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Wrap it Up – Spider-Man Gives Ghost Rider a Blank Slate

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This feature is a lot like my Provide Some Answers feature, which is about long-running comic book plots finally being resolved. This, though, is a more specific comic book occurrence where the plotlines of a canceled comic book are wrapped up in the pages of another comic book series. This would happen most frequently in Marvel Comics, but other companies did it, as well.

Today, we look at how former Ghost Rider writer, Howard Mackie, wrapped up the plot on the then-canceled Ghost Rider series, in the pages of Peter Parker: Spider-Man…

In Ghost Rider #93, Ivan Velez Jr. and Javier Saltares set up the final issue of the second volume of Ghost Rider, and they ended the issue with Noble Kale, the man who was cursed to bond with his descendants to become the Ghost Rider, killing Blackheart and taking over Hell, but inadvertently killing his latest host, Daniel Ketch (who had been brought to Hell as part of a plan by his dead mother).







Velez planned on having Kale resurrect Danny in the next issue, but, well, the next issue never came out. Marvel was going through some financial issues and they just decided not to publish the last issue of Ghost Rider, so the plot was not resolved.

Go to the next page to see how Howard Mackie, the guy who launched this particular Ghost Rider volume, resolved everything (along with artist Javier Saltares, who also launched the volume with Mackie and had planned to close it out with Velez)…

In Peter Parker: Spider-Man #93, released five months after Ghost Rider #93, we see Noble Kale pop up in New York…



He begins causing a ruckus and Spider-Man intervenes…



It turns out that he was called to this spot because he sensed some bad guys had planted a bomb that could take out the whole city! Spider-man and Ghost Rider take care of the bad guys, but the bomb remains. What to do? Enter Daniel Ketch!!



Spider-Man surrounds them with tons of webbing and then a massive explosion…


Mackie later explained that he was told to just make the character a blank slate so later writers could use the character. He wanted to make it clear that it wasn’t him passing any judgement upon what was done to the character after he left the series after five years on the book.

That’s it for this installmment! Feel free to send in suggestions for later “Wrap it Up” ideas to bcronin@comicbookresources.com