Ghost Rider #3
Issue(s): Ghost Rider #3
Littletree teaches Ghost Rider how to create objects out of flame, and he creates a flaming motorcycle for himself.
Littletree can't ride it since she is no longer Satan's thrall. Johnny himself is critically wounded and will die with his sunrise transformation back into his human form, so he leaves Littletree in the desert and heads to town, the idea being he'll get medical help for himself and send help for Linda so she doesn't die in the desert. However, he seems to forget all about Linda once he gets to town.
Meanwhile, Rocky has been captured by a motorcycle thug named Big Daddy Dawson, and when he hears that Blaze is back in town, he heads there with her to try and get him to pay a ransom.
Instead he turns back into Ghost Rider and chases Big Daddy all over town, accidentally endangering an innocent truck driver when he kills Dawson.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: The beginning of this issue parallels the end of Marvel Spotlight #12.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Original Ghost Rider #11
Inbound References (2): showAmon (Demon Steed), Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Hecate (Demon Steed), Hellstorm, Linda Littletrees, Roxanne Simpson, Set (Demon Steed)
About this time in FOOM#4, a letter described Ghost Rider as "...the most ridiculous mag Marvel has ever come up with...He's more of a fluorescent Dr. Strange with the Human Torch's ability to control flame."
Posted by: Mark Drummond | February 10, 2013 5:17 PM
In Dawson's shack, you can see a concert poster for the MC5, one of the most political rock bands of the 1960s(though they were considered kinda embarrassing in 1973).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | November 4, 2016 11:34 PM
I wonder if the story's title could have been inspired by the song "This Wheel's on Fire", written by Bob Dylan and recorded by the Band, or perhaps Cream's seminal, penultimate album "Wheels of Fire"?
Posted by: Brian Coffey | September 8, 2017 8:33 PM
While I've certainly gushed over Mike Ploog on other posts as well as mentioning an admiration for Tom Sutton, I must say Jim Mooney did terrific work on his Ghost Rider issues. Very underrated artist.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | September 8, 2017 11:57 PM
I really like the flaming cycle concept. It's a very imaginative touch.
Posted by: Luke Blanchard | January 3, 2018 12:54 AM
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