El Jinete Fantasma (The Ghost Rider)
Real Name: Vance Noland.
Identity/Class: Normal human
Affiliations: His father, his horse "Rex".
Enemies: Any outlaws
Known Relatives: Mr. Noland (father); Bobby Noland (half brother).
Base of Operations: The American West, c.1880s.
First Appearance: El Jinete Fantasma Magazine Nº 1.
Powers/Abilities: He has no special or supernatural powers but he is a superb gunman and a strong fighter.
History: Vance was the secret son of a rich ranch owner and an unknown Native American. Though not publically acknowledged by his father, he was still cared for, and when he grew up he worked as foreman at the ranch. Mr. Noland had another son called Bobby Noland, a good and intelligent man, but soft and innocent. His father decided to send him to "see the world" around the Wild West, which he felt would make Bobby a harder man, a real "west man", but he feared Bobby would not survive, so he sent Vance to secretly protect him. As Bobby travelled around, Vance would always ride near him as his "Ghost Rider". A lawful type, El Jinete Fantasma also made a point of helping anyone else who might need him.
Comments: Thanks to Hèctor Torres for providing much of the above information. He adds "In the 70's in Chile was a socialist governemant of Salvador Allende. During this period the comic changed. It was more political, showing Vance fight alongside the indians (he was half-indian himself) and the villans were the U.S.A. soldiers or the rich men which abused poor people."
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Fantom of the Fair, a Golden Age hero
Fantomas, French master criminal
le Fantôme Justicier, French ghost
Ghost Rider, a number of different men in Marvel Comics' Wild West who dressed as a spectral rider
Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze, Danny Ketch and others who became demonically possessed bikers
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