Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Original Ghost Rider (1992) # 8

Cover Artist: Mike Ploog
Published: Feb. 1993
Original Price: $1.75
Title: "A Woman Possessed!"
Writer: Gary Friedrich
Artist: Tom Sutton
Inker: Syd Shores
Letterer: John Costanza
Colorist: George Roussos
Editor: Roy Thomas
Title: "Who is the Phantom Rider?", part 1
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Dick Ayers
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Colorist: Mike Worley
Editor: Evan Skolnick
"A Woman Possessed!": Following his encounter with Linda Littletrees, the Witch Woman, Blaze races back toward the hospital where he left Roxanne. He encounters a police barricade, which he breaks through easily. Immediately afterwards, however, one of the officers shoots him in the shoulder, causing him to wipe out on his bike.
Meanwhile, Linda has fallen into a strange coma. Her fiancé, Sam Silvercloud, and father, the man once called Snake Dance, are unable to wake her up, realizing that her soul has been stolen by Satan. Sam, unwilling to let his loved one die, dials a number out of a newspaper. The number is for an occult exorcist named Daimon Hellstrom, who agrees to fly to Arizona immediately to help Linda.
Back at the hospital, Johnny's road manager, Bart Slade, tells Roxanne that he plans to make the jump over the canyon in Blaze's stead. Elsewhere, Linda is approached by Satan, who takes possession of her body and flees toward the city in search of Blaze.
Night falls, prompting the hospitalized Johnny to transform into the Ghost Rider. With his injuries surprisingly healed in his demon form, Blaze escapes from the hospital and heads for the canyon. He arrives just in time to see Slade attempt the jump, unable to do nothing but watch as his friend crashes into the canyon wall. Blaze hurriedly scoops up the fainted Roxanne, and the two escape in a pickup truck. Back at the reservation, Hellstrom arrives to help Linda.
"Who is the Phantom Rider?", Part 1: Phantom Rider uses his cloak to vanish and escape. Sheriff Brown examines Angus O'Donnel's corpse and finds evidence that Phantom Rider is a man and not an actual specter. Phantom Rider goes to the church and tells Father Fulton that he accidentally killed a man and can no longer be the Phantom Rider.
This issue is a reprint of Ghost Rider (1973) # 1.
This issue also included an all-new back-up story featuring the old western Ghost Rider, Carter Slade, now re-named the Phantom Rider as of West Coast Avengers # 19.
The synopsis for the Phantom Rider story comes from Ghost Rider: The Official Index to the Marvel Universe.