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Appearing in "The Curse of Jonathan Blaze!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Ghost Rider Vol 2 #68.

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  • Barton Blaze (Mentioned) (Deceased)
  • Naomi Kale (Mentioned)
  • Alfie (Simpson's booking agent) (Mentioned)
  • Doc Warren (Crash's doctor) (Mentioned)
  • Isht (Invoked)
  • Hogo (Invoked)
  • Agam (Invoked)
  • A priest murdered (Mentioned)
  • Lord (Yahweh) (Invoked)
  • Unidentified Police Department (Only appearance)[1]
    • Unnamed agents (Only appearance)[1]

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Synopsis for "The Curse of Jonathan Blaze!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Ghost Rider Vol 2 #68.

It is late at night and Johnny Blaze enters a church. The only man present is a priest. Johnny is feeling somber, and asks the priest to hear his confession. The priest sets him down inside the confessional and Johnny tells him the story of his life. He explains in detail how he sold his soul to the Devil to save the life of his adoptive father, Crash Simpson. As a result, Johnny was bonded to a demon and became the Spirit of Vengeance, the Ghost Rider.

As he concludes his confession, he reveals that he knows the man behind the screen is not a real priest. He is actually a thief who murdered a priest and took his clothes. He planned on stealing gold valuables from the church when Johnny interrupted him.

The false priest runs out of the confessional and steals Johnny's cycle. Johnny transforms into the Ghost Rider and crafts a new cycle made of Hellfire. He chases the priest across the countryside and finally forces him off the bike. The priest falls down onto the railroad tracks, and Ghost Rider sears his soul with Hellfire.

At dawn, the police arrive and finds the man in a state of petrified catatonia. Johnny Blaze answers a few questions from the police, then turns and walks away.

Appearing in "If an Eye Offend Thee!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Team-Up #15.

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Synopsis for "If an Eye Offend Thee!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Team-Up #15.

Peter Parker is out on a date with Mary Jane Watson. Passing Madison Square Gardens, Mary Jane sees an advertisement for a motorcycle stunt show featuring the Ghost Rider. Needing something to get his mind off his recent troubles, Peter agrees that they should check it out. Soon they take the stands and watch as Ghost Rider takes to the arena. Peter is impressed by what he thinks is make-up, little suspecting that Johnny Blaze is possessed by a demon. Soon the show begins, with Ghost Rider jumping his motorcycle off a ramp over four other cyclists, including his girlfriend Roxanne Simpson. Suddenly, the show is interrupted by the arrival of a gang of motorcyclists led by a man wearing a helmet in the shape of a giant eyeball. The intruder introduces himself as the Orb and they begin running amok in the area. When a guard attempts to draw his gun, the Orb stuns him into a trance just by looking at him.

The Orb then begins using this ability on the crowd. While Ghost Rider decides to do something to stop this intruder, Peter Parker manages to look away from the Orb in order to prevent himself from being entranced. Deciding to do something himself, Peter uses his web-shooters to get up into the rafters of the stadium so he can change into Spider-Man. As Ghost Rider tries to stop the Orb and his goons, the villain manages to grab hold of Roxanne. As Ghost Rider pursues, the Orb's goons try to stop him. That's when Spider-Man swings in to lend a hand. As Ghost Rider pursues the Orb, the villain uses his hypnotic powers to make people in the audience to walk into Ghost Rider's path, forcing him to wipe out in order to avoid hitting them.

When Spider-Man tries to swing after the escaping bikers, the Ghost Rider uses his hell-fire to blast his web-line. This angers Spider-Man, but the Ghost Rider tells him that Roxanne Simpson's safety is his responsibility. Suddenly, the enthralled audience members begin reciting the same message: That Johnny Blaze is to meet with the Orb and exchange ownership of his stunt riding show in exchange for Roxanne's safety. The Orb is giving him two hours to make up his mind. Meanwhile, at his lair, the Orb snaps Roxanne out of her hypnotic trance. When she demands to know who he is and why he is doing this. The Orb reveals that he is Drake Shannon, a former partner to her father, the late Crash Simpson. He tells her how they both owned the stunt riding show. With neither man wanting to buy out, they agreed to a race where the winner takes control of the show. Unfortunately, circumstances were that Shannon ended up wiping out, and sliding 25 yards on the pavement on his face. Horribly scarred face, Drake became jealous of Simpson's success and faded off, never to be heard from again, until now. Concluding his story, he explains that he was found by individuals who gave him his orb. He then reveals his motivation: to take everything away from Crash Simpson. Removing his helmet and revealing his horribly scarred face, he says he is taking it to compensate for everything that Crash Simpson had over him.

As he puts his helmet back on, the Orb is interrupted by the Ghost Rider, who has managed to track him down. Blaze turns over papers giving Shannon control of the stunt riding show and is about to take Roxanne away when suddenly the Orb's men draw their guns. The Orb reveals he had no intentions of letting them leave alive to tell the authorities that they made the deal under duress. Before they can open fire, Spider-Man swings in and attacks, just as they had planned. While the two heroes are busy with the bikers, the Orb tries to make his escape with Roxanne again. After rounding up the Orb's goons, they take some motorcycles to follow the Orb down the subway tunnel outside his hideout. The trail leads them into Grand Central station, where Spider-Man manages to pull Roxanne to freedom with his webbing, while Ghost Rider disarms the Orb with his hell-fire. The Orb tries to make his escape down the subway tunnel again with the Ghost Rider in hot pursuit. However, the villain didn't expect a subway car heading the opposite direction. While Ghost Rider manages to jump to safety, the Orb is not as lucky and is struck down by the train. However, as they search the scene, they find no trace of the Orb except for the discarded papers, which turn out to have been forgeries. Ghost Rider uses his powers to burn them. With the danger over, Spider-Man swings away, slightly disturbed by a comment by Ghost Rider that he is not wearing a mask.

Appearing in "What If Ghost Rider Were Separated from Johnny Blaze?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
What If? #28.

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  • Azaziah's Magic Globe (Main story and recap)
  • Book of Souls
  • Scimitar of Ra-Mon-Beth

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Synopsis for "What If Ghost Rider Were Separated from Johnny Blaze?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
What If? #28.

A Crimson Mage separates Johnny Blaze from Ghost Rider and takes the power of Ghost Rider for himself. He wishes to kill the Pope and rule the world. Johnny Blaze interferes in time and saves the Pope, after that Johnny kills Ghost Rider with the ceremonial blade, but dies as well because of the remaining spiritual link between himself and the Ghost Rider.

Solicit Synopsis

Johnny Blaze, the flaming-skulled Ghost Rider, roars into action as we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the House of Ideas with the era-spanning MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of our most impressive talent from the past eight decades. First, legendary scribe Roger Stern explores the curse of Johnny Blaze — and the adrenaline-fueled origin of Ghost Rider — in GHOST RIDER (1973) #68! Next, Spider-Man has one of his most hair-raising team-ups of all, joining Ghost Rider in action against the eye-watering villain called the Orb, in MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #15! Then, ask yourself “What if Ghost Rider were separated from Johnny Blaze?” in a thought-provoking tale from the classic alternate reality series, WHAT IF? (1977) #28! Let’s ride!

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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