Essential Ghost Rider, Vol. 1

Essential Ghost Rider Vol When orphaned stunt show star Johnny Blaze discovers his adoptive father Crash Simpson is dying of a rare blood disease he barters his immortal soul for a miracle cure The trade off ultimately leaves

  • Title: Essential Ghost Rider, Vol. 1
  • Author: Roy Thomas Jim Mooney Gary Friedrich Gerry Conway Mike Ploog Thomas Sutton Herb Trimpe John Byrne
  • ISBN: 9780785118381
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Paperback
  • When orphaned stunt show star Johnny Blaze discovers his adoptive father Crash Simpson is dying of a rare blood disease, he barters his immortal soul for a miracle cure The trade off ultimately leaves him bound to the demon Zarathos, and their melding of spirits would manifest itself every night in the form of Ghost Rider, the most supernatural super hero of all CollectsWhen orphaned stunt show star Johnny Blaze discovers his adoptive father Crash Simpson is dying of a rare blood disease, he barters his immortal soul for a miracle cure The trade off ultimately leaves him bound to the demon Zarathos, and their melding of spirits would manifest itself every night in the form of Ghost Rider, the most supernatural super hero of all Collects Marvel Spotlight 5 12, Ghost Rider 1 20 and Daredevil 138.

    One thought on “Essential Ghost Rider, Vol. 1”

    1. There's no denying that Ghost Rider is one of the best superheroes of all time. C'mon, people. He's a motorcycle stuntman who at night and in the presence of evil turns into a flaming-skulled vigilante with all the powers of Hell at his command who has panels like this:It doesn't really get much better than this. Ghost Rider emerged in the early 70s in one of those curious times when hippies were on the way out and disco had yet to rear its ugly head. Marvel, in an attempt to appeal to the youth [...]

    2. Ghost Rider was one of those comics that was on its way out when I was just getting old enough to notice comics. My older brother collected them, and the look of the character fascinated me. They sort-of revived the character with a typical late 80s/early 90s "extreme" version, with a "cooler" looking cycle and powers, etc but I never really had any interest. This Essential TPB puts together the character's initial appearances in Marvel Spotlight along with his own series, and it is a very inter [...]

    3. I love Ghost Rider, and all the old Marvel Horror comics from the 70's! A few issues of this have one of my favorite artsts as well, Mike Ploog. The great thing about essentials is that it cheaply combines a lot of comics, so you can get the whole story. The down side is they are all reprinted in black and white, not the color I remember them in. This volume collects Marvel Spotlight #5-12, Ghost Rider #1-20 & Daredevil #138. For continuity purposes this is pretty much the whole deal except [...]

    4. Ghost Rider And His Old Buddy Jesus ChristThese early Ghost Rider comics are a mixed bag. His powers are still being defined, as are his relationships with supporting characters. But some of this stuff gets really out there and fun, like when Ghost Rider is befriended by an unnamed character who is clearly Jesus Christ. Talk about an odd pair.

    5. The very first issue of Ghost Rider is bizarretastic. Love it. "I accidentally killed my adopted mom and my adopted dad is very sick. I guess i'll just have to start worshipping Satan!"

    6. The 70s were a different time. When else could you find a new superhero who got his powers by selling his soul to the devil? And have that story approved by the Comics Code Authority, no less?

    7. I hadn’t read any Ghost Rider before I picked up this collection but he always seemed like an interesting character. I like supernatural stories and I like superheroes, so this seems like a natural fit. I’m sorry to say this wasn’t the case for this book, as I found it to be rather boring and uninteresting. There just wasn’t anything in particular that grabbed my attention, and many of the early stories seem to be telling the same story over and over again. I really try my best not to s [...]

    8. It's amazing, from these comics, to consider how popular Ghost Rider became, because these comics are not great. The art is horribly uneven, although the writing does improve once Tony Isabella comes on board.

    9. Reprints Marvel Spotlight #5-12, Ghost Rider #1-20, and Daredevil #138. Johnny Blaze sells his soul to Satan to save his step-father but becomes Ghost Rider when the transaction is left incomplete. Ghost Rider is typical 1970s Marvel Comics. It isn't bad, it isn't good. It is bloated and pretty self-righteous at points (Jesus actually shows up to show Johnny the errors of his waysybe). Marvel had an interesting idea for a character that built off the gimicks of Evel Knieval but beyond having a p [...]

    10. When he was created and drawn by Mike Ploog, the Ghost Rider was atmospheric, spooky. When he was drawn by everyone else in this collection that flaming skull just looks dumb. Given the number of writers in this book (Six) and the way the artists struggled with the concept, with the exception of Frank Robbins and Johne Byrne, it is amazing that the character lasted like he did.

    11. I was underwhelmed. The writing is really uneven. The art also leaves some to be desired but that could be because there isn't color, always a risk with these Essential titles.It started to pick up at the end. So I might pick up the next volume in a bit but I'm definitely taking a break first.

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