ghost rider 1Ghost Rider #1, Marvel Comics, September 1973

Recently a discussion arose at the shop about the upcoming Doctor Strange movie. We were talking about how a whole new genre of Marvel movies would come out of a successful Doc Strange release.

Will a successful Doc Strange launch a whole new series of supernatural themed Marvel movies? That’s what some are saying so for this week’s Spotlight I thought I’d try and pick out a comic that could potentially benefit from the birth of this new series of films.

This week the Undervalued Spotlight shines on Ghost Rider #1 the comic that features the 1st appearance of Damion Hellstrom a.k.a. the Son of Satan. I’ll note that the Guide lists this issue as a brief appearance giving Ghost Rider #2 credit as the 1st full appearance (pick #2 up as well as it too is most certainly undervalued). Ghost Rider #1 is not Hulk #180 though folks, the character appears in multiple panels over multiple pages in different parts of the story and is an integral part of the story.

The Son of Satan is a part of a rich Marvel stable of macabre/supernatural characters. You have some public domain characters like Dracula and Werewolf mixing it up with Marvel creations like Man-Wolf and Morbius, Brother Voodoo, Man-Thing and more! I’m getting excited already.

We should quickly throw a shout out to Spotlight #197 that featured a comic that helped usher in this spooky era.

Son of Satan was actually a big hit; after Ghost Rider #2 the story continued in Marvel Spotlight #12. Son of Satan ran for 13 issues in Spotlight ending with issue #24. Sales were so good Marvel moved the character over into his own title. Son of Satan #1 launched in Dec 1975.

It’s interesting that the book I’ve chosen has been a Bronze Age staple of years: from 2004 to 2008 this was one hot book trading at levels close to double what the book was commanding last year. But those mid 2000s values were driven by Ghost Rider alone. I’m betting the Son of Satan breathes new life into an old favorite.

Ghost Rider #1 has just started heating up so I hope I haven’t not left this too late. Your best bet may be to hunt this book down at a local comic shop or at a comic con. Ghost Rider #1 is not a hard issue to find but they do tend to get scarce in the 9.2 and above grades, thanks in part to that black cover.

The 45th Overstreet price breaks for this book is $110/$243/$375 in the 8.0/9.0/9.2 grade splits.

Strengths that make this comic a good long-term investment are:

  • First appearance Damion Hellstrom the Son of Satan
  • Snuggled into an already in demand Marvel Bronze Age #1