Ghost Rider #20
Issue(s): Ghost Rider #20
The story begins with a repeat of the last few pages of DD #138. Ghost Rider is confronting the Stunt-Master over kidnapping Karen Page, but the Stunt-Master convinces Johnny that he was an unwilling pawn of Death's Head. They then head off to where Daredevil is already fighting Death's Head (some questionable observations going on in that first panel considering Daredevil is blind).
Daredevil knows that Death's Head is really Death-Stalker, but that really wouldn't make a bit of difference to the Ghost Rider or the Stunt-Master. Death's Head flees, with Ghost Rider giving pursuit but failing to keep up with him.
DD and Karen say their hellos, Stunt-Master apologizes for his part in this, and then DD and Ghost Rider argue about whether or not they'll Team-Up (a rare typo in this panel).
They then split up so Johnny can check up on Rocky. But that's when Smasher, another goon working for "Death's Head", attacks, trying to kidnap Karen.
"Death's Head" shows up too, decides Smasher has outlived his usefulness, and kills him with a touch. He then reveals that he's really Death-Stalker.
Daredevil has always had trouble fighting Death-Stalker since he is incorporeal and has a "one touch and you're dead" power, but Ghost Rider shows up and his supernatural powers make him a better match.
Despite his big words in that third panel, Death-Stalker runs away.
Daredevil is dating Heather Glenn right now, so he says his goodbyes to Karen and she rides off with Johnny.
Since that Death-Stalker is eventually revealed to use technology that only fakes supernatural powers, i enjoy stories that pit him against real supernatural opponents like Ghost Rider or Doctor Strange.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This story continues directly from Daredevil #138.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showDaredevil, Death-Stalker, Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Karen Page, Roxanne Simpson, Smasher (Ghost Rider Foe), Stunt-Master
This along with DD 138 is a little Bronze Age gem. Wolfman and Byrne deliver a great tale.
Posted by: Jack | July 19, 2013 7:37 AM
This was awful. Why does Ghost Rider talk like a cowboy this issue?
Posted by: RikFenix | April 2, 2016 7:43 PM
The original Ghost Rider was a western character. Marvel was trying to create a pseudo continuity with the previous version by styling Blaze as a modern western character at this time. This boiled down to Johnny talking like a ranch hand and referring to his Ghost Rider persona as a "spook act."
Posted by: Brian C. Saunders | April 3, 2016 2:20 AM
It's fun to compare Jim Mooney's inks in Daredevil #138 with Don Perlin's inks here. To me it looks like Mooney is staying truer to John Byrne's pencil lines, there, than Perlin is, here, and maybe being a little more careful at rendering the finer details. Both do a fine job. I like Mooney and, without making a big study of it, feel that his work has been steadily improving since he left DC for Marvel. This is without diminishing my opinion of Perlin's work at all.
Posted by: Holt | February 24, 2018 11:14 AM
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