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Hey Skullheads, and welcome to the Ghost Rider comics reading guide!

Forever immortalized by an unhinged Nicolas Cage performance, Ghost Rider has become one of the most recognizable characters from the Marvel pantheon. But there’s so much more than Johnny Blaze, so gathered below are seventy years of Ghost Rider comics. From Alejandra to Zarathos, this is the ultimate guide to the spirits of vengeance!

Ghost Rider Danny Ketch Comics Recommendations:

  • Ghost Rider (1990) #1-69, 92-94
  • Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher: Hearts of Darkness (1991) #1
  • Midnight Sons: Siege of Darkness (1993)

Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze Comics Recommendations:

  • Ghost Rider (1973) #68-81
  • Mythos: Ghost Rider (2007) #1
  • Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears (2007) #1-6
  • Ghost Rider (2005) #1-6 (“Road to Damnation”)
  • Ghost Rider (2006) #1-35, Annual #1-2
  • Ghost Riders: Heaven’s on Fire (2009) #1-6
  • Ghost Rider (2019) #1-7
  • Ghost Rider (2022) #1-18; Annual #1

Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes Comics Recommendations:

  • All-New Ghost Rider (2014) #1-12
  • Ghost Racers (2015) #1-4 (Secret Wars)
  • Ghost Rider (2016) #1-5
  • Avengers (2018) #21-25 (“Challenge of the Ghost Riders”)

Cosmic Ghost Rider Comics Recommendations:

  • Thanos (2016) #13-18; Annual #1
  • Cosmic Ghost Rider (2018) #1-5

There are so many Ghost Riders that their comics can seem complicated and confusing, but you don’t need a deal with Mephisto to figure it out! The sections below cover the history of every major Ghost Rider, along with the recommended comics for each character. Whether you’re interested in Johnny, Danny, Robbie, or “Big Boy” T-Rider Rex, we’ve got some great Ghost Rider comics recs for you!

For more related to Ghost Rider comics, check out our other reading guides, including the Midnight Sons, Blade, and Werewolf by Night!

“Look into my eyes.”

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The Original Ghost Riders (1950s-1980s)

After the rise of Marvel Comics, the first modern Ghost Rider comics debuted in 1973 by Roger Stern. The character was introduced as Johnny Blaze, cursed by Mephisto and possessed by the demon Zarathos. The series also laid the groundwork for Johnny’s long-lasting relationship with Roxanne Simpson.

But before Johnny Blaze became the Ghost Rider, there were actually two earlier Ghost Riders. Coming originally from Western comics, Rex Fury and Carter Slade were later rebranded as Phantom Riders. While generally not related to Ghost Rider comics canon, Carter Slade is still important to the historical legacy of the character and even had a major role in the 2007 Ghost Rider movie (played by Sam Elliott). Slade would also star in the B-stories of The Original Ghost Rider, Johnny’s reprint comics series.

  • Phantom Rider: Rex Fury
    • Tim Holt (1948) #6-41
    • The Ghost Rider (1950) #1-12
    • Best of the West (1951) #1-14
    • Bobby Benson’s B-Bar-B Riders (1950) #13-15
    • Red Mask (1954) #42-50
    • All Favourites Comic (1956) #61-62
    • All Star Adventure Comic (1959) #46
  • Phantom Rider: Carter Slade
    • Ghost Rider (1967) #1-7
    • Western Gunfighters (1970) #1-7
    • Giant-Size Kid Colt (1975) #3
    • Avengers (1963) #141-143
    • West Coast Avengers (1985) #41
    • Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #102 [D Story]
    • The Original Ghost Rider (1992) #3-20 [B Stories]
    • Avengers Forever (1998) #6
    • X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl (2006) #1-5
    • War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery (2019) #3-5
  • Marvel Spotlight (1971) #5-12
  • Ghost Rider (1973) #1-81
    • Features Johnny Blaze!
    • Marvel Spotlight #5-12 reprinted as The Original Ghost Rider #1-7
    • Ghost Rider #1-12 reprinted as The Original Ghost Rider #8-20
    • Ghost Rider #68-81 reprinted as The Original Ghost Rider Rides Again #1-6
    • Johnny’s origin story is retold in Mythos: Ghost Rider (2007) #1

 

Extra reading:

  • Avengers (1963) #118, 151, 214
  • Marvel Team-Up (1972) #15, 58, 91
  • Marvel Two-in-One (1974) #8, 80
  • Captain America (1968) #191
  • Champions (1975) #1-4, 7-17
  • Marvel Premiere (1972) #28
  • Daredevil (1964) #138
  • Marvel Treasury Edition (1974) #13
  • Human Fly (1977) #2
  • Super-Villain Team-Up (1975) #14
  • Iron Man (1970) Annual #4
  • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #17
  • Defenders (1972) #96, 145-146
  • Marvel Graphic Novel (1981) #1
  • Team America (1982) #11
  • Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #274
  • Uncanny X-Men (1963) #141 (Days of Future Past)
  • Ka-Zar the Savage (1981) #34

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Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch and the Midnight Sons (1990)

In the 1990s, a new Ghost Rider took over, Danny Ketch! Though writer Howard Mackie wouldn’t admit it, the series took liberal inspiration from Spider-Man comics. On just a surface level, Danny was a younger hero with personal problems and his girlfriend Stacy was the daughter of a police captain! But the series stayed true to its horror roots, and the new Ghost Rider was a hit, especially thanks to Mark Texeira’s legendary art. Editor Bobbie Chase quickly launched a number of spinoff series capitalizing on their success, creating the Midnight Sons!

Keep in mind that Ghost Rider #28-50 are parallel to Ghost Rider & Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance #1-23. Alternate issues for the maximum reading experience!

For a detailed breakdown of the Midnight Sons reading order, check out the Midnight Sons reading guide!

  • Ghost Rider (1990) #1-50
    • #12: Johnny Blaze returns!
    • #21: Introduction of Michael Badilino! 
    • #25-26 with X-Men (1991) #8-9
    • #28 with the Midnight Sons (see below)
    • #28-50 alternate with Ghost Rider & Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance #1-23
  • Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher: Hearts of Darkness (1991) #1
    • Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher: Dark Design (1995) #1
  • Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #64-71, 90-142
    • #102 [D Story] features the Phantom Rider, Carter Slade!
  • Rise of the Midnight Sons (1992)
    • Ghost Rider (1990) #28-30
    • Ghost Rider & Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance (1992) #1-3
    • Morbius: The Living Vampire (1992) #1
    • Darkhold: Pages from the Book of Sins (1992) #1
    • Nightstalkers (1992) #1
    • Ghost Rider (1990) #31
  • Ghost Rider/Spider-Man: Spirits of Venom (1992)
    • Ghost Rider (1990) #32-39
    • Ghost Rider & Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance (1992) #4-12
      • #5-6 with Web of Spider-Man #95-96 (“Spirits of Venom”)
      • #9: Michael Badilino becomes Vengeance!
    • Darkhold: Pages from the Book of Sins (1992) #5
    • Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme (1988) #50
    • Midnight Sons Unlimited (1993) #1-2
    • Nightstalkers (1992) #7
  • Midnight Sons: Midnight Massacre (1993)
    • Nightstalkers (1992) #10
    • Ghost Rider (1990) #40
    • Darkhold: Pages from the Book of Sins (1992) #11
    • Morbius: The Living Vampire (1992) #12
    • Ghost Rider & Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance (1992) #13
  • Ghost Rider: Road to Vengeance – The Missing Link (1993)
    • Midnight Sons Unlimited (1993) #3
    • Ghost Rider Annual (1993) #1
    • Ghost Rider (1990) #41-43
    • Ghost Rider & Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance (1992) #14-16
  • Midnight Sons: Siege of Darkness (1993)
    • Prologue: Morbius: The Living Vampire (1992) #15
    • Nightstalkers (1992) #14-15
    • Ghost Rider (1990) #44-45
    • Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #143-146
    • Darkhold: Pages from the Book of Sins (1992) #15-16
    • Morbius: The Living Vampire (1992) #16-17
    • Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme (1988) #60-61
    • Ghost Rider & Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance (1992) #17-18
    • Midnight Sons Unlimited (1993) #4
    • For the detailed reading order, check the Midnight Sons reading guide!
  • End of the Midnight Sons (1994)
    • Midnight Sons Unlimited (1993) #5
    • Blaze: Legacy of Blood (1993) #1-4
    • Ghost Rider (1990) #46-50
    • Ghost Rider & Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance (1992) #19-23
    • Midnight Sons Unlimited (1993) #6-7
    • Morbius: The Living Vampire (1992) #29

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Extra reading:

  • Daredevil (1964) #295
  • Fantastic Four (1961) #347-349, 374-375
  • Thor (1966) #429-430
  • Spider-Man (1990) #6-7, 18, 22-23
  • Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme (1988) #28
  • Marc Spector: Moon Knight (1989) #25
  • Punisher War Journal (1988) #29-30, 57-58
  • Damage Control (1991) #4
  • The Mutant Misadventures of Cloak and Dagger (1990) #17-18
  • Quasar (1989) #22-24
  • Marvel Super-Heroes (1990) #11
    • Features Johnny!
  • Marvel Collector’s Edition (1992) #1 [D Story]
  • Slapstick (1992) #4
  • Marvel Holiday Special (1991) #1 [F Story]
  • Deathlok (1991) #9-10
  • Sleepwalker (1991) #11
  • Amazing Spider-Man: Hit and Run (1991) #3
  • Deaths Head II (1992) #4
  • Marvel: 1991 the Year in Review (1992) #1
    • Features Roxanne!
  • Ghost Rider / Captain America: Fear (1992) #1
  • Mys-Tech Wars (1993) #2
  • Darkhawk (1991) #22
  • Shadow Riders (1993) #2
  • Terror Inc (1992) #13
  • Gun Runner (1993) #1-2
  • Morbius: The Living Vampire (1992) #18

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Ghost Rider: The Return of Danny Ketch (1994)

After the crossover madness of the Midnight Sons era, the skullheads’ stories continued for several more years in the late ’90s. Most of the action stayed in the main Ghost Rider comics with the return of Danny Ketch and the full truth of his powers.

The later Ghost Rider issues also featured a number of surprising guest stars, including a major role for Jennifer Kale. Meanwhile, Vengeance tried to go solo… to mixed results (Vengeance wouldn’t be seen again for nearly 30 years ?).

  • Ghost Rider (1990) #51-94, -1; Annual #2; Crossroads #1
    • After #52: Ghost Rider Annual #2, Venom: Nights of Vengeance (1994) #1-4, Blaze (1994) #1-6
    • After #62: Blaze (1994) #7-12
    • After #68: Ghost Riders: Crossroads #1
    • After #86: Ghost Rider #-1
    • #94 also known as Ghost Rider Finale (2007) #1
    • Story continues with Danny Ketch: Ghost Rider (2023) #1-4
  • Vengeance
    • Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme (1988) #65-66
    • Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #147-175
    • Ghost Rider (1990) #51-52, 70-76, 91-94; Annual #2
    • Venom: Nights of Vengeance (1994) #1-4
    • Ghost Rider: Return of Vengeance (2020) #1
    • Ghost Rider: Vengeance Forever (2022) #1

 

Extra reading:

  • Marvels (1994) #4
  • Marvel Holiday Special (1991) #3 [E Story]
  • Wolverine (1988) #89
  • Double Edge: Omega (1995) #1
  • DC Versus Marvel (1995) #1
  • Over the Edge (1995) #4, 9
  • Marvel Fanfare (1996) #3
  • Code of Honor (1997) #1-4
  • Cyblade/Ghost Rider (1997) #1
  • Ghost Rider/Ballistic (1997) #1
  • Venom: Sign of the Boss (1997) #1-2
  • X-Force/Champions Annual 1998
  • Daredevil (1964) #372
  • Werewolf by Night (1998) #6
  • Spider-Man (1990) #93

Extra Blackheart:

  • Daredevil (1964) #270, 278-282
  • Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher: Hearts of Darkness (1991) #1
  • Warheads (1992) #1-10
  • The Knights of Pendragon (1992) #7-9
  • Wonder Man (1991) #22-25
  • X-Force (1991) #74, 98
  • Fantastic Four Annual 1999

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Ghost Riders: Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch (2006)

After the dramatic events of the 1990s’ finale, Johnny returned better than ever as the Ghost Rider of the 21st century. Johnny Blaze’s Ghost Rider comics peaked between 2005 to 2009, with back-to-back hits by Garth Ennis, Daniel Way, and Jason Aaron

Jason Aaron’s Ghost Rider also featured the return of Danny Ketch! His comics run culminated in the beloved miniseries finale, Ghost Riders: Heaven’s on Fire. With the fan-favorite movie starring Nic Cage in 2007, (with Blackheart as the villain), the timing of Johnny Blaze’s best Ghost Rider comics couldn’t have been better!

  • Ghost Rider (2001) #½, 1-6
  • Mythos: Ghost Rider (2007) #1
    • Retells Johnny’s origin story! By Paul Jenkins & Paolo Rivera
  • Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears (2007) #1-6
  • Ghost Rider (2005) #1-6 (“Road to Damnation”)
    • By Garth Ennis & Clayton Crain! 
  • Ghost Rider (2006) #1-35, Annual #1-2
  • Ghost Riders: Heaven’s on Fire (2009) #1-6
    • #1-19 by Daniel Way and #20-35 by Jason Aaron!
    • After #13: Ghost Rider Annual #1
    • After #19: Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch (2008) #1-5
    • After #25: Ghost Rider Annual #2
    • After #35: Ghost Riders: Heaven’s on Fire
    • #20-32 also known as Ghost Rider: The War for Heaven
    • Vengeance Kowalski’s story continues in Secret Avengers #21.1, 29-32

 

Extra reading:

  • Before the Fantastic Four: The Storms (2000) #1-3
  • Thunderbolts (1997) #57
  • Spider-Man/Human Torch (2005) #3
  • Giant-Size Hulk (2006) #1
  • Punisher War Journal (2006) #17
  • Marvel Comics Presents (2007) #1-12
    • Features Stacy Dolan!
  • X-Force (2008) #9-10
  • Wolverine (2003) #73
  • Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #584
  • New Avengers (2005) #53
  • Black Widow: Deadly Origin (2010) #3
  • Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural (2009) #3-5
    • Features Johnny, Danny, and the Midnight Sons!
  • Strange (2010) #4
  • Deadpool Team-Up (2010) #897; Deadpool (2008) #26

Extra Blackheart:

  • X-Infernus (2009) #1
  • Captain Britain and MI-13 Annual (2009) #1

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Ghost Riders: Alejandra Jones and Robbie Reyes (2011)

In the 2010s, Johnny Blaze started “training” two new Ghost Riders, Alejandra Jones and Robbie Reyes! Robbie’s series in particular was a hit, especially for the art by Tradd Moore

Meanwhile, Jason Aaron continued writing Johnny Blaze in his Wolverine run. Johnny also featured in Charles Soule’s Thunderbolts and the infamous Shadowland arc with Moon Knight and Daredevil!

  • Ghost Rider (2011) #0.1, 1-9

    • Features Johnny and Alejandra Jones!
    • After #8: Venom (2011) #13, 13.1-13.4, 14, 25, 42 (“Circle of Four”)
    • After #9: Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance #1
  • All-New Ghost Rider (2014) #1-12
  • Ghost Racers (2015) #1-4 (Secret Wars)
  • Ghost Rider X-Mas Special Infinite Comic (2016) #1
  • Ghost Rider (2016) #1-5
    • Features Robbie Reyes!

 

Extra reading:

  • Chaos War: Chaos King (2011) #1
  • Shadowland (2010) #2-3, 5
    • Shadowland: Ghost Rider (2010) #1
    • Shadowland: Moon Knight (2010) #2
    • Daredevil (1998) #511
  • Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four (2010) #3
  • Wolverine (2010) #1-6
    • Features Jason Aaron writing Johnny Blaze!
  • X-Men: To Serve and Protect (2011) #2 [D Story]
  • Heroes for Hire (2011) #2
  • Spider-Man: Big Time (2010) #6-8
  • X-Men (2010) #15.1
    • Features Alejandra Jones!
  • Gambit and the Champions: From the Marvel Vault (2011) #1
  • Amazing Spider-Man (2010) #699.1
  • Wolverine and the X-Men (2011) #19
  • Superior Spider-Man Annual (2014) #1
  • Thunderbolts (2013) #20-29
  • Deadpool: The Gauntlet Infinite (2014) #11-13
  • Uncanny Avengers Annual (2014) #1

Extra Blackheart:

  • Spider-Man (2016) #1-2
  • Deadpool vs. Thanos (2015) #3
  • Falcon (2017) #1-5
  • Champions (2019) #4, 9-10

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Ghost Riders: Robbie Reyes and Kushala (2016)

After his breakout solo comics, Robbie became the first Ghost Rider to join the Avengers, by Jason Aaron! Robbie also rose in popularity through a number of guest appearances across the Marvel universe. Meanwhile, Johnny rejoined the Midnight Sons in Spirits of Vengeance and Doctor Strange: Damnation. Plus, Robbie Thompson’s awesome Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme introduced a time-traveling magic-powered Ghost Rider named Kushala!

  • Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme (2016) #1-12
    • Features Kushala!
  • Spirits of Vengeance (2017) #1-5
  • Doctor Strange: Damnation (2018) #1-4
    • Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider (2017) #15-16
    • Damnation: Johnny Blaze – Ghost Rider (2018) #1
    • Features Johnny and the Midnight Sons!
  • Avengers (2018) #1-20

    • After #19: War of the Realms (2019)
    • Features Robbie!

 

Extra reading:

  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe (2016) #1
  • Unbelievable Gwenpool (2016) #14-15
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2016) #24, 37
  • Marvel Legacy (2017) #1
  • Iceman (2017) #6-7
  • Falcon (2017) #1-5
  • Immortal Hulk (2018) #6-7, 48
  • Infinity Wars (2018) #2
  • The Unstoppable Wasp (2018) #10
  • Deadpool: Assassin (2018) #4; Deadpool (2018) #1-2
  • Astonishing X-Men (2017) #13
  • Dead Man Logan (2018) #2-3
  • Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #8
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015) #37, 49-50
  • Fantastic Four (2018) #2-4
  • Marvel Comics Presents (2019) #6 [C Story]
  • Champions (2019) #4, 9-10; (2020) #9
  • Spider-Man/Deadpool (2016) #50
  • War of the Realms (2019) #1-5
    • Asgardians of the Galaxy (2018) #8
    • War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery (2019) #3-5
    • War of the Realms Strikeforce: The Dark Elf Realm (2019) #1
    • War of the Realms: War Scrolls (2019) #3 [C Story]

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Ghost Riders: Robbie Reyes and Kushala (2019)

Ghost Rider comics returned in full force in the early 2020s with a massive crossover of vengeance in Avengers: Challenge of the Ghost Riders and a bunch of Ghost Rider one-shots! Robbie also continued in the Avengers series, Johnny and Danny starred in Ed Brisson’s acclaimed Ghost Rider (2019), plus Kushala got her own Infinity Comic series!

  • Avengers: Challenge of the Ghost Riders (2019)
  • Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance (2019) #1
    • Features ALL the Ghost Riders!
  • Ghost Rider (2019) #1-7
    • Features Johnny and Danny!
    • After #4: Spirits of Ghost Rider: Mother of Demons #1
    • After #7: King in Black: Ghost Rider (2021) #1
  • Avengers (2018) #21-50 
    • Features Robbie!
    • Prologue: Free Comic Book Day: Avengers (2019) #1
    • Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades (2021) #1 (“Loco-Motion”, “Bienvenidos”)
    • Mighty Marvel Holiday Special: Ghost Ridin’ to Love Infinity Comic (2022) #1
  • Spirits of Vengeance: Spirit Rider (2021) #1
  • Ghost Rider: Kushala Infinity Comic (2021) #1-8
    • Features Kushala!

 

Extra reading:

  • Captain Marvel (2019) #7, 16
  • Fearless (2019) #4
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2019) #12
  • The Punisher (2018) #14-16
    • Features Danny!
  • Thor (2020) #1, 15-17
  • Venom (2018) #21, 25, 35
  • Strikeforce (2019) #1
  • Ant-Man (2020) #3
  • Contagion (2019) #2
  • Incoming (2019) #1
  • Strikeforce (2019) #9
  • Empyre (2020) #1-6
    • Empyre: Avengers #0
    • Empyre: Aftermath Avengers #1
    • Empyre: Fallout Fantastic Four #1
  • Curse of The Man-Thing (2021) Avengers #1, Spider-Man #1, X-Men #1
  • Marauders (2019) #21
  • X-Force (2019) #20
  • Heroes Return (2021) #1
  • Eternals: Celestia (2021) #1
  • Hulk (2021) #1
  • Marvel Meow Infinity Comic (2022) #3; Marvel Meow and Pizza Dog Infinity Comic (2023) #3-4
  • Avengers Forever (2021) #1-15
    • Avengers Forever Infinity Comics #4; Avengers Unlimited Infinity Comic #33
    • Avengers Assemble (2023) Alpha #1, Omega #1

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Ghost Riders: Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch (2022)

In 2022, Marvel returned the Ghost Rider comics series back to its roots. Benjamin Percy’s solo Ghost Rider comics centered on Johnny Blaze, and later crossed over with a short Danny Ketch: Ghost Rider miniseries by the original 1990s writer Howard Mackie.

Meanwhile, Kushala joined the Midnight Suns! 

  • Midnight Suns (2022) #1-5
    • Features Kushala and the Midnight Suns!
  • Ghost Rider (2022) #1-18; Annual #1
    • Features Johnny and Danny!
    • After #5: Ghost Rider: Vengeance Forever #1
    • After #18: Ghost Rider Annual #1
  • Danny Ketch: Ghost Rider (2023) #1-4
    • “Flashback” series starring Danny Ketch! Set during Ghost Rider (1990)
    • By Howard Mackie & Daniel Picciotto
  • Strange Tales: Ghost Rider Infinity Comic (2022) #1
    • Features Johnny, Danny, and Robbie!

 

Extra Johnny:

  • Savage Avengers (2019) #21-22, 26-28
  • Elektra: Black, White & Blood (2021) #4
  • Damage Control (2022) #1
  • Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal Infinity Comic (2022) #3
  • Wolverine (2020) #25, 36
  • Blade: First Bite Infinity Comic (2023) #2
  • Doctor Strange (2023) #3-4
  • Daredevil & Echo (2023) #1-4
  • Ghost Rider/Wolverine: Weapons of Vengeance (2023) Alpha #1, Omega #1
  • Fantastic Four (2022) Annual #1

Extra Danny:

  • New Fantastic Four (2022) #1-5
  • Blade: First Bite Infinity Comic (2023) #2

Extra Blackheart:

  • Strange Tales: She-Hulk Infinity Comic (2022) #1
  • Hellcat (2023) #2-4; Iron Man/Hellcat Annual (2022) #1

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Ghost Riders in the Multiverse

The Ghost Rider is such an interesting concept that countless writers have created alternate variations of the characters, exploring their different facets across the multiverse! Below are the many weird and wonderful multiversal Ghost Rider variants in comics. From Goose Rider to Ghost Panther, these are some of the strangest and most beloved Ghost Rider comics!   

  • Ghost Writer
    • What The–?! (1988) #11, 16, 19, 21, 24; Summer Special #1
  • Goose Rider
    • What The–?! (1988) #13, 18
    • Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker the Spectacular Spider-Ham (1983) #1
    • Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham (1985) #17
    • Spider-Ham (2019) #3, 5
    • Spider-Man (2019) Annual #1
    • Continue with the Spider-Ham reading guide!
  • Ghost Rider 2099 (Kenshiro “Zero” Cochrane)
    • Ghost Rider 2099 (1994) #1-25
    • 2099 A.D. (1995) #1; A.D. Genesis #1
    • Doom 2099 (1993) #29
    • 2099: Manifest Destiny (1998) #1
    • Marvel Apes (2008) #4
    • Timestorm 2009/2099 (2009) #2-4; X-Men #1
    • Spider-Man 2099 (2015) #14
    • Ghost Racers (2015) #1-4
    • 2099 Alpha (2019) #1
    • Ghost Rider 2099 (2020) #1
    • Ghost Rider: Vengeance Forever (2022) #1
    • Spider-Man 2099 (2022) Exodus #1; Alpha #1; Omega #1; Dark Genesis #1-4
  • Speed Demon (1996) #1
    • DC/Marvel Amalgam Comics: Etrigan as Blaze Allen, the Speed Demon!
  • Ghost-Spider (Peter Parker)
  • Ghost Racers (2015) #1-4
    • Features a multiverse of Ghost Riders!
    • Secret Wars: Secret Love (2015) #1 [B Story]
    • Secret Wars: Battleworld (2015) #1-2
  • Cosmic Ghost Rider (Frank Castle)
    • Thanos (2016) #13-18; Annual #1
    • Cosmic Ghost Rider (2018) #1-5
    • Thanos Legacy (2018) #1
    • Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History (2019) #1-6
    • Guardians of the Galaxy (2019) #1-6, 12
    • Punisher: Kill Krew (2019) #2
    • Silver Surfer: Black (2019) #1
    • History of the Marvel Universe (2019) #6
    • Thor (2020) #1, 24
    • Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider (2019) #1-5
    • Wolverine: Black, White & Blood (2020) #3 [B Story]
    • Cosmic Ghost Rider (2023) #1-4
  • Ghost Panther
    • Infinity Wars (2018) #3-6; Ghost Panther #1-2
    • Secret Warps (2019) Soldier Supreme Annual #1; Ghost Panther Annual #1; Arachknight #1; Iron Hammer #1
    • Continue with the Black Panther and Adam Warlock reading guides!
  • Ghost (Ghost Rider 1,000,000 B.C.)
    • Marvel Legacy (2017) #1
    • Doctor Strange: Damnation (2018) #4
    • Mighty Thor: At the Gates of Valhalla (2018) #1
    • Lockjaw (2018) #4
    • Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance (2019) #1
    • Wakanda (2022) #1
    • Avengers (2018) #1, 4, 7, 23-24, 26-28, 31, 35, 38, 45, 50, 62-63
      • Free Comic Book Day: Avengers 2018-2019
      • Eternals: Celestia (2021) #1
      • Avengers 1,000,000 BC (2022) #1
      • Avengers Assemble Alpha (2022) #1
  • Superior Ghost Rider (Otto Blaze)
    • Devil’s Reign (2022) #1-6
      • Devil’s Reign: Superior Four (2022) #1-3
  • Spirit of Variance
    • Legion of X (2022) #1-10
    • Nightcrawlers (2023) #1-3
  • Zombie Ghost Rider
    • Incredible Hulk (2023) #6

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  • Alternate Johnny Blaze comics
    • Crazy Magazine (1973) #28
    • What If? (1977) #15, 17, 28, 34
      • What If…? (1989) #45, 95
    • What The–?! (1988) #11, 24; Winter Special #1
    • Fantastic Four Roast (1982) #1; Marvel Age #87 (Hembeck-verse)
    • Daredevils (1983) #8 (What if Ghost Rider rode actual ghosts?)
    • Ruins (1995) #2
    • Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe (1995) #1
    • Supernaturals (1998) #1-4
    • Marvel Comics 2
      • Darkdevil (2000) #2-3
      • Spider-Girl (1998) #83-84
    • Universe X (2000) #0, 4-11; X #1
      • Paradise X (2007) #0-1, 7-11; Devils #1, A #1
      • Marvels X (2020) #1-2, 6
    • Marvel Knights: Millennial Visions (2001) #1
    • Exiles (2001) #25, 55-57
    • Marvel Mangaverse: Ghost Riders (2002) #1
    • Marvel Zombies
      • Ultimate Fantastic Four (2004) #23
      • Marvel Zombies (2005) #3
      • Marvel Zombies: Dead Days (2007) #1
      • Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness (2007) #5
      • Marvel Zombies 3 (2008) #3
      • Marvel Zombies: Evil Evolution (2009) #1
    • Marvel UK
      • Spectacular Spider-Man (UK) (1995) #123, 128, 220
      • Marvel Heroes (UK) (2009) #14
    • Wha…Huh? (2005) #1 (“What If Ghost Rider Was More Eco-Friendly?”)
    • Mega Morphs (2005) #1-3
      • Captain America #1, Doctor Octopus #1, Ghost Rider #1, Hulk #1, Spider-Man #1, Wolverine #1
    • Spider-Man Family Featuring Amazing Friends (2006) #1
    • Unholy Union (2007) #1
    • Bullet Points (2007) #5
    • Hero Initiative: Mike Wieringo (2008) #1
    • Black Panther (2008) Annual #1
    • Marvel Apes (2008) #1-4
    • Ultimate Avengers (2009) #8-12 (“Ultimate Avengers 2”)
    • Wolverine Weapon X (2009) #12
    • Age of X (2010) Historical Log #5; Universe #1
    • Thanos Imperative (2010) #3
    • Spider-Man: Heroes & Villains Collection (2010) #56
    • Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #700 (“Spider-Dreams”)
    • Captain America and Black Widow (2012) #639-640
    • 100th Anniversary Special – X-Men (2014) #1
    • What If? Age of Ultron (2014) #2
    • Civil War (2015) #1, 4-5
    • Giant-Size Little Marvel: AvX (2015) #1-4; Infinity Comic #2
    • You Are Deadpool (2018) #3
    • Crazy (2019) #1
    • Marvel × Shōnen Jump+ Super Collaboration (2019) #6
    • Deadpool: The End (2020) #1
    • Heroes Reborn (2021) #3, 7

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  • Alternate Danny Ketch comics
    • What If…? (1989) #20, 33-34, 45, 47, 78, 95
      • #45: “What If… Barbara Ketch Became Ghost Rider?”
      • #95: “What If…Ghost Rider”
    • Wolverine (1988) #148 (Danny joins the New Fantastic Four!)
    • Mys-Tech Wars (1993) #2
    • Timeslip Collection (1998) #1
    • Universe X (2000) #0
    • Ultimate Universe (Machine Man)
      • Ultimate FF (2004) #1-6
      • Ultimate Comics Ultimates (2011) #27-30
      • Cataclysm: Ultimates (2013) #1-3
      • All-New Ultimates (2014) #8
    • What If? Newer Fantastic Four (2009) #1
    • Fear Itself: Fearsome Four (2011) #2-3
    • Secret Wars: Battleworld (2015) #1
    • Civil War (2015) #1, 4-5
    • X-Men ’92 (2016) #10; House of XCII (2022) #4
  • Alternate Robbie Reyes comics:
    • Ghost Racers (2015) #1-4
      • Secret Wars: Secret Love (2015) #1 [B Story]
      • Secret Wars: Battleworld (2015) #2
    • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015) #38 (What if Ghost Rider rode an actual ghost?)
    • Unbelievable Gwenpool (2016) #25
    • Edge of Venomverse (2017) #3; Venomverse #1-3 (Venomized Host Rider)
    • Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again (2017) #4
    • What If? Ghost Rider (2018) #1 (What if Ghost Rider went Metal?)
    • Heroes Reborn (2021) #1

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Ghost Rider in Multimedia

While the Nic Cage movies may be the most famous version of Ghost Rider, the boneheads have popped up in quite a number of other TV shows and video games. From 1981’s Spider-Man cartoons to 2013’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Ghost Riders have always been an important part of Marvel’s multimedia landscape. And don’t forget the Midnight Suns video game from 2022! 

Ghost Rider in Movies and TV Shows:

  • Ghost Rider (2007)
    • Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
    • Features Johnny Blaze!
    • Tie-in game: Ghost Rider (2007) (game)
    • Tie-in novel: Ghost Rider (2007) (novel)
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) S4 E1-8, E21-22
    • Features Robbie Reyes!
    • S4 E6 Features Johnny Blaze!

 

Extra watching:

  • Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981) S1 E8
  • X-Men: The Animated Series (1992) S1 E13
  • Fantastic Four (1994) S2 E8
  • Incredible Hulk (1996) S1 E5
  • Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?! (2009) S1 E10, E52
  • Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (2013) S2 E24, E26
  • Helstrom (2020) S1 E1-10 (Caretaker, Lilith)
  • She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (2022) S1 E4 (Donny Blaze)

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Ghost Rider in Video Games:

  • Ghost Rider (2007)

 

Extra games:

  • Spider-Man & Venom: Separation Anxiety (1995)
  • Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter (1997)
    • Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (2011)
    • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (2017)
  • Spider-Man (2000)
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (2006)
    • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (2019)
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad Online (2011)
    • Tie-in comic: Marvel Super Hero Squad (2009) #4
  • Marvel: Avengers Alliance (2012)
  • Marvel Puzzle Quest (2013)
  • Marvel Heroes (2013)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (2013)
    • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (2017)
    • Tie-in animation: LEGO Avengers: Loki in Training (2021)
    • Tie-in comic: LEGO Ultimate Spider-Man (2014) #3
  • Marvel Contest of Champions (2014)
    • Features a Voodoo Ghost Rider!
  • Marvel Future Fight (2015)
  • Marvel Avengers Academy (2016)
  • Marvel Strike Force (2018)
  • Marvel Super War (2019)
  • Marvel Future Revolution (2021)

Game Review: Marvel’s Midnight Suns – Great Story & Challenging

REVIEW Midnight suns


And that’s our guide to Ghost Rider comics! Are you excited to see the flaming skullheads return in the MCU? Which one is your favorite? Let me know on X/Twitter @vinwriteswords and remember to follow the site on social media @MyCosmicCircus for more demonic delights coming soon!

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