The original Marvel Ghost Rider was published by Magazine Enterprises in August 1950, first issue cover pictured below. The character, named Rex Fury, had been created by writer Ray Krank and artist Dick Ayers for editor Vincent Sullivan, and made his debut in Tim Holt #11 (1949). This version of Ghosty used various tricks to appear "ghostly" -- but in reality, he wasn't really supernatural at all.
Then, in 1967, writers Roy Thomas and Gary Fredrich, wee inspired by Vaughn Monroe's hit song, "Ghost Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend" (see music video below, from 1965), to create a rebooted, Silver Age version of the character.
VIDEO CLIP: Vaughn Monroe sings "Ghost Rider in the Sky." (1 minute, 37 seconds).
Sadly, the new Ghost Rider did not catch on, and his book was cancelled after just seven issues. In this issue of DBB, we present the origin of the Silver Age Ghost Rider.
VIDEO CLIP: Artist Dick Ayers (16 seconds)
Surprisingly, the western Ghost Rider showed up in the first Ghost Rider movie (in a slightly different form), as a character played by western film veteran Sam Elliot. Click PLAY below to see him ride alongside his modern-day counterpart, played by Nicholas Cage.
VIDEO CLIP: The two Ghost Riders ride (30 seconds).