Ghost Rider VII

Nick Name

Angel of Death

Spirit of Vengeance

Civilian ID
John "Johnny" Blaze & Zarathos



Spirit of Vengeance


Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
United States
Group Affiliation


Legion of Monsters

Midnight Sons


Base of Operations

Johnny Blaze: 5' 10"

Ghost Rider: 6' 2"


Johnny Blaze: 180 lbs.

Ghost Rider: Unknown

Eye Color

Johnny Blaze: Blue

Ghost Rider: Flame Red

Hair Color

Johnny Blaze: Reddish-Blond

Ghost Rider: None

Known Powers

Possession by the demon Zarathos enables transformation into a being known as the Ghost Rider - a flaming skeleton with superhuman strength, speed, agility and durability. Possesses a penance stare which is able to cause emotional pain in others equivalent to that which has been caused by that individual as the result of immoral actions.

Note: Enchantment causes an average motorcycle to be transformed into Ghost Rider's flaming motorcycle.


Flaming Motorcycle: Any motorcycle which is mystically transformed by Ghost Rider.

Psychically Controlled Link Chain

Common Enemies

Gunmetal Grey




(The) Orb


Regularly Appearing


Ghost Rider Vol. 2, 4 & 5

Marvel Spotlight

First Appearance
Marvel Spotlight Vol. 1 #5 (Aug. 1972)
Gary Friedrich, Roy Thomas & Mike Ploog

Orphaned when his father, the star of Crash Simpson's Daredevil Cycle Show died attempting to defy the laws of gravity and physics, Johnny Blaze was adopted by the carnival's proprietor.

The youngster mastered the tricks of the motorcycle-stunt trade in short order surpassing his father. Years later learning his foster father was dying of a rare blood disease, Blaze acted on his longtime preoccupation with the occult. Reciting an ancient ritual to summon the demon Lucifer, he bartered his immortal soul for a miracle cure that would save his foster father.

The self sacrifice turned out to be for naught. A rejuvenated Simpson, like Blaze's father, plummeted to his death in the midst of the most ambitious motorcycle stunt of his storied career.

Having deceived Blaze into forfeiting his soul under false pretenses, Mephisto materialized to claim his prize. As luck would have it, Crash's daughter, Roxxane, expelled the hellspawn from the mortal plane by reciting a banishment spell she had gleaned from one of Blaze's books.

Unable to take possession of his intended bounty, Mephisto instead grafted the essence of the demon Zarathos to Blaze's soul. Thereafter, the melding of spirits would manifest itself every nightfall in the form of an avenging angel of death know as the Ghost Rider.

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