Marvel Character Highlight #35: Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze)

Name: Johnathan Blaze

Alias: Johnny, Bonehead, Matchstick, Skullhead, Brimstone Avenger, Brother Blaze, The Burning Man, Spirit of Vengeance, Brimstone Biker

Affiliation: Midnight Sons, Quentin Carnival, Thunderbolts, The Nine, Defenders, The Champions, Avengers of the Supernatural, Savage Avengers, Legion of Monsters, Savage Avengers

Special abilities: Ghost Rider transformation, superhuman strength, stamina, durability and agility, regenerative healing factor, supernatural awareness, hellfire manipulation, soul manipulation, sin manipulation, ride symbiosis, dimensional travel, demon magic manipulation, mystical chain projection, Penance Stare, self-size alteration, exorcism, expert stunt riding skills, skilled hand-to-hand combatant, knowledge of the occult

Background: Johnny Blaze is the son of Barton Blaze, a stunt performer who died during a stunt; and, Naomi Kale, a woman whose maternal line was cursed to be bound to the demon Zarathos. The curse affected the first-born child of the line to become the Spirit of Vengeance. The curse made its way to Johnny through his mother and after his father died, Johnny was adopted by family friend Crash Simpson. Kale and Simpson made separate deals with the demon Mephisto to save Johnny from the life of a Ghost Rider and to cure Simpson of cancer, respectively, but each deal turned out to be a fool’s bargain. Johnny then made a deal with Mephisto to save Simpson from cancer, but Simpson was cured and then immediately died in a crash while attempting to set a world record. It was after the death of Simpson that Blaze transformed into the Ghost Rider for the first time.

Relationships: Roxanne Simpson, foster sister/wife; Craig Blaze, son; Emma Blaze, daughter

First Versus appearance: Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Appearances in other media:
Television: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

Film: Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Video games: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Ghost Rider, LittleBigPlanet (costume), Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (cameo), Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Marvel Heroes, Marvel: Future Fight, Marvel Puzzle Quest, Marvel: Contest of Champions, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Marvel Strike Force, Marvel’s Midnight Suns

This entry was posted in Marvel character highlight and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.