Daniel Ketch (Earth-616)

Death Rider

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Daniel “ Danny ” Ketch

Current Alias

Death Rider [ 1 ]


Ghost Rider, [ 2 ] Spirit of Corruption, [ 3 ]
early Aliases :
Bony, [ 4 ] Captain Nicotine, [ 5 ] Danny Boy, [ 5 ] Dan Ketch, [ 6 ] Ghostie, [ citation needed ] [ 7 ] The Rider, [ 8 ] the Riding Ghost, [ citation needed ] Spirit of Vengeance, [ 7 ] [ 9 ] The Wheeler [ 10 ]

Codenames:Other Aliases:Bony,Captain Nicotine,Ghostie, Heaven’s Harlot,The Rider,the Riding Ghost,The Wheeler

Affiliation and Relationships


Spirits of Vengeance


Midnight Sons, New Fantastic Four, The Nine [ 9 ], Secret Defenders

Servant of Zadkiel


( maternal ancestor, deceased ) ;

Ancestors: Illyana Kale (maternal ancestor, deceased);

Destin Kale (maternal ancestor, deceased);
Dante Kale (maternal distant relative, deceased);
Noble Kale (maternal ancestor, deceased);
Magdelena Kale (maternal ancestor, deceased)
Unnamed maternal great-grandfather (deceased);
Joshua Kale (maternal grandfather, deceased)
Naomi Kale (mother, deceased);
Barton Blaze (father, deceased);
Francis Ketch (adoptive mother, deceased)
Johnny Blaze (brother);
Barbara Ketch (sister, deceased)
Other Relatives:
Roxanne Simpson (sister-in-law, deceased);
Craig Blaze (nephew, deceased);
Emma Blaze (niece, deceased);
Jennifer Kale (maternal cousin);

( maternal cousin, deceased ) Andrew Kale (maternal cousin, deceased)

Marital Status


Physical Characteristics[50]




( Ghost Rider ) 5′10″ (1.78 m) (Ketch), 6′2″ (1.88 m) (Ghost Rider)


( Ghost Rider ) 180 lbs (81.65 kg) (Ketch), 220 lbs (99.79 kg) (Ghost Rider)



  • Green (Ketch)
  • No Eyes At All (Ghost Rider, blue or orange flames in eye sockets)


( Ghost Rider ) Brown (Ketch), No Hair At All (Ghost Rider)

Unusual Features

Blue or orange Flaming skull instead of human face, previously had the mark of Zadkiel on his hand

Origin and Living Status


Human bonded to the Spirit of Corruption. After his sister was wounded, Daniel was in contact with the medallion on his motorcycle which later transformed him into the new Ghost Rider

Living Status




Personal Information






Messenger, vigilante


High school graduate

Base of Operations

Mephisto ‘s Realm


Brooklyn, New York City, New York

Mobile; Cypress Hills Cemetery

Creators and Appearances


Howard Mackie, Javier Saltares


Ghost Rider ( Vol. 3 ) # 1
( May, 1990 )
( As Ghost Rider )
Ghost Rider ( Vol. 9 ) # 4
( January, 2020 )
( As Spirit of Corruption )
King in Black : Ghost Rider # 1
( March, 2021 )
( As Death Rider )

(As Ghost Rider)(As Spirit of Corruption)(As Death Rider)

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Death Rider[src]


early Years

Daniel “Danny” Ketch and his sister Barbara were born to Barton Blaze and Naomi Kale, but were given away to a widowed womanhood named Francis Ketch when they were very young. The two grew astir only knowing Mrs. Ketch as their mother, but their biological ma, Naomi Kale, continued to keep tab key on the kids until her death ten years late. [ 11 ] When on a fifth rate field trip to Manhattan, he was interviewed on television after seeing Spider-Man and the Human Torch driving the Spider-Mobile up walls. [ 12 ] Working as a paperboy, the “ decent, convention, ordinary ” Danny had his photograph taken with Phil and Doris Sheldon to mark Phil ‘s decision to retire from photographing superheroes. [ 13 ]

Ghost Rider

On Halloween nox when they were teenagers, Danny took his sister Barbara to a cemetery to give her the opportunity to take pictures of the dangerous of Harry Houdini. During this digression, the siblings stumbled upon a confrontation between two gangs, one led by Deathwatch and the early made up of cronies belonging to the Kingpin. The two gangs began fighting each other, and Barbara cried out, causing Deathwatch to become mindful of her presence. Barbara was shot through the breast with an arrow by one of Deathwatch ‘s henchmen, so Danny grabbed his baby ‘s body and ran away to a nearby junkyard. Distressed and covered in his sister ‘s rake, he hid there with his sister ‘s unconscious soundbox from Deathwatch ‘s henchmen until he noticed a pristine minibike with a glow accelerator capital. [ 2 ] Inspecting the glow boast cap, Danny touched it with his blood-stained hand and instantaneously transformed into Ghost Rider, a Spirit of Vengeance whose mission was to take revenge on those who shed innocent blood. As Ghost Rider, both Daniel ‘s mind and Ghost Rider ‘s mind were in control, resulting in Danny being only reasonably influential in his own actions. Ghost Rider confronted and began to torture the henchmen of Deathwatch, but was interrupted by the arrival of the police. Leaving Barbara ‘s body behind, Ghost Rider escaped the police on his flame minibike, which had besides been transformed when Danny touched the glowing gas ceiling. finally, Ghost Rider drove into a privy alley where he turned back into Daniel Ketch. [ 2 ] Barbara ‘s unconscious mind torso was taken to a hospital by the cops, but not much time later she was killed by Blackout, who had learned Daniel ‘s secret identity and sought retaliation on Ghost Rider for burning his confront ( an injury Blackout actually had himself to blame for ). [ 14 ] Dan ‘s effective acquaintance Jack D’Auria was besides finally caught up in the dispute against Deathwatch ‘s men, where he helped Ghost Rider fight them. [ 15 ]

early career

After the Fantastic Four cryptically disappeared, Ketch, Wolverine, Hulk and Spider-Man joined forces to replace them until the four were rescued and a Skrull plot was exposed. [ 16 ] Ketch besides briefly teamed with Wolverine and Punisher while investigating one of Blackheart ‘s schemes. [ 17 ] Johnny Blaze traveled from the West Coast to confront this new Ghost Rider thinking the evil heart Zarathos had returned. [ 18 ] Blaze hunted down Ghost Rider and tried to kill him multiple times while Ghost Rider kept attempting to escape Blaze and bring Blackout, who was killing multiple people, to department of justice. last, when Blaze watched Ghost Rider save a child in Central Park that Blackout was about to kill, he became less leery of Ghost Rider and stopped trying to kill him. He alternatively decided to observe Daniel to make certain that he was n’t Zarathos, and he taught Daniel how to fight and protect himself when he was n’t transformed into Ghost Rider. [ 19 ] It was late revealed for certain that this incarnation of Ghost Rider was not Zarathos, and that Blaze and Ketch were brothers. The family had been separated by the Blood to limit the chances of the Spirits of Vengeance shape, but Mephisto ‘s manipulations forced them to use the powers. [ 20 ] The two worked together to fight Zarathos and Lilith as separate of the Midnight Sons. Danny Ketch seemed to die by the hands of Blackout, [ 21 ] but the Spirit of Vengeance to which he had been bound through the bicycle ‘s amulet lived on. During this time Dan ‘s merely being remained stuck in a void and would only be able to communicate with the Ghost Rider Spirit via the emotional state world. [ 22 ] Dan besides had problems with his girlfriend, Stacy, who joined a task storm that was designed to confront superhuman criminals and vigilantes. As the Ghost Rider, he was concisely captured, but escaped before S.H.I.E.L.D. could examine the nature of his powers. [ 23 ]

noble Kale

After an attack by a delirious Vengeance revealed some darkness memories, Ketch consulted with Doctor Strange. It was revealed that the Ghost Rider shape was actually an ancestor, noble Kale, who had become a Spirit of Vengeance with the help of the angel Uriel. Their use of motorcycles was due to Naomi placing her medallion on her own motorcycle. This besides mean Ketch and Blaze were distantly related to sorceress Jennifer Kale. This cognition seemed to increase the might of the Ghost Rider, although he besides became more distant and angry. The revelations besides awakened the Furies, who had been dispatched to destroy Kale and his descendants. Jennifer sent out a mystic distress signal, which was answered by Valkyrie. together they managed to hold off the Furies until Jennifer was able to call the spirit of Naomi to force the Furies to abandon their attack. [ 24 ] Having recently deposed his father Mephisto, Blackheart began to attack the Ghost Rider with his own create Spirits of Vengeance. He besides mocked Blaze by placing Roxanne ‘s intent into the Blackrose. Kale was killed by Pao Fu and taken to Blackheart ‘s Hell. While there, Daniel Ketch apparently sacrificed himself to unlock Noble Kale ‘s wide power. [ 25 ] Kale defeated Blackheart and concisely controlled the region until Mephisto ‘s return. While he ruled Hell, he resurrected Dan Ketch and returned him to Earth. [ 6 ] erstwhile belated when Mephisto reclaimed his kingdom, noble Kale returned to Earth and was forced to re-bond to Dan Ketch. [ 26 ] Danny slipped into a coma in the deadly plane and was late revived by his dead and brother and went on to live a apparently convention life. however, this was not to last ; his longtime girlfriend Stacy found out she was pregnant with Danny ‘s child and ran away. [ 6 ]


sometime by and by, however, Dan had a change of center and had Noble Kale exercised from his body by the technomancer Mary LeBow, a workweek after the exorcism Danny attempted to immolate himself in Times Square while begging for the ability of the Ghost Rider to ‘come back ‘. [ 8 ] Danny continued to fall into a bass depression, becoming a drink in who fought banish thugs for kicks. He was approached by Mister Eleven, a talking crow that continued to encounter Ketch over and over, giving him ‘doses ‘ of the Ghost Rider power he lusted after like an addiction, luring him in with longer and more herculean amounts each time. [ 27 ] [ 28 ] football team explained to Ketch the true history of the Spirits of Vengeance and how some past Ghost Rider incarnations were unable to cope with such a magnitude of baron, going harebrained and burning out their souls. He besides explained that Verminus Rex, from Blackheart ‘s old Spirits of Vengeance, was hunting other Ghost Riders in ordain to feed his own growing addiction. [ 10 ] After absorbing the heart from another Ghost Rider that knew of Rex ‘s location, Danny found out where he was hiding and finished him off, absorbing the other spirits Rex had taken in the past. Taking on such an amount of power and finding the Mary ‘s all in body pushed Danny over the edge, causing him to overdose. Zadkiel intervened, offering to take away Danny ‘s trouble from the overdose and in return, Danny would gather other Spirits of Vengeance and absorb their essence in order to “ save the master of ceremonies ‘s soul ”. Desperate and with no other option, Ketch agreed, becoming a knight in Zadkiel ‘s service. [ 29 ] Danny was next seen in the shadows speaking on the telephone with the forefront nurse hunting Johnny Blaze, the augury of Zadkiel on his hired hand. Ketch then encountered Lucas Collier, the young male child Blaze was trying to save, and apparently convinced the male child to kill himself. [ 30 ]

The death Stand of the Spirits of Vengeance

Daniel Ketch set off on his newfangled mission : To collect the powers of all the Ghost Riders for the saint Zadkiel to prevent the corruptness of the powers within their human hosts. Zadkiel had other motives he kept to himself — that he needed the powers of the Riders to tear down the walls of New Jerusalem and engage war on Heaven. Danny ‘s first tax was to destroy any attest of his own history by attacking Caretaker and destroying his archives. Johnny Blaze and Caretaker ‘s granddaughter, Sister Sara arrived to speak with Caretaker before he died, but were besides late to catch Danny. [ 31 ] In Tibet, with chinese soldiers harassing a greenwich village, a peasant entered on a donkey. After a few exchange of words and an order to kill given by the General, the peasant changed and killed the General ‘s men while his back was turned. When the General turned back he saw the Ghost Rider and received the repentance gaze for his trouble. After the attack the Rider went back to his chancel where he was visited by Danny Ketch. A short while later Sara and Johnny Blaze arrived at the refuge to find out how to get back at Zadkiel. After entering, they found the peasant and donkey burned to husks from Ketch leeching the Ghost Rider power. [ 32 ] That night, the two were visited by Ketch and began a conflict with a show of might. When Blaze used the penance gaze on his brother, he saw precisely what had transpired. Ketch had murdered the hosts of numerous riders for their powers. During a show of pity for the fall, Ketch was able to return the gaze on Blaze, and temporarily broke his brother ‘s emotional state. Before Ketch was able to take the exponent of Zarathos, he was stopped by the new caretaker, Sister Sara. She rescued Blaze and they went to a safehouse where they were visited by two more haunt Riders, the Muslim Molek and the chinese Bai Gu Jing, who were mindful of Zadkiel and Ketch ‘s plan. [ 33 ] When Blaze ‘s team arrived in Japan, they learned Ketch had already taken the power of the Rider, Yoshio Kannabe. After the conquest, Ketch had another speak with Zadkiel via a communications connect. During the conversation, Zadkiel massacred the squad of the Asura Angels who guard the gates of Heaven. Zadkiel told Ketch to wait to attack the Riders until the final ones were together. After leaving Japan, Blaze ‘s team journeyed to the City of the Skulls in the Congo where the last stand would be made. There they met the Lords of the Congo, the Ghost Riders, Baron Skullfire and Marinette Bwa Chech, and their apparition Riders. [ 34 ] As the Ghost Riders and their forces readied for battle, Blaze had his eyes opened back up by kids going to fight. He quickly snapped out of his depression and joined the others for the final examination battle. During the course of the conflict Baron Skullfire died and the heart was transferred to one of the Phantom Riders, after which Ketch created hellfire avatars of himself to take all the powers. A bet was then made by Blaze and Ketch on a race between the brothers around the earth for the fates of the powers. As he was about to win, Blaze was injured by former deputy Kowalski, whom he had previously subjected to the Penance Stare, using a Hellfire Shotgun whom Zadkiel had made sure was lying in wait. Danny Ketch was now able to take the Rider from Johnny and take them to Zadkiel. The heavy of the gates falling was enough to be felt by Spider-Man ‘s senses, and loud adequate to be heard by people everywhere including Hell and Asgard. When an hurt Blaze returned to the City of the Skulls, Ketch fell from the sky and revealed that he ‘d learned that Zadkiel had used him as a weapon, and that the conflict for Heaven had already been decided. [ 35 ] After the struggle with Zadkiel and his Black Host, Ketch parted ways with Blaze and Sara, taking to the open road on his motorbike and reminiscing about being Zadkiel ‘s puppet. now, he plainly waited for the end of the global to come. He came across a blown-up gas place, destroyed by the demonically-possessed Highwayman. He attempted to pass by it but his bicycle refused to budge however, and Ketch was forcibly turned into the Ghost Rider. Danny found the Highwayman further up the road, having finished slaughtering a bus topology full of UFO watchers and hippies to feed the demons in his semi-truck. Ghost Rider faced off with the Highwayman, finally tearing his head off in a high-speed chase. The decapitate head attempted to crawl away, sprouting arachnid legs and cursing the Ghost Rider. Ketch picked it up and set it ablaze with a spit of hellfire. He transformed back into Danny Ketch and rode off, reflecting on how finale he was to being rid of this life as the Ghost Rider. [ 7 ] Following Danny ‘s meet with the Highwayman he teamed up with Blaze for a final rape on Zadkiel. The two brothers worked together with the raw Caretaker Sara, Daimon Hellstrom and Jaine Cutter to discover a portal into Heaven, learned of through Danny ‘s sell of his soul to the hellion. once there they took the fight to Zadkiel only to be initially beaten by the huffy angel. On the verge of giving up Blaze realized how to call upon the spirits of the previously fallen Spirits of Vengeance for care. Ketch and Blaze, in concert with all of the Spirits of Vengeance from human history, defeated Zadkiel and restored balance to earth. Ketch ‘s whereabouts following the defeat of Zadkiel are obscure. [ 36 ] After Daniel was about to drink again, Johnny, nowadays the newly King of Hell, convinced Daniel to go aid another fellow spirit of Vengeance, Alejandra Jones. In his Ghost Rider form, he arrived at Alejandra ‘s village where he found her battling Dark Carnage. He tried to help her, but Carnage finally killed her, after ripping and devouring her spine. Ketch tried to get revenge, but Carnage got empowered by Jones ‘ Spirit of Vengeance, and battled Ketch. Thankfully, Alejandra, possessing the soundbox of a village girl, Imara, and the other villagers, helped Ketch in battle, while Carnage ‘s cult got their drawing card. Afterwards, Ketch apologized to Alejandra, but she thanked him for protecting her village before returning to hell. Ketch them promised to the village to come to protect them in need before leaving. [ 37 ]

liveliness of corruption

As Johnny Blaze began capturing demons roaming the earth, he tried to recruit the help of his brother, but Ketch refused and tried to convince Johnny that his position as the King of Hell was corrupting his soul. [ 38 ] however, Blaze stripped Ketch of his Spirit of Vengeance and threw him off the Manhattan Bridge. [ 39 ] fortunately, he got saved from drowning by Caretaker Sara. He at first refused to help Blaze to come to his senses, but after being convinced by the spirit of his beget to go help his brother, he accepted to go to Limbo, and take Belasco ‘s Necrosis. After the struggle between Ketch and the Necrosis, Belasco turned Ketch into his spirit of Corruption. [ 40 ] After returning to his dimension, he instantaneously regretted this decision and tried to walk away. however, Lilith sent Jack O’Lantern to attack Danny, the supervillain-turned-demon informing him of an approaching war and causing Ketch to realize that he needed to save Johnny. [ 41 ] He then visited his mother ‘s grave and had another argumentation with Sara over the situation, correctly accusing her of having planned for him to become the Spirit of Corruption. Before preparing to go after Johnny, he was attacked by Punisher and Wolverine, who still believed him to be a Ghost Rider, but he easily stopped them. [ 42 ]


Power Grid[51]


After failing against Necrosis, Belasco fused its blood to Danny, transforming him into the Spirit of Corruption. Spirit of Corruption Transformation: Danny presently possesses the supernatural ability to transform into the Spirit of Corruption – an armor warrior potent enough to go against a Spirit of Vengeance. Danny describes the transformation as being taken over by a decayed carapace ; a green supernatural substance seep and surging out from his body. He besides carries a giant sword known as the Blight Blade from his innards. While consumed by the Spirit, Danny however retains some world in him. During this shape, he ‘s granted with far powers .

  • Superhuman Strength
  • Superhuman Durability: Ketch is invulnerable to any conventional attacks being able to withstand bullets and Wolverines’ adamantium claws.
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: Ketch possesses a mystical energy that grants him to rapidly heal any damage and/or harm faster, greater and better than any ordinary human being. This substance seems to be equivalent to sludge, tar and rot, and can warp itself back together after getting attacked.
  • Burning Touch: His hands are capable of burning skin when placed on a human.
  • Blight Blade Projection: Ketch wields a supernatural sword called the Blight Blade. It is made out of the same substances from him since it’s a part of his physiology. Anybody stabbed by the sword will be consumed by every corrupt thing they’ve committed in their life from the inside out, reducing themselves into a pile of sludge. However, if a person hasn’t done anything corrupt, they are left incapacitated slowly recovering while tar and rot comes out of their body, as described by Frank Castle.[43]

early Powers This Ghost Rider was cursed from the lineage of noble Kale. As the Ghost Rider, Ketch possessed a variety of supernatural powers. Ghost Rider Transformation: Ketch possessed the supernatural ability to transform into the Ghost Rider at will, initially due to being indwelled by his ancestor Noble Kale, who had been turned into a Spirit of Vengeance by the Medallion of Power. however, Ketch and Kale have been shown individually in their Ghost Rider forms, indicating that Ketch ‘s powers now come from a different Spirit of Vengeance. [ 44 ] primitively, he would have to touch the gasoline crown of his motorbike — actually the medallion of Power — to transform. later, he would automatically transform at night or in the presence of evil. finally, however, he gained control over his transformations and could transform through an act of will or when innocent blood is spilled .

  • Superhuman Strength: As Ghost Rider, Ketch possessed superhuman strength sufficient to lift about 10 tons.[45]
  • Superhuman Stamina: The mystical energy that empowers Ghost Rider prevents his muscles from producing fatigue toxins during physical activities. As a result, while transformed into Ghost Rider, Ketch possessed limitless superhuman stamina in all physical activities.
  • Superhuman Durability: While transformed into Ghost Rider, Ketch’s body was highly resistant to physical injury. He was capable of withstanding great impact forces, temperature and pressure extremes, powerful energy blasts, high caliber bullets, and falls from great heights without sustaining injury.
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: Despite his high resistance to damage and harm while he was transformed into Ghost Rider, Ketch could still sustain any damage and/or harm. however, the mystical energies of the Ghost Rider enabled him to rapidly heal any damage and/or harm rapidly faster, greater and better than any ordinary human being is capable of. his regenerative powers are powerful and rapid they allow him to regenerate in a matter of moments/seconds depending on the damage and/or harm.
  • Hellfire Manipulation: As Ghost Rider, Ketch possessed the ability to generate, control, and project mystical fire, or “hellfire” at will. Hellfire is an empyreal and supernatural flame that burns the soul of a person and can be used to burn their physical body. He could utilize this fire in various ways, including projecting it from his eyes, hands, mouth, or even channel it from his body into other weapons like his shotgun, form walls of hellfire, and even create a motorcycle completely out of hellfire.
    • Hellfire Clones: Ketch has used his demonic flames to create a small army of duplicates in the past in order to aid in his ventures of ending the Ghost Rider line.[46]
  • Mystical Chain Projection: As Ghost Rider, Ketch wielded a mystical chain that was capable of growing in length, cutting through almost anything, and transforming into other weapons. He could also spew and project chains from his mouth or chest at will.
  • Penance Stare: As Ghost Rider, Ketch possessed the supernatural ability to cause any individual who stares into his eyes to see and feel every bit of pain they have ever inflicted on anyone in their entire lifetime.
  • External Force Immunity: Recently, as Ghost Rider, Ketch has demonstrated immunity to any kind of force that can affect his body and everything he has, and may go through a force field without being affected.


Skilled Motorcyclist: Ketch himself was a skilled motorcyclist. Formidable Hand-to-Hand Combatant: As Ghost Rider, was a formidable combatant as a result of his powers, though he had no dinner dress coach. Heightened Senses: After being imbued with the Spirit of Corruption, Danny was able to operate while his helmet covered his eyes .


  • Penance Stare Limitations: The Penance Stare can’t affect victims if they are blind, on drugs, have no soul, or are bonded to symbiotes. Using the Penance Stare on anyone who is blind, on drugs, has no soul, or is bonded to a symbiote will incapacitate him, at times rendering him unconscious or in a death-like state. The same thing happens if he uses the Penance Stare on someone or something with more than two eyes. The Penance Stare also seems to have little effect on those who are mentally unstable, such as Madcap and Carnage.
  • Ghost Rider Addiction: Danny became addicted to the power of the Ghost Rider, making him easily manipulated when offered access to the power again.[47][48]

Additional Attributes

  • Alcoholism: Danny began drinking a lot of alcohol due to the accumulation of traumatic events in his life.[49]



Blight Blade: As the Spirit of Corruption, Danny wields a mysterious blade able to make people be consumed by every corrupting thing they ‘ve done. [ 43 ] erstwhile WeaponsGhost Rider’s Chain: Had a variety of mystical abilities and responded to Ghost Rider’s mental commands. Had a assortment of mysterious abilities and responded to Ghost Rider ‘s genial commands.


Motorcycle: While Danny was Ghost Rider, his motorcycle transformed with hellfire wheels and could travel across water or up walls, and can be commanded remotely .



  • The American band Suicide wrote a song in tribute to the Ghost Rider character. It has since been covered by several bands [1] Vocalist Alan Vega has also gone on to say that the name Suicide was inspired by the Ghost Rider comic book titled Satan Suicide, a favorite of his.

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