Name: John "Johnny" Blaze
Occupation: Former stunt motorcyclist
Legal Status: American with no criminal record
Identity: Johnny Blaze's former identity as the
Demonic Ghost Rider is unknown to the general public.
Other Aliases: The Ghost Rider
Place of Birth: Waukegan, Illinois
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Barton (father, deceased), Clara
(mother, deceased), Craig "Crash" Simpson (stepfather,
deceased), Mona Simpson (stepmother, deceased), Roxanne
Group Affiliation: Former member of the Champions
of Los Angeles
First Appearance: MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #5
History: Johnny Blaze was the son of stunt motorcyclist
Barton Blaze, the top attraction at Crash Simpson's Daredevil
Cycle Show. The Elder Blaze was killed performing a dangerous
stunt, and Johnny, now an orphan (his mother Clara having
died shortly after his birth), was adopted by Crash Simpson
and his wife Mona. At first frightened of motorcycles,
Blaze soon conquered his fear and became an accomplished
amateur motorcyclist. Blaze practiced stuntriding on his
own, and became romantically involved with his stepsister
Blaze also began to take interest in the occult. Just
when then the Simpson Cycle Show was about to get a chance
at fame with a booking at New York City's Madison Square
Garden, Crash Simpson learned that he was dying of a rare
blood disease. Desperate to save his stepfather, Blaze
performed a ritual to summon up the "devil,"
whom Blaze believed to be the Biblical Satan but was actually
the demon lord Mephisto. Mephisto agreed to save Simpson
from his fatal disease in return for Blaze's soul.
At Madison Square Garden, Crash Simpson performed the
greatest stunt of his career, a cycle jump over 22 cars
widths, and crashed to his death. Blaze was shocked, since
he believed the "devil" would protect his stepfather.
When Mephisto appeared to collect Blaze's soul, the demon
explained that only promised to save Simpson from the
diseased, and nothing more. However, before Mephisto could
take Blaze's soul, Roxanne Simpson arrived and recited
a spell of banishment she read in one of Blaze's occult
books. Mephisto was forced to leave without Blaze's soul,
but was able to graft the essence of the demon Zarathos
to Blaze's body.
Zarathos was a demon who attacked human souls. In order
to capture Zarathos, many centuries ago Mephisto stole
the soul of an American Indian now known as Centurious.
When Zarathos' attacked on Centurious therefore proved
ineffective, the demon's followers lost faith in him.
Mephisto then stole the living flames that was Zarathos'
soul. Over the centuries Mephisto amused himself by placing
the essence of Zarathos within various human hosts. Johnny
Blaze was the latest of these.
Blaze was unaware of the separate consciousness of the
being that dwelled within him, and believed that the demonic
personality was a sinister side of his own personality.
At first the demon manifested itself every nightfall,
mystically burning Blaze's flesh to become a fiery skeletal
being. Using his demonic hellfire to create a fiery motorcycle
to ride, the composite Zarathos. Blaze entity became publicly
known as the Ghost Rider. Whenever the Ghost Rider returned
to human form, Blaze's flesh would immediately restore.
At first Johnny Blaze dominated the Ghost Rider's personality.
After a few months, Blaze's automatic transformations
at nightfall ended. He then became the Ghost Rider whenever
he mystically sensed "evil" in his vicinity.
Later, Blaze was able to control his transformations as
well as the actions of the demon when it manifested itself.
It was during this period that the Ghost Rider became
a member of the Champions of Los Angeles, a short-lived
group of superhuman adventurers. But the more Blaze became
the Ghost Rider, the stronger the demon became. Eventually
Zarathos tried to take control of their composite form.
Blaze no longer summoned the demon within him to help
him accomplish his ends, such as fighting crime. Instead,
Blaze valiantly struggled to prevent Zarathos from taking
control and wreaking havoc.
Centurious still lived and sought vengeance on Zarathos
for being the reason why he lost his soul. Centurious
entrapped Blaze's soul within his "crystal of souls"
and then defeated Zarathos. Zarathos cracked open the
crystal, releasing Blaze's soul and many others, and entrapping
Centurious within the crystal when it mystically resealed.
An associate of Centurious offered to send Zarathos into
the crystal to take vengeance, and the demon agreed. Zarathos'
essence was sucked out of Blaze's body into the crystal,
where Zarathos grapples eternally with Centurious, neither
able to defeat the other.
Johnny Blaze thus been permanently freed his bond to
Zarathos. Blaze and Roxanne Simpson have been traveled
through America together by motorcycle. Ghost Rider roared
to life once again when teenager Dan Ketch and his sister,
Barbara, chanced upon the illegal activities of the crime
lord Deathwatch. The siblings attempted to escape, but
Barbara Ketch was mortally wounded. Soaked in blood after
dragging his sister's body into a trash heap, Dan Ketch
came across a mysterious, mystical motorcycle. Touching
its glowing gas cap, he stood transformed into the Spirit
of Vengeance. Ghost Rider's return attracted the attention
of Blaze, who believed him to be Zarathos. Blaze set out
to exorcise the demon, thereby liberating its hapless
host. But when Ghost Rider convinced his predecessor he
was not Zarathos, the two became allies. Later, Blaze
and Ketch learned they were long-lost brothers.
Having lost his wife and children, Blaze again finds
himself possessed by the demon Zarathos. And so Ghost
Rider -- blood-born Spirit of Vengeance, High Lord of
Hell on Earth -- haunts America's highways, visiting his
righteous wrath upon the souls of the wicked and the damned.
Height: 5 ft. 10 in.
Weight: 180 lbs.
Hair: Reddish blond
Strength Level: Johnny Blaze possesses the normal
human strength of a man of his age, height, and build,
who engages in moderate regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: As the Ghost Rider, Blaze
possessed superhuman strength, enabling him to lift (press)
about 5 tons, and immunity to must forms of conventional
injury. He could create "hellfire" that could
harm or traumatize a human soul, and with which he created
a fiery motorcycle he rode. Blaze possessed none of these
powers in human form.
Other Abilities: Johnny Blaze is one of the greatest
living stunt motorcyclists. He has some knowledge of the
occult, but has forsworn using it.