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Wrap it Up – Spider-Man Gives Ghost Rider a Blank Slate

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This feature is a lot like my Provide Some Answers feature, which is about long-running comic book plots finally being resolved. This, though, is a more specific comic book occurrence where the plotlines of a canceled comic book are wrapped up in the pages of another comic book series. This would happen most frequently in Marvel Comics, but other companies did it, as well.

Today, we look at how former Ghost Rider writer, Howard Mackie, wrapped up the plot on the then-canceled Ghost Rider series, in the pages of Peter Parker: Spider-Man…

In Ghost Rider #93, Ivan Velez Jr. and Javier Saltares set up the final issue of the second volume of Ghost Rider, and they ended the issue with Noble Kale, the man who was cursed to bond with his descendants to become the Ghost Rider, killing Blackheart and taking over Hell, but inadvertently killing his latest host, Daniel Ketch (who had been brought to Hell as part of a plan by his dead mother).







Velez planned on having Kale resurrect Danny in the next issue, but, well, the next issue never came out. Marvel was going through some financial issues and they just decided not to publish the last issue of Ghost Rider, so the plot was not resolved.

Go to the next page to see how Howard Mackie, the guy who launched this particular Ghost Rider volume, resolved everything (along with artist Javier Saltares, who also launched the volume with Mackie and had planned to close it out with Velez)…

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interesting for never cared for dan and johny getting to be ghost rider due to nobel kane then after being free dan has to become ghost rider again . though like it that the story did get wrapped up .and would not be surprised to see omega the unknown here soon since it fits the colum idea

Just a note here – said Ghost Rider #94 was never published. Marvel did FINALLY publish it in 2007: http://marvel.com/comics/issue/5898/ghost_rider_finale_2007_1

Oh God…90’s Marvel.

My eyes. My ears. My brain.

How depressing is it that 90s Marvel has been resurrected as most of the Nu DC?

You keep referring to the character as “Noble Kane” throughout the article, but it’s actually “Noble KALE”.

Thanks, Jay, just a little typo there. Fixed now!

Just a note here – said Ghost Rider #94 was never published. Marvel did FINALLY publish it in 2007: http://marvel.com/comics/issue/5898/ghost_rider_finale_2007_1

I know it eventually got published, so I really intended not to say “never” there, but I see I did slip a “never” in there by mistake. Edited it! Thanks for the head’s up.

I’m not really a Ghost Rider fan, but the weird thing is that after this one issue of Peter Parker, Danny Ketch didn’t appear again for about ten years, until Jason Aaron’s run (if what I’ve read on the internet is to be believed). I know that at some point Johnny Blaze started regaining traction as a character, so I can see why one could think that having two Ghost Riders was redundant, but it’s always struck me as weird that the character hadn’t been killed or depowered or anything, yet was stuck in Comic Book Limbo.

I think Blaze started getting traction as a character again when they started making Ghost Rider movies with Cage as Johnny. Though funny enough the 2007 film release was probably the motivation for The Ghost Rider Finale book being published that year after 8 years or whatever.

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