Real Name:Johnny Blaze
Location:Various Usually United States
First Appearance:Marvel Spotlight #5 (1973)
Created By:Roy Thomas (Writer)
Gary Friedrich (Writer)
Mike Ploog (Artist)
Powers:When the night comes, John Blaze turns into the Ghost Rider a skeletal being clad in black leather with flames coming from its head. While in this form, Ghost Rider is very resistant to damage and has super strength. His weapon of choice is a bikers chain, which can grasp and tie up foes. The Ghost Rider is also very resistant to mystical attacks.
Team Affiliations:Midnight Sons, The Champions, The Defenders, Fantastic Four
Currently Seen In:Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider: Mythos
Interesting Fact:In an interview with artist Gene Colan, he states that Ghost Rider was to be a villain called Stunt Master in Daredevil. The writer, Gary Friedrich said, I'd like to make the villain a really weird motorcycle-riding character called Ghost Rider." It was Gene that suggested the character was too interesting to be a villain, and should instead have its own title.
Main Villains:Satan, Mephisto, Blackheart
Origin:Johnny Blaze was the orphaned son of Barton Blaze and Naomi Kale, who worked in a traveling motorcycle stunt show with Craig Crash Simpson. Crash and his wife Mona raised Johnny and this is where he learned how to ride and take care of motorcycles. Unbeknown to Johnny, his family was cursed. The first born son of the Kale line (his mothers side) was cursed to become the Ghost Rider, a spirit of vengeance.
Johnny and the demon Zarathos fought for control over each other for some time. Johnny even left his long time girlfriend Roxanne, Crashs daughter, to try to avoid hurting the ones he loved and to find a way to rid him of the curse of the Ghost Rider. It would be Roxanne though, that showed him the way.
In a battle with the soul eating Centurious, Johnny was able to seal both Centurious and Zarathos into the, Crystal of Souls, freeing Johnny of the curse and allowing him to marry Roxanne and have two children with her. Johnny was free, for now.
Later, he found he could become the Ghost Rider again. On top of that, the Devil decided to cash in on Johnnys deal and take him to Hell, ever to ride Hells highways, always trying to escape, but never able to. Until Johnny makes another deal with the Devil, allowing him to ride the earth as the Ghost Rider again.