Ghost Rider #17-19 (1976): Guest Starring Son of Satan!

Karen Page has a become a series regular here, as the potential love interest for Johnny Blaze and a movie actress on a movie that requires a stunt double.  Her double, Katy Milner, gets possessed by Satan and Ghost Rider and Son of Satan team up to perform an exorcism.

Along the way, a guy called Challenger-a tool of Satan-requires Ghost Rider to race against his past, offering up guest appearances by Crash Simpson, Orb, Thing, Spider-Man, etc.  Except they’re demonic imagery and not real, so I’m not listing them as guest shots.

In the end, we learn that Katy Milner is actually Roxanne Simpson-she was being hidden by the Devil-so Johnny is reunited with his true love and Karen Page limps off, jilted.

She has to have the worst love life of any Marvel character.

In the end, Ghost Rider is freed of his Satanic curse but still has his powers-which I thought had already happened, but apparently it needed to happen again.  He also makes a motorcycle out of hellfire, something he has already done but apparently he didn’t realize he still had the power to do it.  So, it’s kind of like a retcon without actually retconning anything.

Creators: Tony Isabella and Frank Robbins
Grade: C
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