|Powers and Abilities||Penance Stare, Hellfire powers|
Ghost Rider is a biker who uses his hellfire powers to fight those who hurt the innocent.
The man who would become the Ghost Rider was endowed with the hellfire powers. He uses it to cover himself and his motorcycle with flames.
At some point he countered Gambit in some way. The X-Men saw a brief glimpse of this encounter when they were trying to retrieve memories of Henry Peter Gyrich after Robert Kelly was kidnapped by Sentinels.
Upon hearing that the Hulk had destroyed a village, Ghost Rider began tracking the mighty brute. Originally ignoring Rick Jones’ pleas of the Hulk’s innocence, Ghost Rider fought the giant before realizing that the innocent blood was Bruce Banner’s, and that he could not destroy the Hulk for his crimes.
Unfortunately Major Glenn Talbot had poisoned the Hulk. Ghost Rider used his Penance Stare to make Talbot see the error of his Hulk hunting ways. Then he, Jones, Doc Samson, and Betty Ross had to make the poisoned Hulk angrier than he had ever been, in order to burn the poison from out his system. Samson and Ghost Rider attacked him while Jones and Ross pretended not to like him anymore. It worked but Hulk thought that no body liked him and left. They all felt sorry but knew it they had saved his life.
Some time later, Ghost Rider learned that Galactus was in New York City with his Herald Terrax. Ghost Rider sped there and found the planet eater battling the Fantastic Four, the God of Thunder Thor, and a woman named Frankie Raye.
He saw that Galactus had defeated Thor and though he was weakened, the Fantastic Four were no match for him. Ghost Rider announced his presence and road up on his cycle. Thing wondered why so many other superheroes were on fire.
He introduced himself and explained to Galactus that he comes to wherever innocent blood is shed. He points out that Galactus has shed much innocent blood.
Human Torch realized that the Ghost Rider was real, having thought him merely a myth. Thing wondered why so many superheroes appeared in the same place at the same time.
Ghost Rider drove up to Galactus and stopped before him. He asked the giant if he was ready to face the agony of those the planet eater had killed.
Galactus did not know whether he was a mortal or demon and ordered him away. He claimed to have no time for his games. Ghost Rider stated that he wasn't playing any games.
He then used his Penance Stare on Galactus. Ghost Rider made him feel the torment of a billion billion souls that he destroyed. Galactus was forced to experience the pain of eternal guilt.
Galactus then saw a vision of each and every creature he had ever caused the death of. The sensation overwhelmed Galactus and he fall backwards onto the ground, defeated.
Frankie began to sob into Johnny's chest, feeling sorry for the planet eater.
Ghost Rider announced to Galactus and the other heroes that his task was complete. He stated that the planet eater's fate was in mortal hands.
He turned his bike and sped away.
After he left, Thor recharged Galactus and Frankie became his newest herald called Nova. Galactus left the planet promising never to threaten it again.
Ghost Rider is never named in either series. However, his design is based on the Daniel Ketch version who was the Ghost Rider character in the comics at the time.
"Innocent Blood" was intended as a backdoor pilot for a Ghost Rider spin-off. Obviously a Ghost Rider series was not picked up.
Ghost Rider was planned to appear in a subsequent episode of Spider-Man that was never made. In the proposed episode, Mysterio would have found the Time Dilation Accelerator and used it to rob banks. During his travels he would have encountered Dormammu and the two would have teamed up. Ghost Rider would have appeared and together with Spider-Man would have stopped Mysterio and Dormammu. However, Ghost Rider would be unavailable due to his appearance on a UPN series. And Mysterio supposedly died in the fifth season episode "The Haunting Of Mary Jane".