P:R Redesign: Javier Saltares’ Ghost Rider

Note: Some of the best designs we’ve run on P:R are the ones that for one reason or another were cast off by publishers. Long-time professional Javier Saltares (and longtime Ghost Rider artist) shared this unpublished redesign of ol’ flamehead  he did back in 2004. Saltares explained the design as an attempt to show Ghost Rider more in control of his powers, and more ‘bad ass’ if that’s possible. From all the unique elements (especially the boot spurs!), this designs adds up to a potent redesign I want to see more of. – Chris A.


32 comments on “P:R Redesign: Javier Saltares’ Ghost Rider
  1. Bondage samurai! It would seem like the duster/skirt would get in the way of supernatural asskicking. I do dig the sleeves. Are those fingerless gloves? How would that work with a fingerless person?

  2. This seems like a hodgepodge of too many elements, it’s all over the road. Kind of feels like a Spawn meets The Matrix vibe going on as well, which to me is a bad thing. You can’t see his mouth either which takes away from the whole crazy, laughing skull thing that GR is known for. And the swords are just wrong for him IMO.

    I favor the original Johnny Blaze/pre-chains & spikes look, it was perfect.

  3. Kind of loses the biker element that I think attracts a lot of people to the character. That said, I would really like to see a version of Ghost Rider that’s more in control of his powers. For the last 10 years, Marvel has been telling the same story with this character – that he’s some kind of pawn between heaven and hell. The Dan Ketch version in the 90′s was too consumed with actually measuring out justice to be bothered by a lot of that nonsense.

  4. does Saltares even ride? a duster just doesn’t work on a motorcycles, the shoulders would get in the way as well while riding. While it’s “neat” looking, it just wouldn’t work on a motorcycle (realizing that it’s comics where most anything is possible).

    my question is, why would you take a biker and turn him into some neo-samurai?

  5. It looks a little too Eastern for my tastes, but I do love the idea of putting the Ghost Rider in a duster, also, I am way happier about those spurs than I should be.

  6. I like it, for the most part. The one issue that springs to mind is the long coat perhaps being problematic with the bike- catching and jamming the back wheel, for example. Of course, that problem was largely ignored in the 90′s-00′s era of trenchcoats, so it could be ignored here, as well.

  7. Samurai Ghost Rider!!! I like it. I completely missed the story with the Multiple Riders but if Marvel didn’t use this unused version then they are silly. Awesome pic.

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  9. I think this looks kind of cool. As for the coat being impractical for riding a motorcycle . . . you do realize it’s not an actual motorcycle, but a supernatural construct fueled by hellfire? And nothing says the Ghost Rider has to ride a bike. Between the swords and the spurs, I could see this version riding a flaming horse.

  10. I think this was rejected because it hides the mouth, which gives the character it’s maniacal expression. If there were an anti-Ghost Rider, this would be perfect – I particularly like the similarity of the duster to a cassock.

  11. Man, I really dig this! The classic GR look never did a lot for me; it’s very nineties biker and really didn’t make sense in context to me (“oh man he’s from hell right and also a biker? So we’ll give him a sweet leather jacket and some spikes and wow cooooool” NO GARBAGE STOP IT STOP IT NOW). Whilst this might not make for the very finest in practical bikewear, it looks like it’s actually be drawn with the character in mind, whereas the classic look always struck me as Marvel wanting to make an on-fire biker dude and then bodging in a backstory afterwards.

  12. Toom:
    Man, I really dig this! The classic GR look never did a lot for me; it’s very nineties biker and really didn’t make sense in context to me (“oh man he’s from hell right and also a biker? So we’ll give him a sweet leather jacket and some spikes and wow cooooool” NO GARBAGE STOP IT STOP IT NOW). Whilst this might not make for the very finest in practical bikewear, it looks like it’s actually be drawn with the character in mind, whereas the classic look always struck me as Marvel wanting to make an on-fire biker dude and then bodging in a backstory afterwards.

    I don’t see how this is more in touch with the character than the classic Johnny Blaze design. He isn’t a demon who became a biker he’s a stuntbiker who goes to hell and comes back and is still living his normal life while also being a spirit of vengeance. Hence the outfit.

  13. Here is a badass character that predates most others, then you get a redesign inspired by the badasses he inspired…huh? I would add a hell-fire bike chain to the original design and that’s it. If i see another katana…

  14. This looks awesome. But it looks more like what would happen if Blade had become the Ghost Rider (which, in retrospect, would be an awesome storyline…)

  15. Edward:
    I don’t see how this is more in touch with the character than the classic Johnny Blaze design. He isn’t a demon who became a biker he’s a stuntbiker who goes to hell and comes back and is still living his normal life while also being a spirit of vengeance. Hence the outfit.

    This dude looks like a demon to me, is what it boils down to. I get the connection between Johnny Blaze’s stuntbike career and the character’s classic look, but it’s still always struck me as Marvel wanting a cool on-fire biker character and shoehorning a backstory in to fit it. I mean, what sort of stunt biker rides a chopper? The classic design has always looked, to me, rather “hey let’s make a literal Hell’s Angel as a character *massive bong rip* we’re gonna be millionaaaaaiiiires” (doesn’t help that Marvel have never really seemed to know what to DO with the guy, I suppose).

    What I see in this redesign is a hunter decked out in high gothic, a convincing agent of ze Debil, rather than a common-or-housegarden biker dude that Mephisto lacked the imagination to do much more with visually than set his head on fire.

  16. The design is nice, but it drifts pretty far from the base concepts behind the character. Obscuring the trademark “flaming skull” doesn’t seem like a good idea to me, particularly when he sometimes breathes fire. The swords don’t really fit with the biker motif, either.

    That said, the duster-and-chains thing looks really cool. I can imagine this working as a What If take on the character, or a series villain.

  17. Take away the modern touches to the duster and it would make a kick-ass 1900s Ghost Rider in a return to the original western book.

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