Red Ghost (Marvel)
Real Name: Ivan Kragoff
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The Red Ghost is able to make his body insubstantial and pass through solid objects. He is also able to solidify parts of his body to grasp physical objects while insubstantial.
Ivan Kragoff was the Soviet’s premier space pioneer who vowed to be the first human being to land on the moon. Using a fuel made of the same meteoric materials that Reed Richards used to create his, Ivan launched a spaceship at the precise time that the Fantastic Four launched their own into space. Ivan crewed his ship with a trio of apes that he had trained to operate the ship, repair its machinery, and fire weapons, which he kept under-fed so that they would continue to obey him. And because Ivan had spent time researching the Fantastic Four, he was prepared for the cosmic rays he would encounter along the way, though unlike the four heroes, Ivan constructed his spaceship out of transparent, ceramic plastic to allow as much of the cosmic rays to filter through as possible. So that once he had reached space, Ivan and his three apes were bombarded by an intense dose of the rays, more than the Fantastic Four before them. Ivan’s Gorilla became super-strong; his orangutan gained control of magnetism; and the baboon gained the ability to transform into other objects at will. Ivan Kragoff, himself, became the Red Ghost, with the power to make his body insubstantial, allowing him to pass through solid objects.
Once the Red Ghost and his Super Apes reached the Blue Area of the Moon, they found an abandoned city as well as a more modern, inhabited dwelling. They also found the Fantastic Four’s Thing, and fought with him until Uatu The Watcher appeared and stopped the apes and the two combatants. He explained that his species observed others, but never interfered. However, Earth was becoming dangerously close to a devastating clash between the United States and Russia, which might reduce the human race to savagery and barbarism. He also announced that the Red Ghost and the Fantastic Four must fight to decide the battle.
The Red Ghost and his Apes fought the Fantastic Four until Reed designed a paralyzing ray that enabled him to freeze the Red Ghost who could not otherwise be touched. Then, while the Watcher explained that he would have to move his base to a new place, now that humans were capable of traveling to the moon, the Red Ghost’s gorilla released him from his paralysis. But when the Red Ghost tried to control them, after the Invisible Girl had fed them, they turned on him and chased him across the moon.
He returned many times after, using his apes to fight the Fantastic Four. At one time he tried to strand the Fantastic Four on the Moon, but they escaped to the Blue Area and soon fought back, knocking the Red Ghost into a portal and returning home. The Red Ghost was also one of the villains that Doctor Doom used to disrupt Reed and Sue's wedding. He attacked Susan and Alicia Masters, but Doctor Strange appeared and used his powers to send him to a distant nether world.
First Appearance: Fantastic Four (1961) #13
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Age of Ultron (2013)
#10 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
- 'Age of Ultron: Book Ten'
#9 Avengers (2010)
- 'Puppet Master to Shamrock'
Black Panther (2005)
#9 Captain Marvel (1968)
- 'Wild Kingdom 4 of 4: Jungle Boogie'
#39 Deadline (2002)
- 'The Trial Of The Watcher'
#39 Deadpool (2008)
- 'Johnny Handsome, Scene Two'
#55 Fall of the Hulks: Alpha (2010)
- 'Deadpool: Reborn Part 1: Bright Bright Sunshiny Day'
#1 Fall of the Hulks: Gamma (2010)
- 'Meeting of the Minds'
Fall of the Hulks: M.O.D.O.K. (2010)
#1 Fall of the Hulks: Red Hulk (2010)
- 'Intelligencia vs Insmelligencia'
#4 Fantastic Four (1961)
- 'Best Case Scenario'
Fantastic Four (1998)
#3 Fantastic Four Adventures (2005)
- 'Happy New Year, Reed Richards... Now Die!'
#47 Fantastic Four Roast (1982)
- 'A Family Torn Apart!'
#1 Fantastic Four Unlimited (1993)
- 'When Titans Chuckle!'
#4 Fantastic Four Visionaries: John Byrne (2001)
- 'The Main Event'#5
- 'The New, Nefarious, And Downright Nasty Frightful Four'
Fantastic Four: Foes (2005)
#1 FF (2013)
- 'Part One'#5
- 'Part Five'#6
- 'Part Six'
#13 Four (2006)
- 'Moloid See, Moloid Do'
Giant-Size Fantastic Four (1974)
#20 Iron Man (1968)
- 'Man Nor Beast'#24
- 'The Strongest There Is'
#15 Marvel Apes (2008)
- 'Said the Unicorn to the Ghost---!'#16
- 'Of Beasts and Men!'#82
- 'Plunder of the Apes!'#83
- 'The Rage of the Red Ghost!'
Marvel Apes: Amazing Spider-Monkey Special (2009)
#1 Marvel Apes: Grunt Line Special (2009)
- 'With Great Ape Power...'
#1 Marvel Apes: Speedball Special (2009)
- 'This Man--This Monkey!'
#1 Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
- 'Bad Day at the Banana Factory'
#87 Marvel Masterworks (1987)
- 'Three Scents/Sacrifice/If This Is Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium/To Touch The Darkness'#88
- 'Four Scents Worth/Fool For Love/Hero Of The People/Shopping'#89
- 'Five Scents Worth/My Pal Mugsy/Young Blood/What's Wrong With This Picture?!'#91
- 'Chase In The Dark/Truth or DareDevil/Seven (and a Half) Scents/Bring Me the Head of the Beast'#92
- 'In The Cathedral of the Dead / Seperate Allies / Eight Scents Worth / Closure'
#25 Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982)
- 'The Fantastic Four Nos. 41-50 & Fantastic Four Annual No. 3 by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby'
#1 Marvel Zombies: Evil Evolution (2009)
- 'A Gathering of Heroes! Chapter 1'
Marvel: Shadows & Light (1997)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Power Pack (1984)
#62 Quasar (1989)
- 'Lo, There Shall Be an Ending'
#6 She-Hulks (2011)
- 'Flies in a Cathedral'
#2 Spider-Man Family (2007)
- 'Man Hunt, Part 2'#3
- 'Man Hunt, Part 3'
Spider-Man/Human Torch (2005)
Startling Stories: The Thing - Night Falls on Yancy Street (2003)
#1 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'Night Falls on Yancy Street, Part 1'
TPB The Avengers (1963)
- 'The Saga of the Alien Costume'#223
- 'Night of the Ape!'#255
- 'Even A Ghost Can Fear The Night!'#676
- 'Tomorrow the World!'
#12 The Defenders (1972)
- 'This Hostage Earth!'
#7 The Incredible Hulk (1968)
- 'War Below the Waves!'#8
- '... If Atlantis Should Fall!'
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#9 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'Q-S: From Quasar To She-Hulk'
#10 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Paladin to The Rhino'
What If? (1977)
#1 Winter Soldier (2012)
- 'What If... Spider-Man Joined The Fantastic Four?'
#1 Wolverine (1988)
- 'The Longest Winter Part One'#2
- 'The Longest Winter Part Two'#3
- 'The Longest Winter Part 3'#4
- 'The Longest Winter Part 4'#5
- 'The Longest Winter Part 5 Of 5'
#164 World War Hulks (2010)
- 'The Hunted, Part Three'#165
- 'The Hunted, Part Four'
- 'Wild Kingdom Part Three: The Apes of Wrath'
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