Marc Spector discovers—and contends with—his multiple personalities!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

For the 13th Halloween Spooklight, who better to focus on than one of the most unlucky heroes around—Moon Knight. The man under the hood, Marc Spector, can never seem to catch a break.

He first appeared in the pages of 1975’s WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #32#33 thanks to Doug Moench and Don Perlin. In that appearance, he played something of a bad guy—trying to hunt down Jack Russell’s hairy alter ego on behalf of a group called the Committee. By the end of the second issue, however, he decided to switch sides and helped save the werewolf hero.

Werewolf by Night (1972) #32

Werewolf by Night (1972) #32

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The mystery man then hopped around a few different titles, making another WEREWOLF BY NIGHT appearance in #37 before showing up in MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #28-#29. By the time he made his PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN debut in issues #22 and #23, Moon Knight’s identity had been firmly nailed down…in that he had no single identity.

Marc Spector existed as a former soldier and mercenary, Steven Grant appeared as a wealthy entrepreneur, and Jake Lockley fought the mean streets. And the character(s) made their solo bow in 1980’s MOON KNIGHT #1 by Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz!

Years prior to the start of this story, Spector and his fellow soldier Frenchie worked as guns-for-hire in the Sudan for a boss named Bushmaster. Though after a few crazy encounters with the man, the duo decided to bail on the mission—but, in response, Bushmaster beat him and left him to die in the desert.

Moon Knight (1980) #1

Moon Knight (1980) #1

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Not one to give up, Spector fought through the sand and heat, and eventually found himself at the site of a nearby archaeological dig. The daughter of a residing archaeologist murdered by Bushmaster, Marlene, appeared next to Marc in front of a statue of Khonshu, the god of vengeance.

Inspired, Spector grabbed a white cloak off the statue and made off to put an end to Bushmaster’s ways. As he journeyed, his alternate identities found their forms—and Spector established a partnership with Marlene and Frenchie. Having discovered all of himself, Spector made sure Bushmaster soon met a moonlit end.

Fright Fact

Moon Knight has experienced an immense amount of psychological trauma through the years. Always inspired by—though never certain of his relationship with—Khonshu, he’s persevered with the help of his partners…and his other selves.

A dark look at an already shadowy character, MOON KNIGHT by Charlie Huston and David Finch looked at a truly broken Spector slowly finding his way back to becoming a hero. Along the way, though, he struggled with the voices in his head, the bloody visage of Bushmaster, and a battle with Taskmaster.

Next week we shine the Spooklight on Gerry Conway and Mike Perkins’ CARNAGE!

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The demon declares the Spaceway Sentinel too good to live!

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Occasionally, major characters make their first appearances in unexpected manners. Among those with strange debuts sits the demon known as Mephisto, who joined the Marvel Universe with 1968’s SILVER SURFER #3.

After turning against his master Galactus in the classic FANTASTIC FOUR #48#50, the Surfer found himself stuck on Earth, trying to understand the people he sacrificed so much for. To say the people of his new home planet didn’t seem overly grateful would be…an understatement.

In fact, humanity’s fear of the Surfer bothered Norrin Radd so much that, in the third issue of his first series, he threatened to punish the human race in an effort to teach them a lesson. This tale, by Stan Lee and John Buscema, saw him use his massive power to halt all of Earth’s machines, plunging the globe into darkness.

At that moment, Mephisto—an inter-dimensional demon—watched the planet, displeased. He proclaimed, “While man remains an uneducated savage, my ranks of the damned are swelled to overflowing! Thus, I have ordained that nothing shall change the unthinking masses of humanity!”

Witnessing the cosmic might of The Silver Surfer, Mephisto saw a potential enemy—and declared that he must die. To defeat his new foe, the would-be devil traveled to Zenn-La to meet Norrin Radd’s lost love Shalla Bal.

Silver Surfer (1968) #3

Silver Surfer (1968) #3

  • Published: December 01, 1968
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
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Back above the Earth, the Spaceway Sentinel came to see his attack on the planet as a mistake. After returning the world’s energy, he glimpsed Shalla’s approaching ship—and Mephisto accompanying it. The craft crashed into a collection of nearby mountains, though—to Radd’s relief—Shalla survived.

Mephisto then returned to his domain with Shalla Bal in tow. The Surfer followed, learning that the demon wanted to take the Surfer’s goodness, twist it, and control it for himself.

After failing to entice Norrin over to his side with offers of riches, women, and power, Mephisto began throwing waves of attacks at his enemy. Mud men, horned demons, and a dragon took on the Surfer at their master’s behest, though the cosmic being brushed them off. The demon then sapped the hero of his will, shrunk him down, and inserted the Surfer into his own head!

The Surfer’s mighty will, however, overpowered Mephisto’s and he escaped the fiery dome. In response, the dark being gave his opponent one last choice: join him and stay with Shalla Bal…or refuse and lose her forever.

Norrin Radd, heartbroken, refused Mephisto, sending Shalla Bal back—untouchable—to Zenn-La.

Fright Fact

Mephisto has tempted and tortured The Silver Surfer on more than a few occasions, including several more times in that first volume. Not content with just one super powered foe, though, Mephisto got involved with Thor and Johnny Blaze as well.

In 1987, the demon starred in his own four issue limited series called MEPHISTO VS., which pitted him against the Fantastic Four, X-Factor, the X-Men, and the Avengers. He made his greatest impact, though, in 2007, during Spider-Man’s “One More Day” storyline, when he offered Peter Parker the chance to save his Aunt May’s life—but, in exchange, he’d have to erase his marriage to Mary Jane. Spidey, heartbroken—like the Silver Surfer nearly 40 years before—agreed.

Tomorrow, uncover Marc Spector’s misunderstood madness as we explore MOON KNIGHT!

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Treat yourself to this tricky lupine tale!

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Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers have a lot in common.

Friends and comrades, they both fight for the rights and ideals of all people in their roles as super heroes. Both have worn the mantle of Captain America and slung the shield.

And both have been turned into wolf-men!

The original Capwolf story took place in CAPTAIN AMERICA #402#408 by writer Mark Gruenwald and artist Rik Levins, while Sam experienced something similar in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #3#6.

Captain America (1968) #402

Captain America (1968) #402

  • Published: July 10, 1992
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: June 10, 2013
  • Cover Artist: Rik Levins
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The Wilson series began with more than a little turmoil for the new Cap as he took a stand on issues that his predecessor might’ve remained silent on. Having gone rogue from the supervision of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the U.S. government, Sam restarted the legendary Captain America hotline, which allowed citizens to contact him directly. Though the line largely got flooded with nonsense, Wilson did hear about some trouble with the Sons of the Serpent in Arizona.

When he looked into the matter, Cap discovered the Sons kidnapping immigrants and selling them to a mystery man in New York City. As the case unraveled, Sam discovered the anonymous buyer to be Dr. Karl Malus.

In CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #3, the Star-Spangled Avenger made his move, ambushing the Doctor at his secret lab. Wilson expected to arrest the criminal with relative ease, though, upon arrival, he encountered a symbiote-enhanced Malus, who knocked the hero unconscious. While in this state, the Doctor used Cap in another twisted experiment—and turned Sam Wilson into a half-wolf, half-man!

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Captain America: Sam Wilson (2015) #3

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Now a lupine beast, Sam escaped before teaming up with Misty Knight to confront the mad scientist once more. Though this time, Malus had gathered an army of human-animal hybrids to enter the fight on his behalf! Despite the challenge, Capwolf and Misty managed to subdue Dr. Malus before turning him over to the authorities. The villain got his due, but Cap remained in his doglike state.

The following issue, Wilson’s enhanced sense of smell, wolfish temper, and tendency to dine from trash cans proved difficult for the hero to contain—and often made life difficult given his already-rocky reputation with the public.

The condition continued for Cap over the next several issues, even as he came head-to-head with Steve’s old flame Diamondback and fought the newly formed Serpent Solutions. Eventually, however, Sam Wilson returned to his usual form—as Cap, no longer Capwolf.

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In another thread of this story, Dr. Malus wove the DNA of Sam’s avian companion Redwing into the body of a young man named Joaquin Torres. Torres emerged from the process as a bird man, though utilized his hybrid condition for good, taking on the Falcon mantle. Redwing’s innate healing ability, though, meant that—unlike Cap’s hybridity—Joaquin would never revert back to his initial form.

Redwing, Sam’s longtime partner in the skies, actually had another monstrous encounter in ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #5. In that issue, Baron Blood bit the bird, seemingly killing him. This proved to be misleading, however, as in the next issue, Redwing emerged anew—as a vampire falcon!

Tomorrow, witness cosmic power go up against the demonry of Mephisto in the pages of SILVER SURFER!

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Elsa takes over her father's monster hunting legacy!

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In 2001, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Michael Lopez introduced the world to a young woman—mysteriously linked to monsters—who found herself embroiled in a war between creatures and humans. And they called that young woman Elsa Bloodstone!

The character, who has since starred in NEXTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E. and MONSTERS UNLEASHED, first appeared in BLOODSTONE #1. The story began as Elsa and her recently widowed mother moved into her dad’s former home. Unbeknownst to Elsa, her father, Ulysses, lead a life of adventure as a globetrotting monster hunter. Living in his residence, she learned details about him, his life, and the supernatural gem that she shares a name with.

Bloodstone (2001) #1

Bloodstone (2001) #1

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She met a couple of new friends along this path of discovery, including Adam, A.K.A. Frankenstein’s Monster, and Charles Barnabus, the pureblood vampire lawyer. After coming into possession of a mystical Bloodgem, Elsa teleported across locations, encountered Dracula, and went on a mission to help a mummy create a zombie army.

These adventures proved to just be warm-ups for the real adventure, however, when the vampire Nosferatu sought to concoct a super blood by sourcing the goods from pureblood vampires like Dracula and Barnabus. Luckily for them, Elsa took to the whole monster-hunting gig pretty quickly and, with some help from her friends, took Nosferatu on head-to-head. Utilizing the Bloodgem, she cured Nosferatu of vampirism, which left the centuries-old being a quivering pile of dust.

Bloodstone (2001) #2

Bloodstone (2001) #2

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Since her initial limited series, Elsa has continued to leave her mark on the supernatural landscape of the Marvel Universe. She even joined the 50 State Initiative in the wake of Civil War.  Later, she appeared in the pages of AVENGERS UNDERCOVER.

Fright Fact

For a concise history of Ulysses, Elsa, and the Bloodgem they’ve both worn, check out MARVEL ASSISTANT-SIZED SPECTACULAR #2. Set 10,000 years in the past, a “rock possessed by a planet-conquering god” crashed into Earth before being discovered by a young Ulysses. He hunted monsters imbued with fragments of the initial gem, forging his own name that he then passed on to his daughter.

Tomorrow, remember the bloodcurdling tale of Sam Wilson as Cap-Wolf!

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Look back on the muck monster’s solo debut!

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Having emerged from the swamp for the first time in 1971’s SAVAGE TALES #1, Man-Thing starred in ADVENTURES INTO FEAR from #10#19 before earning his first solo series in 1974.

MAN-THING, written by Steve Gerber and drawn by Val Mayerik with Mike Ploog, the series’ first book continued the action of the final ADVENTURES INTO FEAR issue—which also saw the first appearance of Howard the Duck!

Man-Thing (1974) #1

Man-Thing (1974) #1

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After the mallard tripped and fell into a void, Man-Thing, Dakimh the Enchanter, Jennifer Kale, and the barbarian prince Korrek set out to restore all realities back to order. Meanwhile, The Overmaster and the pretender gods of the Congress of Realities attacked Dakimh’s home realm, Therea. There, a battle raged between The Overmaster, his minions, and Man-Thing—resulting in the universe’s salvation from annihilation.

Though the series began with a more fantastical slant, the creative team introduced more horror elements in later issues as the Man-Thing continued to protect the Nexus of All Realities. These stories played with a range of genres and characters—from bikers and corrupt businessmen to wrecking crews and even The Foolkiller, who made his first appearance in issue #3!

Issue #5 saw the ghost of a clown, who died in a swamp, encounter the Man-Thing. Though the creature could not speak or remember his lost humanity, he moved to put the clown to rest in a proper manner.

Man-Thing (1974) #5

Man-Thing (1974) #5

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Later, Ayla—a tightrope walker from the carnival that employed the clown—gave up her job to search for him in the swamp, aided by the series’ stars Richard and Ruth. When they came upon the scene of the death, Ayla called out to her friend, who appeared in his ghostly form at the edge of the bog.

In the following issue, the ghost clown took control of Ayla, Richard, and Ruth, regaling the reader of his sad life—as three mysterious, hooded figures watched and critiqued the story.

The figures turned out to be agents of Hell, Heaven, and the In-Between. They stated that the clown’s death was unnecessary and decided to punish the clown for his ill-conceived decisions. Having witnessed these events, Man-Thing stepped in and fought the creatures off—allowing the clown to rest—perhaps not in peace, but to rest nonetheless.

Fright Fact

Man-Thing might seem like the type who doesn’t play well with others, but he’s actually been a part of more teams than one might expect. In 1972, he formed the original Legion of Monsters in MARVEL PREMIERE #28. In the 1990s, he joined Franklin Richards, Howard the Duck, Arite, Leech, and Tana Nyle in GENERATION X and then in a three issue limited series called DAYDREAMERS. And most recently, in the aftermath of Siege, when Luke Cage took over the Thunderbolts, Hank Pym used Man-Thing as a team transport! And not long after that, he also joined Phil Coulson’s Howling Commandos. Not bad for a guy who spends most of his time hanging out in swamps!

Tomorrow, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Michael Lopez dig into the history of the Marvel Universe’s number one monster hunter with BLOODSTONE!

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Look back on the history of the Devil’s Daughter!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

Last week, an all-new supernatural squad debuted in the pages of SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #1. The gang included Blade, Ghost Rider, Daimon Hellstrom, and Satana!

Satana Hellstrom—sister of Daimon—made her first appearance 44 years ago in VAMPIRE TALES #2. The Roy Thomas and John Romita story showed a man following a woman down a dark alley—and there, before he knew what happened, she consumed his soul. Only at the end the story did the reader come to know this character as Satana, the Devil’s Daughter.

Vampire Tales (1973) #2

Vampire Tales (1973) #2

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In the following issue, by writer Gerry Conway and artist Esteban Maroto, Satana relocated to Los Angeles where she found herself hounded by a greedy priest named Harry Gotham. In response, as you might guess, Gotham got a fiery end to his story.

After that, Satana occasionally appeared in books such as MARVEL SPOTLIGHT and HAUNT OF HORROR. She even shared center stage with her brother in his 1990s series HELLSTROM: PRINCE OF LIES. She also plays important roles in SUPERNATURALS and WITCHES.

In 2007, the Devil’s Daughter starred in her own LEGION OF MONSTERS one-shot by writer Robin Furth and artist Kalman Andrasofszky. In this tale, Satana mentioned that one of every ten souls she consumes gets sent to get father in Hell. Later, a character named Jen Silence captured Satana in a pentacle and revealed that her twin brother, Jason Silence, received the unlucky trip to the Devil.

The young woman made Satana take a blood oath to find her brother in exchange for freedom from the pentacle. In response, Satana escaped, chained Jen to a dying man, and journeyed to Hell to retrieve Jason. There, in search of the soul, she battled a demon called The Scorpion Queen.

Legion of Monsters: Satana (2007) #1

Legion of Monsters: Satana (2007) #1

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Following an epic battle, Satana defeated the Queen and made off with Jason. Back in her house again, she reunited the Silence twins, but demanded that Jen sign the contract, clearing Satana of further duty. Upon doing so, Jen gave Jason a hug…but he disappeared!

“You said I had to bring him back alive and unharmed,” Satana mentioned coolly, “You didn’t say he had to stay that way.”

Fright Fact

Though not exactly a team player, Satana has joined up with other groups on several occasions. In addition to SUPERNATURALS and WITCHES, she also became a major player in THUNDERBOLTS.

In THUNDERBOLTS #155, Dr. Strange and Man-Thing helped team leader Luke Cage find Satana in the Valley of Shandor-Rah. His bosses wanted a magic expert on the squad, so they fought through her defenses and used some trickery to put a magically enhanced collar on her, bringing her on board. The Daughter of the Devil appreciated their deception, but then admitted she would have come along freely of she knew Man-Thing wanted her on the crew!

Next week, return to the Man-Thing with a review of the original 1974 series!

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Daimon Hellstrom breaks into his own devilish solo series!

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A great writer once said, “Parents just don’t understand.” And Daimon Hellstrom would agree.

The son of Satan, Hellstrom rebuked his lineage and swore to destroy his father’s influence across the world. Though strong and imbued with supernatural abilities, Daimon had to worry about unleashing the malevolent force of Darksoul, which resides within him.

Daimon Hellstrom debuted back in 1973’s GHOST RIDER #1 before taking center stage in SON OF SATAN two years later. Written and drawn by the likes of John Warner, Jim Mooney, Sonny Trinidad, Craig Russell, Ed Hannigan, Bill Mantlo, Archie Goodwin, Russ Heath, and John Romita, the series began with Hellstrom returning to his childhood home on Fire Lake in New England. Upon his arrival, he noticed that someone had broken into the place and stolen his mother’s diary. He immediately assumed that his demonic dad did the deed.

Ghost Rider (1973) #1

Ghost Rider (1973) #1

Satan, though, denied his involvement and sent his son to the mortal realm, where both the diary and a masked man called The Possessor awaited Hellstrom in the lake house. The Possessor tormented him before disappearing—though after discovering the demonic origins of the visitor, Daimon took off for The Gateway to Hell.

The Possessor sat waiting for him there—and when Hellstrom arrived, the new foe took possession of him. Embodying Daimon’s soul briefly, The Possessor was cast out when Satan himself intervened. And to finish him off, the Son of Satan unleashed the power of the Darksoul to do away with the villain’s power. During the violence, however, the battle destroyed the Fire Lake house—and sealed all gateways to Hell.

Having concluded that adventure, Hellstrom moved to Washington, D.C. in an effort to rejoin the human race. Hellstrom looked to start anew—and took a job as the head of parapsychology studies and paranormal phenomenon research at a local university. There, Daimon met up with other supernatural beings, including Proffet and Mindstar.

Fright Fact

Though SON OF SATAN only lasted eight issues, Daimon Hellstrom propelled to the recurring cast of DEFENDERS, where he would go on to feature for years. Writer Steve Gerber initially brought him on board with issue #24, where he met up with a variety of other unusual characters, from Hulk and Hellcat to Dr. Strange and Luke Cage. He even appeared years later when a new team formed in THE LAST DEFENDERS.

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An evil goddess fights the X-Men with an army of the dead!

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Death follows the X-Men wherever they go.

One of the unfortunate side effects of fighting for equality, the mutant race negotiates with extinction on a semi-regular basis. And this practice reached a climax when the X-Men faced an army of dead reanimated to kill the living.

Selene, a the psychic vampire, used a Techno-Organic Virus mixed with her own dark magic to create a new concoction that raises the dead. She used that formula against the X-Men in an event called Necrosha that began in 2009 with the one-shot X-NECROSHA and then continued between X-FORCE, X-MEN LEGACY, and NEW MUTANTS.

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X Necrosha (2009) #1

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Written by Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, Zeb Wells, and Mike Carey with art by Clayton Crain, Diogenes Neves, Clay Mann, and others, this story made the X-Men reflect on some of their biggest mistakes—and face them like never before.

This damned enterprise served Selene’s quest to become a goddess. On that quest, she and her undead crew—which included Wither, Blink, Senyaka, Mortis, and Eli Bard—utilized an army of zombie mutants to attack the X-Men in their home of Utopia. While the X-Men fought the horde, Selene and her inner circle traveled to Genosha where they made thousands more mutants and former mutants rise from the dead as a means to build her seat of power.

In NEW MUTANTS issues #6, #7, and #8, the recently risen Doug Ramsey followed Selene’s command to destroy his old teammates after helping the Hellions break into Utopia. Luckily for those involved, Warlock eventually showed up and helped quell the danger.

Meanwhile, over in X-MEN LEGACY #231, #232, and #233, a team consisting of Nightcrawler, Rogue, Colossus, Psylocke, Magneto, Husk, Trance, and Blindfold raced to Muir Island at the behest of Destiny. Once there, they faced off against Proteus—one of the X-Men’s deadliest foes. The ensuing battle led to teammates fighting possessed teammates, and only Magneto’s intervention could manage to save the day.

The main action took place in X-FORCE issues #21, #22, #23, #24, and #25, as the more violent X-Squad dealt directly with Selene and her plans. Working together to seize Selene and her evil cohort, the team also fought off a pack of Necroshan zombies. Though brave in their efforts, the X-Squad remained unable to stop Selene from undergoing a rite to reach her goddess form.

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X-Force (2008) #21

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In response, Warpath communed with his dead brother, John Proudstar, A.K.A. the first Warpath. They used their ancestral ritual to outfit the team with abilities to adequately counter the new deity. And at last, the mutants—the living mutants—prevailed.

Fright Fact

NEW X-MEN #23 and X-FORCE #11 provide further background to the players in the Necrosha epic. The former explores Wither’s past with the title team and illustrates how he started working with Selene. In the latter issue, called “Who The Hell Is Eli Bard?”, readers learned the answer to the titular question—and witnessed his first ever meeting with Selene.

And to see how Selene selected the rest of the major characters in her scheme, read up on X-NECROSHA: THE GATHERING. This story features some of the creepiest, most spooktacular monster art in the series!

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Jason Aaron and Roland Boschi rev up the action in Ghost Rider!

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You‘d think that discovering you’d been working for angels instead of demons would be good news, but then again, you’re not Johnny Blaze. Everyone’s favorite flaming skull motorcycle enthusiast came to understand that an angel named Zadkiel had been pulling his strings this whole time before Jason Aaron took over the GHOST RIDER series in 2008. That gave the future DOCTOR STRANGE scribe a great place to start and a clear mission for his star: get Zadkiel.

For Aaron’s first arc, starting with GHOST RIDER #20 and running through #23, the writer and artist Roland Boschi set the tone for one of the most wild, violent, and supernaturally stacked runs on the character to date that felt like a great mix of horror and grindhouse action. Not a fan of having the wool pulled over his fiery eye sockets, Blaze decided that he needed to have a face-to-face with this Zadkiel character. While traveling through New Beulah, out hero heard about a kid named Lucas who had a near death experience and came back terrified of angels. That seemed like a good enough place to start, so Johnny paid the boy a visit in the hospital.

Before he could even talk to the young man, Blaze ran into a mountain of a woman who told him to kick rocks. He listened for about a minute and then drove his bike straight through the doors, grabbed Lucas and took off with him. Not to be outdone, the head nurse ordered her underlings to grab a ton of guns and follow them. After getting a night’s sleep, Lucas explained that, when he briefly died he found the gates to Heaven locked and Zadkiel looking to succeed where Lucifer failed. Lucas even remembered working on their siege engines until he returned to the land of the living.

Ghost Rider (2006) #20

Ghost Rider (2006) #20

  • Published: February 13, 2008
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 07, 2008
  • Rating: Parental Advisory
  • Writer: Jason Aaron
  • Cover Artist: Marko Djurdjevic
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Before Blaze could leave the kid and go off on his own mission, the nurses—who served Zadkiel—shot Lucas in the side. They tried running off again, but their pursuers caught up and nearly destroyed the Rider with a drop of Zadkiel’s fiery rain; howerre they made the mistake of threatening the Rider’s bike and he went nuclear on them. The chase continued with Johnny accidentally leading them all to Highway 18 which happened to be haunted by the ghosts of a bunch of cannibals that hadn’t given up their eating habits. These ghouls proved powerful enough to not only separate Lucas from his new friend, but also give the Rider a run for his money.

The last issue of the arc ended with a huge collision between Ghost Rider, the nurses, a bus, and the only living member of the family of ghost cannibals! At the end, just about everything went wrong, but Johnny Blaze rode away with a bit more information that he’d use to get his revenge in later issues of Aaron’s tenure.

Fright Fact

In this story we just begin to see how Blaze’s fellow Ghost Rider, Danny Ketch, played into the larger story. The character took over as the Spirit of Vengeance in the 1990-launching GHOST RIDER series. Eventually, Blaze returned to active duty leaving Ketch behind. As we found out in Aaron’s series, Ketch missed the power so much that he agreed to work for Zadkiel in order to regain the mantle of Ghost Rider. Danny even went so far as to gather a group of villains like Orb, Doghead, Death Ninja, and Blackout to aid in their efforts. Eventually he and Johnny worked things out, though, as you can see in the endcap to this epic, a limited series called GHOST RIDERS: HEAVEN’S ON FIRE.

Tomorrow, the X-Men find themselves facing off against a psychic vampire and an army of mostly dead mutants!

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Get a healthy dose of rotten luck with this dark comedy!

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You might think that getting decapitated in a horrible accident might be the worst thing that could happen—but Mort Graves thinks otherwise!

Writer Larry Hama and artist Gary Hallgren’s four issue limited series MORT THE DEAD TEENAGER began with the title character foolishly challenging his school rival, Lance Boyle, to a drag race. Mort borrowed his dad’s Studebaker in hopes of impressing his crush, Kimberley Dimenmein, but Lance swooped in and picked her up before Mort had his chance.

The ensuing challenge led the duo to the local train tracks. Ready to race—and hyped to win the girl—Mort forgot that his dad hadn’t restored the car’s breaks…which resulted in a deadly collision and a headless Mort.

Then Mort woke up.

Mort The Dead Teenager (1993) #1

Mort The Dead Teenager (1993) #1

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He found himself in the Netherworld—in conversation with Teen Death. Soon assigned to his new undead duty—haunting his parents’ house—the Dead Teenager witnessed the painful sight of his mom and dad’s casual acceptance of their son’s demise.

Even Mort’s friends didn’t seem too broken up about his passing. His buddies, Weirdo and Slick, quickly used his concert tickets for themselves—and didn’t even seem to care when he tried to give them a ghostly scare.

To Mort’s further disappointment, Weirdo and Slick joined a band—with Kimberley as the lead singer! In an attempt to disturb their first jam session, Mort tried messing with the equipment—but that only made the band sound so loud that Weirdo’s dad offered to start booking them gigs.

This guy really can’t catch a break.

Soon, Mort found himself wandering around with Teen Death again. This time, he came to see three different versions of what life might’ve been like had he not been decapitated. These visions, however, weren’t so positive either.

Despite this, Teen Death imparted a lesson to Mort: “The point is that anything is better than being dead! That pain and suffering and embarrassment and mental anguish and excruciating shame are really terrific compared to being non-existent for eternity!”

And with that mindset in place, Mort set off to change his ways…until he woke up and realized that it all had been a dream.

Well, maybe not. Mort’s fate remained unresolved as he grabbed his dad’s car to meet up with his friends—and saw Teen Death once again…this time driving the train that seemed to have killed him before.

Fright Fact

MORT THE DEAD TEENAGER didn’t have much of a life beyond this initial series. But the original is jam-packed with visuals—creative team Hama and Hallgren threw plenty of amazing Easter eggs into the story. From a certain animated bus driver to a video game icon, readers will catch plenty of nods to pop culture in the series—and might get a few laughs from the signs and graffiti in the books’ backgrounds.

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