#JackedKirby - Bring On The Hellfire!!! Ghost Rider has a storied history with Marvel Comics, especially during the 1990s when he was one of the most popular characters at the company. He first appeared in Marvel Spotlight #Issue 5 in 1972 and would later get his own series in 1973.
I know what you are thinking now... what the hell does this have to do with Kirby? The character itself has nothing to do with Jack. He was created by Gary Friedrich and Ro Thomas. But.... Jack did get a chance to draw the leather clad skeleton hero a few times, when he did 3 guest covers on the series!!! The Ghost rider series was bi-monthly back in 1976/77, and Jack was brought in to do the covers on #Issues21 through #issue23. I am highlighting #Issue23 which was published in April of 1977.
Jack creates a pretty mediocre cover here with Ghost Rider atop his motorcycle and being menaced by the watery creation of the Water Wizard. It's all pretty basic... but there is one cool element that is featured here that might be important to Ghost Rider moving forward.
This is the first issue where Ghost Rider used his Hellfire blasts to burn another persons soul... a power that has become synonymous with the character. S you can see in the cover, GR's hand is engulfed in flame and he is shooting it at the elemental creation. So is this literally THE FIRST TIME Ghost Rider is using his Hellfire blasts? Possibly... and it is in a Jack Kirby cover!
Just another minor tidbit about Jack and how even when he is making a small contribution to a character or a run on a book it always seems to coincide with something major happening. Coincidence? I think not.... #JackedKirby #KingKirby #Kirby #GhostRider #JohnnyBlaze #70sComics #ComicsOfThe70s #spiritofvengeance #Comic #Comics #ComicBook #ComicBooks #ComicsOfIG #ComicsOnIG #KirbyCovers #ComicBookCovers