Friday, August 03, 2018

Number 2215: Ghost Rider whacks a dog

Aw, cool off there, dog lovers. The dog that Ghost Rider whacks is a comic book dog. (As Robert Crumb once said, "It’s just lines on paper, folks.”)

Ghost Rider fights a sinister force that has turned a Western town into Hate Town. People invaded by devils, big snakes...yikes! I’d hate to live there!

Anyway, the writer has concocted a denouement that is, well, hard to swallow. But, that was the world of the Ghost Rider, where things are usually not as they appear to be. Grand Comics Database doesn’t credit the script to anyone, but Gardner Fox was the usual writer of Ghost Rider. Dick Ayers and Ernie Bache are listed as artists.

From Ghost Rider #9 (1952).


Brian Barnes said...

By 52 we are deep in the EC era, why Ghost Rider kept giving us the scooby-doo plots is a mystery, as of how long wheat can be stored safety!

Lot of great art in this one, another good mix of cartoonish and realistic. Could have used a big more show on the "snakes and demons" though.

Pappy said...

Brian, your reference to "scooby-doo plots" is apt, but think: Scooby-Doo is still being produced, and that style still keeps on. I guess that's what mystery means...something that looks like something else, but when the mystery is solved is not what it was thought to be. Or at least something approximating what I just wrote.

You'd think after all of the phony werewolves, vampires, witches, ghosts, ghouls, etc., roaming the Wild West proven by Ghost Rider (himself not really a ghost) to be frauds, the people of the territories didn't just yawn and go back to their business when hearing another monster story.