Ghost Rider is the name of several fictional supernatural anti-heroes in the Marvel Comics universe. Marvel had previously used the name for a Western character whose name was later changed to 'Night Rider' and subsequently to 'Phantom Rider'.
The first supernatural Ghost Rider is stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze, who, in order to save the life of his mentor, agreed to give his soul to "Satan" (later revealed to be an arch-demon named Mephisto). Instead, his soul bonded with the entity called Zarathos. When emitting Zarathos' powers, Blaze's head becomes a flaming skull and he wields a fiery motorcycle and trademark blasts of hellfire from his skeletal hands. He starred in the series from 1973-1983.
The subsequent Ghost Rider series (1990-98) featured Daniel Ketch as a new Ghost Rider. After his sister was injured by gangsters, Ketch came in contact with a motorcycle which had somehow been mystically enchanted to contain the essence of a "Spirit of Vengeance." This spirit had originally been a Puritan man named Noble Kale, an ancestor of both Blaze and Ketch. Johnny Blaze reappeared in this series as a supporting character and was revealed to be Ketch's brother.
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- Marvel Directory: Ghost Rider
- International Hero: Magazine Enterprises' Ghost Rider
- The Grand Comics Database
- COmic Book Database: Ghost Rider
- The Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators
- Giant Sized Ghost Rider Reference
- Vengeance Unbound
- SuperHero Hype
- The Ultimate Ghost Rider Resource