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Ghost Rider (Marvel Comics)
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Ghost Rider is the name of several fictional supernatural antiheroes appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. This profile deals with the Johnny Blaze iteration of the character
The first supernatural Ghost Rider, stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze , to save the life of his father, agreed 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. He rides a fiery motorcycle and wields trademark blasts of hellfire from his skeletal hands. He eventually learns he has been bonded with the demon Zarathos. Blaze starred in the series from 1972–1983. The subsequent Ghost Rider series (1990–1998) featured Danny Ketch as a new Ghost Rider. In 2000s comics, Blaze again became the Ghost Rider, succeeding Ketch.
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Tier : 7-A | 2-C
Key: Base | Unrestricted/Zarathos' Power
Name: Jonathon "Johnny" Blaze/Ghost Rider
Origin: Marvel Comics
Age: Unknown, likely late 30's to early '40s
Classification: Brimstone Biker, Spirit of Vengeance
Powers and Abilities:
Superhuman Physical Characteristics , Self-Sustenance (Types 2), Immortality (Types 1, 2, 3 & 8. Scaling from Cosmic Ghost Rider , another user of The Spirit of Vengeance. Is a part of God's power, and will be revived by God should he die but still be needed), Regeneration ( At least High-Mid . Likely far higher, as he is listed as having "Godlike" regeneration, which is superior to characters able to regenerate from a single molecule), Resurrection , Telepathy , Soul Manipulation , Teleportation , Illusion Creation , Fire Manipulation , Can mind attack / make people suffer proportionate punishment for their sins people with the Penance Stare , Transmutation , Self- Size Manipulation ( Grew in size when fighting Thor ), Statistics Reduction ( Able to weaken magical enhancements ), Mind Control ( Able to control the minds of those he uses the Penance Stare on ), Telekinesis ( via Hellfire ), Summoning ( Can summon other Ghost Riders ), Possession ( His powers began to consume Rogue's body and mind when she attempted to drain them ), Pocket Reality Manipulation , Explosion Manipulation
Immune to fire, heat, lava and flames, Resistance to Death Manipulation ( Shrugs off instant death attacks from Null the Living Darkness and Death-Stalker ), Size Manipulation , Matter Manipulation , Reality Warping ( Reversed Null's powers through sheer force of will ), Magic , Power Nullification ( Resisted Doctor Strange trying to snuff out his powers and send him back to Hell . Immune to the effects of a magic spear that completely paralyzed multiple other superhumans ), Mind Manipulation ( Put up a fight against Doctor Strange trying to enter his mind ), Purification ( Exorcism can never get rid of the Spirit of Vengeance )
Attack Potency : Mountain level ( Destroyed a Himalayan Mountain . Certain attacks ignore durability . The Penance Stare can harm enemies who are otherwise physically invulnerable . It can also destroy spiritual beings ) | Low Multiverse level (Defeated the entirety of the Avengers in combat with ease. Doctor Strange believed an unrestricted Ghost Rider to be capable of defeating World War Hulk, and was terrified when Johnny Blaze lost control . Zarathos has been shown as somewhat comparable to Mephisto , and an unrestricted Ghost Rider once defeated Mephisto)
Speed : Massively Hypersonic+ combat speed ( Swung a motorcycle at high speeds ), Hypersonic+ travel speed with his motorcycle ( Travelled several miles in the time it takes for a kid to fall a bit ) | Massively FTL+ (Kept up with Thor )
Lifting Strength : Likely Class M | Unknown
Striking Strength : Mountain level | Low Multiverse level
Durability : Mountain level (Trades blows with and tanks hits from Angels and Demons who can endure his attacks) Regeneration and immortality make him extremely difficult to kill | Low Multiverse level (Took hits from Thor with little to no damage. Battled Mephisto )
Stamina : Superhuman (The mystical energy that empowers Ghost Rider prevents his muscles from producing fatigue toxins during physical activities) | Superhuman
Range : Tens of Meters, Tens of Meters with chain
Standard Equipment : A motorcycle which can be transformed by his hellfire
- Optional Equipment: Mystic chain. Hellfire Shotgun, pistols and knives
Intelligence : Above Average (Blaze is an expert motorcycle stunt rider and possesses knowledge of the supernatural and occult. Despite not having proper training, he is a formidable hand-to-hand combatant and has become quite adept at using his powers in combat situations)
Weaknesses: Can only transform through an act of will or when innocent blood is spilled. Any weaponry that's blessed or forged in Heaven can harm or even kill the Ghost Rider and if the Spirit of Vengeance is separated from Johnny, he will lose his powers and become mortal again.
- Hellfire Manipulation: Ghost Rider possesses the ability to generate, control, and project mystical fire, or "hellfire" at will. Hellfire is an empyreal and supernatural flame that burns the soul of a person and can be used to burn their physical body. He can utilize this fire in various ways, including projecting it from his eyes, hands, mouth, or even channeling it from his body into his weapons like his shotgun, form walls of hellfire, and even create a motorcycle completely out of hellfire.
- 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.
- Penance Stare: Ghost Rider possesses the supernatural ability to cause any individual who stares into his eyes to see and feel every bit of pain they have ever inflicted on anyone in their entire lifetime.
- There are many versions of Ghost Rider, this profile deals with the Johnny Blaze version of Ghost Rider in the main 616 Marvel universe.
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Ghost rider's greatest foe isn't supernatural... it's the police.
Ghost Rider is a supernatural hero, but he's also a potent symbol of anti-authoritarianism, with the police acting as his most persistent enemies.
Johnny Blaze, the original Ghost Rider , has been a target for police harassment from the very beginning. Between his flaming skull head, loud motorcycle, association with both biker gangs and Satanism, and vigilante leanings, Johnny Blaze has always been a potent symbol of anti-authoritarianism. Even as this is part of what makes the Ghost Rider such a powerful hero to so many readers, it is also largely what made him a target of the authorities from the beginning. Down to his heavy metal biker outfit and penchant for speeding at night, Johnny Blaze may have the power of Satan on his side, but even the Ghost Rider isn't immune to a speeding ticket.
Ghost Rider debuted in Marvel Spotlight #5 (1972, written by Gary Friedrich and drawn art by Mike Ploog), and has been fighting enemies both human and supernatural ever since. Ghost Rider is a complex character , with conflicting personal loyalties and a moral uncertainty that renders him more of an antihero, in the Marvel tradition. That complexity weaves its way even into his dealings with the authorities, particularly with law enforcement. Ultimately, his first encounter with the police all came down to speed.
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In Marvel Spotlight #7 (from Friedrich and Ploog), Blaze finds himself lost in thought at the start of the story, thinking to himself about the recent upheavals in his life: a literal Deal with the Devil , having to save his girlfriend Roxanne from being kidnapped by a fellow biker, and learning the limits of his new powers. Blaze is so deep in thought, however, that he unwittingly speeds past a police car. The police car gives chase, forcing Blaze to evade them as quickly as possible, finally taking a great leap over a chasm that the police car is unable to follow.
At this early point in the series, Johnny Blaze's conflicts had mostly been small in scale - he had yet to face any of his most well-known adversaries - as neither Mephisto nor Blackheart had yet to even be introduced - and so he mostly faced other bikers, particularly Curly Samuels (who would turn out to actually be Johnny's adoptive father, Crash Simpson, in supernatural disguise) and his biker gang, Satan's Servants. Although he would soon face a host of more supernatural foes, it makes sense that one of the earliest and most persistent adversaries Johnny would face would be the police. His association with both Satanism and biker gangs made Ghost Rider a de facto target of law enforcement in the '70s, though the grudge was in no way limited to that time period - Johnny is often hassled in his civilian guise, and his supernatural enemies have even targeted him through the police.
Thankfully for the Ghost Rider, his supernatural powers and abilities as a motorcyclist seem to usually keep him out of permanent trouble with the law. This is even in spite of the fact that, early in his career as Ghost Rider, he would find himself pursued by the police on multiple occasions (see also: Marvel Spotlight #10 by Friedrich and Tom Sutton, or even Ghost Rider #1 , where his interactions with the police are pivotal moments in both stories.) Ghost Rider was clearly a reflection of the times in which he was created - times in which authority was being questioned constantly, and different power structures were being imagined and advocated by people who had been disenfranchised by society. However, it is also these qualities which relate a certain political urgency to Ghost Rider 's character, and make him as potent a symbol of anti-authoritarianism today as he was when he was first imagined.
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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 sinn... Read all 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. 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.
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- Trivia Nicolas Cage had to have his Ghost Rider tattoo covered with make-up to play Johnny Blaze.
- Goofs When the birds-eye camera moves through the city, and at several other points in the movie, the cars are on the opposite sides of the road. While the movie is set in America, the film was shot in Melbourne, Australia.
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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- Crazy credits The Marvel Comics logo features comic-book images of the Ghost Rider in its pages; after it fully forms it undergoes the Rider's transformation, blazing hellfire and growing spikes.
- 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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Other individuals include Johnny's half-brother Danny Ketch , who was imbued with a Spirit of Vengeance by the medallion on his motorcycle's gas cap; Alejandra Jones , who was chosen to become Zarathos' next host after Blaze gave up his demonic powers; and Robbie Reyes , who was indwelled by a Spirit of Vengeance after being mortally wounded and possessed by the demonic ghost of his uncle Eli Morrow.
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Ghost Rider vs. Doctor Strange: Who Wins?
Prep for 'ghost rider' #6 with a look at the duo's five feistiest fights.
One's the Sorcerer Supreme (usually). The other's a demon-possessed Spirit of Vengeance. And when they get together, Doctor Strange and Ghost Rider can cause quite a ruckus!
In GHOST RIDER #6 , by Ed Brisson and Juan Frigeri, the duo will meet again—and sparks are going to fly.
See, longtime Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze took over Hell not too long ago and many of his friends—including Stephen—wonder if the throne is corrupting the one-time hero.
While those two figure out their current relationship status, we're looking back at some of the all-time best meet-ups between these two characters. Sometimes they've worked well together and other times...well, let's just say that Blaze might have a pretty good reason to be peeved at Strange!
Have A Ketch
After brand-new Spirit of Vengeance Danny Ketch got back from Nightmare's realm in GHOST RIDER (1990) #11 , he found himself face to face with Doctor Strange! In the following issue , the Rider ran off to take on the Zodiak. The villain got the drop on the possessed young man, but Strange appeared to help out!
Ghost Rider (1990) #11
- published Mar 2, 1991
- added to marvel unlimited Dec 13, 2016
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After taking on a demon and saving some kids, Ghost Rider agreed to help take on a possessing spirit in DOCTOR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME (1988) #28 . This crossover set the groundwork for Strange and Ketch to team up on several occasions throughout the '90s as part of a loose team of supernatural heroes called the Midnight Sons .
The Original Secret Defenders
Though he would not go on to appear in the SECRET DEFENDERS (1993) series itself, Danny Ketch's Ghost Rider became the first person Stephen reached out to in his attempt to form the initial version of the team in DOCTOR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME (1988) #50 .
Secret Defenders (1993) #1
- published Mar 2, 1993
- added to marvel unlimited Oct 16, 2018
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Joining forces with Silver Surfer, Hulk (then a mix of Banner's brains in the Jade Giant's body) and, of course, Strange, Ghost Rider took on Dormammu! To stop the villain, Ketch and Strange pulled a few transference and body-switching tricks that worked in chasing the dread off!
When the 2006 GHOST RIDER series kicked off, it featured Johnny Blaze as the Rider constantly trying to race his way out of Hell. After finally breaking out in ish #2 , the Spirit of Vengeance once again found himself staring at Doctor Strange. However, his mind had been clouded—and the Rider saw Strange as Lucifer! The ensuing brutal fight took place in issue #3 and Blaze finally got a hold of himself in mag #4 , realizing his mistake before killing the Sorcerer Supreme.
Ghost Rider (2006) #1
- published Jul 13, 2006
- added to marvel unlimited Nov 14, 2007
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Back In The Saddle
During the 2011-launching GHOST RIDER series, Johnny Blaze found himself once more freed from the curse of his demonic alter-ego. However, he did attempt to help the new host, a young woman named Alejandra. After she made a deal with Blackheart to save some souls she accidentally damned, the new Ghost Rider proved unfit for the position.
Ghost Rider (2011) #1
- published Jul 14, 2011
- added to marvel unlimited Apr 9, 2013
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When Strange approached Blaze about taking the mantle back up in the final issue, the cyclist already had plans to do exactly that. However, when the mystic attempted to transport Johnny to other heroes waiting to help out, Johnny shot him in the foot for his efforts, preferring to handle his reunion with the Spirit of Vengeance solo.
Leading directly into this new GHOST RIDER series, Doctor Strange attempted to resurrect all of the people who died in Las Vegas during SECRET EMPIRE . In a way, he succeeded, but in another way, he literally moved Vegas from its new home in Hell up to the surface world! That's the story that burned its way through the four-issue DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION (2018) and the DAMNATION: JOHNNY BLAZE - GHOST RIDER (2018) one-shot. Basically, to fix Strange's mistake, Johnny agreed to die, go to Hell, and then take over the throne from Mephisto.
Doctor Strange: Damnation (2018) #1
- published Feb 22, 2018
- added to marvel unlimited Aug 28, 2018
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Now we're seeing the ramifications from that decision rippling through both GHOST RIDER and even AVENGERS !
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Since making their debut in MARVEL LEGACY , the ancient Avengers team has become one of the more intriguing hero groups around. The squad includes Odin, Lady Phoenix, Black Panther, Iron Fist, Starbrand, Agamotto, and Ghost Rider. Though different versions than the ones we're familiar with—one is of Eye fame, the other gets around on a fiery wooly mammoth—these two supernatural allies have worked well together in the pages of AVENGERS, banding against angry Celestials and other threats.
Marvel Legacy (2017) #1
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To see how the latest dust-up between the two supernatural heroes goes, pre-order GHOST RIDER #6 at your local comic shop today, then pick it up on March 11!
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