21 February 2012

Onscreen History of Ghost Rider

With Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance now in theaters, it seems a good time to look at the flamy one's onscreen history. Even before the flame head Ghost Rider, there was a western style character with the same name later renamed Night Rider then Phantom Rider. But beginning in 1972, Ghost Rider was the fire headed alter ego of Johnny Blaze debuting in Marvel Spotlight #5. Apparently, this was "the most supernatural superhero of all."

Ghost Rider made his brief onsceen debut in 1981 during The Prison Plot episode of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.

It would be 12 years before Ghost Rider would get another two seconds of screen time in 1993's X-Men animated series episode The Final Decision.

Fortunately, Ghost Rider would only have to wait until 1995 for his next appearance. Finally, he actually got to serve a purpose, single-handedly taking down Galactus with his penance stare in the Fantastic Four animated series episode When Calls Galactus.

A year later, Ghost Rider would drop in on the Hulk animated series in Innocent Blood

Ghost Rider would make his live-action debut in his self-titled movie in 2007. The movie's $115 million box office was apparently enough to justify a follow-up. In addition to Ghost Rider's return in the movie sequel, look for an upcoming appearance on Marvel's Super Hero Squad Show.


 Old Ghostie was back on the big screen in February 2012 in the theatrical Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance in which he added vomiting and peeing fire to his repertoire.

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