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 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.

The most well-known Ghost Rider is Johnny Blaze. 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 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.

FIRST APPEARANCES

Following the western comics character who originally used the name, the first superhero Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze, debuted in Marvel Spotlight #5 (August 1972), created by writer Gary Friedrich, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, and artist Mike Ploog.

POWER and ABILITIES

The Ghost Rider is a human who can transform into a skeletal superhuman wreathed in ethereal flame and given supernatural powers. The motorcycle he rides can travel faster than any conventional vehicle and can perform seemingly impossible feats such as riding up a vertical surface, across water, and leaping across great distances that normal motorcycles cannot. The Ghost Riders are virtually indestructible and notoriously hard to injure by any conventional means, as bullets and knives usually pass through them without causing pain (knives are shown to melt while in their body).

It is possible that they are genuinely immortal, as it is said that God created them and only God can destroy them. Despite being composed of bone and hellfire, the Ghost Riders possess formidable superhuman strength, enough to easily pick up a truck and hurl it across a road. It has been stated that Johnny Blaze as Ghost Rider can press around 25 tons (50,000 lbs)

ORIGIN STORY

Stunt cyclist Johnny Blaze is the son of Barton Blaze and Naomi Kale. He spent his early years in the Quentin Carnival where his parents starred in a stunt show with Craig “Crash” Simpson. Johnny’s mother walked out on Barton and Johnny and took the family’s remaining two children, Barbara and Danny, with her. 

Blaze would eventually join the Simpsons in their own traveling stunt show, the Crash Simpson Stunt Cycle Extravaganza. Crash had become a father figure for Blaze and, on learning of Crash’s life-threatening cancer, Blaze turned to the occult. His studies led him to a spell which supposedly could summon Satan himself. Johnny was unaware that he had, in fact, summoned Mephisto. Desperate to save Crash, Blaze sold his soul to Mephisto in return for Crash’s cancer to be cured.

ENEMIES & ROGUES

Anton Hellgate, Mephisto, Ares, Asmodeus, Black Heart, Lilith, Deathwatch, and The Witch Woman.

ALLIES

Avengers of the Supernatural, Champions, Defenders, Heroes for Hire, Legion of Monsters, Midnight Sons and Thunderbolts

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