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Ghost Rider
Ghost rider and horse
Ghost Rider and his horse, Spectre

Real Name

Rex Fury

First Appearance

Tim Holt #6 (1949)

Original Publisher

Magazine Enterprises

Created by

Ray Krank (writer) and Dick Ayers (artist)

Golden Age Origin

Calico Kid

Calico Kid and his original horse, Ebony.

Rex Fury originally had a different secret identity than the Ghost Rider. He was known as the Calico Kid. Rex would pretend to be a mild mannered and wimpy traveling salesman, but he would change into the Calico Kid and become a colorfully-dressed hero.

He was assisted by a young Chinese boy named Sing Song whom he had saved from being framed for murder. His black horse was named Ebony, but he later got a new white horse named Spectre after becoming Ghost Rider.

Federal marshal Rex Fury wore a white outfit covered with phosphorus and a cape that had phosphorescent on one side and black on the other.
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Federal marshal Rex Fury

Rex used the black side of the cape to cover parts of his body to give the illusion that he was merely a floating head or pair of hands. To further the illusion, he wielded a black lariat and a black bullwhip so that he could appear to grab things at a distance, and even his twin six-guns and his horse, Spectre, glowed in the dark.

The Ghost Rider battled many foes who, like him, were not truly supernatural at all, such as an impostor of Frankenstein's Monster and the Harpy, as well as others who were the real deal, such as werewolves and vampires. While the character never crossed over with anyone, his mask inspired the Avenger to put on a costume.

Note

Marvel's Phantom Rider is based on Magazine Enterprise's Ghost Rider.

Legal Note

Only the version of the character that appeared in Magazine Enterprises titles is in public domain. The subsequent Marvel Comics version is, suffice to say, not.

Golden Age Appearances

As The Calico Kid:

  • Tim Holt #6-10
  • Great Western #10-11

As The Ghost Rider:

  • Tim Holt #11-41
  • Ghost Rider #1-14
  • Best of the West #1-12
  • Bobby Benson's B-Bar-B Riders #13-15
  • Black Phantom #1
  • Great Western #9
  • Red Mask #42-50
  • A-1 Comics #27, 29, 31, 34, 37, 44, 51, 57, 69, 71, 75, 80, 84 & 112

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