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October 20, 2006

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John Phelan

Great run down.

Though it's a bit of a stretch to say that Ghost Rider was a Ghost, even though it was in his name. He wasn't dead, and he didn't float through walls. He was a stunt motorcyclist possessed by a demon.

But that's a minor quibble.

Mark Engblom

Yeah, I knew Ghost Rider was a stretch, but since Marvel had almost zero representation, I thought I'd squeeze him in (if only for the "Ghost" portion of the name). The cowboy version of Ghost Rider was made into a real ghost some time later, but then his name was changed to Night Rider to avoid confusion with the motorcycle riding version...though I guess now they risk confusion with David Hasselhoff and his magic car.

John Phelan

Actually, Marvel changed Night Rider's name to Phantom Rider when they realized that the term Night Rider could apply to another group of white clad people: The KKK.

In a 90s reprint series called "The Original Ghost Rider" that reprinted stories of the motorcycle riding GR, there was a back up feature with the "Phantom Rider" for a few issues.

Mark Engblom

"Actually, Marvel changed Night Rider's name to Phantom Rider when they realized that the term Night Rider could apply to another group of white clad people: The KKK."

YIKES! Now that you bring it up, I vaguely remember that uncomfortable situation. Whatever the character's name, I enjoy his look. I've never been much of a western fan (in any medium), but I make an exception for superhero-tinged western heroes like Ghost Rider and, of course, guys like the Lone Ranger and Zorro.

Now...if we could just get a TEAM-UP with the three of them....

chalwa

The ghost haunting Captain Marvel was the girl on the cover's father. He had died and left her penniless and was now forcing Marvel to help her get a job, etc.
All worked out in the end.

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