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I've briefly mentioned my thoughts and feelings towards Ghost Rider as a character, which I'll touch on again here.
I think that Ghost Rider is an awesome character. Every design element of the character is drenched in an extremely 90's-esque attitude. Hellfire, motorcycles, skulls, chains, spikes, leather. Ghost Rider lives and dies by the Rule of Cool. He can be incredibly stupid, but I find the genuineness of his portrayals really charming. You're never being winked at, never getting the feeling that the writer is rolling their eyes at Ghost Rider. I think that embracement and authenticity is really great, and is perfect for the character. Ghost Rider is perfect for excessive self-indulgence, you can tell that just by looking at him. He existed as a character before the 90s, but that decade was where the character really found itself. Danny Ketch redefined and solidified what Ghost Rider is, with a debut issue that features an all-new Ghost Rider on a timeless yet undeniably 90s Hell Cycle fighting evil ninjas. It took me so long to realize that the big front piece is a skull shape, to the point that I'm a little ashamed of myself.
The last time I talked about Ghost Rider at length was mostly in reference to the newest character to bear the title, Robbie Reyes. I still stand by the statements I made there, mainly that Robbie broke out of the niche limbo that the other Ghost Riders occupy. Johnny Blaze made it to movie screens twice, portrayed by infamously diehard Ghost Rider fanboy Nic Cage. I wonder if those movies, intended to increase Johnny's profile, actually hindered the character and made him even more niche. That's something I've been wondering about for a while.
I've been experimenting with my art recently, stepping outside of my comfort zones and trying new things. I've been practicing drawing fire a lot, and I've also been drawing Marvel characters for a change!
I made a variant image with blue flames, and I think it looks pretty neat.
Be sure to let me know what you think of my art, and what you'd like to see next!