Name: Carter Slade
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with
no criminal record
Other Aliases: Galloping Ghost, Ghost Rider I,
Haunted Horseman, He Who Rides the Night Winds, Night
Rider, and others
Place of Birth: An unrevealed location in Ohio
Place of Death: An abandoned mine somewhere in
the American West
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Lincoln (brother, deceased), Hamilton
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Bison Bend in the American
West in the 1870s
First Appearance: GHOST RIDER (first series) #1
Final Appearance: WESTERN GUNFIGHTERS #7
History: In the 1870s, soon after he became a
shaman (medicine man), a Comanche Indian climbed to a
peak where it was believed his gods dwelled. There he
asked the sky-spirit to give him a sign of the god's faith
in him. Then, the shaman saw a shining, falling meteor,
which he interpreted as a sign that the sky-spirit had
recognized him. Therefore, the shaman took the name, "Flaming
Star." As the meteor passed near 'the shaman, he
was covered with glowing dust from it. Then, according
to Flaming Star, he heard a voice tell him to gather and
keep the dust from the meteor until a champion was sent
to him. Flaming Star obeyed and collected all of the shining,
phosphorescent dust he could find.
Later, schoolteacher Carter Slade, who had moved to the
frontier from Ohio, came across a band of men who were
disguised as Indians, but who were actually employees
of land baron Jason Bartholomew, attacking homesteaders.
Slade fought the band of killers but was gunned down himself.
A boy named Jamie Jacobs, whose parents had been killed
in the marauders' attack, found Slade dying from his wounds,
put him atop the teacher's horse, and tried to bring him
to help. They were found by Comanches, who took them to
Flaming Star, who succeeded in saving Slade's life.
Flaming Star believed that Slade was the champion that
the sky-spirit had promised to send him. Slade himself
believed that God had spared his life for a purpose. Flaming
Star gave Slade the phosphorescent dust as well as a cloak
he had covered with the dust. Flaming Star also showed
Slade a magnificent white horse that the shaman called
the "ghost-horse." Slade succeeded in taming
the wild horse and named him "Banshee." Slade
decided to use Flaming Star's gifts to become the Phantom
Rider, a masked gunfighter who would give the appearance
of being a supernatural being, and who would battle evildoers
such as those who were responsible for the massacre of
Jamie Jacobs' parents and their fellow homesteaders. Indeed,
the Phantom Rider began his crusade for justice by confronting
Jason Bartholomew and frightening him into confessing
his crimes and surrendering to the marshal.
The Phantom Rider became perhaps the most effective vigilante
in the West of his time. Two of his most unusual adversaries
were the criminal Sting-Ray and the original Tarantula.
The Phantom Rider was allied on one occasion with Kid
Ultimately, the Phantom Rider joined forces with Marshall
Lincoln Slade against the Reverend Reaper and his gang.
Lincoln Slade was unaware that the Phantom Rider was actually
his brother Carter. In his final confrontation with the
Rider and Marshall Slade, which took place in an abandoned
mine, Reaper was killed in a cave-in that he himself had
triggered. The cave-in mortally wounded the Phantom Rider,
who revealed his true identity to Lincoln Slade before
Lincoln Slade became the second Phantom Rider, but began
going mad. He used an Indian potion to force the Avenger
Mockingbird, who had traveled back in time to 1877, to
fall in love with him. After recovering from the potion's
effects, the outraged Mockingbird battled the second Phantom
Rider, and during their confrontation, the Phantom Rider
fell from a ledge to his death. However, the second Phantom
Rider's spirit lives on today in the body of the third
Phantom Rider, Hamilton Slade, Lincoln's descendant.
Height: 6 ft. 1 in.
Weight: 200 lbs1
Hair: Reddish blond
Strength Level: The Phantom Rider possessed the
normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and
build who engaged in intensive regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: None
Other Abilities: The Phantom Rider was a superb
hand-to-hand combatant, having been a boxing champion
in college. He was also an excellent horseman and a fast
and brilliantly accurate marksman with a gun.
Limitations: The Phantom Rider wore glasses for
reading, but the limitations on his vision apparently
had no effect on his superb marksmanship.
Weapons: The Phantom Rider used Colt handguns
and a lasso, both of which were covered with phosphorescent
dust from the meteor to make them glow.
Paraphernalia: The Phantom Rider wore a white
costume impregnated with the phosphorescent dust given
him by the shaman Flaming Star. The dust reflected and
somehow magnified light striking it, so that the Phantom
Rider appeared to glow if struck by light. The inside
of his cape was solid black and did not contain any phosphorescent
dust. Hence, by manipulating his cape while standing in
darkness, the Phantom Rider could appear to make all or
parts of himself disappear.
Among his many tricks for feigning supernatural abilities,
the Phantom Rider employed a lantern with which he could
project an image of himself.
Transportation: The Phantom Rider rode a swift
and powerful horse named Banshee, whom he also covered
with the phosphorescent meteoric dust. Therefore, Banshee
too appeared to glow when struck by light.