Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human Atlantean possessed by a Spirit of Vengeance (see comments)
Group Membership: Spirits of Vengeance / Ghost Riders
Affiliations: His Great White Shark
Enemies: Zadkiel, demons, Kid Blackheart
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Atlantis (see comments)
First Appearance: Ghost Rider VI#31 (March, 2009)
Powers/Abilities: Shark Rider presumably possessed superhuman strength and durability, as well as immunity to conventional small arms, and could generate fire, even underwater. His body was covered in spines and barnacles, and he rode a hellfire-enhanced Great White Shark.
History: (Ghost Rider VI#31 (fb)) - Shark Ghost Rider was one of dozens of Ghost Riders who operated in different parts of the world, in his case in the region of Atlantis. At some point he was destroyed or died of natural causes (see comments).
(Ghost Rider: Heaven's on Fire#6) - Like all past Ghost Riders, Shark Rider was revived to take part in defending Heaven from first Zadkiel and then Kid Blackheart's demon army. Despite the battle taking place on dry land, Shark Rider still managed to get involved, attacking demons who came too close to a waterfall and pool that adorned the divine landscape. After the battle, Heaven lit up as God returned, and the resurrected Ghost Riders returned to their eternal rest.
Comments: Created by Jason Aaron and Tan Eng Huat.
Shark Rider appears in Ghost Rider VI#31 as part of a montage image of international Ghost Riders that Caretaker (Sara) sees in her mind. Arguably it is a vision rather than a flashback, and certainly it provides no non-visual information about him or his history, so the Ghost Rider Index neither listed it as a flashback nor included it in the chronologies of the characters depicted. However, for Appendix purposes, I've listed it in the history, if only because it counts as his first appearance.
With so few appearances, there's little to go from in the comics when it comes to defining details about this Ghost Rider. Luckily the script for Ghost Rider VI#31 provided a tiny amount of extra information, albeit not that much - it notes that he is from Atlantis (so not just Atlantean, but which nation of Homo Mermani). Further information is forthcoming in the script for Ghost Riders: Heaven's On Fire#6, where he is named as Shark Rider, and his shark steed is specified to be a Great White Shark. Because he is seen in Caretaker (Sara's vision) after she states that she now has six thousand years of Ghost Rider history crammed into her head, it isn't clear if Shark Rider operated in the present day or distant past, but Sara's statements that they are "all gone now" at least confirms he is no longer active. Since at least two others in the same vision were present day Ghost Riders (Yokai-Raida and Shoba Mirza), it might be the case that all those seen were recently active, in which case Shark Rider might be one of the victims of Dan Ketch's Ghost Rider pogrom that took place between Ghost Rider: Dan Ketch#3 and Ghost Rider VI#30.
Profile by Loki.
Shark Rider is definitely connected to, but should not be confused with
but has no known connections to
Shark Rider's Great White
Shark Rider's steed was a gigantic Great White Shark empowered by the Spirit of Vengeance.
--Ghost Rider VI#31, (Ghost Rider: Heaven's On Fire#6
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Ghost Rider: Heaven's On Fire#6, p13, pan3 (main image)
Ghost Rider VI#31, p13, pan1 (in Sara's vision)
Ghost Rider VI#31, p13, pan1 (Great White Shark)
Ghost Rider: Heaven's On Fire#6 (February, 2010) - Jason Aaron (writer), Roland Boschi (art), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Last updated: 03/21/14
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