Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Top Five Ghost Riders!!!

Today's Top Five is the Top Five Ghost Riders!!

5. Ghost Rider 2099

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This guy was fairly blank to me. All I know is that Chris Bachalo drew him early on, and Ashley Wood made his big debut drawing this title. Hence, the low ranking.

4. Dan Ketch

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Here is Dan Ketch, who helped bring Ghost Rider to a new level of popularity in the 90s!!

3. Vengeance

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In a MAJOR upset, Vengeance shows up higher than Dan Ketch! Vengeance just had more personality, I think. Dan always seemed a bit...bland to me.

2. Cowboy Ghost Rider

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In another major upset, the cowboy Ghost Rider shows up at #2!! He has the advantage of being the first Marvel Ghost Rider, and his origin is cooler. In addition, he was later used by Steve Englehart in a twisted way when he had him basically rape the Avenger Mockingbird, then haunt Hawkeye as a ghost just to get one final revenge upon Mockingbird!

In addition, how cool is it when you can actually get away with creating a character named Ghost Rider who looks just like a previous hero named Ghost Rider, from another comic company!!

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1. Johnny Blaze

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Simply put, Johnny Blaze is the man.

I am sure there are some disagreements out there! Let's hear them!

3 Comments:

Blogger Sean Whitmore said...

Brian, you've intrigued me with Ghost Rider #2. What IS his origin? How and why did he "basically" rape Mockingbird?

Dude gets major style points for being such a blatant and unaplogetic ripoff.

9/14/2005 2:58 AM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

His origin isn't that great. He was a schoolteacher saved by a tribe of First Americans who gave him a series of magical weapons and a horse.

However, that is better than Dan Ketch touching a magic gas cap on a motorcycle, no?

And in a time travel story during his West Coast Avengers run, Englehart had Mockingbird team up with Night Rider (as he was then called, because Marvel had, by then, already had another Ghost Rider). He fell for her, and then drugged her into falling in love with him and basically being his wife...including the bedroom stuff.

So yeah, when she snapped out of it, she hunted him down, and in the ensuing fight, he fell off a cliff and was holding on to a branch. Mockingbird then refused to help him up, choosing instead to let him fall to his death.

His ghost came to Hawkeye soon after that to tell him a distorted version of events, which led to Hawkeye and Mockingbird splitting up.

9/14/2005 3:55 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Ghost Rider 2099 had cyberpunk elements to it, as I recall.

Vengeance was lame. I'm sorry, the idea of a more grim-and-gritty Ghost Rider borders on self-parody.

9/19/2005 8:23 PM  

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