Alias



Ghost Rider

Night Rider

Phantom Rider


Nick Name

He Who Rides the Night Winds

Son of the Spirits


Civilian ID

Ghost Rider I

Carter Slade


Ghost Rider II

Jamie Jacobs


Ghost Rider III

Lincoln Slade


Ghost Rider IV

Reno Jones


Ghost Rider V

Hamilton Slade


Occupation

Ghost Rider I

Crime Fighter

School Teacher


Ghost Rider II

Crime Fighter


Ghost Rider III

Crime Fighter

U.S. Marshal


Ghost Rider IV

Crime Fighter

Former Slave


Ghost Rider V

Adventurer

Archeologist


Legal Status

Citizen of the United States of the 19th Century.


Nation or Planet of Origin

Ghost Rider I

Ohio


Ghost Rider II

Western United States


Ghost Rider III

Western United States


Ghost Rider IV

United States


Ghost Rider V

Reno, Nevada


Group Affiliation

Ghost Rider I

None


Ghost Rider II

None


Ghost Rider III

U.S. Marshals


Ghost Rider IV

Gunhawks


Ghost Rider V

(The) Rangers


Base of Operations

Western United States of the 19th Century.


Height

Ghost Rider V

6' 1"


Weight

Ghost Rider V

200 lbs.


Eye Color

Ghost Rider IV

Brown


Ghost Rider V

Blue


Hair Color

Ghost Rider IV

Black


Ghost Rider V

Reddish-Brown


Known Powers

Ghost Rider I - III

Normal humans wearing white costume dusted with a phosphorescent substance derived from a meteorite; granting superhuman strength and an ability to become intangible at will.


Ghost Rider IV

Normal human with exceptional firearms skills.


Ghost Rider V

Normal human possessed by the spirit or spirits of his ancestors which transforms him into a supernatural being with superhuman strength and an ability to become intangible or invisible at will, when evil is detected in his vicinity.


Accessories

Ghost Rider I - III

Ghost Rider Costume: White costume dusted with a phosphorescent substance derived from a meteorite; granting superhuman strength and intangibility at will.



Ghost Rider IV

Weapons typical to the western United States of the late 19th Century.



Ghost Rider V

Banshee: Ethereal horse which materializes when Slade is transformed into the Ghost Rider.


Colt .44 Revolvers: Two mystical handguns which fire "phantom bullets" which incapacitate living beings for a limited time. The bullets do not effect inanimate objects and can be fired through solid substances to his a target.


Mystical Lariat: Lasso which can become tangible or intangible at the will of the Ghost Rider. The lasso can pass through solid objects to snare living creatures on the other side.


Common Enemies

Ghost Rider I - III

Outlaws & Bandits


Ghost Rider IV

Night Riders


Ghost Rider V

Corrupter

Moondark


Regularly Appearing

Ghost Rider I

Ghost Rider Vol. 1

Western Gunfighters


Ghost Rider II

Ghost Rider Vol. 1


Ghost Rider III

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2

Western Gunfighters


Ghost Rider IV

Blaze of Glory


Ghost Rider V

Ghost Rider Vol. 2

Incredible Hulk Vol. 1


First Appearance

Ghost Rider I

Ghost Rider Vol. 1 #1 (Feb. 1967)


Ghost Rider II

Western Gunfighters Vol.2 #7 (Jan. 1972)


Ghost Rider III

Western Gunfighters Vol.2 #7 (Jan. 1972)


Ghost Rider IV

Blaze of Glory #3 (March, 2000)


Ghost Rider V

Ghost Rider Vol. 2 #56 (May, 1981)


Creator

Ghost Rider I

Gary Friedrich, Roy Thomas & Dick Ayers


Note: Dick Ayers is credited with creating a western

Ghost Rider character for Magazine Enterprises in 1950. While working at Marvel Comics, Ayers mentioned to editor-in-chief Stan Lee that Ghost Rider's copyright was expiring and soon thereafter the character made its Marvel debut.


Ghost Rider II

Len Wein & Dick Ayers


Ghost Rider III

Len Wein & Dick Ayers


Ghost Rider IV

John Ostrander & Leonardo Manco


Ghost Rider V

Michael Fleisher & Don Perlin


Origin

A schoolteacher that had recently moved to the frontier, Carter Slade ran afoul of outlaws and was left for dead. Found by Comanche Indians, Slade was nursed back to health by the medicine man Flaming Star. The aging shaman believed Slade to be the champion the Comanche sky-spirit had revealed to him in a vision. Slade was given a chalk-white cowboy outfit impregnated with the phosphorescent dust of a meteorite giving him superhuman powers as the Ghost Rider.


Creating a legend of a phantom horseman who rode the frontier dispensing justice, Slade was called by various other names; Night Rider, Phantom Rider, the Galloping Ghost, the Haunted Horseman and He Who Rides the Night Winds. When Carter Slade was killed by outlaws his sidekick Jamie Jacobs briefly took his place and suffered the same fate of death. Slade's brother, a U.S. Marshal named Lincoln adopted the mantle and continued the quest for justice of the Ghost Rider.


In unrelated events, emancipated slave Reno Jones moved west with his childhood friend Kid Cassidy, the son of Jones' dead slave master. Cassidy became increasing embittered by the South's loss of the Civil War and the loss of his personal fortune. After Cassidy threatened Jones with a gun the former slave was forced to shoot down his childhood friend. Jones eventually settled in Wonderment, Montana to start a family.


Unknown to Jones, Cassidy survived and joined a band of white supremacists known as the Night Riders. The Night Riders had been terrorizing Wonderment, prompting Jones to call upon other western heroes to defend the town, he himself donning a white costume and dubbing himself the Ghost Rider.


Almost a century after Carter Slade donned the Ghost Rider costume his descendant Hamilton Slade became an heir to the legacy.


An archaeologist interested in American Indian lore, Hamilton Slade was intrigued by his family tales of adventure in the wild west. Leading a team of archaeologists into the Nevada dessert, Slade came upon the ancient resting place of his ancestor in a subterranean cave beneath a Comanche burial mound. Exploring the site alone, Slade was startled by a ghostly garb levitating from a burial urn. In a flash of blinding light, Slade was possessed by the spirit of the phantom horseman and acquired the spectral powers of the Ghost Rider.


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