Back in 1971, Gary Friedrich was one of Marvel’s celebrated Bullpen, working on such comic-book stalwarts as The Incredible Hulk, Captain America and a the pre-Wolverine (and just barely pre-cancellation) Uncanny X-Men. His co-creation of Ghost Rider in Marvel Spotlight #5 was one of the bellwethers of a phenomenon of monster anti-heroes in comics, and cemented the flaming-skulled cyclist as one of Marvel’s most recognizable second-tier heroes. (As an aside, he created an earlier hero with a similar gimmick, the short-lived Hell-Rider.)
With the recent ruling in Gary’s lawsuit against Marvel, I thought it might be a good time to take a look in the Longbox Of Doom at the stories over which this legal battle has been waged…
This weekend, the sequel to the 2007 Ghost Rider flick flew into theaters.
In the successor to the worldwide hit “Ghost Rider”, Johnny still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy from the devil. At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy and possibly rid himself of the curse forever.
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Did you know there was a new Ghost Rider movie coming out? I did, but did my best to try and forget all about it. H’wood doesn’t want you to forget about it either, which is why there is a new television spot for Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance now airing.
Empire has the first official photos from the upcoming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance movie, and though I liked the look of the first Ghost Rider pics when they appeared years ago, I really like the smokey burnt Rider we see here.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance stars Nicolas Cage and is set to arrive in theaters February 22, 2012.
The Major Spoilers Anniversary blowout is winding down, but before we go, we need to examine a comic book that has defied my attempts to quantify or explain it for over two decades now. I’ve gone over the awesomeness that is the Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider before, but seldom have I ever been as flummoxed and bemused as I was when I read this particular issue. It stands to reason that a superhero who get his powers from a literal devil would be a thorny storytelling problem, even in the swingin’ 70′s at Marvel, but this one takes the cake, and runs that conceit to it’s logical conclusion. You kind of have to see it to believe it!