Ghost Rider #59
Issue(s): Ghost Rider #59
Ghost Rider comes blazing into Chicago, terrorizing the police...
...and then he encounters Water Wizard. At first it almost seemed like Water Wizard was protecting his city ("you've finally dared venture into my domain"), which seemed like a cool angle.
But Water Wizard is definitely talking about "vengeance".
And in any event, Ghost Rider is completely unimpressed.
It's at this point that Water Wizard is contacted by Moondark.
Moondark is speaking from the Netherworld, specifically a portion populated by Satanas.
To cement their alliance, Moondark gives Water Wizard some new threads. Not a new costume, just literally threads to sew up Water Wizard's existing one.
Meanwhile, Johnny Blaze gets picked on by some bikers, ostensibly because he failed to win his title back from Flagg Fargo last issue. Which, it's not like Blaze lost. He was winning, but then the contest got cancelled when Flagg got shot by the Enforcer.
Johnny takes care of the biker without transforming into Ghost Rider.
A little later, Water Wizard, his powers enhanced by Moondark, attacks.
Water Wizard has Ghost Rider on the ropes, but Moondark can't help but come up from the Netherworld to gloat.
And that gives Ghost Rider the opportunity to blast him.
That causes Water Wizard to lose control of his water monster. Ghost Rider rescues him only so he can blast him with hellfire himself.
This is the first of a few scattered issues drawn by Golden Ager Jack Sparling, with regular artist Don Perlin relegated to inks (or maybe Finishes; the credits just credit both for "art"). The art comes across as rough and kind of primitive. I do kind of like the idea of Moondark as a mystical villain that can take "ordinary" super-villains whose powers wouldn't normally stand up to the Ghost Rider demon and upgrade them, but someone ought to have an actual motivation here. Moondark wisely never shows his face again after this, but Water Wizard will be back soon.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Johnny Blaze's aborted contest with Flagg Fargo is said to have happened "last week".
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Ghost Rider vol. 3
"To cement their alliance, Moondark gives Water Wizard some new threads. Not a new costume, just literally threads to sew up Water Wizard's existing one."
That's too bad, 'cause if there is anyone in need of a better costume it's the Water Wizard!
Posted by: Berend | February 23, 2015 5:21 PM
I must admit to not digging the tux-and-turban look for ol' Moondark here. It's like Alice Cooper done up as DC Golden Age hero Sargon the Sorcerer surrounded by rejected models from a Monster Magnet video. As far as the villains GR faces, perhaps another round with the Orb would have generated more interest.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | January 23, 2018 9:40 AM
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