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Ghost Rider Visual Guide Hardcover – Dec 18 2006

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By Tim Janson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Ghost Rider movie hits theaters in February 2007 and in preparation of that event DK Books has released the Ghost Rider: The Visual Guide, another in their outstanding visual guide series. The book does have coverage of the impending film but the guide takes a look at the long, and sometimes convoluted history of this hero who made his first appearance in Marvel Spotlight in 1972 (and I still have my copy!).

The Ghost Rider's origins have been toyed with and revamped, seemingly by every writer who inherited the reins of this unique character. The DK guide does a good job of presenting these various origins that stretch back to the shadowy ancient past when demons walked the Earth, long before recorded history. The history of the demons Mephisto and Zarathos have ever been tied to the Ghost Rider heritage although we will see that the Original, Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider, was the vessel of the defeated Zarathos, while the later Dan Ketch was the true Spirit of Vengeance. Like I said, convoluted, but very interesting to read, especially since it's all in one place.

The Guide follows Blaze through his binding with Zarathos through his time spent as a member of the short-lived super team The Champions. Get up close and personal with all of his powers including his notorious Hellfire. Despite the fact that the original Ghost Rider had a weak cadre of villains such as The Orb, the title still ran for an impressive ten years.

Ghost Rider would take a turn for the darker with the 1990's incarnation as the new Ghost Rider would battle various demonic types such as Blackout, Vengeance, Lilith, and Skinner. But the Dan Ketch Ghost Rider would have powerful allies in the Midnight Sons which included Morbius the Living Vampire, Blade, Dr. Strange, and Johnny Blaze himself. Of course, all of this is presented with gorgeous full color art-work direct from Marvel Comics.

There is a wonderful section that takes readers on a decade-by-decade tour of Ghost Rider's career, giving due credit to the talent which worked on the titles such as writers Gary Friedrich, J.M. DeMatteis, and Howard Mackie, Bret Blevins, Larry Hama, and artists Mike Ploog, Don Perlin, Javier Saltares, Mark Texeira, Adam Kubert, and Clayton Crain. The book is thoroughly complete not only covering the two main, long-running series but also the Marvel Knights limited runs, Ghost Rider 2099,and finally, the brand new series introduced in 2006. And yes, film fans, the book does provide a short peek at the upcoming film with some fantastic insider photos.

DK has scored another hit with this latest Visual hopefully the film will be just as good!

Reviewed By Tim Janson
The amazing unique in -depth cool fiery hero that rides with the demon mephsito called theghost rider!! May 24 2010
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Ghost Rider the visual guide, is another in DK's outstanding visual guide series to superheros in the dc and marvel universes. This is an amazing guide to a truly unique in-depth fiery character. The book cover's the 2007 movie which was and still is in my view exceptionally good for it's time now and still does the character itself in it's story line justice. It also guides you into the world of this long twistedly complicated intricate history of this fiery, hero who first appeared in 1972.
There are over 400 spectacular images, including stills from the movie, and insights into it's Marvel artists and writers throughout it's 30 year span history in which This factual informative guide takes you into this mythological mystical creation of an enriching history with it's exciting adventures of the very first Ghost Rider Noble Kale who sold his soul to Mephisto and made the worst deal of the century right up until to his modern descendants Johnny Blaze and Den Ketch, and their greatest allies and most evil foes Mephisto and Zarathos who are bonded into the soul of the Ghost Rider adventurer, in which Johnny Blaze is defeating Zarathos and reclaiming his long lost tainted evil soul from humanity and DK takes us into that journey of supernatural epic proportions in dementions in which i demons rule if they own your soul to regain what is not lost of your soul in which is not a mean feat unfortunetly for the faint hearted to get back because it takes courage and determination to gain it back from what was once lost of you and this is an obstacle which is impossible to defeat if you don't have the willpower to overcome it peramently.These myths still hold great value for money in it's storytelling and DK takes us into that world of the supernatural horror and supense and
I would recommend this one to anyone who was and still is a Ghost Rider fan of the spirit of vengeance.
In typical DK fashion, the Ghost Rider Visual Guide is jammed with extended info for both fans & newbies alike! Aug. 9 2015
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Ghost Rider is one of those iconic, yet little known characters of Marvel. If you didn't read the comic, he really didn't have too many cross-overs as the other heros (sure their was marvel team-up, new fantastic four, etc) but compared to the Avengers, X-men, Punisher, etc. he really flew under the radar. With the movie coming out I think it warranted a visual guide by DK - and I feel they did not disappoint. Again, they managed to get an INCREDIBLY amount of information into this book. In usual DK fashion, the color & images are great, they touch on practically every aspect of Ghost Rider (movie included) and lay it out in such a way that you can jump around without having the need to do it chronologically.
I have collected all the superhero DK Visual Guides and haven't been disappointed yet.
One of the greatest comic book cult characters rides again! June 4 2009
By Randy E. Halford - Published on
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In spite of the small print in this compact book (which often made me squint), this is a surprisingly fascinating read into the world of Marvel's favorite supernatural vigilante. Aside from some apparent turns in the comic book (Ghost Rider's brief stint with the short-lived "Champions" team, for example), this book exhaustingly covers all...from the real world to the Underworld to everything in-between. How much the series has explored the concepts of demonic warfare & mysticism deeply has adversely affected the existence of GR. GR has undergone many changes, both in character & appearance: Sometimes, a compassionate heart beats under the demonic exterior, and other times, he is purely brutal.
An excellent treatment of Old Flamehead, and a great read for all!
The Ultimate Guide to the Ghost Rider Universe April 3 2012
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Despite being a B-class character in the Marvel Universe, Ghost Rider has always fascinated me for his distinctive look of a ferocious flaming skull headed demon riding a flaming motorcycle. How could you go wrong with such striking visual. Despite the weak premise and misfires in several comic book incarnations, I find myself not being able to resist the appeal of the iconic visuals.

This book chronologically explores the many developments of Ghost Rider (minus the 60's western incarnation). From a humble beginning of the modern day version (the 70's) to the current leap into a major live action film (2007).

Highly recommended for fans of Ghost Rider.