BARTON BLAZE

Real Name: Barton Blaze

Identity/Class: Human (Pre-modern era)

Occupation: Daredevil motorcyclist at the Quentin Carnival

Group Membership: The Quentin Carnival (Crash Simpson, others)

Affiliations: John Blaze, Naomi Kale, Evil Knievel, Crash Simpson

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: Naomi Kale (wife, deceased), John Blaze (Ghost Rider, son), Craig Blaze (grandson), Emma Blaze (granddaughter), Andrew Kale (nephew), Jennifer Kale (niece), Joshua Kale (father-in-law, deceased), Illyana Kale, Noble Kale, Destin Kale and Magdalena (wife's ancestors), extended posthumous family members by marriage (see comments)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile wherever the Quentin Carnival stopped to perform

First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight I#5 (August, 1972)

Powers/Abilities: Barton Blaze had no superhuman powers but was an extremely skilled daredevil motorcyclist.

Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 160 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed (see comments)
Hair: Brown

History: (Mythos: Ghost Rider I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Barton Blaze and Crash Simpson became business partners.

(Ghost Rider III#14 (fb)) - Barton Blaze took his son Johnny on the road with Crash Simpson's Daredevil Cycle Show. Watching his father perform proved to be one of the happiest memories that Johnny had and Johnny began to think of his father as invincible.

(Mythos: Ghost Rider I#1 (fb)) - Due to Barton's death-defying stunts, people began to say that it was only a matter of time before Barton went out in a blaze of glory.

(Ghost Rider VI#22 (fb)) - Upon arriving in a "hole-in-the-wall" town, the Quentin Carnival found a dead man lying on the ground. Rather than risk getting the police involved and hurting the Carnival's business, Barton Blaze, Crash Simpson and a few other carnival workers carried the dead man away and buried him, unaware that young Johnny Blaze had picked up an occult book that had fallen from the dead man's jacket.

(Mythos: Ghost Rider I#1 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Barton befriended stunt superstar Evil Knievel and posed with him in a photo despite having a broken arm. Also, the week of July 19-August 3 was named "Barton Blaze Week" in Barton's honor.

(Ghost Rider III#-1 (fb) - BTS) - Barton's wife Naomi left him out of fear of passing the curse of her first born becoming a host to a Spirit of Vengeance down to Johnny.

(Marvel Spotlight I#5 (fb)/Ghost Rider VI#5 (fb)/Mythos: Ghost Rider I#1 (fb)/Ghost Rider III#-1 (fb) - BTS) - When his son Johnny was six years old, Barton Blaze died attempting to perform the death-defying motorcycle stunt of jumping 10 gas tankers for the Crash Simpson Daredevil Cycle Show at the Quentin Carnival, unware that Johnny had witnessed the event.

(Ghost Rider III#-1 (fb) - BTS) - Feeling as if she had betrayed Barton and knowing of her family curse as hosts for the Spirit of Vengeance Noble Kale, Naomi eventually abandoned her other children as well in an effort to push them all as far away from her cursed bloodline as possible. Four years following Barton's death, his son Johnny had taken to wearing a "Barton Blaze: Hellfire on Wheels" leather jacket in Barton's honor. When Naomi secretly visited the Quentin Carnival to check on Johnny, she commented to herself on his resemblance to Barton and saw him being picked on by two local teens for wearing a Barton Blaze jacket. When asked if he knew Barton by the teens, Johnny replied he had never heard of him.

Comments: Created by Gary Friedrich and Mike Ploog.

Barton Blaze appeared in Johnny Blaze's Nightmare-influenced dream in Ghost Rider II#78, where his hair was shown as blonde. In his first appearance, the flashback was gray tinted so his hair color could not be determined. Ditto with his appearance in Ghost Rider III#14, where the whole flashback was tinted yellow. In Mythos: Ghost Rider I#1, his hair was colored brown and he had a mustache like in his original appearance, unlike the blonde-haired nightmare version seen in Ghost Rider II#78. Based on this information, I chose to go with brown as his hair color in this profile. His eye color cannot be determined due to the fact that in all of his appearances, the flashback is either tinted a certain color or Barton is squinting.

Mythos: Ghost Rider I#1 explained that Naomi Kale left Barton Blaze three years before his death despite Ghost Rider VI#5, which came out two months before Mythos: Ghost Rider I#1, showing a flashback where Naomi left the day after Barton's death with her two other children (Dan & Barbara Ketch). Since Johnny Blaze never mentioned siblings prior to supposedly first meeting his brother Dan Ketch during the early 90s Ghost Rider issues, one could ASSume that Naomi really did leave three years before Barton's death when Johnny was younger and possibly before Dan and Barbara were even born and that the Ghost Rider VI#5 flashback was in error. Ghost Rider III#-1 also has Naomi mentioning to Crash Simpson that she had heard that Barton had died, suggesting that she was not there when Barton died, further confirming that Naomi had left prior to Barton's death. She also mentions that the two Ketch children did not seem to take after "Antonio," which would suggest they had a father other than Barton. That being the case, the Ghost Rider VI#5 flashback must be in error and Barbara and Danny Ketch would not be Barton's children.

Naomi Kale, Barton Blaze's wife, was called Clara Blaze in the Ghost Rider II#78 dream sequence in which Johnny Blaze had a nightmare involving the corpses of "Clara" and Barton. Either she changed her name to Clara at some point or that name was simply a dream of Johnny's.

I chose not to list Roxanne Simpson or her relatives in Barton's relatives section, as Johnny Blaze married Roxanne well after Barton had died so they would not have been his relatives during Barton's lifetime.

While there has been speculation that the Mythos series of one-shots were not in-continuity, they were essentially a modern-day re-telling of the characters' origins. Since Barton made appearances in that one-shot and his appearance more reflected his original appearance, I chose to include those appearances in his History section. If it later is clarified that the Mythos one-shot was not in-continuity, I will update the profile as needed.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Barton Blaze has no KNOWN connections to:


images: (without ads)
Mythos: Ghost Rider I#1, p4, pan2 (Barton Blaze, main image)
Ghost Rider VI#5, p6, pan3 (Barton Blaze in earlier carnival uniform)
Ghost Rider III#14, p13, pan1 (younger Barton Blaze)


Appearances:
Marvel Spotlight I#5 (August, 1972) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Mike Ploog (art), Stan Lee (editor)
Ghost Rider III#14 (June, 1991) - Howard Mackie (writer), Mark Texeira (art), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Ghost Rider III#-1 (July, 1997) - Ivan Velez, Jr. (writer), Javier Saltares (pencils), Keith Aiken (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Ghost Rider VI#5 (January, 2007) - Daniel Way (writer), Javier Saltares (breakdowns), Mark Texeira (finishes), Axel Alonso (editor)
Mythos: Ghost Rider I#1 (March, 2007) - Paul Jenkins (writer), Paolo Rivera (art), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Ghost Rider VI#22 (June, 2008) - Jason Aaron (writer), Roland Boschi (art), Aubrey Sitterson (editor)


Last updated: 04/15/15

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