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Other individuals include Johnny's half-brother Danny Ketch , who was imbued with a Spirit of Vengeance by the medallion on his motorcycle's gas cap; Alejandra Jones , who was chosen to become Zarathos' next host after Blaze gave up his demonic powers; and Robbie Reyes , who was indwelled by a Spirit of Vengeance after being mortally wounded and possessed by the demonic ghost of his uncle Eli Morrow.
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Over almost 50 years, Ghost Rider has been avenging the innocents and beating back the baddies of Hell. Rider's best comic stories? Look no further.
With Ghost Rider reportedly coming to the MCU soon and a Marvel's Midnight Suns' RPG slated for release on all gaming platforms in 2022, Ghost Rider's flame is heating up for the "Year of Vengeance."
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Over almost 50 years of publication, the following Ghost Rider stories stand as foundational reads, containing elements critical to understanding the Rider mythos while showcasing the varying degrees of change that Ghost Rider and Marvel have undergone during the last half-century.
Ghost Rider: Volume 1 #68 The Curse Of Johnny Blaze
As far as the origins of Ghost Rider go, The Curse of Johnny Blaze is the gold standard. This brilliant story sees Blaze giving his personal origin story through a confession to a priest. This story clarifies fundamental story points while giving readers an esoteric take on the origins of Blaze.
This macabre tale from Bronze Age mainstay Roger Stern ( Dr. Strange ) is an updated origin of Marvel Spotlight #5 , most notable for retconning the main antagonist from the Devil to Riders' most iconic villain, Mephisto . A rare darker, horror-driven style from Stern that contrasted his more colorful previous works, The Curse nonetheless showcased deft storytelling that any comic fan would be better for reading.
Ghost Rider: Volume 3 #1 Life's Blood
Nine years after the harrowing conclusion in Ghost Rider #81 , Marvel would introduce its 2nd Ghost Rider. In this story, Daniel "Danny" Ketch and his sister, Barbara, accidentally cross a gang war in a Cemetery, resulting in Barbara being severely wounded. Fleeing to a junkyard, Danny is drawn to an illuminated motorcycle cap. But, as Danny touches it with the blood of his innocent sister, the Spirit of Vengeance seizes him. Later, as his sister lies in hospital comatose, Danny vows to protect the innocent as Ghost Rider.
Ushering in a new era in Rider continuity, writer Howard Mackie masterfully encapsulates everything vital to the Rider mythos crafting a wholly original anti-hero that shared very little with his predecessor. Notably introducing the Medallion of Power and iconic "Penance Stare," as well as adding Ghost Rider antagonists like Blackout, Deathwatch, and Lilith , this story remains a must-read for any comic aficionado.
Rise Of The Midnight Sons
Starting with Ghost Rider (1990, #28) , this massive crossover brought together supernatural forces to stop Rider's new antagonist Lilith, the mother of Demons, from breaking free from her captivity, unleashing her reign of terror. Told over (6) issues, Rise of the Midnight Sons focuses on the varying individual motivations of Blade, Ghost Rider, and Morbius the Living Vampire , to name a few, as they begrudgingly join forces in opposition of Lilith and her Lilin.
This nostalgia-laced throwback serves as a refresher on the state of comics in the '90s. Writer Howard Mackie, fresh in the throes of his Rider run, delivers the essence of what readers yearned for at the time, gritty stories, stylized noir art, and a no-nonsense feel. In addition to introducing the Midnight Sons, this arch would also lead Blaze to the revelation that Danny Ketch is his biological brother, representing an essential read on the Bearer of Brimstone.
Ghost Rider: Road To Damnation
Johnny Blaze has been riding in Hell for two years now, his soul reclaimed, perpetually torn asunder as he seeks to escape from the fiery depths. Finally, the angel Malachai, seeking supernatural aid, comes to Blaze with a proposal; stop the demon Kazaan and return him to Hell. In return, he will grant Blaze the escape for which he so desperately yearns. As the sultry Archangel Ruth and the ruthless demon Hoss join the hunt, all-out metal and mayhem ensue.
With a noticeable lull in Ghost Rider following the unceremonious death of Danny Ketch (GR #93) , writer Garth Ennis (Preacher, Punisher) was brought in to breathe some fresh air into the property. Met with critical acclaim, the duo of Ennis/Crain presents a story as memorable as it is gritty, signaling a revitalization of the Rider of the 21st century and a must-read for comic fans worldwide.
Ghost Rider: Trail Of Tears
In this civil war era tale, Confederate lieutenant Travis Parham has lived war, expecting to meet his end gloriously in battle, but Vengeance has other plans. Plucked from death by a recently emancipated Caleb, Parham recovers and sets out West only to return two years later to find Caleb's property unlawfully seized, he and his family slaughtered. Parham then seeks Vengeance for his friend, even if it damns his soul.
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Again, striking gold in this follow-up to Road to Damnation , Ennis weaves a tragic tale full of visceral imagery and dark humor, showcasing a Rider from a different time. Crafting a story in which the main protagonist, Parham, must compete with the Spirit of Vengeance for revenge while simultaneously examining the correlation between social injustice and Vengeance shows Ennis' breadth of understanding for the essence of the Rider, branding this story as mandatory.
Ghost Rider: Hell Bent And Heaven Bound
Hell Bent and Heaven Bound sees Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze finally discover the source of all his pain and suffering in the form of the angel Zadkiel. But, as the flames from the conflict in heaven rage, Blaze must cross supernatural highways, battle machine-gun-toting nurses, man-eating ghosts, and Danny Ketch if he is to have Vengeance.
This story signals the much-anticipated debut of Jason Aaron ( Wolverine ) on Ghost Rider, checking all the proverbial must-read boxes by combining expert storytelling with awe-inspiring artwork. Aaron's intrinsic understanding of Rider and natural flair for creating compelling interactions mesh in an essential entry to the Rider mythos.
Ghost Rider: Fear Itself
In the Ghost Rider: Fear Itself story, Johnny Blaze has grown disenchanted as the Spirit of Vengeance. Finally, he is met by a stranger named Adam and offered a reprieve to the burden of being a Rider. Ignorant, Blaze takes Adam up on his offer and is freed from the Spirit, unknowingly setting off a cataclysmic series of events, which start with the newest Spirit, Alejandra Jones.
A certified core Ghost Rider read this story coronates Nicaraguan teen Alejandra Jones as Marvel's 1st female Rider. Starkly more vengeful than Blaze, Alejandra seeks to forge her path while pursuing what it truly means to be Rider.
All-New Ghost Rider: Engines Of Vengeance
This fresh take on Ghost Rider introduces Robbie Reyes, a young Latino living in East Los Angeles with his younger brother Gabe. Robbie strives for a better life attending high school and working as a car mechanic. Unfortunately, this proves difficult for the morally upright Reyes, who lives in a neighborhood wracked by gang violence and drugs. After running afoul of the local criminal element, Robbie is murdered, only to be resurrected as All-New Ghost Rider.
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This origin story for Robbie Reyes marks another stark character change from previous Rider iterations as writer Felipe Smiths' creative vision of Rider offered a new take on Vengeance. Introducing Rider firsts, like Reyes's use of a muscle car instead of a motorcycle and his being possessed by his deceased uncle Morrow, not the Spirit of Vengeance, Engines is a must-read on the newest Rider.
Damnation: Johnny Blaze
Mephisto opened up Hotel Inferno, casting Johnny Blaze back into Hell and wresting the Spirit of Vengeance in the process. Blaze and the Spirit begin a diatribe about the nature both play in each other's existence, ultimately realizing two is better than one. Seeing a unique opportunity with Mephisto gone, Blaze cuts a swath through the denizens of Hell towards the throne, All Hail King Blaze.
Damnation flawlessly exhibits Blaze's depth of growth over his nigh 50-year existence. Scribe Christopher Sebela adroitly crafts an engaging narrative between Blaze and the Spirit, harkening back to the Spirits of Vengeance run, showcasing the various dynamics gleaned from their relationship. Sebela did his research, which shows in this sublime, thought-provoking read.
Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History
In this outrageous story, Cosmic Ghost Rider Frank Castle gets stuck in the past after trying to assassinate baby Thanos, failing miserably. However, Frank wants to feel that all his time traveling machinations had a purpose, prompting him to go through History like a bull with China, shattering Marvel in the process.
Feeling like a Twilight Zone episode, co-writers Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannetti craft an entirely over-the-top Rider unlike any in Marvel. The sheer creativity in such an eccentric and delightful series stamps this story as an essential Rider story.
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Genres: Action , Adventure , Horror , Movies & TV , Superhero , Supernatural
Writer: Gary Friedrich
Artist: Mark Texeira , Mike Ploog
Publication date: July 1992 - February 1994
Reprint series of the first original Ghost Rider, with back-up stories of the Phantom Rider.
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13 Ghost Rider Stories You Have to Read
13 Ghost Rider stories to fire up your apetite for the Spiirit of Vengeange.
SPOILER WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for various Ghost Rider comic book stories. Proceed at the risk of incurring the wrath of Zarathos.
With "Agents of SHIELD" adding Ghost Rider to its roster Season Four, new comic book readers and established ones alike might want to peruse some of the various Spirit of Vengeance adventures at Marvel Comics over the years. As one of the most powerful and visually badass characters in the history of the company, it's no surprise that Ghost Rider has cultivated such a passionate following. Luckily, he's not just a pretty (flaming) face.
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Regardless of who stars as the titular hero, Ghost Rider's street level-meets-supernatural adventures have been just as fun and compelling as his iconic look. His stories have captivated readers throughout his countless appearances, either as cameos in other books or in his own solo series. But what are some of the stories you absolutely, positively have to read while getting fired up for his starring role on TV? Allow CBR to help, with the following list of top Ghost Rider tales!
13 All-New Ghost Rider: Engines of Vengeance
Roughly two years before his appearance in the new episodes of Agents of SHIELD, East L.A. mechanic Robbie Reyes became a muscle car-driving Spirit of Vengeance in the first arc of the "All-New Ghost Rider" title. In "Engines of Vengeance," written by Felipe Smith with kinetic art from Tradd Moore, you'll get to know how Reyes is depicted in comics while watching him on the tube. Issues #1-5 see Robbie murdered and later possessed by Eli Morrow to stop drug lords, gang wars and Mister Hyde , all while caring for his disabled brother Gabe. Thanks to his appearance in Agents of SHIELD, Robbie Reyes will be returning to the comic book page in another series that will surely see him wreaking fiery havoc on evil doers.
12 Fear Itself: Ghost Rider
Vengeance isn't confined to just one gender as Marvel's 2011 company wide crossover "Fear Itself" showed readers. In it, a woman named Alejandra Jones becomes Ghost Rider after a being named Adam removes the curse from Johnny Blaze. Blaze's freedom comes with a price as he must ally himself with Mephisto to save humanity. Blaze frees Alejandra from Adam, but she chooses to not let the former Ghost Rider train her as she goes out to find sinners and clean up the world, all while using powers previous Ghost Riders had never exhibited. Not only was this an interesting way to introduce a new concept to the Ghost Rider lore, with Alejandra being the first female Rider, it was also a decent character piece that showed the difference between Jones and Blaze's approach to vengeance: a staple in the Ghost Rider tradition.
11 Marvel Spotlight #5
This is the one that started it all, introducing Marvel readers to the character who was literally hell on wheels. While he was neither the first Ghost Rider (that distinction belongs to the 1967 western character at Marvel), nor the last, Johnny Blaze is perhaps the best known of the bunch and remains as the name most readily associated with his gruesome counterpart. Creators Roy Thomas , Gary Frederich and Mike Ploog brought Blaze to the comic book pages in 1972's "Marvel Spotlight" #5, igniting a legacy that has tripped through hundreds of comics and two (admittedly dicey) films. In his debut issue, Johnny Blaze makes a deal with the devil to save his mentor and father figure, Craig "Crash" Simpson. The result of his Faustian pact was Blaze becoming a motorcycle-riding vigilante with supernatural powers and a flaming skull. This classic Bronze Age entertainment mixes eerie horror and superhero action that has so far lasted the test of time. For new Ghost Rider fans and old hat completists, it is not to be missed.
10 Hearts Of Darkness
Danny Ketch, later revealed to be Johnny Blaze's brother, was the Ghost Rider of the 1990s. In fact, to many fans, he remains the image most often conjured when the character is mentioned. Teaming Ketch's Rider with other popular anti-heroes Wolverine and the Punisher , made perfect sense from a sales point of view -- it was a dream match-up for the grim, gritty storytelling so popular at the time. "Hearts of Darkness" by writer Howard Mackie and artists John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson sees the lethal trio pitted against the nefarious demon known as Blackheart, who plans to tempt them into helping him kill and usurp the ultimate big-bad in the Marvel universe, Mephisto. That goes as well as you might expect, leading to a fiery conflict with the Lord of Hell, himself! As huge as its final battle is, "Hearts of Darkness" is also one hell of a ride along the way. While his Ketch resembles Peter Parker at times, John Romita JR's art is at its level best, particularly when it comes to his Blackheart. A sequel titled “Dark Design” was published in 1994, but the original is, without question, the king of all Marvel anti-hero team-ups, and a great place to start for new Ghost Rider fans craving a deeper dive into his dark mythos.
9 Ghost Rider: Hell Bent And Heaven Bound
"Hell Bent and Heaven Bound" marks Jason Aaron's beginning on "Ghost Rider." This arc, consisting of issues #20-25 of his 2008-2009 run, sees Johnny Blaze searching for the angel Zadkiel while Heaven is in the middle of a war. It also marks the return of fan favorite Danny Ketch. Its deliciously over-the-top plot, mixed with motorcycle-based supernatural action, makes this arc feel like the best drive-in Grindhouse movie to ever come to comics. Hell, this should have been the Nic Cage movies! Even if you don't normally read comics, this is the perfect Ghost Rider story to check out. With its marriage of horror and action, along with Aaron's unique storytelling style and grasp of character, this doesn't feel like your typical superhero comic book and can thus be enjoyed by fans who are either unfamiliar or disenfranchised by the capes-and-spandex spectrum of the medium. It's a fantastic entry point into the Ghost Rider character, which is even further expanded upon by Jason Aaron throughout his critically-acclaimed run. Check it out! We promise you won't be sorry.
8 Ghost Rider v1 #49-50
If you're into that drive-in movie vibe in your comics, you will also have to check out Michael Fleisher and Don Perlin's 1980 tale of Johnny Blaze in "Ghost Rider" #49-50. Johnny Blaze travels back in time to the old west and meets the original Ghost Rider, who is called Night Rider in the book (and later renamed Phantom Rider). This one's got something for everyone: cowboys and Native Americans, gigantic birds with lightning vision, frontier voodoo, and of course, a team-up that makes Kirk and Picard's in Star Trek: Generations look like senseless mush (which it kind of was, but we digress...) This is bodacious Bronze Age fun from the same year that gave us John Carpenter's "The Fog" and David Bowie's “Ashes to Ashes.” There's magic, time travel and adventure for western, horror and superhero fans alike. With its focus on the tradition of the Ghost Rider legend (at least in name), no true fan should skip this story. In many ways, this was the first Rider story to tease the character's legacy, which now continues with the appearance of Robbie Reyes in "Agents of SHIELD."
7 Ghost Rider v1 #68
Roger Stern wrote some of the best comic books of the Bronze (or any other) Age, and his take on the Ghost Rider character is no exception. “The Curse of Johnny Blaze” offers up the origin of the titular Spirit of Vengeance with some extra little details, delivered to the reader in the form of a confession by Johnny Blaze at church. The story has a plot twist worthy of "The Twilight Zone" or "Frailty," and an ending which shows that Ghost Rider is truly a Spirit of Vengeance. Stern has worked his magic on trippy tales like Doctor Strange and more light-hearted fare in his Spider-Man stories, but this issue of "Ghost Rider" will send chills up and down your spine. It will also make you wish he did more creepy ghost stories like this one. As enjoyable as "Marvel Spotlight" #5 and "Ghost Rider" #49-50, Stern's story here should not be missed by old school fans, those new to the Ghost Rider bandwagon or really just anyone looking for a good old fashioned ghost story.
6 Ghost Rider Annual Volume 3 #2, Wish for Pain (1994)
Warren Ellis' first American comics story, which is the main feature in this annual, is positively chilling. The framework of the story is basically a battle between Ghost Rider and Marvel's Scarecrow (not to be confused with DC's Jonathan Crane), while at the same time offering a terrifying and nuanced origin story for the villain. From the insight into the Scarecrow's past to Ghost Rider's methods of stopping (and punishing) him, page after page of this epic drawn by Javier Saltares is filled with what would these days be called "WTF" moments, but resonate with timeless terror. It's also a fantastic character piece, exploring the differences and similarities within the battling nemeses. This, of course, will surprise no one who is a fan of Warren Ellis. Damn creepy, and perfect for those Ghost Rider fans looking to have the crap scared out of them, this story is guaranteed to make you sleep with the lights on. What happens to Scarecrow at the vengeful hands of Ghost Rider will be burned in your mind for years to come. Pun definitely intended. Pick this annual up... if you dare!
5 Ghost Rider: Road to Damnation
In the year 2000, "Preacher" creator Garth Ennis revitalized the Punisher to well-deserved acclaim. He did the same thing with Johnny Blaze and Ghost Rider five or so years later with "Road to Damnation" featuring art by Clayton Crain. As the demon Kazaan literally tries to bring about Hell on Earth, Johnny Blaze, who has been trapped in hell for two years, makes a deal with the angel Malachi: if he and his flame-headed alter ego Ghost Rider help stop Kazaan, they will be freed. Ghost Rider must race against the archangel Ruth and the demon Hoss, with the winner of the three having to face Kazaan and hold the fate of humanity in their hands. This has all the great elements that Garth Ennis' stories usually do: darkness, humor and a characteristic atmosphere that isn't typical of most other writers' styles. Like the character of Ghost Rider, who quite literally rode the line between superhero and horror movie antagonist, Ennis blended genres in a way nobody previously believed possible. If this isn't in your Ghost Rider collection, it should be. It's damn good reading.
4 Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears
After the success of "Road to Damnation," Garth Ennis and artist Clayton Crain returned for "Trail of Tears." This time, the Spirit of Vengeance is Confederate soldier Travis Parham. He is saved by former slave Caleb, who then becomes the Ghost Rider of the book thanks, in part, to a cave full of skulls. Upon leaving Caleb to seek his own fortune, Parham learns what hell truly can be in this masterfully crafted saga that shows readers that vendettas can span generations. This creative team raised the bar on not only Ghost Rider stories, but on how comics should be in general. With his perfect blending of genres and more of the great storytelling that made Garth Ennis a household name, "Trail of Tears" is an incredible reading experience from start to finish. It pulls no punches and doesn't sugarcoat the issues of its two prevailing themes: vengeance and racism. It's like some of the best of Serling, Roddenberry or even Mantlo. For this reason, "Trail of Tears" should be on your Ghost Rider shelf, or in your longbox if you read single issues.
3 Ghost Rider and Blaze: Road to Vengeance
Before Marvel Knights , and even before Marvel Edge, there was the unfortunately short-lived imprint known as Midnight Sons. Capitalizing on the craze for bloodier, grittier comics at the time, Midnight Sons was populated by the darker supernatural heroes in the Marvel Universe. Crossovers were a regular treat in the shadowed pages of these comics, teaming up characters that were often background noise in other Marvel events. “Road to Vengeance: Missing Link” was one such saga, with the "Ghost Rider" book (starring the Danny Ketch version) and "Spirits of Vengeance" acting as chapters feeding into the overall arc. Most of the story focuses on the past of Ghost Rider-esque character, Vengeance, who learns of his past. It also features the devilish machinations of regular series baddie Lilith and Zarathos, the demon that Mephisto bonded with Johnny Blaze during his tenure on the fiery motorcycle. Despite what you might think, the nostalgia around the Midnight Sons period should take nothing away from the enjoyment (or impact) of those stories. The work of Howard Mackie and Ron Garney truly stands the test of time in this demon-drenched saga, which remains a firm "must" for any and all Ghost Rider fans!
2 The End of Ghost Rider
Like Roger Stern, J.M. DeMatteis has written some of the best comic books in the Bronze Age. Perhaps best known for his Spider-Man and Justice League stories, he also wrote ten issues of the first Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider book (#67, #71 and #74-81). He ended his all-too short run and the entire series with “The End of Ghost Rider” arc. A former servant of Mephisto Centurious, traps Ghost Rider and Johnny Blaze in a soul crystal. The resulting battle for control of Blaze's body breaks the jewel, freeing Blaze from Zarathos. Of course, that isn't the last of the demon, who returns many times to make Johnny Blaze's life hell through the years. In "The End of Ghost Rider," J.M. DeMatteis has crafted a truly dark comic. It may even rival the more well-known books in his library of creations over the years, like "Kraven's Last Hunt" and his run on Justice League Dark. Beyond anything else it achieves, however, is that fact that DeMatteis gives Johnny Blaze a satisfying conclusion to his first series of adventures behind the flaming bike. Fans of DeMatteis and Ghost Rider alike should not miss this one at all; required reading for every Ghost Rider fan.
1 Rise of the Midnight Sons
This was the official start of Marvel's Midnight Sons imprint. Like all comics, there were some good and bad stories published under its masthead at the time, but “Rise of the Midnight Sons” definitely falls into the former category. Lilith, the Mother of all Demons, has been resurrected, and it's up to Danny Ketch, Johnny Blaze and others from the dark mystical corners of the Marvel Universe to stop her. Like "Road to Vengeance," while this may be a book that could be mired in too much nostalgia, for us, it still holds up today. At the same time, not only is it a great showcase of some of the more under-utilized characters at the time (and now, for that matter), it's also an interesting look back into some of the prevailing themes of the time. With appearances from characters like Blade , Hannibal King, Morbius the Living Vampire and of course, our flaming chum, the Ghost Rider, "Rise of the Midnight Sons" contained an unholy host of disquieting demonic action and literally wicked cameos! Like the rest of the comic books on this list, this now-legendary crossover will fire up your appetite for Ghost Rider and set your flaming wheels spinning for more!
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1,000,000 B.C. Ghost Rider
In avengers (2018) #7.
An intelligent caveman named “Ghost” from 1,000,000 B.C. was the lone survivor of a Wendigo attack. It was during this confrontation that Ghost was approached by a snake and was given a Spirit of Vengeance, making him the 1,000,000 B. C. Ghost Rider. Although he lost the battle (and his Hell Mammoth) to the Wendigo, B.C. Ghost Rider joined the Stone Age Avengers to battle the Fallen in MARVEL LEGACY (2017) #1.
in Ghost Rider (2006) #33
The next Ghost Rider (that we know of) was a Sioux chieftain during the 11th century. Going by the name Hellhawk, he was part of the 1,000 A. D. Avengers, and, according to some dialogue in AVENGERS (2018) #24, had a rivalry with the Puritan Avenger/Ghost Rider Noble Kale. Hellhawk was killed by Necrosis, on orders by Belasco, to keep all Spirits of Vengeance out of Limbo. The message was definitely received.
Kushala: The Spirit Rider
In spirits of vengeance: spirit rider (2021) #1.
An Apache woman from the 19th century, Kushala’s parents and tribe were killed by the United States Army. She prayed for help from the Creator but instead received an answer from Leviathan, a Spirit of Vengeance. During that time, she was known as the Demon Rider and was even the Sorcerer Supreme. She was transported to the modern era with other Sorcerers Supreme in DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME (2016).
In marvel spotlight (1971) #5.
Johnny Blaze was the first Spirit of Vengeance in Marvel history but the second character to use the Ghost Rider name: Phantom Rider Carter Slade has the honor of using it first. Blaze was a motorcycle stuntman who bonded with Spirit of Vengeance Zarathos to save his surrogate father. Since this choice, Blaze has been on teams like the Legion of Monsters and the Midnight Sons. Oh, and he was also the King of Hell!
In ghost rider (1990) #1.
Blaze hasn’t been the only Ghost Rider in the present era! When he gave up his powers in 1983, a new person stepped in to fill the hellish void. Danny Ketch is Blaze’s long-lost, younger brother, and unlike his predecessor, would get along well with his Spirit of Vengeance. Adding to an ever-growing resume, Ketch was also one-fourth of the NEW FANTASTIC FOUR, along with Joe Fixit, Spider-Man, and Wolverine.
In ghost rider (2011) #1.
After FEAR ITSELF, Alejandra Jones was introduced as a new Ghost Rider. One key difference was that Jones trained for the role; when the time came, her mentor performed a ritual to turn her into the demonic being. Jones was later trained by Blaze, but after some wild occurrences, he took back most of his power. Furious, Jones used her remaining abilities to protect her village, up until her death in ABSOLUTE CARNAGE.
In all-new ghost rider (2014) #1.
Robbie Reyes is a young man from Los Angeles and a successful mechanic. Reyes wanted to move his younger brother into a safer neighborhood, but didn’t have the funds. So, he entered a street race to win $50,000. All did NOT go to plan. Robbie was shot—and then revived—by the spirit of his estranged uncle Eli Morrow. While fending off his uncle’s urges to kill, Reyes became an Avenger and was freed of Eli’s influence.
In doctor strange: damnation (2018) #2.
During Mephisto’s takeover of Las Vegas, Doctor Strange became a Ghost Rider! Strange’s consciousness was tricked by letting him believe that “Loki,” “Scarlet Witch, and “Clea” were helping him escape from his cell, when in reality, he was attacking his rescuers while his soul was in Hell. Fortunately, with help from some Avengers, Bats the Basset Hound, and even Dormammu, Strange was returned to his “normal” state.
Kenshiro "Zero" Cochrane
In ghost rider 2099 (2019) #1.
AKA Ghost Rider 2099! Kenshiro "Zero" Cochrane was an anarchist hacker in a gang called the Hotwire Martyrs. Shot by a rival gang and on the brink of death, he transferred his consciousness to cyberspace, where he was discovered by an A.I. collective named Ghostworks. When asked to become their avatar of change, Cochrane obviously said yes and was downloaded into a Cybertek 101 warbot.
Cosmic Ghost Rider
In cosmic ghost rider (2018) #1.
What happens when you combine the Punisher, Ghost Rider, and awesome cosmic might? You get Frank Castle as the Cosmic Ghost Rider! This version of Castle was from an alternate universe in which Thanos conquered everything. After making a deal with Mephisto to become the Ghost Rider (and receiving an upgrade from the Power Cosmic), Castle would end up as a servant of Thanos after spending centuries trying to kill him.
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The Best Ghost Rider Storylines To Get To Know The Characters Who Took On The Role
Ever since Johnny Blaze agreed to give his soul to Mephisto to save his mentor's life, the Marvel Universe has had a motorcycle-riding Spirit of Vengeance cruising around, serving vengeance to the wicked. There have been five people in the Marvel Universe, who have taken on the mantle of the Ghost Rider , including Punisher, and each of them has had some incredible adventures and amazing stories over the years.
Over the 48+ years he's been driving villains insane with his Pennance Stare, there have been tons of comic books, great stories, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, comic book issues, story arcs, storylines, and one-shot books about Ghost Rider, making it hard to determine which is the best of Ghost Rider's greatest adventures. This list attempts the impossible by narrowing the best down to the top 20. You can also use this list as a Ghost Rider reading guide.
Check out the stories listed below, and if you see your favorites, vote them up. Then check back to see which of these comics is the best Ghost Rider story ever told!
Story Found In: Marvel Spotlight #5
Details: You can't have a list of the greatest Ghost Rider stories ever told, and leave off the one that introduced the character to the Marvel Universe. This book introduced Johnny Blaze as the Ghost Rider, and while he wasn't technically the first character to carry that name, he's the one most fans associate with the Spirit of Vengeance.
The issue is an origin story, so it lays out how Johnny Blaze made a deal with the Devil (later retconned to be Mephisto) to save his mentor and father figure, Craig Simpson. The pact he made with the demon led him down a dark path of supernatural horror that saw his flesh burn away to reveal the Spirit of Vengeance lying underneath.
The Curse Of Johnny Blaze
Story Found In: Ghost Rider #68
Details: "The Curse of Johnny Blaze" offers a reintroduction to the character by retelling his origin story, which was previously featured in his introduction in Marvel Spotlight #5 . The story offers up new details, which weren't present in the original story, so it works as a bit of a retcon as well as an origin retelling.
The story is told in the form of a confession, which Johnny Blaze is giving while at church. The biggest change was to "clarify" that the devil Blaze made a deal with was none other than Mephisto, one of the biggest bads in the Marvel Universe. Other than that, it's a great refresher of the character's origin, as written by Roger Stern, who is arguably one of the best writers of the Bronze Age of Comics.
Trail Of Tears
Story Found In: Ghost Rider: Trail Of Tears #1-6
Details: Garth Ennis' "Road to Damnation" was just the start of the revitalization of Ghost Rider for the Marvel Universe. The brilliant writer returned along side artist Clayton Crain in a follow-up tale called "Trail of Tears," and the two creative masterminds delivered an epic story for the Spirit of Vengeance.
Of course, this time, the Spirit of Vengeance is a Confederate Soldier named Travis Parham. After he's saved by a former slave named Caleb, Parham is transformed to the Ghost Rider following a visit to a cave of skulls. The story spans generations of vengeance and offers up an interesting take on the character, who does exactly what you would expect him to do, only in the setting of the 19th century.
Spirits Of Vengeance: Rise Of The Midnight Sons
Story Found In: Ghost Rider #28, 31, Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance #1-6, Morbius: the Living Vampire #1, Darkhold: Pages From the Book of Sins #1, Nightstalkers #1, Web of Spider-Man #95-96, and Midnight Sons Unlimited #1
Details: When it comes to identifying the greatest Ghost Rider story ever told, odds are "Rise of the Midnight Sons" will come up sooner or later. It's a story that stands as iconic to the character, but also the brand Marvel was trying to sell at the time it was printed, which was a grittier setting aligned to the supernatural flair of the series.
"Rise of the Midnight Sons" was the beginning of the Midnight Sons imprint, and while not all of the stories were great, the first is one of the best. They are set around the resurrection of Lilith, the mother of all Demons, and the only ones who have a hope in Hell of stopping her are Johnny Blaze, Danny Ketch, and the other, darker heroes of the Marvel Universe, including Hannibal King, Morbius the Living Vampire, and Blade.
Story Found In: Ghost Rider #1
Details: The original Spirit of Vengeance, Johnny Blaze, didn't remain the Ghost Rider forever. He was replaced in the 1990s for a younger, flashier version in Danny Ketch. Interestingly, Ketch didn't come to the role of the damned in the same manner as his predecessor, as it was a complete accident.
Ketch didn't make a deal with the devil like Blaze did; he touched a motorcycle he probably should have left well enough alone. Ketch became the new Ghost Rider, and while Blaze would later return to the role. Unlike Blaze, Ketch's Ghost Rider didn't have the Penance Stare, but he did introduce a slew of villains iconic to his rogues' gallery, including Deathwatch, Madcap, Blackout, Lilith, and many more.
Ghost Rider: Road To Damnation
Story Found In: Ghost Rider #1-6
Details: Garth Ennis made a career out of remaking characters like Ghost Rider. He did it for the Punisher, and with the first six books of Ghost Rider's "Road to Damnation," he did the same for Johnny Blaze and the Ghost Rider.
The story revolves around the demon Kazaan's attempt to literally bring Hell to Earth. Johnny Blaze has been trapped in damnation for two years, but when he makes a deal with the angel Malachi, he's back as the Spirit of Vengeance, and will ride to stop the demon from destroying life as we know it!
The story is everything you've come to expect from Ennis and stands as one of the greatest Ghost Rider stories of the past few decades
The End Of Ghost Rider
Story Found In: Ghost Rider #81
Details: Every story has an ending, and for Marvel Comics' Ghost Rider, that ending came in its 81st issue. J.M. DeMatteis hopped on board to close out the series with a truly great Ghost Rider story, which was aptly named, "The End of Ghost Rider."
In the book, Centurious, a former servant of Mephisto traps both Johnny Blaze and Ghost Rider inside a soul crystal. The battle for Blaze's body ends up breaking the jewel, which frees Blaze of Zarathos. This effectively separated Blaze from the contract, which transformed him into Ghost Rider years before, but it won't be the last time Johnny Blaze hops on his bike for some vengeance, though it will be many years before that happens.
Heaven’s On Fire
Story Found In: Ghost Rider: Heaven's On Fire #1-6
Details: When a renegade angel named Zadkiel takes it upon himself to hold off the apocalypse by killing a baby boy bred by Satanists to rule the world, it's up to Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch to set their heads aflame, and ride into action!
Will the combined might of more than one Ghost Rider be enough to stop an angel intent on killing the Anti-Christ, or will a Biblical prophecy come to pass? This incredible story tests the very nature of what it is to carry the name of Ghost Rider, as heaven is set ablaze, and the fate of the world is on the line.
Hell Bent And Heaven Bound
Story Found In: Ghost Rider #20-25
Details: "Hell Bent and Heaven Bound" is the introductory story for Jason Aaron's take on the character during his 2008-2009 run, and it features a take that speaks to the very nature of who and what Ghost Rider is to the Marvel Universe. While Heaven is in the midst of holy conflict, Johnny Blaze sets out to find the angel Zadkiel.
This take on Ghost Rider offers a return to form for Johnny Blaze, as it's an over-the-top tale featuring some seriously supernatural action.
Expect massive battles, motorcycle stunts that could only be pulled off by a man whose head is normally engulfed in flame, and intense action. This is a great Ghost Rider story to break new fans into the character, and it's also an excellent take on Johnny Blaze, who had taken a break from his role as Ghost Rider for several years.
Wish For Pain
Story Found In: Ghost Rider Annual #2
Details: One of the most important aspects of the second Annual from the Ghost Rider solo series is that it features Warren Ellis' first American comic book story. The story follows Ghost Rider in an epic confrontation with the Scarecrow (Marvel has one just like DC, but he's a bit different).
The story is as chilling and enticing as any of Ellis' work, and the primary focus is laid out as a character study of both the Scarecrow and the Spirit of Vengeance. The art by Javier Saltares is horrifically beautiful, making this annual one of the best to come out of the House of Ideas in the 1990s.
Engines Of Vengeance
Story Found In: Ghost Rider #1-5
Details: Robbie Reyes became the latest hero to bear the name Ghost Rider in All-New Ghost Rider. This version of the Spirit of Vengeance manifested somewhat differently than his predecessors, as he took to his roots as a mechanic, and saw his muscle car transform into his fiery-hot steed, replacing the iconic motorcycle of previous Ghost Riders.
The introduction of the character sees Reyes murdered, but soon after he is killed, his body is possessed by Eli Morrow in an effort to stop a gang war from breaking out. From there, Reyes stood as the newest character to wield the Spirit of Vengeance. If your familiarity with Reyes stems solely from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , you should take the time to read his origin story in "Engines of Vengeance," as it delves deeper into the character than what was depicted on the television show.
A Woman Possessed!
Details: Originally, Ghost Rider was limited to Marvel Spotlight , but it was inevitable that such a popular character would get his own solo series. Technically, this book is the second solo series to bear the name "Ghost Rider," but the original Marvel version was a literal ghost rider in a western setting published in 1967.
For the modern Ghost Rider of the Bronze Age of Comics, it was all about Johnny Blaze, and in this initial solo series issue, he rides straight out of Hell to inflict his particular brand of vengeance upon an unsuspecting population of criminals and evildoers.
Hearts Of Darkness
Story Found In: Ghost Rider : Hearts of Darkness
Details: In "Hearts of Darkness," writer Howard Mackie and artists John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson throw three of the deadliest characters in the Marvel Universe together for an incredible graphic novel. Wolverine, the Punisher, and Ghost Rider find themselves up against the evil demon known as Blackheart.
The demon's plan is to get the three killers to help him take out Mephisto so that he can take his place as the ruler of the Marvel Universe's damned. The story unfolds into what you might expect, as the Punisher, Wolverine, and the Spirit of Vengeance find themselves in the battle to end all battles. The book was followed by a sequel titled "Dark Design," but the first stands as the better tale of the two, and is a must-read for fans of any of these characters.
Story Found In: Ghost Rider #6
Details: Though it lacks a title of its own, this one-shot story from the 2011 solo run of Ghost Rider written by Rob Williams with art by Dalibor Talajic is an excellent addition to the series. This version of Ghost Rider is Alejandra Jones, the first female version to headline a series.
The tale told within the pages revolves around redemption and, ultimately, forgiveness set around a prison visualized by Talajic is a manner befitting the more horror-themed stories told about the character in the 1970s. This 10-issue maxi-series was somewhat hit or miss, but this single issue stands as the best, so fans should include it in their collection even if they've avoided the run as a whole.
Cosmic Ghost Rider: Baby Thanos Must Die
Story Found In: Cosmic Ghost Rider #1-5 & Thanos Legacy #1
Details: The newest character to take on the mantle of the Ghost Rider is none other than Frank Castle, otherwise known as the Punisher. Of course, he isn't simply the Spirit of Vengeance dealing out justice to the wicked on Earth; he's the Cosmic Ghost Rider, and he's on the hunt for the infant Thanos.
Castle came across the Spirit of Vengeance in the usual way, by making a deal with the devil, but it was Galactus who made him cosmic. In his first adventure, he's out to kill Thanos, but his plan is to deal vengeance to the Mad Titan before he has a chance to kill trillions: take him out while he's still a baby, but it's not going to be as easy as he thinks...
Carnival Of Death
Story Found In: Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance # 9-10
Details: The story, "Carnival of Death," intertwines the previous plots in the Spirits of Vengeance books revolving around Quentin Carnival. The climax reveals Centurious as the villain behind the previous year of Ghost Rider comics, making this story a climactic payoff culminating from dozens of issues.
Everything in "Carnival of Death" is significantly magnified in terms of violence, vengeance, and intensity, as Steel Wind and her army of Stygian Demons head to full-blown war with Carnival. The addition of Vengeance only serves to up the ante in this incredible story by Howard Mackie and Adam Kubert.
Story Found In: Ghost Racers #1-4
Details: What counts as entertainment on Battleworld might seem like a terrifying hellish spectacle to outsiders, as Ghost Rider and many others find themselves on the scorching-hot racetrack! The cursed and the damned must take part in the Ghost Races, and everything is on the line.
For any damned soul lucky enough to win first prize in the Ghost Races, they will enjoy a temporary reprieve from the Arena, but what happens to the ones who come in second to last? It's not pretty in this all-out, high-speed race to end all races!
Story Found In: Ghost Rider #0.1, 1-5
Details: Johnny Blaze has been tormented by his choice to take on the Spirit of Vengeance ever since the first time his head erupted in flames, and he's been damned as a result. When the "Fear Itself" event threw the Marvel Universe into utter chaos, it came time for a new Spirit of Vengeance to be born.
When Blaze is presented with the option to relieve himself of the burden, once and for all, he doesn't hesitate to take it. But when a new host is chosen as the Spirit of Vengeance, the repercussions his decision has on the world may be just what Johnny needs to make him realize his value as the Ghost Rider.
Story Found In: Ghost Rider #69
Details: One issue after the origin of both the Ghost Rider and Johnny Blaze was retold, writer Roger Stern and artist Bob Budiansky explored the very nature of the character. Is Ghost Rider a combination of Blaze and the demon who possesses him, or is he Blaze empowered by the damned?
Ghost Rider has displayed his raw power in previous issues, and his wrath is often violent and destructive. As he continues to evolve, his violence and level of outright malevolence toward the wicked paints him as less of a superhero and more of a villain ready to take vengeance wherever he can, no matter the consequences.
Ghost Rider And Blaze: Road To Vengeance
Story Found In: Ghost Rider & Blaze #16
Details: “Road to Vengeance: The Missing Link” is a crossover story starring the Danny Ketch version of the Ghost Rider and "Spirits of Vengeance." The story is focused primarily on the past of Vengeance, a character who shares a great deal fo similarity to Ghost Rider.
The main antagonists in this book are none other than Lilith and Zarathos; the very demon Mephisto bonded to Johnny Blaze, which transformed him into the Ghost Rider years before. The book contains a lot of references to previous stories of Ghost Rider and manages to throw some new stuff at the reader, making this Midnight Sons imprint a truly enjoyable book.
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"A Woman Possessed!" Guest-starring Daimon Hellstrom (Son of Satan). Story by Gary Friedrich. Art by Tom Sutton and Syd Shores. Cover by Gil Kane. This issue picks up after the events in Marvel Spotlight (1971-1977 1st Series) #11. Johnny Blaze races against the clock to save a woman from a fate worse than death. Featuring the evil of Mephisto (as Satan). 32 pages, FC. NOTE: 1st appearance of Daimon Hellstrom (Son of Satan). Cover price $0.20.
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"Shake Hands with Satan!" Guest-starring Daimon Hellstrom (Son of Satan). Story by Gary Friedrich. Art by Jim Mooney and Syd Shores. Cover by Gil Kane. The Spirit of Vengeance will travel to Hell itself and come face-to-face with Satan (Mephisto) in the ultimate showdown of the macabre. Story continued in Marvel Spotlight (1971-1977 1st Series) #12. 32 pages, FC. NOTE: 2nd appearance of Daimon Hellstrom (Son of Satan). Cover price $0.20.
"Wheels on Fire!" Guest-starring Daimon Hellstrom (Son of Satan). Story by Gary Friedrich. Art by Jim Mooney and John Tartaglione. Cover by John Romita, Sr. It had to happen, the fateful final showdown with Big Daddy Dawson! Plus, in this issue, Ghost Rider learns how to summon forth his mystical motorcycle! 32 pages, FC. Cover price $0.20.
"Death Stalks Demolition Derby!" Story by Gary Friedrich. Art by Jim Mooney and Vince Colletta. Cover by John Romita, Sr. The Ghost Rider is an unstoppable supernatural force, but at sunrise he reverts back to Johnny Blaze and discovers that the injuries he sustained have returned. But he won't have long to dwell as the Spirit of Vengeance is needed to stop an assassin from taking the life of a Las Vegas demolition derby driver. 32 pages, FC. Cover price $0.20.
Last 20-cent cover price. "And Vegas Writhes in Flame!" Story by Marv Wolfman and Doug Moench. Art by Jim Mooney and Sal Trapani. Cover by John Romita, Sr. The Ghost Rider must face the demonic power of the man called Roulette! Featuring a macabre appearance by Mephisto. 32 pages, FC. NOTE: The letters page contains Marvel Value Stamp series A # 24 (the Falcon). Cover price $0.20.
First 25-cent cover price. "Zodiac II!" Story by Tony Isabella. Art by Jim Mooney and Sal Trapani. A mentally disturbed man threatens Roxanne's life and tries to force Johnny Blaze to track down the Zodiac. However, the Ghost Rider has other plans... 32 pages, FC. NOTE: The letters page contains Marvel Value Stamp series A # 74 (the Stranger by Gil Kane). Cover price $0.25.
"...And Lose His Own Soul" Guest-starring Stunt Master. Story by Tony Isabella. Art by Jim Mooney and Jack Abel. Ghost Rider chases Taurus through the streets of San Francisco, but can even the Spirit of Vengeance stop a man that has the power of the entire Zodiac at his disposal? 32 pages, FC. Cover price $0.25.
"Satan Himself!" Guest-starring Stunt Master. Story by Tony Isabella. Art by Jim Mooney and Sal Trapani. Cover by Gil Kane. Mephisto (as Satan) takes center stage here as the devil torments Ghost Rider and attempts to seduce and turn one of his allies agianst him. 32 pages, FC. NOTE: The letters page contains Marvel Value Stamp series A # 48 (Kraven the Hunter by Steve Ditko). Cover price $0.25.
"The Hell-Bound Hero!" Story by Tony Isabella. Art by Jim Mooney and Sal Trapani. Cover by Gil Kane. Mephisto (as Satan) arrives on Earth to claim Johnny Blaze's immortal soul, but who is this mysterious stranger that has other plans? 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Marvel Value Stamp #81: Rhino. Cover price $0.25.
"Ghost Rider!" Story by Gary Friedrich. Art by Mike Ploog. Cover by Ron Wilson and Joe Sinnott. This issue reprints Ghost Rider's origin tale from the pages of Marvel Spotlight (1971 1st Series) #5. 32 pages, FC. NOTE: The Hulk appears on the cover but is not inside this issue. Next issue contains a note from Marvel explaining that the cover for this fill-in issue went to press before they realized the planned story was not ready yet. The Hulk does appear in Ghost Rider #11. Cover price $0.25.
"The Desolation Run!" Guest-starring Hulk. Story by Tony Isabella. Art by Sal Buscema and John Tartaglione. Cover by Gil Kane and Klaus Janson. Johnny Blaze participates in a cross-country race, but when the sinister Inferno tricks the Incredible Hulk into attacking Ghost Rider all hell breaks loose! NOTE: Marvel Value Stamp series A #66: General Ross. Cover price $0.25.
"Phantom of the Killer Skies!" Story by Tony Isabella. Art by Frank Robbins, Frank Giacoia and Mark Esposito. Cover by Gil Kane and Klause Janson. Ghost Rider duels the Phantom Eagle in the Arizona desert. 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Spider-Man stars in a one-page Hostess ad, "The Trap." Cover price $0.25.
"You've Got a Second Chance, Johnny Blaze!" Guest-starring Stunt Master and from the pages of Daredevil, Karen Page. Story by Tony Isabella. Art by George Tuska and Vince Colletta. Cover by Gil Kane and Joe Sinnot. Johnny Blaze accepts a job on a television show, but when the Trapster kidnaps Karen Page, Ghost Rider is needed once more. 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Captain Marvel stars in a one-page Hostess ad, "The Big Bang!" Plus, a letter to the editor from comics historian Peter Sanderson. Cover price $0.25.
Part 1 of 2 - "A Specter Stalks the Soundstage!" Guest-starring Stunt Master and from the pages of Daredevil, Karen Page. Story by Tony Isabella. Art by George Tuska and Vince Colletta. Cover by Ron Wilson and Frank Giacoia. Ghost Rider must match wits with the diabolical Orb! 32 pages, FC. Cover price $0.25.
Part 2 of 2 - "Vengeance of the Ventura Freeway!" Guest-starring Stunt Master and from the pages of Daredevil, Karen Page. Story by Tony Isabella. Art by Bob Brown and Don Heck. Cover by Sal Buscema and Frank Giacoia. Can Ghost Rider stop the machinations of the Uncanny Orb when his foe has the beautiful Karen Page under his thrall? 32 pages, FC. Cover price $0.25.
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"Blood in the Waters!" Story by Bill Mantlo. Art by George Tuska and Vince Colletta. Cover by Bob Brown and Dave Cockrum. A boating accident sets the Spirit of Vengeance against the deadliest creature to ever swim in the ocean - the Great White Shark! 32 pages, FC. NOTE: The letters page also contains Marvel Value Stamp series B #3: the Human Torch. Spider-Man stars in a one-page Hostess ad, "The Kidnap Caper." And a letter to the editor from David Lynch (no, no, not the film director). Cover price $0.25.
Part 1 of 2 - "Blood in the Waters!" Guest-Starring Daimon Hellstrom (Son of Satan) and the Champions (Angel, Black Widow, Hercules,and Ice Man). Story by Tony Isabella. Art by Frank Robbins and Vince Colletta. Cover by Rich Butler and Mike Esposito. Johnny Blaze enlists the help of the Son of Satan to save Katy's soul. Featuring Karen Page (from the pages of Daredevil). 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Spider-Man stars in Hostess ad "Spider-Man and the Cupcake Caper!" Cover price $0.25.
25 cent cover price - Part 2 of 4 - "The Salvation Run!" Guest-Starring Daimon Hellstrom (Son of Satan) and Stunt Master. Story by Tony Isabella. Art by Frank Robbins and Vince Colletta. Cover by Rich Butler and Frank Giacoia. The Ghost Rider is in the race of his life - win and save Katy's soul; lose and lose his own! 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Spider-Man, Thing and Champions appear on cover but are illusions in story. Spider-Man in Hostess ad "Twinkie Takers!" Cover price $0.25.
Last 25c cover-priced issue - Part 3 of 5 - "Resurrection!" Guest-Starring Daimon Hellstrom (Son of Satan) and Stunt Master. Story by Tony Isabella and Jim Shooter. Art by Frank Robbins and Vince Colletta. Cover by Gil Kane and Frank Giacoia. Can it be true?! Ghost Rider defeated and Johnny Blaze's soul forfeit? Plus, why has Stunt master betrayed Karen Page? The plot thickens in another macabre chapter of Ghost Rider! Story continues in Daredevil (1964-1998 1st Series) #138. 32 pages, FC. Cover price $0.25.
First 30-cent cover price - Part 5 of 5 - "Two Against Death!" Guest-Starring Daredevil, Stunt Master and Karen Page. Story by Marv Wolfman. Art by John Byrne and Don Perlin. Cover by Gil Kane and Klaus Janson. Story continued from Daredevil (1964-1998 1st Series) #138. the Spirit of Vengeance must team-up with the Man without Fear to save the beautiful Karen Page from the menacing Death-Stalker! 32 pages, FC. Cover price $0.30.
"Two Against Death!" Story by Gerry Conway. Art by Gil Kane and Sam Grainger. Cover by Jack Kirby and Al Milgrom. The Ghost Rider summons all his macabre strength to take down Gladiator and the Eel. 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Spider-Man stars in Hostess ad "The Spider-Man and the Fly!" Cover price $0.30.
"Nobody Beats the Enforcer!" Guest-starring Stunt Master. Story by Gerry Conway. Art by Don Glut and Don Heck. Cover by Jack Kirby and Al Milgrom. Johnny Blaze and Karen Page end their romantic relationship. The, the Ghost Rider faces the sinister Enforcer! 32 pages, FC. NOTE: 1st appearance of Enforcer. The Hulk stars in Hostess ad "The Incredible Hulk and the Green Thumbs!" Cover price $0.30.
"Wrath of the Water Wizard!" Guest-starring Stunt Master and the Champions (Ice Man, Angel and Black Widow). Story by Gerry Conway and Jim Shooter. Art by Don Heck. Cover by Jack Kirby and John Romita. Ghost Rider faces the new threat of the Water Wizard! Plus, Ghost Rider a Champion no more?! 32 pages, FC. NOTE: 1st appearance of the Water Wizard. Includes Hostess ad "Spider-Man! The Champ!" **NOTE: This issue features the very first time Ghost Rider uses his hellfire to burn another person's soul. Cover price $0.30.
"I, the Enforcer...!" Story by Jim Shooter. Art by Don Heck and Dan Green. Cover by Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum. Ghost Rider has a score to settle with the Enforcer. And waiting in the shadows is the Water Wizard! Marvel's most macabre hero will have his hands full! 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Includes Hostess ad "Captain America's Apprentice!" Cover price $0.30.
"Menace is a Man Called Malice!" Guest-starring Stunt Master. Story by Jim Shooter. Art by Don Heck and Tony DeZuniga. Cover by Gil Kane and Steve Leialoha. Ghost Rider takes on the pyromaniac known as Malice! 32 pages, FC. NOTE: One-page Hostess ad, "Spider-Man and Madam Web." Cover price $0.30.
Last 30c cover-priced issue - "A Doom Named Dr. Druid!" Guest-starring Dr. Druid and Stunt Master. Story by Jim Shooter. Art by Don Perlin and Sam Grainger. Cover by George Perez and Rudy Nebres. When the mystic Dr. Druid arrives on set to investigate Johnny Blaze, the supernatural sparks fly. 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Ghost Rider is called the "Spirit of Vengeance" for the very first time. Cover price $0.30.
First 35c cover-priced issue - "At the Mercy of the Manticore!" Guest-starring Hawkeye and Two-Gun Kid. Story by Jim Shooter. Art by Don Perlin and Dan Green. Cover by Sal Buscema and Frank Giacoia. The Spirit of Vengeance pits his supernatural powers against the menacing might of the monstrous Manticore! 32 pages, FC. Cover price $0.35.
"Evil is the Orb!" Story by Roger McKenzie. Art by Don Perlin. Cover by Ernie Chan. The Uncanny Orb returns to plague Ghost Rider! 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Thor stars in Hostess ad "The Ding-A-Ling Family!" Cover price $0.35.
Part 1 of 4 - "Deadly Pawn!" Guest-starring Doctor Strange. Story by Roger McKenzie. Art by Don Perlin, Tony DeZuniga and Alfredo Alcala. Cover by Rich Buckler and Frank Giacoia. Ghost Rider and Doctor Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts, are drawn into the sinister schemes of Dread Dormammu! 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Spider-Man stars in Hostess ad "Spoils a Snatch!" Cover price $0.35.
Part 2 of 4 - "The Mage and the Monster!" Guest-starring Doctor Strange. Story by Roger McKenzie. Art by Don Perlin and Jim Mooney. Cover by Ernie Chan. The Dread Dormammu has turned the macabre power of the Ghost Rider against his hated foe, Doctor Strange! can the Master of the Mystic Arts find a way to save Blaze's soul, or will he be forced to destroy the Spirit of Vengeance?! 32 pages, FC. Cover price $0.35.
Part 3 of 4 - "Demon's Rage!" Guest-starring Doctor Strange. Story by Roger McKenzie and Don Perlin. Art by Don Perlin and Jim Mooney. Cover by Ernie Chan. Get ready for the strangest Marvel Team-Up ever, as Doctor Strange assaults the out-of-control Ghost Rider from within his demonic mind, Johnny Blaze through magical means uses the Master of the Art's own body to assault Ghost Rider on the physical plain. 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Thor stars in a Hostess ad, "Thor Meets a Glutton for Gold!" Cover price $0.35.
Part 4 of 4 - "The Price!" Story by Roger McKenzie and Don Perlin. Art by Don Perlin and rick Bryant. Cover by Keith Pollard and Bob Layton. The Bounty Hunter plains to destroy Ghost Rider and thus fulfill his bargain with Satan. Learn the sinister truth behind this macabre villain's story. Plus, what does Mephisto have to do all this? 32 pages, FC. Cover price $0.35.
Part 1 of 2 - "...Whom a Child Would Destroy!" Story by Roger McKenzie and Don Perlin. Art by Don Perlin. Cover by Bob Budiansky and Bob Wiacek. Ghost Rider falls into the trap of cyborg riders from beyond the stars! 32 pages, FC. Cover price $0.35.
Part 2 of 2 - "The Boy Who Lived Forever!" Story by Roger McKenzie and Don Perlin. Art by Don Perlin. Ghost Rider finds himself caught in the middle of a supernatural family feud. 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Iron Man stars in the Hostess ad "Iron Man in an Irresistible Force!" Cover price $0.35.
Last 35c cover-priced issue - "Deathrace!" Story and art by Jim Starlin. Cover by Bob Budianski and Joe Rubinstein. Ghost Rider races against "Death" for the lives of three innocent people. 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Spider-Man stars in Hostess ad "Put Himself in the Picture!" Cover price $0.35.
First 40c cover-priced issue - "A Demon in Denver!" Story by Michael Fleisher. Art by Don Perlin. Cover by Bob Budianski and Bob Wiacek. Johnny Blaze learns that some days it's just not easy being the Ghost Rider. Spider-Man stars in Hostess ad " Hotshot on the Block!" Cover price $0.40.
"Night of Flame Cycles!" Story by Michael Fleisher. Art by Don Perlin. Cover by Bob Budianski and Bob Wiacek. Johnny Blaze visits a circus to watch a husband/wife team of daredvils attempt to break one of his death-defying records. But when their motorcycles burst into flames, killing them, makes it his mission to solve the mystery. 32 pages, FC. Cover price $0.40.
Part 1 of 2 - "The Cult of Doom!" Story by Michael Fleisher. Art by Don Perlin. Cover by Bob Budianski and Bob Wiacek. The Spirit of Vengeance takes on a cult that worships death! 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Hulk stars in Hostess ad "Hulk and the Ultimate Weapon!" Cover price $0.40.
Part 2 of 2 - "Into the Abyss!" Story by Michael Fleisher. Art by Don Perlin. Cover by Bob Budianski and Bob Wiacek. Can even the Ghost Rider triumph against a fanatical cult that worships death? 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Spider-Man stars in Hostess ad "Spider-Man Meets June Jitsu!" Cover price $0.40.
"The Menace of Nuclear Man!" Story by Michael Fleisher. Art by Don Perlin. Cover by Bob Budianski and Bob Wiacek. Ghost Rider races against the clock to prevent a nuclear meltdown! 32 pages, FC. NOTE: The Human Torch stars in Hostess ad "The Human Torch and the Icemaster Cometh!" Cover price $0.40.
"The Freight Train to Oblivion!" Story by Michael Fleisher. Art by Don Perlin. Cover by Bob Budianski and Bob Wiacek. After a chance encounter, Johnny Blaze is struck with amnesia. What effect will this have on the Spirit of Vengeance? 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Mr. Fantastic stars in Hostess ad "A Passion for Gold!" Cover price $0.40.
"The Lonesome DEATH of Johnny Blaze!" Story by Michael Fleisher. Art by Don Perlin. Cover by Bob Budianski and Bob Wiacek. Ghost Rider tracks down the rest of the Jackal Gang for some much needed vengeance. Meanwhile, Johnny Blaze can't remember the events of the last few days. 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Iron Man stars in Hostess ad "Iron Man in the Hungry Battleaxe!" Cover price $0.40.
Part 1 of 2 - "Night of the Crimson Mage!" Story by Michael Fleisher. Art by Carmine Infantino and Ricardo Villamonte. Cover by Bob Budianski and Bob Wiacek. After a wizard's spell separates Johnny Blaze and Ghost Rider into two entities, the Spirit of Vengeance declares revenge on the world! 32 pages, FC. NOTE: The Human Torch stars in Hostess ad "A Hot Time in the Old Town!" Cover price $0.40.
Part 2 of 2 - "Cloak of Crimson - Soul of Dust!" Story by Michael Fleisher. Art by Carmine Infantino and Ricardo Villamonte. Cover by Bob Budianski and Bob Wiacek. It's Johnny Blaze vs. the Ghost Rider with both their futures hanging in the balance. 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Thor stars in Hostess ad "Thor Meets the Ricochet Monster!" Cover price $0.40.
"To Banish a Ghost!" Story by Michael Fleisher. Art by Don Perlin. Cover by Bob Budianski and Bob Wiacek. Ghost Rider tracks down the criminals that aided the wizard Azaziah for some unfinished business. Then, Johnny Blaze meets new stunt man sensation that is breaking all his old records. 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Spider-Man stars in Hostess ad "The Trap!" Cover price $0.40.
"The End of a Champion!" Story by Michael Fleisher. Art by Don Perlin. Cover by Bob Budianski and Bob Wiacek. Johnny takes on Flagg Fargo in a competition to see who is the best stunt man in the world, but it's not going well for our hero. 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Thing stars in Hostess ad "Sunday Punch!" Cover price $0.40.
Last 40-cent cover-price - "The Demon Within!" Story by Michael Fleisher. Art by Don Perlin. Cover by Bob Budianski and Al Milgrom. A dejected Johnny Blazes spirals out of control and hits rock bottom, vowing to never let the Ghost Rider out again! 32 pages, FC. NOTE: One-page Hostess ad, "The Incredible Hulk vs. the Roller Disco Devils!" Cover price $0.40.
First 50c cover-priced issue - "Wind of the Undead!" Story by Michael Fleisher. Art by Don Perlin. Cover by Bob Budianski and Bob McCleod. Ghost Rider is besieged by monstrous Hell-bats, but things go from bad to worse when he reverts to Johnny Blaze and can't trigger his transformation. How can a mortal man survive such an attack without the power of Ghost Rider? 32 pages, FC. NOTE: Captain Mar-Vell stars in Hostess ad "Captain Marvel Defends the Earth!" Cover price $0.50.
"The Wrath of Manitou!" Story by Michael Fleisher. Art by Don Perlin. Cover by Bob Budianski and Joe Rubenstein. The Ghost Rider duels with a spectre that wants to destroy a local dam. Is the Spirit of Vengeance fighting for the right side? The Human Torch stars in Hostess ad "The Human Torch Saves the Valley!" Cover price $0.50.
Direct Edition. Giant size 50th issue - "Manitou's Anger...Tarantula's Sting!" Guest-starring the Night Rider. Story by Michael Fleisher. Art by Don Perlin. Cover by Bob Budianski and Joe Rubenstein. Get ready for the most macabre team-up yet as the modern day Ghost Rider meets the Night Rider from the Ghost Rider of the Old West. 48 pages, FC. NOTE: Mr. Fantastic stars in Hostess ad "The Power of Gold!" Cover price $0.75.
Newsstand Edition. Giant size 50th issue - "Manitou's Anger...Tarantula's Sting!" Guest-starring the Night Rider. Story by Michael Fleisher. Art by Don Perlin. Cover by Bob Budianski and Joe Rubenstein. Get ready for the most macabre team-up yet as the modern day Ghost Rider meets the Night Rider from the Ghost Rider of the Old West. 48 pages, FC. NOTE: Mr. Fantastic stars in Hostess ad "The Power of Gold!" Cover price $0.75.
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