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Monday, January 26, 2015

Ghost Rider Key Issue Comics Part 5

I've decided that this is final and last part to this Ghost Rider key issue comics series. These are keys for sure and some are important to the mythos of the character, but most are still bargain bin buys, meaning that aren't very sought after at the moment.

Once again, if you just like collecting this character, this resource can be helpful for you. If you're looking for more solid comic investments or speculation buys, this last part may not be so helpful.

If you missed Part 4 to this beast, just click the link to go back. If not, let's burn Hellfire and wrap this one up!

First cameo or appearance of Lilith?

Once again, not too sure about this one. Ghost Rider #28 is the first time we see the character of Lilith in a vision and quite briefly, so who knows what industry will label it.

Right now, however, the villain is pretty minor and nobody really cares. Lilith can be villainous link between Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, and even Blade if Disney and Marvel ever decide to go that route in their cinematic universe.

In Marvel lore, Lilith is the mother of all demons, a powerful and ancient demon goddess and sorcerer. Her demon children that she created are called Lilins, and once she was freed from the Tiamat, a giant monster from Mesopotamian religious beliefs, she found out that many of her Lilin demon children were destroyed by Ghost Rider and Johnny Blaze.

Thus, she marked the Spirits of Vengeance as enemies. She would even hire Blade and the Nightstalkers to hunt down and kill Ghost Rider, which would make one hell of an interesting movie. Of course, Blade and his comrades wised up joined Ghost Rider and the Darkhold Redeemers in battling Lilith.

Lilith has been connected to Deathwatch, Blackout, and Zatharos' most hated enemy, Centurious, as well. Ghost Rider #28 was published August, 1992.

eBay - No CGC which isn't surprising and a few raw copies here on eBay. Most should be in the high grade realm.

mycomicshop - NM and VF raw copies both is stock at the moment.

NewKadia - Two NM copies and both are still sealed in the polybag they came in. Highest is a NM+.

First appearance of Vengeance

Enter Michael Badilino as Vengeance. Yep, this is the first appearance of Micheal Badilino. Once again, this guy turned to Mephisto to sell his soul in order to destroy Danny Ketch as Ghost Rider after repeated failed attempts.

Unknown to him, Mephisto only awakened the dormant power of the Medallion of Power shard that he was bound to. He had one of four shards.

Later, he would find out that the new Ghost Rider was not Zatharos, and became an ally of Danny Ketch as the Ghost Rider. April, 1993 was when Spirits of Vengeance #9 was published.

eBay - Pretty limited selection for this one here. Not a real in-demand key, but there are a few raw copies here for super cheap.

mycomicshop - Only one VF raw copy here for now, but it is in stock.

NewKadia - Three copies in the NM range. Highest is a NM+, and the other two are a NM and low NM minus.

  • Danny Ketch and Johnny Blaze revealed as brothers
I believe this is the issue where Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch find out they are actually brothers and from the same parents. Seemingly, Bart Burton married Naomi Kale and would have three children - Johnny, Danny and Barbara.

Because of the family curse that the Kale bloodline carried, she abandoned Johnny and took Danny and Barbara to live with a woman named Francis Ketch whom could not bear children.

Ghost Rider #43 was published November, 1993.

eBay - A few raw copies. Most in the search results on eBay are for the issue #43 from the volume 2 series. Didn't spot any CGC but didn't expect any as well.

mycomicshop - Only one VF copy in stock here as well.

NewKadia - Three copies in the NM range with the highest a NM+ followed by a NM and a NM minus. Last option is a VF+.

First appearance of Hellgate

Although Hellgate is a pretty minor character, but he deserves a spot on this list for several reasons. Anton Hellgate is one of the most brilliant scientific minds in the Marvel Universe. Yeah, I know, we've heard that plenty of times.

Hellgate was an enemy of Ghost Rider and Vengeance, but he was also responsible for bringing Danny Ketch back from the dead. He is also responsible for another act that would cement his place in the Ghost Rider mythos.

The first appearance of Hellgate in Ghost Rider #48 was published in April, 1994.

eBay - Wow, there's actually a CGC 9.8 copy for this issue. Can't believe someone actually slabbed it, but alrighty then. A few raw copies on eBay as well, but they are mostly for the volume 2 series once again.

mycomicshop - Raw VF copy is the only copy in stock at mycomicshop.

NewKadia - Four copies here. We got a NM+, a NM, NM minus, and a VF+ at the time of this writing.

Death of Roxanne Simpson

Johnny Blaze's hunny gets offed in this surprising move in Ghost Rider #50. As hinted at before, the relatively minor character of Hellgate is responsible for this act.

In true comic book fashion, she would be revived much later but as Black Rose, a demonic servant of Blackheart. Yeah, the Ghost Rider mythos starts to get pretty weird later in this series. Ghost Rider #50 was published June, 1994.

eBay - No CGC and all raw copies. Not very many though, but there are some.

mycomicshop - NM and VF raw copies in stock here, but that's all at the time of this writing.

NewKadia - NM+, NM, and NM minus round off the copies in the NM range. Last copy is a VF+.

Noble Kale revealed

So who is Noble Kale? Well, he is the one who started it all and Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch are descendants of this man who lived during the 18th century. Of course, they are since their mother is Naomi Kale.

So in this lore Noble Kale's father is an abusive preacher and Noble Kale falls in love with a black woman named Magdelena. Having to hide his love for Magdelena due to her skin tone, Noble finally revealed it when she bore his son and the two married.

Later, Madgelena discovered that Noble's father was actually a warlock and servant of Mephisto. Yep, him again. To cover up his dark secret, Noble's father accused her of witchcraft and the town burned her at the stake.

Of course, Noble would object to this but his father had him drugged and tortured. Before she died, Megdelena placed her own curse on town and sent the Furies to wreak havoc and her revenge on the town. After many died from this curse, Noble's father then struck a deal with Mephisto to turn his son into a powerful demon in exchange for Noble's soul.

Noble would become the first Ghost Rider and destroyed the Furies. After, his father offered him human flesh, Noble's own son. Noble killed himself after refusing to eat his own child.

Uriel, an arch angel and brother of Mephisto, stopped him from claiming Noble's soul. Instead, his soul would be placed in a void until one of his descendants called upon him. Thus, the curse of the Ghost Rider begins.

eBay - Limited selection for both raw copies and slabbed. There is one CGC 9.8 copy spotted though. Surprising!

mycomicshop - Only one FN raw copy in stock at the moment.

There's no doubt other Ghost Rider series that follow this one, but for now, I'm calling ka-puts. Of course, and highly likely, I'll probably expand on this list at a future time if there are enough requests for it. There usually are.

So, there's not a whole lot of comic investments in the Ghost Rider series, as many of the firsts after the volume 2 series aren't really all that in-demand for now. Maybe that will change in the near future. Maybe not.

If you missed Part 4 to this Ghost Rider key comics list, just click the PREVIOUS link to go back. For now, you can also click the BLADE KEY ISSUES link to check out more key issue comics in case you missed that as well. Thanks for reading and hope this helped you on your hunt.


  1. Hey Mayhem,

    since I just bought a Strange Tales 135 for about 60 $, how about a Nick Fury or Agents of Shield Special? Not sure if you
    have done one yet...

    1. Great suggestion...I'll put it in the pipeline.

  2. Hi TCM,

    Just catching up on some reading and was wondering how come you didn't talk about Ghost Rider #1 (the western version)

    Could you shed some light on that version of Ghost Rider please?