All you need to know about Ghost Rider, the movie, comic, legend!
Are you a fan of the Ghost Rider? If you aren’t, you probably should be! What a great comic, what a great film! Ghost Rider is the name of several fictional, supernatural anti-heroes in the Marvel Comics universe.
The first supernatural Ghost Rider is stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze, (played by Nicolas Cage in the new movie) who, in order to save the life of his mentor, agreed to give his soul to Satan (later revealed to be Mephisto). Instead his soul was bonded with the entity called Zarathos. When emitting Zarathos’ powers, Blaze's head became a flaming skull and he wielded a fiery motorcycle and trademark blasts of hellfire from his skeletal hands. He starred in an eponymous series from 1973-1983.
Nicolas Cage: Because it's unusual, it's not standard superhero fare, it doesn't follow any of those traditional rules. As a boy I was really attracted to the monsters that were in the Marvel universal, the Hulk and Ghost Rider, because I couldn't understand how something so terrifying could also be good, and it appealed to whatever complexities I was feeling about life, that paradox to me is inherently interesting.
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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. Go to Ghost Rider for all of the action!
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