LUZ SANTOS

Real Name: Luz Santos

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Owner of Little Luz's Bronx Girl Bodega

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Juanito Carlito Candido, Carmichael, Kirk Eden, Fidel (her cat), Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch/Noble Kale), "Sarge"

Enemies: "Choocho" Colon, Lian Goh, Anton Hellgate, Randolph, Snowblind, Toother

Known Relatives: Unidentified father (deceased), unidentified younger brother

Aliases: "Lucy" (nickname from "Choocho" Colon)

Base of Operations: The Bronx, New York, USA

First Appearance: Ghost Rider III#70 (February, 1996)

Powers/Abilities: Luz Santos had no superhuman powers but was a skilled shopkeep and was able to use a broom to threaten people into leaving her shop. She was prone to gossiping and overexaggerating, often losing track of her own shop's inventory when lost in a long-winded story.

Height: 5'3" (by approximation)
Weight: 110 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Blonde; formerly brown

History: (Ghost Rider III#70) - While looking for her cat in a back alley, Luz Santos was attacked by a group of thugs led by Toother, who demanded she give them money. Her claims of not having money fell on deaf ears as Toother exclaimed that, as a bodega owner, she always had money. "Choocho" Colon then pointed a gun at Luz before the Ghost Rider landed his bike in the middle of the alley and drove off the attackers. The following evening, Luz told her bodega shoppers all about how she faced a demon in the eyes and lived to tell the tale, unaware that a young boy was attempting to steal from her shop. Her story was interrupted when Dan Ketch brought some groceries to the counter to pay for them. Seeing an incorrect label on the sauce he was purchasing, Luz informed him that he still owed her 28 cents. When Dan gave her pennies, Luz grumbled about him using pennies and asked if Dan had run out of food stamps. Angry and offended, Dan raised his voice and explained that he did not get food stamps but wouldn't be ashamed of it if he did. Juanito Candido warned Dan to watch his tone before Dan stormed out of the shop, prompting Luz to comment how some people just couldn't handle stress. 

(Ghost Rider III#72) - As she closed the bodega for the night, Luz Santos was attacked by a larger group of goons working for Snowblind, who hoped to lure out Ghost Rider by endangering Luz. Upon chasing Luz into a corner, Luz was once again rescued by Ghost Rider.

(Ghost Rider III#73) - When Snowblind ambushed and trapped Ghost Rider, Luz watched in amazement as Snowblind covered the area in his "white field." Using the white field as a distraction, Luz stomped the foot of the goon holding her and ran for it, nearly being hit by Anton Hellgate's arriving limousine. Happy to see Hellgate preoccupied with Snowblind's battle with Ghost Rider, Luz yelled as her cat Fidel entered the white field.

(Ghost Rider III#74) - After Ghost Rider defeated Snowblind and was confronted by John Blaze before departing, Luz Santos was found hiding in a nearby trash can by police officers.

(Ghost Rider III#80) - Luz Santos and Juanito Carlito Candido were some of the bystanders who gathered to witness the police cleaning up following a battle between Ghost Rider and the Furies. While watching the police, Luz commented to Candido that she had told him about the skull-faced demon. She then went on to say that the Furies must have been the demon's demonic girlfriends.

(Ghost Rider III#86) - Having been referred to Luz Santos by Carlie Colon, Damage Control's Kirk Eden visited Little Luz's Bronx Girl Bodega, interrupting Juanito Candido's attempts at getting Luz to go on a date with him. Despite Candido's skepticism about Eden's badge, Luz agreed to help Eden with his report on the Ghost Rider, claiming that the Ghost Rider tried to kill her twice and was only after her "pure, virginal flesh." Upon seeing that Kirk Eden was skeptical of Luz's claims and having heard that Ghost Rider had instead saved Luz twice, Candido told Eden that he knew where Eden could find someone that had real contact with the Ghost Rider, referring Eden to the former criminal Toother at St. Jude's Church.

(Ghost Rider III#88) - When a runaway named Lian appeared in Little Luz's Bronx Girl Bodega and tried to beg for food in Chinese, an angry Luz grabbed a broom and ran Lian out of her shop, yelling at her to get a job and take a bath while she was at it. As Lian ran from the shop, Dan Ketch came into the shop, thinking about how he had to somehow stretch $5 in groceries. While Dan bought his groceries, Luz once again complained about Dan's use of pennies as payment, asking if he used them on purpose. After Dan left, laughing to himself, he gave an apple to Lian outside.

Comments: Created by Ivan Velez, Jr., Salvador Larroca and Sergio Melia.

It was not outright stated that Luz's father originally owned Little Luz's Bronx Girl Bodega but in Ghost Rider III#72, Luz thinks to herself about selling the bodega but then reconsiders, thinking that her father would roll over in his grave, suggesting that he had put a lot of work into the bodega, possibly as a business he had founded and presumably named after his own daughter.

Luz's hair was colored blonde in Ghost Rider III#88 so either it was just a miscoloring or she had dyed her hair blonde in between Ghost Rider III#86 & #88. I chose to go with the dye job explanation for this profile.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Luz Santos has no KNOWN connections to:



                                                  Little Luz's Bronx Girl Bodega

Little Luz's Bronx Girl Bodega was a shop, possibly originally owned by Luz Santos' father and presumably named after Luz herself (see comments). As an adult, Luz Santos owned the Bodega and ran it despite long hours and low profits. Known for gossip, Luz would sometimes be so caught up in a story that she would not notice teenagers stealing her merchandise.









--Ghost Rider III#70 (#72, #86, #88,

"Sarge" and Carmichael

"Sarge" and Carmichael were police officers who were called when Ghost Rider, who was rescuing Luz Santos, was attacked by Snowblind then John Blaze. When Blaze and Ghost Rider rode off, Carmichael fired on them, with "Sarge" ordering Carmichael to hold his fire. Shortly after, another police officer informed "Sarge" that Luz Santos was hiding in a nearby trash can.

Neither police officer possessed superhuman powers but each carried a police issue firearm.






--Ghost Rider III#74

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Ghost Rider III#88, p14, pan6 (Luz Santos with broom, main image)
Ghost Rider III#70, p16, pan3 (Luz Santos headshot)
Ghost Rider III#70, p16, pan1 (Little Luz's Bronx Girl Bodega)
Ghost Rider III#74, p5, pan1 ("Sarge" and Carmichael)


Appearances:
Ghost Rider III#70 (February, 1996) - Ivan Velez, Jr. (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Sergio Melia (inks), James Felder (editor)
Ghost Rider III#72 (April, 1996) - Ivan Velez, Jr. (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Sergio Melia (inks), James Felder (editor)
Ghost Rider III#73 (May, 1996) - Ivan Velez, Jr. (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Sergio Melia (inks), James Felder (editor)
Ghost Rider III#74 (June, 1996) - Ivan Velez, Jr. (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Sergio Melia (inks), James Felder (editor)
Ghost Rider III#80 (December, 1996) - Ivan Velez, Jr. (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Bob McLeod (inks), James Felder (editor)
Ghost Rider III#86 (June, 1997) - Ivan Velez, Jr. (writer), Pop Mhan, Jason Martin, Andrew Pepoy (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Ghost Rider III#88 (September, 1997) - Ivan Velez, Jr. (writer), Josh Hood (pencils), Derek Fisher (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 11/05/14

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