World Chicago 2011 with the great Gary Friedrich

Back in August of 2011, I was able to interview Ghost Rider creator Gary Friedrich at Wizard World Chicago. He was very gracious and one hell of a nice guy. We filmed it, but unfortunately, the audio is terrible due to the noise coming from the crowd around a two story t-shirt booth nearby. In light of the recent situation with Mr. Friedrich and Disney/Marvel, I figured I should go back and let you hear from the man himself. I did my best to transcribe what we filmed, and this is what I could manage. I hope you enjoy this short little interview.

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Kevin Moyers: This was my favorite comic growing up. This was the only comic book I ever really read. Now, what gave you the idea for Ghost Rider?

Gary Friedrich: When I was a kid, I was reading several different comics. I went to the movies and saw The Wild Ones with Marlon Brando. That was the first motorcycle gang movie ever, and I immediately thought up the idea of a superhero on a motorcycle.

KM: How did you feel about the movie that came out?

GF: Well, it’s gratifying to see it put up on the screen after all these years. Not the movie that I would’ve made.

KM: Right. Never is.

GF: Probably so.

KM: But, to be inspired by a movie, then to see a movie from something you created had to be very exciting.

GF: Oh, sure it is.

KM: Now, did you just do the Johnny Blaze stuff, or did you have anything to do with Danny Ketch or the future 2099 stuff?

GF: No, I wrote the first Rider, and that was it.

KM: What other big ones did you do?

GF: I wrote one Spider-Man, I wrote several issues of the Hulk, I wrote Captain America, Daredevil, X-Men.

KM: Thank you for giving us a couple minutes today. It was great to meet you.

GF: My pleasure. Thank you.

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