Ghost Rider #68-69
Issue(s): Ghost Rider #68, Ghost Rider #69
The plots of these issues are relatively straightforward. The first issue, after a recap of Ghost Rider's origin, shows Ghost Rider stopping a man who murdered a priest and tried to rob a church...
...and the second has has GR dealing with a local rube who causes trouble at the carnival that Johnny Blaze is working at.
But both are well written and dealing with the fact that the Ghost Rider is now a separate entity from Johnny, and is nearly completely out of control and evil.
There's also a sub-plot about the carnival's resident clown getting nervous about the fact that his son is coming for a visit. That's setting up the plot for the next few issues.
Simple but good. Nice art by Bob Budiansky.
I caught one case of some added dialogue in the reprint. Not a big deal; it actually adds a little clarity to the panel. But it makes me nervous when they update reprints; i never know what's been changed and it makes me suspicious of every slight change in the lettering.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Pushed back in publication time to allow for Null the Living Darkness' appearance in Ghost Rider #71 to take place before Defenders #113
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Original Ghost Rider Rides Again! #1
Inbound References (3): showCorky the Clown, Cynthia Randolph, Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Ralph Quentin, Red Fowler, Zarathos
Ah, memories. I remember picking issue #68 up off the spinner rack at a Hallmark store next door to my grandmother's restaurant. It was obviously a good jumping on point with the re-telling of Ghost Rider's origin. The priest-murderer twist blew my young mind. A shame Stern's run was only 5 issues. Between this and his work on Amazing Spider-Man at the time, he quickly became my favorite comics writer back in the day.
Posted by: ira13 | February 24, 2018 12:57 PM
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