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1988: Ghost Rider #9 (v2)

" The Hell-Bound Hero! "
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Ghost Rider #9 (v2)
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Editor-in-Chief: Len Wein
Cover Artists: Gil Kane
Writers: Tony Isabella
Pencilers: Jim Mooney
Inkers: Sal Trapani
Colourists: Jan Brunner
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: December 1974
Release Date: September 1974
Story Arc: -
Pages: 18
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 175                 Times Rated: 111
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
While Ghost Rider contends with Inferno and the fear in the populace of San Francisco, Rocky must decide between saving Johnny's soul or that of her father.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider last appeared in Ghost Rider #8 (v2). Ghost Rider next appears in Ghost Rider #11 (v2).
Supporting Characters
  Roxanne Simpson
Roxanne Simpson last appeared in Ghost Rider #8 (v2). Roxanne Simpson next appears in Ghost Rider #13 (v2).
  A Friend
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by A Friend in the mainstream continuity. A Friend next appears in Ghost Rider #15 (v2).
Satan last appeared in Ghost Rider #8 (v2). Satan next appears in Fantastic Four #157 (v1).
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Issue Review
   March 31, 2016
Typically weak. First half (all action) is not bad, but second half relies on 'a Christ figure' to save GR's ass!!?? That is just bizarre. In other news, Ghost Rider appears to have his powers downgraded (?), as a consequence of being 'freed' from Satan's influence. Whatever that means. Also: Roxanne is written out of the series (I think). No great loss. Her stupidity in this issue alone beggars belief. 3/10
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  fragsel Says:    
  2012-07-14 09:53:03  
  OH CHRIST!! Sorry, i think I forgot to write SPOILER ALERT before that comment... Sorry about that.  

  Calthor Says:    
  2012-12-06 10:45:22  
  Jesus is a hippie.  

  Kez Says:    
  2013-04-19 17:36:13  

  Drax Says:    
  2013-08-06 08:39:46  
  Ridiculous ending. That's even worse than a deus ex machina.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-23 23:59:14  
  They should have gone with JC Team-Up. He solves all the guest star's problems in one issue.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2014-03-11 08:29:27  
  By rights this little run of GR should have been two stars at best, but something about it was pretty fun. I thnkk it was the fact that even though the action was goofy, Rocky, Johnny, Dave, Stuntmaster, etc were all interesting, sympathetic characters.  

  spencer617 Says:    
  2014-03-15 11:40:50  
  I found this storyline surprisingly enjoyable. Not high art by any means, but good for a horror book of the time.  

  Neskit Says:    
  2014-08-10 13:33:02  
  A Friend.... sigh.  

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2015-04-04 14:22:33  
  Jesus saves! But Gretzky gets the rebound! He shoots! He scores!  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-05-08 18:59:45  
  Why isn't Jesus credited for an appearance here? Come on, guys lol  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2015-07-09 15:30:50  
  Nope... Just... Nope...  

  j52y @ Drax (original post):    
  2015-08-08 00:03:20  
  I actually think it's a literal dues ex machina.  

  megajake Says:    
  2015-08-10 18:28:27  
  Ah yes, nothing better then Hippie Jesus from the late 60's and 70's.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-09-12 00:23:35  
  Seriously Jesus? You're okay to sit in the background when Galactus is going to wipe out all life on the planet or Annihilus tries to enslave the human race, but if Satan tries to take one guys soul, that's just too damn much! For that matter, how DID Jesus beat him? All he did was basically say "No, you can't have him".
So now Ghost Rider's only power is that his head turns into a flaming skull? Well that ought to help against the Hulk next issue. Although with Satan's powers gone, it (hopefully) opens the Spirit of Vengeance to take over soon.

  Russ Says:    
  2017-10-18 19:30:24  
  Uhmm, what did I just read? Did Tony Isabella write himself into a corner, and use the old Jesus-look-a-like to bail out Ghost Rider's chips? If all anyone can do is stand up to Satan to beat him, that kinda renders him a moot point, doesn't it? And I'm not sure how Rocky renouncing her protection made Johnny lose all his powers either.

2 stars. I wanna see the Hulk on a motorcycle!

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-11-23 07:33:52  
  Adam Warlock was busy, but luckily there was a hippie Jesus around to act as stand in.  

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Date User Name Update
   February 12, 2018 TStarnes
   March 30, 2017 fragsel Added Zarathos to the issue.
   January 10, 2017 ViolentPhlegm Changed comic details.
   June 19, 2016 fragsel Added A Friend to the issue.
   July 4, 2013 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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