Ghost Rider Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Ghost Rider #1 arrives in February 2022!

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of GHOST RIDER! To celebrate this milestone, Johnny Blaze, the original Ghost Rider, will be returning. This February, an all-new ongoing series written by Benjamin Percy with art by Cory Smith will be hitting stands.

Percy(WOLVERINE and X-FORCE) will put his own devilish spin on the Ghost Rider mythos. He will be evoking all the frightening elements of Ghost Rider’s most classic stories. He will also be driving the Spirit of Vengeance towards a new age. Cory Smith, known for his brutally beautiful artwork on titles such as CONAN THE BARBARIAN, is eager to bring the scorching action and hellish horror that only Ghost Rider can deliver! 

Ghost Rider Issue 1 Cover

Johnny Blaze has a perfect life: a wife and two kids, an auto repair shop job, and a small-town community that supports him. But Johnny isn’t doing well. He has nightmares of monsters when he sleeps. And he sees bloody visions when he’s awake. This life is beginning to feel like a prison. And there’s a spirit in him that’s begging to break out!

Here’s what Benjamin Percy had to say about taking the reins: 

“I’m a horror head. I grew up reading Stephen King, watching John Carpenterand listening to Black Sabbath. When it came to comics, I always reached first for the dark and weird, which means I read a hell of a lot of Ghost Rider. That flaming skull. That spiked leather jacket. That monstrous bike coughing out clouds of sulfurous exhaust. To this day, the sight of the character blazing along a midnight highway makes my heart rev like a four-stroke engine. Ghost Rider is arguably the best designed but inarguably the most heavy-metal character in all of comics. It would be badass to write this series at any point in my life, but launching on the 50th anniversary feels especially (un)holy. Cory Smith is killing it on art, and we’re going to honor the past while burning rubber into a terrifying future packed with mystery, action, and shadow-soaked emotion. So prepare yourself for the ultimate in road horror.”

Benjamin Percy

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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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