Ghost Rider Visual Guide Hardcover – Dec 18 2006
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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 guide...now hopefully the film will be just as good!
Reviewed By Tim Janson
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.
I have collected all the superhero DK Visual Guides and haven't been disappointed yet.
An excellent treatment of Old Flamehead, and a great read for all!
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.
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