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Marvel Spotlight (1971) - #5
"Ghost Rider"

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Cover Date: August 1972
Cover Price: US $ 0.20

Issue Tagline: A Legend Is Born! Is He Alive Or Dead? The Most Supernatural Superhero Of All!

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 22 pages

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This is the first appearance and origin story for the original Ghost Rider, aka Johnny Blaze. Motorcycle stunt rider Johnny Blaze tells the origin story in flashbacks, as he recounts how he summoned Satan to save the life of his adopted father, only to be double-crossed by the evil deity. Satan cursed Blaze so that every night he becomes a flaming skeleton riding a bike powered by hellfire. Blaze struggles to come to terms with this reality.

Reprinted/Collected in:
Essential Ghost Rider (2005) TPB vol. 01
Ghost Rider (1973) #10
Ghost Rider - The Complete Collection (2007) DVD-ROM vol. 01
Ghost Rider: Cycle of Vengeance (2012) #1
Ghost Rider: Highway To Hell (2001) #1
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Marvel Milestones: Ghost Rider, Black Widow & Iceman (2005) nn
The Mighty World of Marvel (2003) #34
The Original Ghost Rider (1992) #1

The "Satan" who appears in this issue is later revealed as Mephisto.

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