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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ghost Rider Key Comic Issues Part 3

Zooming a long to Part 3 of this Ghost Rider key comic issues series, and we are finishing up with the volume 2 comic series for this character. Also, we're quickly saying goodbye to the Bronze Age of comics.

Some interesting Ghost Rider key issues, but I wouldn't exactly say they're the best comic investments out there. Some are pretty over-looked in the market, but if you're a Ghost Rider fan, you may want to consider them. 

If you some of these already in your vaults, I don't know if it would be something to give yourself high fives over. Some are good ones though. Click this Part 2 link if you missed the previous post. If not, enjoy Part 3 and more Ghost Rider keys.

First appearance of the Enforcer

Pretty minor villain, but Ghost Rider #22 from the 2nd series holds the first appearance of the Enforcer. This character has a limited amount of appearances in Marvel Comics, but he has battled the likes of the Punisher, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, and even Werewolf by Night.

Charles Delazny Jr. is a criminal and mercenary, and the two go toe-to-toe in this issue. Pretty minor key issue and first appearance, but still a key issue nonetheless. This comic was published February, 1977.

eBay - There seems to be no problem finding cheap raw copies for this minor key issue on eBay currently. Quite a few are in lots and that's no surprise. CGC is a little harder to come by. So far there are three slabs on eBay, and all are CGC. There are two 9.6 NM+s and one 9.8.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.8 copy here and one raw VG copy in stock. CGC copy is, of course, on consignment.

NewKadia - Only one copy here and it's a FN+.

ComicConnect - Two copies here with one being a raw and the other a CGC. Both are 9.6 NM+s or at least the raw copy claims to be.

ComicLink - One CGC 9.4 NM copy here and the only one so far.

35 cent cover variants

We got more limited print run cover variants. This time they are the 35 cent variants if you're into these kinds of comic investments. Regular cover price was 30 cents.

Once again, in terms of key issue, these comics are quite vacant of them. Reason I'm listing these price variants is because they might be better investments than the actual regular cents version. However, if you look at the issues, nothing really major happens in any of them.

Ghost Rider #24 to #26 was published June, 1977 through October, 1977.

eBay - Only appears to be one raw copy out of these 35 cent variant covers and it's issue #24. Bit over-priced for a FN raw copy. Hopefully some other options pop up that are priced decently.

ComicLink - Only the price variant for issue #26 at ComicLink. It's a CGC 8.0 VF. Much better deal than the FN raw copy on eBay for sure.

Classic Death Race

Here we are with the classic Death Race story in Ghost Rider #35. In this story Death challenges Ghost Rider to a race to a young girl in trouble. If Death reaches her first then she dies. If Ghost Rider reaches her first, the girl lives.

Death appears in this issue as Death Ryder, and after Ghost Rider wins the race, Death challenges him to another race. This time if Ghost Rider loses, it's his own life. Non-stop drama and action in this issue and it was published April, 1979.

eBay - Quite a few raw copies as expected. Some are in comic lots. Three CGC copies with the highest being a 9.8 Signature Series signed once again by Stan Lee. Other copies are 9.6 NM+s in the slabbed realm.

mycomicshop - Two FN copies here at the moment and both are in actual stock.

ComicConnect - Two copies here with the highest being a raw 9.6 NM+. Other copy is a CGC 9.4 NM and is currently up for auction at the time of this writing.

ComicLink - One CGC 9.6 NM+ and it's the only copy available at ComicLink at the time of this writing.

First appearance of Centurious

Centurious is a villain of Ghost Rider, and I would say his first appearance in Ghost Rider #74 would be a minor one except for the fact that Centurious actually does free Johnny Blaze from Zatharos. That doesn't happen in this issue but in the very last issue to this Ghost Rider comic series.

Cenurious was a Amerindian prince in prehistoric times. He also sold his soul to battle Zatharos back then and became a mortal enemy of Zatharos.

Ghost Rider #72 is the first appearance of Centurious, and this key issue was published November, 1982.

eBay - Pretty limited selection even for raw copies on the mighty eBay currently. Even more limited for CGC. There's only one 9.6 NM+ up there for now. May change in the near future though.

mycomicshop - VF and FN copies here and in stock at the moment. Both are raw.

NewKadia - NM minus and  a VF+ are the only two copies here at the moment for this key issue.

ComicLink - Only one copy here and it's a CGC9.4 NM.

Last issue of Ghost Rider
Zarathos leaves Johnny Blaze
Death of Ghost Rider

It's in this issue where Centurious frees Johnny Blaze from Zatharos and thus is the death of Ghost Rider even if Johnny Blaze still lives. Ghost Rider #81 would be the very last issue to this 2nd series, but would be revamped almost a decade later with a new host for another demon as fans all know.

This comic was published June, 1983.

eBay - Decent selection for raw copies so far, but as for CGC, there's only one 9.6 NM+ at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - Wow, quite a lot of copies here at the moment. Two are on consignment, in which the highest copy of VF/NM is as well. All the rest are in actual stock, but the highest raw copy in stock is only a FN+. All copies here are raw at the time of this writing, but of course that can change depending on when you read this.

NewKadia - Only one VF minus here at the moment.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 9.4 NM copy available for now.

First appearance of Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch)
Origin of new Ghost Rider
First appearance of Deathwatch
First appearance of Barbara Ketch

This is the comic that first introduced me to the character of Ghost Rider. I remember seeing the cover and thinking the character was so bad ass looking I had to get back in the day. Ghost Rider #1 from volume 3 is the first appearance of Danny Ketch as the new Ghost Rider.

This Ghost Rider would almost be identical to the original except the new character brandished a mystical chain which he could control mentally. The Penace Stare was also iconic to this character, although Blaze's Ghost Rider in later comics much after his initial first series would be given the same power and chain.

The mystic Ghost Rider chain also makes its first appearance in this comic as well.

The comic also has a string of first appearances related to the character's mythos, including his sister Barbara Ketch. We also see the first appearance of Deathwatch who would become a recurring and popular villain for the 2nd Ghost Rider during this new series.

Ghost Rider #1 volume 3 was published May, 1990.

eBay - As expected for a 90s comic, there's absolutely no problem finding this one on eBay at the time of this writing. Plenty of raw copies. High grade ones is a different story but there should be some concerning unslabbed. On the CGC front, there's a handful and two are 9.6 NM+s, which are the highest so far. 2nd highest on eBay currently is a 9.4 NM.

mycomicshop - VF and FN copies here and both are raw and in stock.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies here. One is a 9.4 NM and the other is a 9.2 NM minus.

Believe it or not, we got a few more Ghost Rider key issues to go through. The upcoming keys will be mostly from the Copper Age and Modern Age, but I won't be going that into depth with those at all. There will be a Silver Age key issue in Part 4 though, and you'll find out why I decided to stick that one there instead of at the beginning of this Ghost Rider key comic issues series.

Same as always: If you missed Part 2 of this key comics series, just click the PREVIOUS link to go back. More Hellfire Ghost Rider key comics in Part 4, so just click the link below to continue!

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