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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ghost Rider/Suicide

This week Classics Rock! is featuring songs based on comic books in honor of Comic-Con 2009, taking place in San Diego July 23-26.



Ghost Rider, created by Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich and Mike Ploog and published by Marvel Comics, is a motorcycle stunt performer named Johnny Blaze who tries to sell his soul to the devil in order to save his stepfather's life. The deal goes awry, and Johnny finds himself sharing his body with a demonic entity named Zarathos. Each struggles for dominance but when Zarathos is in control, Johnny's head becomes a skull consumed by satanic fire as he rides a flaming motorcycle, shooting bursts of hellfire from his hands. The song Ghost Rider, from the 2000 self-titled album by Suicide, features the lyrics Ghost Rider, motorcycle hero/Baby baby baby he's lookin' so cute/Sneakin' around in a blue jump suit. . . he's a blazin' away/Like the stars stars stars in the universe. Reportedly the band took its name from a Ghost Rider issue called Satan Suicide.

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