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NEW YORK (AP) - A writer has reached a settlement with comic book publisher Marvel Entertainment over claims he owns the rights to the Ghost Rider character.

The deal was revealed in a court filing Friday in federal court in Manhattan. Gary Friedrich had sued Marvel in 2007, saying he was owed a cut of the box office proceeds from a film version starring Nicolas Cage.

The comic features a motorcycle-riding character with a flaming skull named Johnny Blaze. Blaze had agreed to let the devil have his soul in return for his adoptive father being cured of cancer.

The cover of the 1972 "Ghost Rider" debut says it was conceived and written by Friedrich. A lower court found Friedrich relinquished his rights in 1979, but an appeals court in June reversed the ruling.