Characters Appearing: Azmodeus, Corky the Clown, Cynthia Randolph, Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Ralph Quentin, Red Fowler, Zarathos
Ghost Rider #64
Issue(s): Ghost Rider #64
I've been observing that Ghost Rider's rogues gallery is pretty weak, and that's partially due to the mismatch between the nearly all-powerful demonic "hero" and his villains, who are mostly low-powered guys (dart guns and laser helmets!) probably better suited for, say, Daredevil. So having a repeat demon villain makes a sort of sense. But arch demon stories are pretty formulaic and this is no exception. Johnny Blaze asks reporter Cynthia Randolph out on a date again, and she rejects him again, but then Azmodeus captures her and replaces her with one of his minions, and "she" then tells Johnny that she's changed her mind, and then "she" kisses him, which weakens him so that she can bring him to Hell. The problem is that Ghost Rider is pretty much unstoppable even in Hell.
So Azmodeus is forced to send Ghost Rider (and Cynthia) home just to get rid of him.
I guess it's not that formulaic since most of these stories don't end with the good guy terrorizing the crap out of the demon lord, but it's not much of a story.
Cynthia wakes up with no memory of any of it, and she wonders if she was drugged.
She vows to learn Johnny's secret, whatever it is.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Ghost Rider vol. 3
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