Every Ghost Rider, Ranked

The character of Ghost Rider was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Mike Ploog back in 1972. The character became quite popular among fans, who were inspired not only by his background as a superhero with a flaming skull but also by the attitude of outspoken cool he exuded. Following his first appearance in Marvel Spotlight #5, he quickly went on to star in his own solo series which ran for 22 issues (June 1973 – October 1976) followed by several miniseries beginning in 1983 right up through this year. In all, he has appeared in dozens of comics, television, and video game adaptations. That being said, these are the top 5 versions of Ghost Rider, ranked in ascending order –

Red Hulk

Red Hulk in Marvel Comics
Red Hulk in Marvel Comics

If you look at it from a purely scientific perspective, there is no more likely way to create an unfathomable abomination than by combining the traits that define three of the most powerful and renowned superheroes in modern history: the Hulk, Venom, and Ghost Rider. The thought of such a formidable character is what propelled John Cameron and Jai Nitz to write the 2012 Circle of Four sagas. The fighting between Red Hulk, Agent Venom, X-23, and Alejandra Jones’ Ghost Rider had an otherworldly feel to it as they set out to take down Blackheart the demonic villain whose evil heart burned with ambition only matched by his malicious streak.

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Ghost Spider

Ghost Spider in Marvel Comics
Ghost Spider in Marvel Comics

While traveling over the multiverse, the Amazing Spider was being chased by a Spider-Man with a skull head that twists around his body called Ghost Rider. As unlikely and strange as it may seem, there were alternate versions of Spider-Man who ended up becoming Ghost Riders in some of Marvel’s Earths. In this reality, Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben also had spider powers and Doctor Strange is a supernatural vigilante who travels with a cursed soul in the guise of the Ghost Rider. When Dr. Strange is killed by vampires, one of them turns this version of Peter Parker into the Ghost Spider, an arachnid similar to the classic Ghost Rider.

Caleb

Caleb in Marvel Comics
Caleb in Marvel Comics

A Trail of Tears, by Garth Ennis and David Schwimmer, is a phenomenal graphic novel that details the hardships of everyday people in an era when both lawlessness and racism were rampant throughout the United States. The comic, released in 2007 by Marvel, describes the story of Caleb, who returns from death as the new Ghost Rider. With his friend Travis Parham at his side, Caleb must deal with the loss of his family members by standing up to bullies and villains.

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Frank Castle

Frank Castle in Marvel Comics
Frank Castle in Marvel Comics

When some people think of Frank Castle, they assume that he is one of the darkest superheroes around. But that’s really not correct in this circumstance. In fact, Thanos #12 revealed its own version of Ghost Rider and it happened to be Frank Castle. Though he remained anonymous for most of the series, it was eventually discovered who this new Ghost Rider was − a man named Frank Castle had been murdered centuries prior during Thanos’ incursion onto Earth and now resided in hell.

Johnny Blaze

Johnny Blaze in Marvel Comics
Johnny Blaze in Marvel Comics

He is a character that was introduced to the Marvel Comics universe back in 1972. Blaze was a remarkable character and turned out to be everything the company wasn’t prepared for. Unlike other superhero comics, Johnny didn’t have a tidy origin story. He was cursed by a demon due to his smuggling ways. The fact that Blaze does not have any superpowers also captivated readers who were drawn in by his edgy, dark concept.

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