GHOST RIDER #68 (1982)

Roger Stern begins a damn good run on Ghost Rider with a retelling of his origin.  The framing device is Johnny Blaze “confessing” all his Ghost Rider sins to a priest who we learn, in the end, was a bad dude and therefore a target of Ghost Rider’s vengeance.

As with most origin stories, there’s a little bit of retcon.  Whereas the original Ghost Rider origin was a morality play about Jesus Christ and Satan, now we see it was clearly Mephisto, who says he was posing as the Christian devil.

It’s the start of the best Ghost Rider run so far.  I know that’s not saying much, but actually several of the Roger Stern issues are excellent.

Then, on the letters page, Roger Stern writes an essay about how and why he’s coming to work on Ghost Rider.

Creators: Roger Stern and Bob Budiansky
Grade: B
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