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Update of Ghost Rider character now uses variety of vehicles,
by Matthew Price Published: February 28, 2014

The motorcycle rider with a flaming skull, known as Ghost Rider, will get a high-profile revamp from Marvel Comics this month — one that sees the character with a new ride of choice.

Film fans are most likely to know the Ghost Rider as Johnny Blaze, the stunt rider who makes a deal with Mephisto to save his father from cancer.

He's tricked by Mephisto, however, into becoming the spirit of vengeance, Ghost Rider. Nicolas Cage played Johnny Blaze in two “Ghost Rider” films.

The most popular run of Ghost Rider comics, in the 1990s, actually featured another Rider: Danny Ketch, who became the Ghost Rider when he touched a medallion on a motorcycle he found.

In 2011, a Nicaraguan woman named Alejandra briefly became the Ghost Rider, but the character finds a new host again in Marvel NOW's latest relaunch. “All-New Ghost Rider” No. 1 is written by Felipe Smith and drawn by artist Tradd Moore.

According to a news release from Marvel Comics, the new Ghost Rider is 18-year-old Robbie Reyes, raised in an East Los Angeles neighborhood of violence and drug trafficking.

“His vehicle of choice, the automobile, very clearly sets him apart visually,” Smith said in an interview with “In comparison to his vengeance-seeking predecessors, he's very young and inexperienced in most aspects of life. But as the product of a harsh inner-city upbringing, Robbie's street smarts, overall distrust for most people and clear contempt for his violent surroundings make him the perfect host for a Spirit of Vengeance.”

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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