Real Name: Unrevealed
Occupation: Self-proclaimed savior of freaks; formerly traveling freakshow owner/operator
Group Membership: The Freaks (Bat, Brad, the
Human Pincushion/Renaldo, Miguel, the Monkey-Tailed Boy, Monster
Man/Jeremy, Raymond, Tusker, others)
Affiliations: The Freaks (Brad, the Human Pincushion, Monster Man, Raymond, others), Steel Wind (Ruriko Tsumura)
Enemies: Quentin Carnival (Red
Fowler, Corky Franklin, Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze, the Great Vincenzo,
Ralph Quentin, others)
Known Relatives: Unidentified parents (father deceased)
Aliases: "Master," "Sir" (names called by his servants), "You Slimey Sonuva--," "Animal," "the Bum" (insults called by Johnny Blaze), "Bad Man" (name called by the Great Vincenzo), "Little Man" (insult from Ralph Quentin)
Base of Operations: A seaside mansion on a remote unidentified tropical island
First Appearance: (in shadow): Ghost Rider II#70 (July, 1982); (fully seen): Ghost Rider II#79 (April, 1983)
Powers/Abilities: Freakmaster did not have any
superhuman powers but was extremely wealthy, owning an entire island as
well as scientific equipment that surgeons in his employ used to
transform others into grotesque-looking members of his Freaks. He was
also quite skilled at manipulating others.
Height: 5'0" (by approximation)
Weight: 140 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Light brown
(Ghost Rider II#79 (fb)) - The child of two gentle but
grotesque-looking parents, the boy who would become Freakmaster watched
as his parents were exhibited and mistreated as part of the Quentin
Carnival owned by Ralph Quentin. Determined to provide a safer haven
for those with freakish appearances, the Freakmaster financed that
determination by launching a series of traveling freakshows, from which
he formed his own group of Freaks that he treated with respect and
love. Eventually amassing a large enough fortune, the Freakmaster
purchased a small island, where the Freakmaster started a utopia of
sorts for freaks of all kinds. Keeping an eye on world events, the
Freakmaster would recruit others into his group of Freaks whenever he
learned of a new one.
(Ghost Rider II#75 (fb) - BTS) - When
the injured Ruriko Tsumura washed up on the unidentified tropical
island housing the Freakmaster's island mansion, the Freakmaster had
her retrieved and her arms cybernetically rebuilt. Dubbing herself Steel
Wind, Ruriko pledged her servitude to the Freakmaster for saving her
(Ghost Rider II#70) - Upon seeing a flyer for the Quentin Carnival, the Freakmaster summoned his servant Renaldo and ordered Renaldo to "acquire" the Quentin Carnival's Monster Man for his crew, leaving the details of how the Monster Man was enlisted up to Renaldo.
(Ghost Rider II#79 (fb) - BTS) - Learning from the
newly-recruited Jeremy the Monster Man of the Quentin Carnival's
financial troubles, the Freakmaster decided to provide funds to help
the Carnival back on its feet while secreting planning to mutate the
Quentin Carnival workers into more of his Freaks. After learning of the
demon inside of Johnny Blaze from Renaldo, the Freakmaster also decided
to have Johnny Blaze replaced in the Quentin Carnival.
(Ghost Rider II#75 (fb) - BTS) - In exchange for the funds provided, the Freakmaster expected total obedience from Ralph Quentin. When Ralph Quentin showed "weakness" rather than obedience, the Freakmaster sent Steel Wind to the Quentin Carnival as an enforcer, forcing money and profits from the Quentin Carnival by any means necessary.
(Ghost Rider II#75) - One week following Ghost Rider's defeat of Steel Wind at the Quentin Carnival, the Freakmaster summoned Renaldo to announce his displeasure at Steel Wind's failure despite the time and energy he had put into Steel Wind. Renaldo reminded Freakmaster that Steel Wind's failure was not entirely her fault and that he had seen the demon inside Johnny Blaze. The Freakmaster then monologued that perhaps it was time to circumvent Blaze's demon by dealing with Blaze personally.
(Ghost Rider II#77 - BTS) - Freakmaster decided to take over the Quentin Carnival and had Renaldo lure Johnny Blaze into a trap, where they planned to transform Blaze into the star attraction of the Quentin Carnival as a half-man, half-motorcycle.
(Ghost Rider II#78 - BTS) - Renaldo prepared to have Johnny Blaze surgically altered on behalf of the Freakmaster, only for Blaze to unleash Ghost Rider once more and terrorize the surgeons, the Freaks and Renaldo before Blaze regained control of his form.
(Ghost Rider II#79) - After learning from Renaldo of
the Freakmaster's plan to take over the Quentin Carnival, Johnny Blaze
and the Great Vincenzo rushed back to the Quentin Carnival to warn
Ralph Quentin. Unfortunately, Blaze found that the Freakmaster was
already there and he immediately leapt at the Freakmaster, who calmly
warned Blaze to restrain himself lest his servants, Brad and Raymond,
do Blaze harm. The angry Blaze then revealed Vincenzo's freakishly
transformed head that had resulted from Freakmaster's surgeons giving
Vincenzo telepathy and Freakmaster promised to do everything in his
power to restore Vincenzo to normal. Surprised at Freakmaster's seeming
concern, Blaze agreed to hear Freakmaster's origins, as the Freakmaster
hoped that perhaps Blaze would understand him after hearing his story.
Explaining his origins as the son of two carnival freaks and his desire
to create a haven for freaks, the Freakmaster claimed that he was
unaware of Steel Wind's demented and megalomaniacal nature and that
Renaldo had betrayed him. After further explaining that once Renaldo
returned, his employment would be terminated, the Freakmaster revealed
that he and Ralph Quentin were partners and, if Blaze could control the
Ghost Rider, the Freakmaster would like him to stay on with the Quentin
Carnival. As Renaldo was attacked as he returned to the Carnival,
Johnny Blaze thanked Freakmaster for allowing him to stay and upon
Blaze's exit, Freakmaster asked Ralph Quentin why he was brooding,
given that he had gotten what he wanted. Quentin replied to Freakmaster
to shut up and Freakmaster angrily warned Quentin to never speak to him
in that tone again. The following afternoon, when the Great Vincenzo
collapsed, pointing at the new tent put up by the Freakmaster, Johnny
Blaze went to investigate but was halted by the Freaks Brad and
Raymond. Freakmaster told the two Freaks to stand down and invited
Blaze into the new freakshow tent, where Blaze and Freakmaster
discussed why Freakmaster was starting a new freakshow. Freakmaster
explained that the new freakshow would help the Quentin Carnival become
a better financial success but Vincenzo suddenly contacted Blaze
telepathically to inform him of Renaldo. Surprised, Blaze whispered
Renaldo's name causing the Human Pincushion of the Freaks to thrash
about mindlessly. Angry that Blaze had upset the Pincushion,
Freakmaster asked Blaze to leave but when Blaze ventured towards a
door, Freakmaster yelled for Blaze to exit from the door he came in.
Suspicious of the door that Freakmaster did not want him to enter,
Johnny visited the freakshow tent later that night and discovered that
the door was an entrance to a room that Freakmaster used to transform
normal humans into members of his grotesque Freaks. Just as Johnny
deduced that Freakmaster's plans to surgically transform the Quentin
Carnival into his new Freaks, the Freakmaster arrived and admitted that
Renaldo had once helped him conceptualize new Freaks until the
Freakmaster had him transformed into the Human Pincushion. The
Freakmaster then unleashed several half-motorcycle, half-men against
Johnny Blaze, hoping to kill Blaze before he had a chance to transform
into Ghost Rider. Blaze was eventually able to unleash Ghost Rider, who
made short work of the motorcycle men before turning his attention
towards Freakmaster himself. Just as Ghost Rider prepared to punish
Freakmaster, Ralph Quentin entered the tent and revealed that it had
been him who had mistreated Freakmaster's parents. Quentin then
explained that he also deserved whatever punishment Ghost Rider was
planning for Freakmaster. Johnny Blaze fought back control of his form
and ordered Freakmaster to leave, warning that he would not stop Ghost
Rider if Freakmaster returned. Believing Johnny's threats, Freakmaster
agreed to pack up his Freaks and leave the Quentin Carnival but
announced that he still claimed victory, as Ralph Quentin was now a
broken man and would never know peace for mistreating Freakmaster's
Comments: Created by Roger Stern, Bob Budiansky and Dave Simons.
While Ralph Quentin mentioned Freakmaster's father
dying alone and having to be buried, Freakmaster's mother's fate
remains unrevealed. Presumably, she died as well, otherwise perhaps
Freakmaster would not have been so determined to protect Freaks and
gain revenge on the Quentin Carnival.
Freakmaster looks a lot like actor Paul Williams, specifically as he appeared in the cult classic Phantom of the Paradise.
Profile by Proto-Man.
Freakmaster has no KNOWN connections to:
Ghost Rider II#79, p3, pan1 (Freakmaster, main image)
Ghost Rider II#79, p3, pan7 (Freakmaster headshot)
Ghost Rider II#70 (July, 1982) - Roger Stern (writer), Bob Budiansky (pencils), Dave Simons (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Ghost Rider II#75 (December, 1982) - J. M. DeMatteis (script, co-plotter), Bob Budiansky (co-plotter, pencils), Dave Simons (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Ghost Rider II#77 (February, 1983) - J. M. DeMatteis (script, co-plotter), Bob Budiansky (co-plotter, pencils), Kevin Dzuban (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Ghost Rider II#78 (March, 1983) - J. M. DeMatteis (script, co-plotter), Bob Budiansky (co-plotter, pencils), Kevin Dzuban (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Ghost Rider II#79 (April, 1983) - J. M. DeMatteis (script, co-plotter), Bob Budiansky (co-plotter, pencils), Kevin Dzuban (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)
First Posted: 12/02/2014
Last updated: 05/16/2020
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