Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is the second Marvel character to use the name Ghost Rider, following Carter Slade (the Western comics hero later known as the Phantom Rider) and preceding Daniel Ketch, Alejandra Jones, and Robbie Reyes.
The first supernatural Ghost Rider is stunt motorcyclist 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). 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. After his sister was injured by ninja gangsters, Ketch came in contact with a motorcycle that had somehow been mystically enchanted to contain the essence of a Spirit of Vengeance.
Why He Rocks
- His design is amazing.
- Johnny Blaze has gained more control of his transformation into Ghost Rider and will transform at will or if there is innocent blood being spilled.
- Though he isn't the first Ghost Rider, he is the most recognizable.
- He has superhuman strength, being able to leave up to 25 tons under normal circumstances.
- He is practically immune to all types of earthly physical damage, such as gunfire or knives.
- He has the ability to manipulate "hellfire" at will, which burns the soul of a person.
- His iconic Penance Stare, which he can use to see and feel every bit of pain the person has ever inflicted in their entire lifetime.
- He is an experienced motorcycle stunt rider and a skilled combatant.
- Johnny Blaze's backstory is quite detailed and original.
- The concept of Ghost Rider alone is awesome.
- His movies, with Nicholas Cage as the starring role, were not well received.
- Blaze reappeared in this 1990s series as a supporting character.
- In 2000s comics, Blaze again became the Ghost Rider, succeeding Ketch.