Tuesday, April 19, 2016

P: Phantom Rider


Due to a screw-up, O just posted!

Today's entry is for the letter P in this month's A-Z Challenge. My oh-so-specific theme: Golden Age Comic Book Characters with the Same Name As Modern-Day Characters.

The Phantom Rider was a mysterious crime-fighter in the days of the old West. He first appeared in Wham Comics #1, from Centaur, in... you guessed it... 1940!*

Marvel Comics revived Magazine Enterprises' Ghost Rider in 1967, then changed his name several times over the years. There have also been quite a few people wearing the costume! At last report, he -- or she, because as I said, there've been several --was called the Phantom Rider. He first appeared in that role (technically) in  Marvel's Ghost Rider #1, 1967.



Thanks for your time.

*You guessed it if you've been following this series, that is!

20 comments:

  1. I vaguely know this character. I think they based some shows or a movie off him.

    No O?

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  2. I've seen the character before, think I heard the name in some form. You missed O, oh no! lol

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    1. I fixed it. It'll also be included with my Q entry!

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  3. Ah, there you are! I like this one - maybe because I like horses! :)

    Susan A Eames from
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Western characters were very popular in the older comics. The newer Phantom Rider's main artist, Dick Ayers, briefly worked with me on a comic project of mine.

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  4. That's interesting. I never really thought about combining "Western" and "Comics." I'm not really a classic comic reader. (I like the more modern graphic novels.) But I am intrigued by the medium. Combining artwork and storytelling is a fascinating process to me.
    @DoreeWeller from
    Doree Weller’s Blog

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    1. And the format taught me to read at a very early age!

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  5. This one seems vaguely familiar to me. I probably saw comic book covers at the comic book store, a favorite hangout!

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    1. When I was a kid, comic stores didn't even exist yet!

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  6. I enjoyed the Western Ghost Rider comics put out by Marvel. The motorcycle one not so much.

    My own Samuel McCord is a Phantom Rider of sorts: his supernatural adventures starting in the West Texas of 1815 to the last gasp of the universe in the far reaches of space. You can see the book trailer for his 1895 Egyptian adventures with Mark Twain under the header of my blog. Thanks for visiting and commenting. It means a lot.

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  7. I wouldn't think of a super hero in the old west although it makes sense.

    @WeekendsinMaine
    Weekends in Maine

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    1. There were masked heroes and villains, most of whom had no actual super powers. Lots of interesting stuff out there!

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  8. I like this super hero...pretty cool

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    1. I did a longer article on the Ghost/Phantom Rider here: http://silverfoxlair.blogspot.com/2009/07/short-ghost-post-for-theme-thursday.html

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  9. Maybe you could combine him with my favorite children's book and get "The Phantom Tollbooth Rider!"

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  10. I wonder what their identities are behind the masks. Interesting that both characters have their faces completely covered.

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    1. In the interests of brevity, I haven't devoted too much room to their secret identities.

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