Death Rides A Sled! Or, Ghost Rider #35… In 10 Panels Or Less

Today: We’re recapping Ghost Rider #35 “Deathrace” … in 10 Panels Or Less™.

Tomorrow: We’ll use this story recap as a springboard into this week’s topic: In product management, do the ends justify the means?

< SPOILER WARNING >
Ghost Rider #35 was created by Jim Starlin (story & layout) and Steve
Leialoha (finished art), and published by Marvel Comics in 1979. Key plot points are pictured herein. You have been warned!
< / SPOILER WARNING >

Johnny Blaze — the motorcycle stuntman & human host for the demonic Ghost Rider, not the alias for the rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man — is zipping through the desert when Johnny unexpectedly transforms into Ghost Rider and dark skies suddenly appear.

A mysterious rider materializes in the road…

… introduces himself as Death, and promptly challenges Ghost Rider to three races for three prizes. The prizes are human lives–and only Ghost Rider can save them. Unfortunately, Death cheats, reaches stranded cyclist Richie Petrillo first, and kills him.

Next up? A little lost girl named Anna Devere. Death cheats again and again, but this time Ghost Rider canes it, and reaches her first, narrowly saving her life.

When Death announces that the next race is for the life of Johnny Blaze, Ghost Rider rejects the idea with a blast of hellfire.

Unfortunately, hellfire’s useless against Death. So the race is on: If Ghost Rider can reach the distant mountain peak without being tagged by Death, he lives. Otherwise, GR’s eating asphalt one final time.

Death is cheating again, and just inches away from claiming Ghost Rider’s life. That’s when Ghost Rider decides that turnabout is fair play.

Death falls off a cliff…

… while Ghost Rider hightails it out of town.

THE END

Tomorrow: We’ll use this story recap as a springboard into this week’s topic: In product management, do the ends justify the means?

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