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Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance Sees a Marvel Supervillain Become the New Spirit of Vengeance

Posted: January 5, 2024 | Last updated: January 6, 2024

  • Ghost Rider's spirit has departed from Johnny Blaze and bonded with a villain, spelling trouble for the Marvel Universe.
  • The new Ghost Rider's identity has not been revealed yet, adding to the suspense and anticipation for fans.
  • The potential for destruction and violence is high with a villain possessing the Spirit of Vengeance, presenting a threat to everything Ghost Rider stands for.

The forthcoming Ghost Rider : Final Vengeance sees a Marvel villain become the new Spirit of Vengeance. Writer Benjamin Percy has put Ghost Rider through his paces over the past two years, giving him a sidekick and sending Johnny Blaze down a horrifying path. Now, the Spirit of Vengeance has departed from Johnny, bonding itself to a villain–which could spell bad news for the Marvel Universe.

Marvel shared a first look at Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance #1’s cover on their website. The book will be written by Percy and drawn by Danny Kim, with Benjamin Su providing a special foil cover. Marvel did not reveal which villain would bond with the Spirit of Vengeance, assuring fans it would be revealed soon.

Likewise, Su’s cover does not clear the matter up either–fans must wait patiently to discover the new Ghost Rider’s identity.

Ghost Rider Has Seen a Lot in 50 Years

Ghost Rider has been a staple of the supernatural side of the Marvel Universe since his first appearance in the early 1970s. There have been many Ghost Riders throughout history , with several in the 20th/21st centuries alone, but Johnny Blaze remains the best known. After a brief stint as the King of Hell, Johnny Blaze returned to the role, and has barely had time to stop since his return. First, he fought off an evil demon threatening a small town. Along the way, he meets Talia Warroad, a former SHIELD agent and mystic, who becomes Ghost Rider’s unofficial sidekick. Benjamin Percy has given Ghost Rider his groove back.

Now, Johnny Blaze’s entire world has been upended as he has been separated from the Spirit of Vengeance. To add insult to injury, the Spirit has bonded with a villain. Marvel is still being coy over the identity of the new Ghost Rider, not even offering hints in the press release. While the most logical candidate would be a supernatural-based character, other types of villains cannot be ruled out. How exactly a Spirit of Vengeance, a tool of revenge and justice, could bond with an evil villain remains to be seen too. This could also tamper with powers such as the Penance Stare.

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Regardless of the new Ghost Rider’s identity, a villain possessing the Spirit of Vengeance is a terrifying notion, and Johnny Blaze will have to work quickly to stop them. The potential for destruction and violence is great, as they could flip the script on Ghost Rider’s iconic powers, such as Hellfire and the Penance Stare. In the wrong hands, these powers could cause serious damage and trauma, in the process, flipping the script on everything Ghost Rider stands for.

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Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance #1 is on sale March 13 from Marvel Comics.

Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance Sees a Marvel Supervillain Become the New Spirit of Vengeance

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Marvel has been teasing that a known villain will soon take over as a new Spirit of Vengeance in the upcoming Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance limited series, and now the publisher has revealed the villain who will take up the mantle: the Hood.

For readers of writer Benjamin Percy's recent Ghost Rider volume, this won't be a total surprise, as the Hood appeared as an antagonist 2023's Ghost Rider Annual #1. Now, he's going to become the new Spirit of Vengeance as Johnny Blaze is cast into hell. 

Along with the announcement, Marvel has revealed Juan Ferreyra's cover of Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance #2 as well as series artist Danny Kim's design for the Hood as the Spirit of Vengeance.

"Armed with a demonic cloak and dark mystical abilities, Parker Robbins’ undying lust for more power and fortune has made one of the Marvel Universe’s dangerous threats," reads Marvel's official announcement. "Now with the Spirit of Vengeance claiming what’s left of his soul, there’s no stopping his bloody takeover of the criminal underworld. By the time Johnny Blaze is able to claw his way back from the abyss to reclaim the Spirit of Vengeance, it’ll be far too late!"

Parker Robbins, AKA The Hood, was created in 2002's The Hood #1 by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artists Kyle Hotz and Eric Powell. A low level criminal in New York City, Robbins rises through the ranks to become a supervillain when he gains possession of a demonic cloak and boots that allow him to turn invisible and walk on air. The Hood will be the villain of Marvel Studios ' upcoming Ironheart streaming series, played by Anthony Ramos.

"Some villains you know all too well. Doctor Doom. Thanos. Mephisto. But I find it especially fun to bring the lesser known baddies out of the shadows and give them a shot at a starring role. That's what I did with Omega Red during X Lives of Wolverine/X  Deaths of Wolverine - and that's what I'm doing now with Ghost Rider," Percy states in the announcement. 

"The Hood wants a taste of the big time. And he's made a deal with the devil to help him on his way. This is what happens when the Spirit of Vengeance is stripped from Johnny Blaze and grafted on to a character who has no moral compass. An epic crime saga - flavored with horror - awaits readers in Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance."

Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance #1 goes on sale March 13, followed by #2 on April 18.

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Johnathon "Johnny" Blaze [18] a.k.a Ghost Rider [19] is an American motorcycle stunt performer, and entertainer turned Spirit of Vengeance . [13] [14] He was the son of famed stuntman Barton Blaze who tragically died during a stunt. He became bound to Zarathos the Spirit of Vengeance after making a deal with the Demon Mephisto to spare the life of his surrogate father Crash Simpson . [20] Now with the power to control Hellfire and to inflict pain on those he deemed evil with his Penance Stare , Blaze seeks vengeance riding his Hell Cycle as the Ghost Rider . [21]

  • 1.1 Origins
  • 1.2 Early Life
  • 1.3 Stunt Performer
  • 1.4 Becoming the Ghost Rider
  • 1.5 Champions of L.A.
  • 1.6 Leaving Stunt Riding
  • 1.7 Meeting Dan Ketch
  • 1.8 Damnation
  • 1.9 Fragments of Lucifer
  • 1.10 Zadkiel
  • 1.11 Alejandra Jones
  • 1.12 Circle of Four
  • 1.13 Thunderbolts
  • 1.14 King of Hell
  • 1.15 Challenge of the Ghost Riders
  • 1.16 Degeneration
  • 1.17 New Status Quo
  • 2.2 Abilities
  • 2.3 Weaknesses
  • 3.1 Weapons
  • 3.2 Transportation
  • 7.1 References

Origins [ ]

Zarathos the demon had built a power base for himself many years ago. Zarathos had a penchant for human souls which led him into many conflicts, including against the Blood cult and his fellow demon Mephisto , who felt that Zarathos was one of his rivals. Because of these conflicts, and Mephisto's belief about their rivalry, he tricked Zarathos and enslaved him, trapping him in the bodies of various mortals throughout the years while keeping him amnesiac. The torture of Zarathos combined with Mephisto's search for a mystical artifact, known as the Medallion of Power which had been crafted by another of Zarathos' foes, the Blood, to house the essences of the original Spirits of Vengeance . [14]

This medallion had become embedded into the spiritual bloodline of two families after it was broken. The Kale family were one of these bloodlines who drew the attention of Mephisto in the 18th century after the shard of the medallion within Noble Kale transformed him into a Spirit of Vengeance known as the Ghost Rider. Mephisto tried and failed to corrupt Noble and set his sights on rest of the Kale clan, watching them from then on the firstborn Noble of every generation manifest their power. [14]

Early Life [ ]

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Earlier appearance

Johnny Blaze was born the son of Barton Blaze and Naomi Kale and spent his formative years growing up among the Quentin Carnival . Both of Blaze's parents starred alongside Craig "Crash" Simpson in a motorcycle show. This life seemed idyllic for a time, until Blaze's mother left him and took his siblings Barbara and Daniel with her and left him behind. Naomi was aware of her family curse and was afraid of the suffering that would come to Johnny as it had to her, she chose to leave him and to place his siblings into the care of Francis Ketch whose name they would take. [14] [22]

Johnny was deeply affected by the abandonment of his mother to the point that it caused him to repress many memories he had of both her and his siblings. Shortly after the loss of his mother, Johnny would also lose his father Barton to a stun accident and came to be adopted by their friend Crash and his wife Mona Simpson . The couple hoped to hide the truth of Johnny's painful past from him and instead fabricated a less tragic backstory for him, including that his mother 'Clara Blaze' had died. Johnny grew up happy among the Simpson family and grew ever closer to his foster sister Roxanne , leading to their relationship growing beyond a familial sibling bond as they fell in love. [14] [20]

Johnny's true mother would return to watch over him, pleased to discover that he was growing up happily while also remaining afraid that the Kale family curse would affect him. This drove Naomi Kale to make a bargain with Mephisto to spare Johnny from the family curse and hopefully put an end to it altogether. Naomi was betrayed by Mephisto though, the demon swore in the last moments of Naomi's life that Johnny wouldn't become the true Ghost Rider he was supposed to become, but that he would still become 'a' Ghost Rider. [14] [22]

Stunt Performer [ ]

Johnny remained blissfully unaware of his connections to multiple mystical forces and grew to follow his parents and the Simpsons into the family business, joining the Simpsons travelling stunt show, the Crash Simpson Stunt Cycle Extravaganza. During this time Johnny had come to see Crash as a father and had been taught to ride and perform stunts on motorcycles by Crash who hoped that his foster son would follow his legacy. When Johnny was fifteen this dream came to an end, when Mona Simpson was killed while practicing a stunt which also nearly claimed Johnny's life. On her deathbed Mona asked Johnny to quit riding and Johnny promised her that he would. [14]

Johnny would continue refusing to take part in the Simpson families shows for the next five years, placing a strain on his relationship with Crash who remained unaware of the reasons behind Johnny's refusals. Crash also remained unaware that Johnny had been keeping up his practicing at night and had honed his skills to the point of surpassing his foster father. Unbeknownst to Crash, who had accused his son of cowardice, Johnny was also keeping other secrets, such as the nature of his relationship with Roxanne. Johnny would come to learn that Crash had developed cancer and was going to die from it, which drove Crash to once again ask Johnny to take over the family show, Johnny continued to refuse which disappointed Roxanne. Johnny was unable to live with the idea of Crash dying and ultimately chose to study the occult, hoping to find a mystical way to save his foster father. The magic that Johnny discovered including a spell to supposedly summon Satan, the demon that Johnny raised though was in fact Mephisto. [14]

Mephisto and Johnny made a deal which cured Crash of his cancer, as long as Johnny promised to serve the demon, and spend eternity in Hell. Despite their deal, Crash would die almost instantly after, while attempting to set a new world record with a 22 car jump. Johnny was devastated by Crash's loss and while seeking to honor the memory of his foster father, attempted and made the jump himself. Johnny then came close to losing his soul to Mephisto, had it not been for the timely intervention of Roxanne proclaiming her love for him and temporarily driving Mephisto away by the purity of her love. [14]

Becoming the Ghost Rider [ ]

After Crash's death Johnny transformed into Ghost Rider for the first time, causing him to believe that the flaming skulled skeletal being was a demonic manifestation of the evil within him. Johnny soon realized that this was not true and that the being he became at night was an entirely different entity which had become bonded to him. Johnny would then become involved with a local motorcycle gang who called themselves Satan's Servants during his nightly transformations. Their leader, a man named Curly Samuels gained the Ghost Rider's trust up until Johnny learned that within Curly's body was the soul of Crash Simpson. Mephisto had enlisted Crash in his efforts to gain hold of Johnny and offered him new life as long as he betrayed his adopted son, a bargain that Crash accepted. After being cast into Hell the Ghost Rider was able to reason with Crash, reawakening his love for his son and his sense of honor. Crash would then sacrifice himself to allow Johnny to escape from hell, while also making the Ghost Rider promise to protect his daughter Roxanne. [14]

Johnny would begin a journey through the American Southwest alongside Roxanne where he would first battle a Satanist known as Witch Woman while transformed into Ghost Rider. Johnny stayed near Copperhead Canyon for a time and came across Daimon Hellstrom , the Son of Satan who he would also fight. Johnny and Roxanne would continue travelling the West seeking to escape Mephisto and stay safe. After making their way to San Francisco , Roxanne was tricked and renounced for love for Johnny, allowing Mephisto to seemingly almost claim Johnny's soul. At the last moment they were saved by a mysterious long-haired and bearded mystery man who would only tell them that he was 'a friend'. Johnny believed this man to be a heavenly figure, someone helping them and offering hope and salvation. There would come several more run-in with this man before he would come to be revealed as a trick of Mephisto's. Johnny became discouraged when he learned the truth about his 'friend' and when combined with his fear of the growing difficulty in controlling the Ghost Rider, he came to the decision to leave Roxanne and strike out on his own, which he would continue to do for the following years. [14]

Champions of L.A. [ ]

Johnny would come to team up with the Black Widow , Angel , Iceman and Hercules to help stop Pluto 's attempts to invade Olympus . This group of five heroes then founded the superhero team known as the Champions . [23] The champions attempted to be "super heroes for the ordinary man," but suffered through too many tensions amongst themselves to truly work together as a group. After working with the Champions for a few months, Johnny came to realize that as Ghost Rider he had become too much of a lone wolf to work as part of a team and bid the group farewell as they disbanded. [24] Ghost Rider would also unwillingly become a member of the Legion of Monsters during this time, fighting and killing Starseed alongside them. [17] [14]

Leaving Stunt Riding [ ]

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Ghost Rider on his cycle

Johnny came to find that his demonic half, Ghost Rider, was able to exert more and more control over both his actions and his personality. Because of this Johnny was unable to keep up with his career as a professional stunt rider, losing his title as 'World Champion Stunt Rider' to Flagg Fargo after a series of losses. Johnny would then go on to join the Quentin Carnival, although he didn't remember it from his childhood it felt like home to him in his demoralized state. While Johnny was a member of the Carnival he formed a friendly rival with Red Fowler , a fellow rider, and flirted with Cynthia Randolph , a journalist for Woman Magazine who had been assigned to follow the Carnival. Johnny would also come up against Centurious who fed off souls imprisoned by an ancient artifact known as the Crystal of Souls ; an encounter that would bring up dark memories within the Ghost Rider. Johnny would also be captured being the being known as Nightmare who revealed to him the name of the demon bonded to him to be Zarathos. [14]

Johnny and Zarathos' struggle for control of his body would continue until the return of Roxanne Simpson. Roxanne sought Johnny out for aid when a small town had been overrun by Centurious and Ethan Domblue known as Sin-Eater . Johnny became Ghost Rider to fight Centurious one again and learned through him that he had a feud with Zarathos that had been going on for centuries. Their fight ended when the demon Zarathos and Centurious became bound within the Crystal of Souls, freeing Johnny Blaze from the Ghost Rider. Johnny bought the Carnival and settled down with Roxanne, who he married and had two children with, Craig and Emma . [14]

Meeting Dan Ketch [ ]

Years after becoming free of the Ghost Rider, Johnny would learn of a new Ghost Rider operating in New York . Johnny was afraid that the demon Zarathos had become free of the Crystal and become bound to a new Rider. Johnny was so concerned that he captured the new Ghost Rider, Danny Ketch but quickly learned that Zarathos wasn't within Danny. During their fight, Hellfire passed through Johnny's Hellfire Shotgun into him, revealing to Johnny that he was still able to discharge Hellfire from his gun. Johnny took the shotgun and a mystical motorcycle and went on to become a mentor to Danny, teaching him about his Ghost Rider powers and guarding him against those evil forces which would target him. [14]

Johnny had once again become involved in the world of the supernatural, entirely against the wishes of his wife. After Johnny joined with the Midnight Sons to fight against the Mother of Demons Lilith , their Carnival became targeting by the enemies that Johnny was accruing. Vengeance , blaming Johnny for the downfall of his father's career, went on to target the Carnival. Johnny continued to team-up with the Midnight Sons to stop an alliance between Centurious and Lilith who were aiming to free Zarathos. Carver , an agent of Centurious, aimed to cut a fragment of the Medallion of Power from Johnny. The wounds that Johnny earned were burned with Hellfire and he had to be encased in a cybernetic shell to save him. A member of the Blood, known as the Caretaker would then reveal to Johnny and Danny that they were in fact brothers, a fact that would further strengthen their bond. Johnny and Danny worked together to destroy the physical form of Zarathos, causing the temporary loss of Danny. [14]

Johnny grew closer to Danny but at the same time life with his family was falling apart. Johnny's children were taken from by a rogue Blood known as Regent . After Johnny rescued his children he learned that Roxanne had made a bargain with Regent to remove the Kale family curse from them. Just as Johnny and Roxanne had begun moving past this, Roxanne was killed by a foe of Danny's, Anton Hellgate , and his children were once again kidnapped. Johnny killed Centurious and swore ON Roxanne's grave that he would rescue their children and rebuild their Carnival home. Johnny removed his cybernetic shell and went to confront Icebox Bob , an undead skiller killer who would reveal to Johnny that Emma and Craig were being held by Ba'al a Mesopotamian God who had become a demon. Johnny crossed dimensions to free his children on a mission with a mystic Wendigo spirit and the Angel Uri-El . Johnny was reunited with his children but this would prove temporary as they would yet again go missing, just a few months later. [14]

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Johnny Blaze's human form

Johnny went on to help his brother Danny to learn the origins behind his Ghost Rider spirit and discovered that Jennifer Kale , a sorceress, was their cousin. Jennifer would help Johnny to search for his children but even together they were unable to return them to their father and ultimately had to admit they had been defeated. Roxanne was returned to Earth during this time to serve as a demonic servant to Blackheart , going by Black Rose . Roxanne initially had no memory of her past life on Earth and after Noble Kale, the current Ruler of Hell, gave her back her memories and decided she would let Johnny continue believing she was dead as she felt he had moved on. [14]

Johnny decided to start over and found himself a new job working as an accountant as well as a new girlfriend, Chloe . Johnny still had a connection to the demon Zarathos, allowing Zarathos to begin reconstituting itself within him. This would cause Johnny to again begin transforming into Ghost Rider, leading Johnny hit the road and quit his job. The reborn Ghost Rider was different than it had been before, with a less talkative and more indifferent personality, caring less for the safety of innocent bystanders. Johnny again became desperate to escape the curse of the Ghost Rider and went as far as hiring Gunmetal Gray , a mercenary, to kill Ghost Rider. Gray enjoyed the pursuit of the Ghost Rider in a particularly malicious way and finally had him cornered at a biker convention. Despite Johnny's previous attempts against Zarathos' life the two of them made peace and truly merged together, defeating Gray. [25] [14]

Damnation [ ]

Once again became bonded to the Ghost Rider, Johnny ended up in Hell as part of the bargain. There, he endures excruciating torment by hordes of demons every night, and is made whole again by dawn. He attempts to escape through the Gates of Hell but couldn't outrace the horde. One day, he was met by the angel Malachi , and was offered a deal of freedom and redemption if he captures the demon Kazann loose on Earth and bring him back to Hell. Malachi also advised Johnny that both Heaven and Hell have sent out their own agents, Hoss and Ruth , to hunt the demon. Johnny agrees, and is on Earth again. [26]

Johnny encountered Hoss while on the road and fought him. However, the ongoing conflict led them to Ruth. In an attempt to "narrow down the opposition", she attacked both of them, and took Johnny's bike. Johnny and Hoss decided to team up, and make their way to Kazann's location. Ruth, however, beaten them, but to their surprise, hordes of demons have exploded unto the Earth. Kazann was summoned by Earl Gustav , the owner of Gustav Petroleum, and had been planning to raise a new Hell, away from the old customs of the original. Gustav was loyal to Kazann, and had been building a special drill, with the assistance of his secretary, Miss Catmint , designed to punch a hole to the spiritual realm. Ghost Rider and Hoss repel through the carnage and goes after Kazann while telling Hoss to distract Ruth. He confronted Kazann and as they battle, the demon horde returned back to the Pit after Miss Catmint forced Hoss to recite the hymn of recall. Ghost Rider relishes in his victory but was shot by a magical bullet from Father Adam , an ex-army ranger turned priest that was tasked from Hell to assassinate Johnny, sending him back to the Pit again. Malachi revealed that his deal with Johnny was a lie, and that no one can save a soul from damnation. As Malachi was explaining, Ruth suddenly ripped his wings out. Hoss then revealed that Malachi and Kazann, who was named Micah then, were actually brothers and have exchanged information in secret granting both of them higher ranks in their respective realms. Malachi tasked Johnny so their secret would remain unchecked before Ruth could apprehend Kazann and that Heaven would torture him revealing their covert partnership. Hoss escorted Ruth to their promotion while Johnny, enraged and furious, spends the rest of his time in Hell but with Malachi chained behind him. [27]

At some point afterwards, due to the machinations of Lucifer , Johnny was set free once again. This has led to a confrontation with Doctor Strange . Ghost Rider fought Strange thinking it's one of Lucifer's tricks, and used the Penance Stare against him realizing too late that it was actually him. Numecet , Stange's friend, arrived and while she cannot have herself involved, she informed that Johnny's escape was all according to Lucifer's plan. Lucifer was behind him when he traversed from the celestial plane, and disintegrated into six hundred sixty-six fragments. Each piece fell into the bodies of the deceased, and reawakened them. If each possessed body were to be destroyed, the last form would be powerful enough to be Lucifer's one true being and would have reign on Earth. Ghost Rider decided to pursue his quest for vengeance, and vowed to returned every fragment back to Hell. [28]

Fragments of Lucifer [ ]

Johnny continued his search for the fragments of Lucifer in Sleepy Hollow , Illinois during the first Superhuman Civil War . Johnny discovered that a local serial killer, who had been decapitating children, was in fact Lucifer within the recently dead body of the supervillain Jack O'Lantern , who had been murdered by the Punisher and had his body returned to his home town for burial. Johnny was initially suspected of being the killer by the towns sheriff but the truth quickly came out and Sheriff Harry O'Connor worked alongside him to defeat the Lucifer possessed Jack O'Lantern. [29]

Johnny attempted to save the lives of innocent passengers aboard a plane while Ghost Rider fought the fragment of Lucifer within the pilot. Johnny agreed to go after Lucifer when his indecision led to the possessed pilot getting away but soon changed his mind after seeing that the Hulk was in New York City. Johnny exerted control over Ghost Rider, fighting against Zarathos' will and engaged the Hulk in Battle. Their fight was monitored by both Dr. Strange and Reed Richards , who witnessed Johnny fall to the Hulk. Dr. Strange knew that residing within a human host tempered the power of the Ghost Rider and that without Johnny Blaze conscious to hold him back, the Riders 'godlike' power might defeat the Hulk. Once Zarathos was fully in control of Johnny's unconscious body though he chose to leave New York and continue his hunt for Lucifer, as the Ghost Rider only protects the innocent and in this situation the Illuminati , who the Hulk was seeking vengeance upon, were not innocent. [30]

Johnny continued his fight against Lucifer, engaging help from his then girlfriend, Dixie . Johnny tracked down another of Lucifer's fragments, this time residing within the body of a man who owned a sports team and was planning to blow up a packed stadium. Johnny was forced to leave this fragment though when he was told that another person possessed by Lucifer was a little league coach holding his team hostage. Johnny arrived at the barn where the children were being held and fought Lucifer as Ghost Rider, realizing that the barn had accidentally been set alight during their battle. The children Johnny had come to protect were saved by two Angel brothers of the Malakim , Emmael and Vraniel , who had been reborn on Earth for atonement and to fight against the evil fallen angel Zadkiel who they'd previously been aligned with. [31]

Ghost Rider brought the two Angels with him when he returned to the sports stadium to stop Lucifer from destroying it. After learning that the two Angels were harboring a secret the Ghost Rider used his penance stare on Emmael, destroying him. Johnny also learned that the Ghost Rider was in fact an agent of Heaven , created by God, who had been bonded to him by Zadkiel after Roxanne prayed for Johnny's soul to be saved and that Lucifer had aided in his escape from Hell so that he could also be freed. After learning this, Lucifer attempting to ally himself with the Ghost Rider, as he was also an enemy of Zadkiel, having been betrayed by Zadkiel during his war against Heaven. The Ghost Rider responded to this offer by blowing up the building with both himself and Lucifer still inside. [32]

Johnny was down to two avatars of Lucifer and was able to defeat the 'final' Avatar as he had kept the second to last brain-dead but alive, [4] which split Lucifer's power in two. The now truly final avatar of Lucifer was killed shortly after when it was shot dead by incompetent cops in the hotel room where Johnny had Dixie keeping it alive. Before the shootout happened Dixie tried to explain everything when the cops entered the room they found the story to hard to believe until the avatar started moving. During the shooting Dixie was also shot and died as she was heading to the door trying to leave the room. Johnny had defeated Lucifer, stopping his rise to power on Earth and returning him to Hell where he belonged but had also lost the few things he had to care about once again, causing him to decide to turn the Ghost Rider loose on Zadkiel next. [33]

Zadkiel [ ]

Johnny learned of a young man, Lucas Collier , who had briefly died and gone to Heaven, only to return afraid of Angels. After tracking him down to the cursed town of New Beulah in the hope of learning a way into Heaven from him, he instead learned that Zadkiel was enslaving souls as part of his attempt to siege Heaven and that Zadkiel had agents on Earth to ensure no one living stopped him or spread word about what he was doing. [34] Unbeknownst to Johnny, Danny Ketch was one of those servants, having been convinced of the need to hunt down every Ghost Rider and remove the Spirit bonded to them so as to prevent their 'corruption'. Danny was unaware of Zadkiel's other motives, including the fact that the fallen angel was using the gathered power of the Rider to wage war on Heaven by tearing down the walls of New Jerusalem. The direction Johnny's brother had taken would pit them against one another as Johnny was working alongside Sister Sara to take down Zadkiel. Together they travelled to Tibet and discovered the body of Nima , a Ghost Rider killed by Ketch. [35]

Sara and Johnny were visited by his brother that night and a battle erupted. During the fighting Johnny used the penance stare on his brother and learned what had become of him, including the fact that Danny had already murdered numerous other Riders for their power. Johnny ended up on the other side of a penance stare from Danny which left him temporarily broken in spirit. Danny would have taken the power of Zarathos from his brother if it wasn't for the timely intervention of Sara who saved Johnny and was able to get him to a safehouse. At this safehouse they met two other Ghost Riders, the Chinese Bai Gu Jing and the muslim Ghost Rider Molek who they agreed to follow to Japan . [36]

After arriving in Japan, Johnny and his team learned that Danny had already murdered another Rider, Yoshio Kannabe , for his power. Unbeknownst to Johnny, while this was happening Vengeance , a former deputy whom Johnny had used the Penance Stare on, had come into possession of a Hellfire Shotgun , which he was planning on using against him. [37] Johnny and his team carried on to the City of the Skulls in the Congo where they planning on making their last stand against Danny and Zadkiel. There they were met by the two Ghost Riders of the Congo, Baron Skullfire and Marinette Bwa Chech alongside their Phantom Riders , with Johnny snapping out of the depression his fight with Danny and the penance stare had left him in. [38]

During the ensuing battle Baron Skullfire was lost but the Ghost Rider within was transferred to a Phantom Rider before Danny Ketch could claim it. Ketch created duplicates of himself from Hellfire to fight for him and made a wager with his brother, that they would race around the world to decide their fates. During this race Johnny was badly injured by the Hellfire Shotgun that Vengeance had retrieved, allowing Danny to take his Spirit from and then release the power of all Spirits he had gathered to Heaven. When Johnny returned to the City of the Skulls, his brother fell from the sky and revealed that he now knew he had been used and that the battle for Heaven was decided as energies and Spirits rained down. [39]

Johnny briefly parted ways with his brother and the others after their battle with Zadkiel and his Black Host , finding his way to a village in Japan and taking up residence in a nearby temple. The village was invaded by demons and its people transformed by a creature calling itself the Skin-Bender . She and Johnny fought, during which she attempted to use her powers to manipulate his flesh but was unable to as his body burned her. Johnny then transformed into the Ghost Rider at her request and used its power to kill her and the demons within the village, with his fire returning the villagers to normal. Sara arrived in the village as Johnny was in the process of cleaning up the Skin-Benders body and he agreed to go with her and continue their fight against Zadkiel. [9]

Kid Blackheart , the Antichrist, was hunted down by agents of Zadkiel but was saved by an occult terrorist named Jaine Cutter , despite Daimon Hellstrom's attempts to kill him. These three encountered Johnny, Danny and Sara and joined forces to defeat Zadkiel in Heaven. Once they were able to reach Heaven, Johnny and Danny both attacked Zadkiel but were quickly defeated, causing the souls of Johnny's dead wife Roxanne and their two children to encourage him to continue his fight. Johnny rallied the Spirits of Vengeance who Danny had been tricked into returning to Heaven to fight alongside them. During this fight Zadkiel finally realized that he was, nor could he ever become, the God he wanted to be. Zadkiel was defeated and banished to Hell, leading God to return to Heaven and thank Johnny for saving Heaven and the billions of souls who reside there. [40]

During Shadowland , Kingpin and Lady Bullseye were able to perform a mystical ritual to summon and control the Ghost Rider as part of a plot against the Hand . While under the Kingpin's control, Ghost Rider was forced to travel to Japan and confront the Hand, who he found he was unable to directly combat due to magic the Hand employ to bind him before he provoked them into killing him. Johnny's soul travelled to a white void where he spoke to God, who told him that he was being returned to Earth as he was still needed there. God also sent along a battalion of Black Host warrior angels to fight alongside him, as gratitude for Johnny's role in the defeat of the rogue fallen angel Zadkiel. With the Black Host to back him up, Johnny was able to defeat the Hand with ease and was freed from the Kingpins control. [41]

Alejandra Jones [ ]

Johnny had once again become concerned about the curse of the Ghost Rider, when he happened to be approached by a man calling himself ' Adam ' who claimed he could Johnny to rid himself of Ghost Rider forever. Johnny believed it to all be too good to be true but ultimately decided to agree to Adam's offer, after learning that the Ghost Rider would pass to someone else. [42] Johnny was present in Dayton , Ohio when Sin , having become Skadi during Fear Itself , was attacking the city and fighting off against a new Ghost Rider, Alejandra Jones . This Ghost Rider was defeated by Sin and Johnny learned from Mephisto that Adam had cursed her with Zarathos to serve his goal of wiping all sin from the Earth, which would turn everyone into emotionless and mindless drones. Johnny felt responsible for Alejandra being used by Adam and vowed to help free her and the Ghost Rider from Adam. [43]

Alejandra and Adam would then return to the Nicaraguan temple where she was trained and where he wanted her to 'extinguish' the sin from the other students. After Alejandra refused she was enslaved by Adam. [44] Shortly after this Johnny would arrive and team up with the Seeker , who also wanted to stop Adam. Alejandra had been turned into a kind of bomb, which wiped all sin from Nicaragua after she blew. Only Johnny and the Seeker were spared as the Seeker had used his power to nullify a Ghost Rider's abilities to protect them. [45]

Alejandra was then taken to Cape Canaveral by Adam who made her board a space shuttle heading to a space station in orbit. [45] Adam planned for her to use the stations observation equipment to focus her power to hit the entire planet and wipe it free from sin. Johnny was able to get aboard by using a motorcycle Mephisto provided which was capable of space travel. Johnny was able to get through to Alejandra who released her power into the station instead, destroying it. Johnny was saved by Alejandra who returned them to Earth but refused his help in returning the people of Nicaragua to normal, as she did not want another person telling her what to do again. [46]

Alejandra learned that the sin she had removed from the Nicaraguans was in Hell and that as Johnny was in contact with Mephisto, he would be able to get them there. Having survived the destruction of the space station, Adam had called upon Steel Wind and her dead sister Steel Vengeance to aid him in getting the Ghost Rider back under his control. Alejandra discovered that Hawkeye believed Johnny to be responsible for the situation in Nicaragua and was hunting him. Alejandra arrived to help him but they were transported to Japan and targeted by Steel Wind and Steel Vengeance who attacked Johnny instead of Alejandra, as they were also seeking vengeance against him. Hawkeye attempted to help Johnny but was captured himself, leading Alejandra to have to defeat the sisters and free the captured men. Johnny again offered Alejandra his help and this time she accepted. [47]

Circle of Four [ ]

Alejandra was betrayed by Blackheart and became even more determined to get to Hell and do whatever was necessary to reverse what she had done. [48] Johnny was able to follow Alejandra to Hell and discovered her attempting to destroy the entire dimension by destroying Mephisto's heart. Johnny was able to stop her but had to catch Alejandra as she fell off a ledge over a pit of lava. Johnny attempted to hold onto Alejandra but she let go of her hand as felt she had used the Ghost Rider for selfish reasons. Zarathos then returned to Johnny who used the power of the Ghost Rider to save a burning Alejandra, who had herself survived as part of the Spirit was still within her. Johnny returned Alejandra to Nicaragua to show her the good she had done in restoring its people, Alejandra was angry at everything she had been put through and believed that Johnny's actions were deserving of vengeance, causing the two to go their separate ways.

Thunderbolts [ ]

Johnny made a brief attempt to start a career as an actor before deciding to retake his stunt riding career instead. At this time he would come to join a team of Thunderbolts and helped them in taking down a former member known as Mercy . [49] While on a mission the Red Leader temporarily removed Zarathos from Johnny who was then killed by a swamp demon. At the completion of this mission time was reset and Johnny was once again alive and the Ghost Rider. [50]

Punisher would go on to leave the Thunderbolts, as well as seeking revenge upon them. Punisher was able to remove the Spirit of Vengeance from Johnny by using his mystical chain against him. Johnny was grateful to him for this and left the Thunderbolts to live a life free of the Ghost Rider. The Punisher used Ghost Rider's skull against the Red Leader, seemingly locking him into a permanent Penance Stare . Mephisto also apparently took Red Leader to Hell and returned the Ghost Rider to Johnny. [51]

King of Hell [ ]

Johnathon Blaze (Earth-616) from Doctor Strange Damnation Vol 1 4 001

King of Hell

When Doctor Strange used magic to restore Las Vegas after its devastation, he accidentally opened a magical doorway which Mephisto used to invade Earth. [52] Wong devised a plan to help him, and to this end assembled the Midnight Sons , among which was Ghost Rider. [53] As part of Wong's plan to defeat Mephisto, Ghost Rider confronting him head-on. Just as they expected, Mephisto lifted Zarathos' curse from Johnny and killed him. [54] Johnny's soul was sent to Hell, and he convinced Zarathos to help him in a journey to Mephisto's throne. Since it was vacant due to Mephisto's venture in Las Vegas, Johnny effortlessly usurped it and became the new king of Hell. [55]

Using his new authority, Blaze turned Mephisto's minions against him, and freed the souls that were imprisoned. He additionally empowered Doctor Strange so that he could defeat Mephisto one-on-one. Even though Mephisto managed to escape and returned to Hell, Johnny defeated him with the help of an army of Spirits of Vengeance from across the time. Blaze then sent Mephisto back to Earth, where he was held captive. [54]

Challenge of the Ghost Riders [ ]

Wanting to gather more power, Johnny dragged Robbie Reyes down in Hell during his exorcism, [56] and challenged him to a race for his power, while sending Cosmic Ghost Rider to deal with the Avengers . At first Robbie disagreed, but after Johnny threatened him with the life of Robbie's brother, Gabe , the two started racing. However, during the race, Blaze ordered his demons to deter Reyes. [11] As Johnny kept racing, the other Spirits of Vengeance helped Robbie to surpass Blaze, but Johnny eventually summoned Eli Morrow , possessing Callus the Void , along with the souls of Robbie's parents. This allowed Johnny to surpass Robbie, while Eli destroyed Reyes' Hell Charger . [57] Thankfully, Cosmic Ghost Rider betrayed Blaze, and led the Avengers to Hell, and helped Robbie in his race. Following the victory of Robbie and his abdication to the throne, Blaze had enough and left. [58]

Degeneration [ ]

Johnathon Blaze (Earth-616) from Ghost Rider Vol 9 1 001

Johnny then began capturing the various demons who were still roaming the Earth and tried to recruit his brother Danny to his cause. However, Danny declined and tried to convince Johnny to leave his position as King of Hell, due to his soul was beginning to be corrupted by the demons he banished. [59] Johnny, not thinking right, stripped Danny off him his Spirit of Vengeance, and threw him off the Manhattan Bridge , leaving him to drown. [60] He then went to Hotel Inferno and broke Mephisto out in order to have more control over his demons. [61] While on their way, Mephisto informed Blaze about Lilith intention to unite the underworlds and become its ruler. However, they were then faced by Doctor Strange. [62]

Strange tried to reason with Blaze, but Johnny didn't listen and forced Strange to go transport them to Manhattan. [63] He was then approached by Wolverine, Punisher, Sara, and Danny who bonded to the Spirit of Corruption . During their confrontation, different demons arrived for Mephisto's head. Danny stabbed Johnny with his blade consuming his corruption and then Strange exorcised the remaining demonic corruption off Johnny. Following this, Johnny fully regained his mind and thanked his brother for freeing him before taking Mephisto to his next location. [64] Blaze was then interrupted by a Symbiote Invasion on Earth, where he was reunited with his brother who was accompanied by Blackheart. Ketch revealed to Johnny that he needed to let Mephisto take back his throne in hell to stop Lilith, to which Blaze reluctantly agreed, saying that he wasn't happy with choosing one devil over another one. [65]

New Status Quo [ ]

Having returned to his normal life, Johnny was trapped in Hayden's Falls by a number of demons disguising themselves as residents of the town. Wanting the Ghost Rider to never emerge again, the demons made him believe he was living his ideal life with his family. Fortunately for him, a mysterious individual known as Zeb intervened, slaying the demons and showing Johnny the truth of this fabricated life. The two collaborated in fighting the demons and after the fight was over Zeb quickly left Johnny confused. [66] Suffering from memory loss, Johnny went on a journey to find answers. He reunited with his Spirit of Vengeance, but as he thought of how the Spirit took control of him when turning into the Ghost Rider, Johnny sought to find himself while fighting the demons that had arrived on Earth during his absence. [67]

With the assistance of Zeb and FBI agent Talia Warroad , Johnny fought a number of demons plaguing Earth. Following the clues his Spirit of Vengeance left for him, Johnny stumbled in a massive race held by the demons with the winner being one wish. Despite all odds, Johnny succeeded in surpassing the other racers and winning the race. However, instead of his wish being granted Johnny was confronted by Blackheart. Blackheart wanted to get his revenge on Ghost Rider by trapping him and his Spirit of Vengeance, and seeing that their relationship was fractured and Johnny was suffering from a infernal infection the demon took the opportunity to take him down. Thankfully, Wolverine helped Johnny by using his claws to cut down on him and exorcise the unwanted demon in him, allowing Ghost Rider to return to his former self and fight Blackheart. [68]

Working alongside his new girlfriend Talia, the duo began going after the Cult of Mephisto which Talia used to be a member of when she was a teenager. [69] Seeing that the cult's leader, Stefan Skaar was indoctrinating rebellious children into joining, [70] Johnny and Talia tracked the cult to the Rocky Mountains School for Troubled Youth which to their dismay was surrounded by a wall of blood through which only children could pass. The couple then decided to combine their powers to form a homunculus acting as an extension of themselves, which they named Moonchild , in order to infiltrate the school. [71]

In human form, Johnny has no possession of any super-human powers or supernatural capabilities. But as the Ghost Rider, he's the supernatural combination between human host and experienced motorcyclist Johnny Blaze and Zarathos. As the Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze possesses a variety of supernatural powers at his disposal;

  • Superhuman Strength: The Ghost Rider possesses superhuman strength sufficient to lift up to 25 tons under normal circumstances, nevertheless if desired he could, given the divine nature of his powers increase them to incalculable levels.
  • Superhuman Stamina: When Johnny transforms into the Ghost Rider, his flesh melts off leaving only his skeleton, and is imbued with supernatural flames. This otherworldly energy that empowers Ghost Rider does not let him feel any fatigue, and grants him limitless superhuman stamina during physical activities. [ citation needed ]
  • Superhuman Durability: Johnny Blaze is highly resistant to the point of being basically immune to all types of earthly physical damage, as he has taken blows from beings such as the Hulk, had his entire skull destroyed and regenerated instantly without any discomfort, [ citation needed ] and while the Ghost Rider is in control only divine weapons (forged in Heaven) can harm the Ghost Rider. The Ghost Rider is capable of withstanding great impact forces, temperature and pressure extremes, powerful energy blasts, and falls from great heights without sustaining injury. As his bodily tissues have been transformed, leaving only a skeleton, most projectiles such as bullets simply pass through him or bounce off his bones. Ghost Rider's body is for all intents immune to physical injury, as he is evidently not able to feel pain and is able to survive with no apparent discomfort no matter how severe the injury (unless a weapon forged from Heaven itself is used against him). [ citation needed ]
  • Superhuman Agility: His mystically augmented being grants him enhance reflexes, coordination, dexterity and accuracy. This, along with his experience as a stunt cyclist, provides heightened movements allowing him to dodge projectiles such as Thor's hammer. [74]
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: Despite his invulnerability to conventional forms of injury, objects such as weapons forged in heaven by the archangel Zadkiel, can actually harm the Ghost Rider to a certain extent. [75] However, if his being is damaged, the magical energies imbuing him allows the Ghost Rider or Johnny Blaze to instantly regenerate any and all damage done, even to the point of fully regenerating lost limbs in moments, and regenerating his skull after it was destroyed in seconds without any discomfort or any evident pain.
  • Supernatural Awareness: Ghost Rider possesses an extrasensory ability that allows him to detect any supernatural occurrences around him. [63]
  • Hellfire Infusion: His ability to channel hellfire allows him to imbue objects and vehicles by choice with his mystical element. [6] He can alter any object into a weapon, [67] and control hellfire infused objects through his mind. [77]
  • Hellfire Projection: He can spew the fire from his eyes, mouth, hands and chest, including channeling the fire from his body into his weapons such as his shotgun. In addition to projecting and infusing hellfire, he can perform a number of attacks. He can create hellfire balls, spew out a massive wave and unleash omnidirectional explosions that are incredibly powerful, capable of bringing great pain to the Hulk.
  • Hellfire Constructs: He is able to construct various things such as walls, weapons, and his motorcycle. He can also forge objects by combining hellfire with other things such as a motorcycle from demon bones. [78]
  • Hell Firestorm: He is able to rain down a firestorm of hellfire directly towards the surrounding enemies resulting to devastating destruction. [9]
  • Sin Perception: He can determine what sort of sin the individual has committed in their life by reading their mind, heart, and soul. This is greatly enhanced during his reign as king of Hell. [60]
  • Sin Eating: Also known as Sin Removal. Ghost Rider can remove/absorb any sort of sin from the individual if so desires.
  • Ride Symbiosis: Ghost Riders have an in-depth affinity for connecting and commandeering with their chosen transportation without need for direct control of it. Johnny’s able to order his Hellcycle to drive around by its lonesome at his discretion or recall it to himself at will. He can even shoot out chains out of it, perform death defying jumps, easily ram through objects, move to incredible speeds, and scale on any surface contradicting the laws of physics. [ citation needed ] He could even commandeer the decimated parts of his motorbike in order to fashion a makeshift gavel for himself while battling the Avengers during his time as King of Hell. [58]
  • Soul Reading: Ghost Rider is able to feel the transgression of an individual he encounters by looking into their heart and soul. He can also decide whether or not a person is innocent or evil and in need of punishment. He is capable of doing this ability without the process of transformation. He can also determine the identity of the individual by simply looking into their soul. He can even use this ability on certain beings who do not possess a soul, such as a symbiote or demons. [ citation needed ]
  • Soul Cleansing: Ghost Rider is able to purge souls of their filth and sins to the point where he can command souls to discharge the wickedness inside them. [79]
  • Soul Consumption: He can consume souls if the individual is degenerate and heartless to an extent where the victim becomes lifeless.
  • Dimensional Travel: Ghost Rider is able to traverse different dimensions. Though it may have some complications due to hosts' unfocused behavior, he can open vortexes to escape other realms.
  • Demon Magic Manipulation: Ghost Rider utilizes demonic forces and satanic spells to his advantage. His knowledge of hellish energies and essence provides him supernatural awareness when he encounters otherworldly figures. [80]
  • Mystical Chain Projection: Ghost Rider wields a mystical chain that is capable of growing in length, cutting through almost anything, and transforming into other weapons. He can also spew and project chains from his mouth or chest at will, and control the movements with his mind.
  • Damnation Stare: As the king of Hell sitting on the infernal throne in place of Mephisto, Ghost Rider has the power to bypass typical methodology of burning sinners from the inside out using their past crimes and general maleficence in order to punish the wicked for a much more expedient means of deporting the unjust straight to Hell. [60] The damnation stare works (primarily best upon demons) by judging whether or not the individual deserves to be caste back unto inferno for their prior judgement both in life and in death. Eviscerating the target while sending their souls screaming through the purgatory gates in a visceral fireball of gore and agony once upon being found guilty. [64]
  • Self-Size Alteration: In the past, Ghost Rider demonstrated his ability to increase his size. After being shrunk, he was able to grow back to his original height through a sheer act of will. [89] Recently, he once again perform this action but only by enlarging himself against beings such as Thor and Satana Hellstrom. [83]

Johnathon Blaze (Earth-616) from Uncanny Avengers Annual Vol 1 1 001

Ghost Rider increases in size while fighting Thor

  • Exorcism: Ghost Rider can exorcise souls from whatever demonic force that's controlling them. [79] During his reign king of Hell, Johnny gained control over other Spirits of Vengeance, allowing him to strip Danny Ketch of his power by forcibly removing the spirit from within him. [60]
  • Expert Stunt Rider: Blaze is an expert motorcycle stunt rider.
  • Skilled Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Although he's had no proper training, Blaze is a formidable hand to hand combatant and has become quite adept at using his powers in combat situations.
  • Occult Knowledge: Ghost Rider possesses knowledge of the occult and supernatural.

All Ghost Riders possessing the Spirit of Vengeance have common disadvantages:

  • Corruption: A very dangerous side effect of using the "Damnation Stare" on demonic entities is that their moral bankruptcy contaminates the rider bit by bit. Making Blaze susceptible to Mephisto's direct control the more he uses it on the escaped condemned. [64]
  • Heavenly Weapons: Any weapon crafted from Heaven or blessed can mutilate the Ghost Rider. This is the only way to decapitate a Spirit of Vengeance.
  • Host Separation: Though killing with a Heavenly weapons is one way, another way to defeat the Ghost Rider is to separate the Spirit away from the host. This makes the host return to be mortal but the Spirit will remain in its current state until it finds a new body to inhabit.

Paraphernalia

Transportation.

  • Johnny was considered as a possible Sorcerer Supreme . [ citation needed ]
  • Johnny claims to hate Daredevil because he believes himself more suitable for that particular alias. [90]
  • At one point in time Johnny held nine Guinness World Records , presumably related to his stunt career. [91]
  • 458 appearance(s) of Johnathon Blaze (Earth-616)
  • 15 appearance(s) in handbook(s) of Johnathon Blaze (Earth-616)
  • 44 minor appearance(s) of Johnathon Blaze (Earth-616)
  • 32 mention(s) of Johnathon Blaze (Earth-616)
  • 23 mention(s) in handbook(s) of Johnathon Blaze (Earth-616)
  • 576 image(s) of Johnathon Blaze (Earth-616)
  • 99 quotation(s) by or about Johnathon Blaze (Earth-616)
  • 6 victim(s) killed by Johnathon Blaze (Earth-616)
  • 3 item(s) used/owned by Johnathon Blaze (Earth-616)

Links and References

  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #9
  • ↑ Giant-Size Hulk (Vol. 2) #1
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #27
  • ↑ 4.0 4.1 Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #14
  • ↑ Ghost Riders: Heaven's on Fire #3
  • ↑ 6.0 6.1 Ghost Riders: Heaven's on Fire #1
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #24
  • ↑ 8.0 8.1 Ghost Rider (Vol. 2) #64
  • ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #35
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 9) #3
  • ↑ 11.0 11.1 Avengers (Vol. 8) #23
  • ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition #3
  • ↑ 13.0 13.1 Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #23
  • ↑ 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 14.12 14.13 14.14 14.15 14.16 14.17 14.18 14.19 14.20 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Marvel Knights 2005 #1
  • ↑ Savage Avengers #26
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 3) #28
  • ↑ 17.0 17.1 Marvel Premiere #28
  • ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #4
  • ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #5
  • ↑ 20.0 20.1 Marvel Spotlight #5
  • ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition #15
  • ↑ 22.0 22.1 Ghost Rider (Vol. 3) #-1
  • ↑ Champions #1 – 3
  • ↑ Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #17
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 4) #1 – 6
  • ↑ [[ 2 | [[Ghost Rider (Vol. 5) #1|2]]]]
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 5) #3 – 6
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #1 – 4
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #8 – 11
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #12 – 13
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #14 – 17
  • ↑ 32.0 32.1 Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #18
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #19
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #20 – 23
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #27 – 28
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #28 – 30
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #30
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #30 – 31
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #32
  • ↑ Ghost Riders: Heaven's on Fire #1 – 6
  • ↑ Shadowland: Ghost Rider #1
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 7) #0.1
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 7) #1
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 7) #2
  • ↑ 45.0 45.1 Ghost Rider (Vol. 7) #3
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 7) #4
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 7) #7 – 8
  • ↑ Venom (Vol. 2) #13
  • ↑ Thunderbolts (Vol. 2) #20.NOW – 22
  • ↑ Thunderbolts (Vol. 2) #25 – 26
  • ↑ Thunderbolts (Vol. 2) #27 – 29
  • ↑ Doctor Strange #389
  • ↑ Doctor Strange: Damnation #1
  • ↑ 54.0 54.1 Doctor Strange: Damnation #3
  • ↑ Damnation: Johnny Blaze - Ghost Rider #1
  • ↑ Avengers (Vol. 8) #22
  • ↑ Avengers (Vol. 8) #24
  • ↑ 58.0 58.1 Avengers (Vol. 8) #25
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 9) #1
  • ↑ 60.0 60.1 60.2 60.3 Ghost Rider (Vol. 9) #2
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 9) #3 – 4
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 9) #5
  • ↑ 63.0 63.1 Ghost Rider (Vol. 9) #6
  • ↑ 64.0 64.1 64.2 Ghost Rider (Vol. 9) #7
  • ↑ King in Black: Ghost Rider #1
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 10) #1
  • ↑ 67.0 67.1 Ghost Rider (Vol. 10) #2
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 10) #5
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 10) #18
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 10) #19
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 10) #20
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 10) #21
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #13
  • ↑ Avengers #214
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #25
  • ↑ Marvel Super-Heroes (Vol. 2) #11
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #7
  • ↑ 78.0 78.1 Thunderbolts (Vol. 2) #22
  • ↑ 79.0 79.1 Ghost Rider (Vol. 10) #4
  • ↑ Thunderbolts (Vol. 2) #20.NOW
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #3
  • ↑ Ghost Rider Annual (Vol. 2) #1
  • ↑ 83.0 83.1 Uncanny Avengers Annual #1
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 10) #17
  • ↑ Deadpool (Vol. 4) #26
  • ↑ Thunderbolts (Vol. 2) #32
  • ↑ Thunderbolts (Vol. 2) #23
  • ↑ Savage Avengers #21
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 2) #71
  • ↑ Thunderbolts (Vol. 2) #21
  • ↑ Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #12
  • ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol 1 4
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Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider

A motorcycle stunt driver turned spirit of vengeance after a fateful deal with the demon lord Mephisto, Ghost Rider defies his benefactor and rides his blazing motorcycle, dispensing vengeance to the souls of all those who would do the world harm.

Possessed by a demon named Zarathos, Johnny Blaze constantly craves vengeance against evil and is compelled to seek it out, using his supernatural hellfire and Penance Stare to burn the souls of the wicked. The human inside of Ghost Rider would like nothing more than to be free of his curse, but in the meantime, he's going to make a lot of bad people suffer.

Spirit of Vengeance

Johnny Blaze grew up in a family of stunt drivers. His father, Barton Blaze, raised Johnny and his siblings alone when Johnny's mother, Naomi, left them. Barton later died in a stunt, and Johnny was adopted by fellow stunt drivers Crash and Mona Simpson. Johnny eventually grew to have romantic feelings for his adoptive sister, Roxanne.

When Johnny's stepfather was dying of cancer, Johnny turned to the occult to try and cure the illness. Believing he had summoned the biblical Devil himself, Johnny in fact had summoned the demon lord Mephisto and bargained his soul away in exchange for Crash's life.

Johnny making a deal with the devil

The first rule is that the devil always lies. Crash was cured, momentarily, but then died shortly after in a stunt gone wrong. When Mephisto came to collect his soul, it was only the timely intervention of Johnny's love, Roxanne, that temporarily drove Mephisto away.

As a final act of spite before fleeing, Mephisto cursed Johnny by bonding him with the demon Zarathos, transforming Johnny into the blazing spirit of vengeance, Ghost Rider.

Eldritch Powers

Ghost Rider uses numerous mystical abilities to punish the guilty and save innocent lives. His chief weapon is called the Penance Stare, an ability picked up from his brother, Danny Ketch. By gazing into the soul of the guilty, Ghost Rider causes the affected party to relive all the harm they?ve done to anyone else over the years. This stare leaves its victim permanently catatonic.

Another element Blaze incorporates from Ketch as time goes on is a mystical, metal chain bathed in hellfire which can be used as both a weapon and to bind his enemies. Johnny can infuse any motorcycle with hellfire or even conjure up a vehicle from nothing. Whichever approach he takes, Ghost Rider lives up to his name.

Ghost Rider in action

Finally, Ghost Rider is supernaturally strong. The demon inside Blaze, Zarathos, is among the upper echelon of demons as far as his power level, meaning Ghost Rider can grapple with the universe?s strongest when necessary. It's only the human host that holds the demon back from full power.

Penance Stare

A mystical being that hates evil is bound to have many enemies among the physical and corporeal world, and Ghost Rider has more than enough for him to handle.

It is Mephisto's manipulations that led to Johnny Blaze first becoming the Ghost Rider and his stepfather's death, on the heels of demonic trickery. For this reason, Johnny and Mephisto are mortal enemies, as this lying demon represents everything Ghost Rider stands against.

Zarathos is the demon inside Johnny Blaze that causes him to turn into Ghost Rider. The curse of this vengeance demon prevents Johnny from living a normal life and compels him to always seek out villains to punish. While he manages to hold back Zarathos' worst instincts, Johnny still wishes he was free of the demon.

A powerful, rival demon named Blackheart has made it his personal mission to snuff out Ghost Rider and his heroic causes.

Midnight Friends

Despite Ghost Rider's curse and unrelenting mission, he does find allies and even friends among the darkness.

Chief among them is the Ghost Rider that followed Blaze?s first time under the curse, Danny Ketch, who is ultimately revealed to be Blaze's brother. They team up many times and while they occasionally find themselves on opposing sides, their family ties are strong. Johnny even adopts Danny's use of a hellfire chain and the Penance Stare after seeing his brother use these tools.

The first super-team that Ghost Rider joins is called the Champions. Johnny becomes close friends with the members of this short-lived group, including Hercules, Black Widow, Angel, and Iceman.

The Midnight Sons are a loose-knit group of anti-heroes who fight supernatural forces. Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch are founding members, and other associates include Morbius, Daimon Hellstrom, Jennifer Kale, Werewolf by Night, Topaz and the Black Cat. Doctor Strange has assisted the Midnight Sons as well, on occasion.

Johnny mentors the newest Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes, by helping Robbie reconcile his dual nature and make sure the good wins over the darkness within. Johnny gives Robbie an open invitation to come to him whenever Robbie needs it.

Daimon Hellstrom and Ghost Rider have a lot in common, as both are created as agents of the underworld, only to turn against their masters and fight evil, not serve it. Daimon and Johnny act on the same side against demonic threats many times.

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  • Johnathon "Johnny" Blaze, Brimstone Biker, Spirit of Vengeance, Stuntmaster, Ghost Biker, Frank Ryder
  • High school graduate

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  • Naomi Kale (mother, deceased), Mona Simpson (adopted mother, deceased), Barton Blaze (father, deceased), Craig "Crash" Simpson (adopted father, deceased), Barbara Ketch (sister, deceased), Dan Ketch (brother), Roxanne Simpson Blaze (spouse, deceased), Emma Blaze (daughter, presumed deceased), Craig Blaze (son, presumed deceased), Andrew Kale (cousin, deceased), Jennifer Kale (cousin), Joshua Kale (grandfather, deceased), llyana Kale, Noble and Destin Kale, Magdelena (ancestors)
  • Superior Marksmanship
  • Superhuman Strength
  • Healing Factor
  • Pyrokinesis

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Sold his Soul for a Bike

As Ghost Rider, Johnny was forced to do Mephisto's bidding, transforming into Ghost Rider whenever evil was present and punishing evildoers. Sometimes, though, Johnny?s human inner self would prevail, allowing him to save innocent lives in the process.

Ghost Rider became a founding member of the super-team the Champions alongside Angel, Iceman, Black Widow, and Hercules. He also worked alongside similarly macabre anti-heroes like Werewolf by Night, Daimon Hellstrom, Morbius and Man-Thing.

After a long period existing with the curse of the Ghost Rider, Johnny found his soul captured in crystal by immortal mystic and servant of Mephisto, Centurious. Zarathos shattered the crystal with the last of its strength, freeing Johnny's soul and dissolving their bond, and allowing Johnny to live a normal life again.

Johnny continued to wander the earth, helping innocent lives wherever he could. With his curse gone and reunited with his only love, Johnny decided to propose to Roxanne. She accepted, and they were married and had two children, Craig and Emma. They even acquired a circus?though, befitting Blaze's life, it was haunted with many supernatural beings.

Eventually, Johnny encountered the next Ghost Rider, Danny Ketch. His first thought was that Zarathos had merged with a new host, and horrified, Johnny tried to kill Danny. By the end of their skirmish, Johnny learned that Danny was Ghost Rider in a different manner than had been, and the two become allies. This occurred in the nick of time, as it took the both of them to overcome the menace of Blackout.

Johnny and Danny then formed a duo dubbed the Spirits of Vengeance. Though still human, Johnny took to carrying a mystical shotgun filled with hellfire shells and loved to ride a blazing motorcycle, not unlike the one he used as Ghost Rider. More importantly, he learned that Danny was, in fact, his biological brother.

When Roxanne was killed by the demon Hellgate and their children kidnapped, a devastated Blaze took it upon himself to hunt down and destroy all those responsible. He found his children, only to lose them again. They later died under unknown circumstances. Meanwhile, Roxanne was resurrected as the being called the Black Rose by Ghost Rider's nemesis, Blackheart; although, she perished quickly again.

Not one to stay down for long, Zarathos resurrected himself within Johnny, and Blaze was the Ghost Rider once more. This new incarnation was initially mindless and savage, and this weakness allowed demons to capture him and drag him to hell, finally fulfilling the promise he made to Mephisto.

The angel Malachi appeared to Johnny in hell and offered him escape, with his soul included, if he'd hunt down a demon named Kazann. He had to get to Kazaan before the archangel Ruth, who would devastate the Earth should she find Kazaan first.

It was all a trick, though, as Kazaan and Malachi were brothers conspiring with each other across heaven and hell, and Malachi wanted Kazaan back before he could tell Ruth about this conspiracy under duress.

Johnny finally escaped from hell. Unfortunately, Lucifer escaped with him and spread in fragments between hundreds of people, all of whom had to die by Ghost Rider's hand to return the devil to hell.

Ghost Rider shaking hands with the Devil

While tracking down these fragments, Ghost Rider battled the Hulk during the creature's vengeful attack on humanity. The presence of Johnny within Ghost Rider held the demon back, preventing him from defeating the green giant. However, Johnny did eventually find the final fragment and sent Lucifer back to hell.

The angel Zadkiel, having proclaimed himself God on earth, was opposed by Ghost Rider, working with Kid Blackheart, Daimon Hellstrom, and Danny's sister, Sara. In the process, Johnny was visited by the spirits of his dead wife and children and made the ultimate sacrifice to defeat Zadkiel. If not for a plot by the Kingpin to resurrect Johnny, Ghost Rider's soul would be at peace.

Then, Johnny was approached by a mysterious man named Adam who offered to take the curse from Johnny and give it to a random stranger. Johnny accepted, and the curse passed to a girl named Alejandra Jones.

Curse being passed to Alejandra Jones

However, Mephisto appeared to Johnny and claimed that Johnny's decision had doomed the world; to preserve his own evil existence, Mephisto implored Johnny to find the new Ghost Rider and re-take his curse.

Johnny was able to convince Alejandra to abandon her quest and took back the mantle of Ghost Rider after a battle in hell, though a sliver of the demon remained within Alejandra. Johnny then met another new Ghost Rider, this one inhabited by two people: the good Robbie Reyes and the evil Eli Morrow. Johnny assisted Robbie in gaining control of himself and not letting the evil half win.

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Ghost Rider Danny Ketch Blue Flame

There is no question that Ghost Rider is one of Marvel's most popular characters. Ever since his iconic debut in Marvel Spotlight #5, the Spirit of Vengeance has been blazing through the Marvel Universe on his tricked out chopper as the underworld's favorite antihero.

The Rider has made his mark on many different mediums. Video games, cartoons, a couple of Nick Cage films, and most recently in the MCU via Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But what most fans don't realize is that he's a very complex individual and one of the strangest guys to ever grace a Marvel comic panel.

To say he isn't your typical hero would be quite the understatement. From his unique backstory to his unconventional physical appearance, there is a lot of bizarre going on with this demonic entity. While it is very typical for characters to have complicated mythology, the hell-raising fire skeleton on wheels burns past the rest of the competition in that department.

There are many surprisingly weird aspects about the boneheaded fire biker but these are 10 Insane Ghost Rider facts many fans may not be aware of.

10. There Is A Blue Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch)

Ghost Rider Danny Ketch Blue Flame

Every Ghost Rider is possessed by a demon which gives the antihero their powers. For instance, Zarathos was the demonic entity who possessed Johnny Blaze and turned him into the fire resistant biker we all know and love. But there is another Rider who ends up possessed by something other than a demon and rocks a different color scheme than the others.

Danny Ketch is the third person to don the identity of the Spirit of Vengeance. He made his big debut in Ghost Rider Vol. 3 #1 in May of 1990. Daniel touched the mystical sigil on a bike he found in a junkyard turning him into The Rider possessed by the demon Noble Kale. But this wasn't always the case.

Danny played the villain once he was possessed by the Angel of Vengeance, Zadkiel, who wanted to become God. This Angel figured manipulating the Spirit of Vengeance would be the best way to accomplish that. And with a new team comes new colors.

Ketch began rocking the blue flame look which, by scientific standards, is much hotter. So the thing to remember here is Demon-possessed Ghost Riders are orange, and the Angel-possessed ones are blue.

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Ghost Rider: 10 Most Powerful Spirits of Vengeance, Ranked

Ghost Rider hasn't gotten much love from the silver screen, but he's still an insanely powerful being with a ton of cool storylines.

With Hulu's new  Ghost Rider   series being announced recently, it's a good time to look back at the many Spirits of Vengeance we have seen over the years. From Johnny Blaze to Robbie Reyes, there's no shortage of hot-headed candidates to choose from. Among them are some of the most powerful characters we've seen in Marvel comics.

For this list, we looked at all Ghost Rider's that have appeared in the comics. Although some are not technically "Spirits of Vengeance" possessed by Zarathos, if they are a Ghost Rider or close enough, they can be on this list. Here are the top 10 Spirits of Vengeance, ranked by power level.

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10 Vengeance (Deputy Kowalski)

Siphoning off a bit of Johnny Blaze's power, Kowalski became the second character known as Vengeance. Thirsting for revenge on Blaze, Kowalski was a formidable opponent. Possessing most of Ghost Rider's powers, Kowalski also held a mythical bone chain that had a sickle on each end. This weapon was capable of cutting through almost anything. Kowalski also had the Pollution Stare in place of the Penance Stare. The Pollution Stare magnifies corruption in its victim until said victim is consumed by it. A dangerous and formidable opponent, Blaze no doubt wishes he didn't have this guy to deal with.

9 Noble Kale

The original Ghost Rider from the 1700s, Kale was extremely powerful. After his death, he became a spirit bonded with his descendant, Danny Ketch, to become a new Ghost Rider. In terms of being a host, however, Kale proved his power in battle. Riding a horse and wielding a fiery sword, he killed the legendary Furies. He's one Spirit of Vengeance you don't want to mess with.

8 Vengeance (Michael Badilino)

Michael Badilino, wishing revenge on Ghost Rider, made a deal with Mephisto for the power to defeat him. Badilino had some great battles with the Rider before learning that he was ultimately not the one responsible for the death of Michael's family. While most Riders are possessed by demonic spirits, Badilino is not. Instead, he gets his powers from the Medallion of Power. Although this makes him powerful, it does not offer quite the same power levels as other characters on this list. Imbued with all of the same powers as Ghost Rider, Vengeance is a deadly enemy. You wouldn't want to come across him in a dark alley.

7 Alejandra Jones

First appearing in the Fear Itself crossover in 2011, Alejandra Jones is one of the most adequate hosts to ever possess the Ghost Rider spirit. Having trained to be the Ghost Rider since her childhood, Alejandra was incredibly powerful from the get-go. She even used abilities other riders hadn't discovered yet. Alejandra's time at the top was short, however, since Johnny Blaze quickly took some of her power to reacquire his Ghost Rider form. Due to her lifelong training in preparation of taking on the mantle, Jones will always be one of the most powerful riders.

6 Ghost Rider 1,000,000 B.C.

Known as a member of the prehistoric Avengers, this version of Ghost Rider was most likely the first ever to exist. As a member of the Avengers, this rider imbued a wooly mammoth with hellfire to be his ride. He also showed an ability no other Ghost Rider has used before; he could control and reanimate the bones of the dead.

Alongside other heroes such as Odin and Lady Phoenix, this Ghost Rider battled a Celestial known as the Fallen. Few beings in the Marvel Universe possible match such raw power as a Celestial. Given all of these things, it's safe to say this prehistoric man was not only the first Ghost Rider, but also one of the best.

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5 Robbie Reyes

Introduced a few years ago during Marvel Comic's "All New All Different" phase, Robbie Reyes was a great character from the start. A street racing teen providing for his young, disabled brother, Robbie seemed like an underdog. This underdog status ended once he got his powers.

Robbie has defeated powerful enemies and withstood a full powered punch from the Amadeus Cho version of the Hulk. His car has also shown great resilience and an ability to plow over its enemies with ease. In the short time since he was created, Reyes has established himself as one of the stronger Spirits of Vengeance.

4 Danny Ketch

Danny Ketch is the guy that made Ghost Rider cool. Before Ketch, there was no modernized bike or cool leather jacket. With Ketch's arrival in the books brought a new wave of Ghost Rider fans that have helped make him one of the standout characters in Marvel lore.

In his time, Ketch was no second fiddle to Johnny Blaze. He showed enough strength to go toe-to-toe with Blaze in the few encounters that they have had. Some notable villains he has defeated are Blackheart and Nightmare. Not only did he defeat them both, but he did so in their home dimensions where they are most powerful. Some fans will be angry he isn't higher on the list. All that being said, it's hard to say he's stronger than these top three.

3 Red Hulk/Venom

In 2012's " Circle of Four " run of comics, Red Hulk bonded with the Venom symbiote and inherited the power of Ghost Rider. This amalgam character defeated Blackheart, and could no doubt defeat more powerful foes. Red Hulk is one of the strongest characters to start with. Bonding with Venom augments his strength and adds the additional abilities of Spider-Man. Then adding the demon Zarathos to the mix creates an unprecedented amount of potential for destruction. In time, hopefully, these three will bond again, and we'll get a better glimpse at their full might.

2 Johnny Blaze

Your favorite Ghost Rider's favorite Ghost Rider. The OG himself, Johnny Blaze has shown us time and time again that his power level is unbelievable. He's perhaps one of the most underrated Marvel characters in terms of power. What separates Blaze from the others on this list is his ability to reach the full potential of his power. He has shown the ability to defeat Dr. Strange, Mephisto—in his realm—and Asmodeus. The being Blaze is bonded to, Zarathos, has near infinite power. He is pretty much a God. Blaze acts as a human safety check on Zarathos' powers. Every now and then, however, while bonded to Blaze Zarathos is able to unleash his full power. One such example is his fight with Hulk at his most powerful in the World War Hulk storyline. Due to his ability to harness the full power of Zarathos, Johnny Blaze stands out above all others. All but one that is.

1 Cosmic Ghost Rider

In an alternate future, Frank Castle, better known as the Punisher, escaped hell possessed by the spirit of the Ghost Rider. Shortly thereafter, Castle became the herald of Galactus and was imbued with the power cosmic. This made him the most powerful Ghost Rider of all time.

In fact, he was so powerful that he had to hold back so he didn't destroy the planets he walked on. He has defeated Thanos, survived a cosmic blast from Galactus, and performed many other unbelievable feats. Although the newest one to be introduced in the comics, Frank Castle's Cosmic Ghost Rider is without a doubt the most powerful, and it isn't even close.

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Caretaker : [voiceover] It's said that the West was built on legends. And that legends are a way of understanding things greater than ourselves. Forces that shape our lives, events that defy explanation. Individuals whose lives soar to the heavens or fall to the earth. This is how legends are born.

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  • Alternate versions The original UK cinema version was pre-edited by the distributors to reduce shots of Johnny's face disintegrating into the Ghost Rider during his initial transformation in order for the film to receive a 12A cinema certificate. The DVD was upgraded to a 15 certificate and is fully uncut.
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10 details you never noticed in ghost rider's costume.

Each incarnation of Ghost Rider has been shown to have a different costume. However, did you know the inspiration and meaning behind these details?

Ghost Rider has been around the block . Introduced in the early 70s, the mantle of Ghost Rider has passed down to a few people throughout the years. Whether it be Johnny Blaze, Danny Ketch, Alejandra Jones, Robbie Reyes, or even The Punisher , there will be fans of that Ghost Rider.

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With all that said, each incarnation of Ghost Rider has a few bells and whistles in their costumes that a lot of fans haven't noticed. With new Ghost Rider fans popping up every day, perhaps the time has come to over-examine the weird facts about the costume the no one notices.

A Very Kingly Inspiration

Back in the days, before Ghost Rider's first appearance in  Marvel Spotlight  #5, Marvel editor, Roy Thomas, was pitched a rather non-descript idea for a character named Ghost Rider by Daredevil writer, Gary Friedrich. He was originally intended as a villain for Daredevil. However, when it came time to design the character , Friedrich wasn't available to give his input.

Roy Thomas' recollection of the event is that he had the idea of sticking an outfit, worn by Elvis Presley during a 1968 special, onto a skeleton. Following this, artist Mike Ploog added the iconic flames to the skull "just because he thought it looked nice. "

If one were to close their eyes and think of Ghost Rider, what hits their minds are flames, leather, spikes, and chains. One thing they don't tend to think of is the bizarre bobbles the rest upon his waist, like a belt.

Nonetheless, if a modern fan were to go back and read an old Ghost Rider comic, they will find that such a belt is part of his getup. Though this belt's jettison was not immediate, it's safe to say that such a belt would not fit Ghost Rider's style these days.

Nicolas Cage's Ghost Rider Is Danny Ketch

Although Nicolas Cage plays Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider , who just so happens to be the original, his costume clearly draws from a different Spirit of Vengeance. Outside of the flaming skull, the original version of Ghost Rider bears little resemblance to the film's version.

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Instead, the Ghost Rider from the movie appears more in line with Danny Ketch, the second Ghost Rider. Ketch's preference for spikes and chains, as opposed to white lines and bobble belts, was clearly more appealing to the producers of Ghost Rider .

Spirit Of Vengeance's Flaming Skull

Depending on who you ask, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a lot better than the original movie, mostly because it's obvious that they allowed Nicolas Cage to go full...Nicolas Cage. While most will be laser-focused on Cage's eccentric performance, some won't notice a weird detail about his visual appearance.

Spirits of Vengeance gives Ghost Rider's skull a more realistic look as opposed to the more cartoony appearance from the first film. The flames on the sequel's skull feel more like they would most likely appear in real life, with the skull being singed and with smoke billowing from it.

He Controls His Chain

Much like his vehicle of choice, Ghost Rider's chain is part of his aesthetic. Now firmly a part of the character's arsenal, there is a bizarre detail about the chain that a few fans wouldn't know is that he is in control of it.

Ghost Rider has a special mental connection with his Hellfire Chain that means it moves and bends with his will. This allows him to use the chain faster, making it perhaps the most useful weapon in The Spirit of Vengeance's arsenal.

What He Looks Like...Without It

The Marvel Swimsuit Special was a product of its time. Created during a time when the popularity of Playboy and Sports Illustrated was at an all-time high, the suits at Marvel decided to parody the magazines with this issue.

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The series of specials successfully managed to be cringe-inducing than sexy, with the pinups ranging from uncomfortably voyeuristic to outright maddening. A pinup that represents the latter is that of Ghost Rider's which depicts what he looks like completely naked. Did anyone want to see that? Probably not.

He Wasn't Always Dressed In Black

In spite of the fact that the Elvis jumpsuit that Roy Thomas and Mike Ploog took cues from was black, fans may notice that this isn't really the case in Ghost Rider's earlier appearances. Early on, Ghost Rider's suit came across more blue than black.

Whether this was the intention or not, it certainly gives the character's first outfit a bit of a classic feel. Nowadays, all versions of Ghost Rider are decked out in black, which is more in line with the different media incarnations of the character.

The Blue Ghost Rider

Speaking of the color blue, for a short time, Danny Ketch, the Ghost Rider most 90's readers would be familiar with, had a blue flaming skull. At this point, Blaze had stepped back into the mantle, but Ketch's days as a motorcycle-riding Spirit of Vengeance were not yet finished.

Possessed by an angel named Zadkiel, who was The Angel of Vengeance, he essentially turned him into a blue Ghost Rider. Though a cool visual, it didn't really end up doing much for Ketch, as he hasn't been featured much after this era.

Agents Of Shield Ignored Robbie Reyes' Helmet

Robbie Reyes, the current Ghost Rider, may be familiar to MCU fans as he was the Ghost Rider featured on Agents Of Shield . There are a lot of things that the series got right about the character, but there is just as much that was altered, with a glaring example being his helmet.

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In the comics, Reyes' flaming skull is in the form of a sleek helmet, one of many differences between Reyes and the other Ghost Riders. In Agents Of Shield , Reyes has the classic flaming skull , perhaps to make the character more identifiable as Ghost Rider.

The Phantom Rider

Johnny Blaze may have been the first Spirit of Vengeance, he was not the first Ghost Rider. That honor goes to Carter Slade, who debuted in Ghost Rider #1 in February of 1967, who looks very different than the modern Ghost Riders.

Slade wore an all-white cowboy outfit with a blank white mask, and he rode around on a stark white horse. As soon as Johnny Blaze was created,  Marvel raced to find a new name, first going with Night Rider before finally settling on The Phantom Rider.

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  1. New Ghost Rider

    Release Date: April 18, 2024. Writer: Benjamin Percy. Artists: Danny Kim. Cover Artist: Juan Ferreyra. An evolution of Benjamin Percy's acclaimed GHOST RIDER run, this new series will see an iconic super villain unleash hellfire as the new Ghost Rider - the criminal mastermind known as the Hood! Armed with a demonic cloak and dark mystical abilities, Parker Robbins' undying lust for more ...

  2. Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance Sees a Marvel Supervillain Become ...

    Ghost Rider's spirit has departed from Johnny Blaze and bonded with a villain, spelling trouble for the Marvel Universe. The new Ghost Rider's identity has not been revealed yet, adding to the ...

  3. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

    Plot In rural Romania, an alcoholic monk named Moreau warns a nearby monastery about an impending ambush by Roarke 's forces. They seek to kidnap a young boy named Danny and perform a ceremony on him that will allow the aging Roarke to transfer himself into Danny's body. A firefight ensues, and Danny is able to escape with his mother Nadya.

  4. The villain who will become the new Ghost Rider has been revealed

    Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance #1 goes on sale March 13, followed by #2 on April 18. Ghost Rider is one of the best supernatural superheroes of all time. Comic deals, prizes and latest news

  5. Ghost Rider's Powers Get Unprecedented Update with New Color-Coded

    The blue Ghost Rider is sadness, the orange is happiness, the white is fear, the green is potentially hatred, and the red seems to be confidence (though the last two are admittedly a bit unclear). Regardless of the specifics of each one, the fascinating thing here is that they all seem to be equally powerful. Earlier in the issue, the original ...

  6. Ghost Rider

    The first supernatural Ghost Rider is stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze, who, to save the life of his foster father, agrees to give his soul to "Satan" (later revealed to be an arch-demon named Mephisto ). At night and when around evil, Blaze finds his flesh consumed by hellfire, causing his head to become a flaming skull.

  7. Ghost Rider

    The title Ghost Rider has been used by individuals indwelled by a Spirit of Vengeance or similar demonic entity such as Zarathos; most famously Johnny Blaze, who sold his soul to the demon-lord Mephisto.. 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 ...

  8. Johnathon Blaze (Earth-616)

    Johnathon "Johnny" Blaze a.k.a Ghost Rider is an American motorcycle stunt performer, and entertainer turned Spirit of Vengeance. He was the son of famed stuntman Barton Blaze who tragically died during a stunt. He became bound to Zarathos the Spirit of Vengeance after making a deal with the Demon Mephisto to spare the life of his surrogate father Crash Simpson. Now with the power to control ...

  9. Ghost Rider (Daniel Ketch) Powers, Enemies, History

    An angelic being named Uriel intervened, stating Noble's soul belonged in Heaven. It was decided that Noble's soul belonged to neither Heaven nor Hell, but would instead be consigned to the void, to be summoned forth by his descendants.

  10. Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider

    A motorcycle stunt driver turned spirit of vengeance after a fateful deal with the demon lord Mephisto, Ghost Rider defies his benefactor and rides his blazing motorcycle, dispensing vengeance to the souls of all those who would do the world harm.

  11. Can someone please explain Angel Rider (Blue Ghost Rider)?

    Can Ghost Rider turn blue? Why does Ghost Rider turn blue? Is the "Angel Rider" an actual comic character? Is the "Angel Rider" the spirit of vengeance? What makes the Blue Ghost Rider different? Any change of motive to the character or different powers? Sort by: Add a Comment jb126798 • 2 yr. ago

  12. Zarathos

    Zarathos (UK: / ˈ z ær ə θ ɒ s /, US: /-θ oʊ s /) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.He is usually depicted in stories featuring the character known as the Ghost Rider.A demonic being who tortures and devours souls, Zarathos first appeared in Marvel Spotlight #5 (August 1972) and was created by writers Roy Thomas and Gary Friedrich and ...

  13. Ghost Rider Cosplay Unleashes His Rare Blue Fire Form

    Comics Comics News Ghost Rider Cosplay Unleashes His Rare Blue Fire Form By Taylor Blake Forsberg Published Nov 23, 2023 This epic Ghost Rider cosplay ignites the convention scene, unveiling the anti-hero's rare blue flame form and leaving fans blazing with approval. Summary

  14. 10 Things You Didn't Know About Ghost Rider

    When Danny Ketch's Blue Ghost Rider came up against the Spirit of Vengeance, Zadkiel decided to make clones of the Angel of Vengeance, meaning there were a lot of Ghost Riders looking to destroy the existence of the Spirit of Vengeance. This actually happened, and it has to be one of the weirdest superpowers anyone has ever achieved in the ...

  15. 10 Insane Facts You Didn't Know About Ghost Rider

    There Is A Blue Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch) Marvel Comics Every Ghost Rider is possessed by a demon which gives the antihero their powers. For instance, Zarathos was the demonic entity who...

  16. I got so questions about Ghost Rider. #1 is there a meaning ...

    So the green flame rider is Vengeance aka Kowalski, a rider who hunts Ghost Riders. Blue flame ghost rider is Danny Ketch and wasn't ever really blue in the books, just the covers for Ghost Rider: Danny ketch by Spurrier in 2008 Robbie has a different skull because he isn't possessed by a legitimate spirit of vengeance

  17. Ghost Rider: 10 Most Powerful Spirits of Vengeance, Ranked

    7 Alejandra Jones. First appearing in the Fear Itself crossover in 2011, Alejandra Jones is one of the most adequate hosts to ever possess the Ghost Rider spirit. Having trained to be the Ghost Rider since her childhood, Alejandra was incredibly powerful from the get-go. She even used abilities other riders hadn't discovered yet.

  18. Are there any major differences between a Ghost Rider who is ...

    The power of the Ghost Rider depends on who is in control of the Ghost Rider. Doctor Strange has stated the limitations of the Ghost Riders powers are simply due got he mortal bodies it's bound to, that it's boundless in power. ... Zarathos is often counted amongst these Spirits, a blue flamed demon wielding similar power sets and perhaps more ...

  19. 10 Most Powerful Ghost Rider Variants In Marvel Comics

    Comics Comics Lists 10 Most Powerful Ghost Rider Variants In Marvel Comics By Darby Harn Updated Aug 28, 2023 A new Ghost Rider variant, the All-Rider, challenges the iconic character's other versions for the most powerful spirit of vengeance.

  20. Ghost Rider (2007)

    Ghost Rider: Directed by Mark Steven Johnson. With Matt Long, Raquel Alessi, Brett Cullen, Peter Fonda. When motorcycle rider Johnny Blaze sells his soul to the Devil to save his father's life, he is transformed into the Ghost Rider, the Devil's own bounty hunter, and is sent to hunt down sinners.

  21. Blue Ghost Rider angel

    Blue Ghost Rider, Angel Rider. Super edit version, ghost rider in blue. Edited Review of Blue angel rider. Did one of same kind edit almost 6 years back. Did...

  22. 10 Insane Facts You Didn't Know About Ghost Rider

    The Rider's journey has seen more CRAZY then all of Nicholas Cage's career.For more awesome content, check out: http://whatculture.com/ Follow us on Facebook...

  23. 10 Details You Never Noticed In Ghost Rider's Costume

    Published Jan 27, 2021 Each incarnation of Ghost Rider has been shown to have a different costume. However, did you know the inspiration and meaning behind these details? Ghost Rider has been around the block. Introduced in the early 70s, the mantle of Ghost Rider has passed down to a few people throughout the years.

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  25. Ghost Rider vs Angel Rider ☠️ Fight Scene HD

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