No. 194 – Burn Rubber!

Marvel Spotlight on… Ghost Rider image ©Marvel Entertainment, LLC

One-off character Johnny Biker from the story Heavy Metal Dredd: The Legend of Johnny Biker from Judge Dredd: The Megazine Vol. 1 No. 19 (1992), written by John Wagner and Alan Grant and drawn by Simon Bisley v supernatural stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze aka. Ghost Rider, here pictured in his first appearance in Marvel Spotlight Vol. 1 #5 (1972) drawn by Michael J. Ploog and Mamoru Morrie Kuramoto (1921–1985)

Ghost Rider refers to several supernatural anti-heroes in the Marvel universe but the incarnation with which most comic fans will be familiar is the original Johnny Blaze, who, in order to save the life of his father, agreed to give his soul to “Satan” (later revealed to be an arch-demon named Mephisto). Blaze made his first appearance in 1972, whereupon Marvel renamed their existing western-themed Ghost Rider to Phantom Rider.

Although a visually arresting character with considerable cinematic potential, only two somewhat mediocre Nicolas Cage vehicles have emerged: Ghost Rider (Columbia Pictures, 2007) and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (Columbia Pictures, 2011).

Instead of a Ghost Rider film trailer, let’s have some music instead:

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