UNDEAD G-MAN

main imageReal Name: Unrevealed  

Identity/Class: Human possessed by a Spirit of Vengeance (1930s)

Occupation: Gangbuster 

Group Membership: Spirits of Vengeance / Ghost Riders, possibly FBI (see comments)

Affiliations: Knuckles O'Shaugnessy;
formerly Zadkiel

Enemies: Skin and Bones club members, demons, Kid Blackheart, Zadkiel

Known Relatives: None 

Aliases: "Big G" (Knuckles' nickname for him)

Base of Operations: California (see comments) 

First Appearance: Ghost Rider VI#33 (May, 2009)

 

Powers/Abilities: The Undead G-Man drove a military motorcycle with burning wheels and a sidecar (which usually housed his sidekick, Knuckles O'Shaugnessy). He wielded a Tommy Gun which fired hellfire bullets, capable of burning all the way through human targets. Like most of the Ghost Riders, the Undead G-Man presumably possessed superhuman strength and durability. 

  

History: (Ghost Rider VI#33 (fb) - BTS) - The Undead G-Man and his partner, the dead-end kid Knuckles O'Shaugnessy, protected the innocent people of California from those who would prey on them.

 

(Ghost Rider VI#33 (fb)) - In the early 1930s, prior to Prohibition being repealed, the sadistic members of the Skin and Bones club prepared to carve up an unfortunate homeless man for the murderous thrill of the brutal act. However, before they could begin cutting their victim, the club doors were smashed open as the Undead G-Man and Knuckles rode in on their motorcycle and sidecar. While the Undead G-Man blasted holes in some of the villains, Knuckles busted heads with his nail-studded bat. Despite the new arrivals having saved his life, the down-and-out man seemed just as terrified of his rescuers as he had been of the would-be killers.

(Ghost Rider: Heaven's on Fire#6) - Like all past Ghost Riders, the Undead G-Man and Knuckles were revived to take part in defending Heaven from the rogue angel Zadkiel. After defeating Zadkiel, the intimidating assemblage of Ghost Riders were among the first sights that greeted Kid Blackheart and his demon army as they stormed Heaven, hoping to take advantage of the damage Zadkiel had done to the angelic defenders. Though Kid Blackheart balked at the sight, his demons raced into combat against the Spirits of Vengeance. Temporarily separated from Knuckles, the Undead G-Man gunned down demons alongside a Plains Indian Ghost Rider. Later, once the demon forces had been largely obliterated, the Undead G-Man walked amidst the fallen demons, finishing off any survivors he found.

    

Comments: Created by Jason Aaron and Tony Moore.

Like all the other Ghost Riders depicted in the flashbacks in Ghost Rider VI#33, there is limited information given about this character. The script confirms he is from the 1930s rather than the 1920s, and that the Skin and Bones club is in a speakeasy, further narrowing down the date to prior to the repeal of Prohibition at the end of 1933. The script also specifies the type of motorcycle the G-Man rides.

The G-Man identifying the hobo as an Okie suggests that they are in California, since in 1930 that term, which initially simply designated someone from Oklahoma, became in California a descriptor for poor migrants from Oklahoma and surrounding states who had come to the sunshine state looking for employment.

The presence of the Skin and Bones club in the 1930s is problematic, as originally when the Skin and Bones club was introduced in Ghost Rider III#55 the club's modern day owner Morphine claimed to have founded the club, while Mr. Hyde boasted of being a founding member; given the club is shown active in the 1930s, either they refounded the club after it had been shut down for a time, or else Hyde is lying or misinformed (e.g. he didn't know there was a prior incarnation) while Morphine is either lying or much older than he looks.

I can't be the only person who hopes to see this guy reappear some time. Okay, Marvel has lost the use of Doc Savage, which is a shame for 1930s-era storytelling in the Marvel Universe, but between the Undead G-Man (and not forgetting Knuckles O'Shaugnessy, not unless you want hit around the head by his bat), Dominic Fortune, the Montgomery Falsworth Union Jack (who we know from comments made by Fat Cobra was active in the 1930s, not just WWI), Randall Orson, Night Raven, a young Blade, Lady Daemon and the heroes introduced in Mystery Men, the era is ripe for a blockbuster multi-hero crossover adventure.

Profile by Loki.














CLARIFICATIONS:
The Undead G-Man is definitely connected to, but should not be confused with

but has no known connections to


images: (without ads)
Ghost Rider VI#33, p8, pan3 (main image)
Ghost Rider VI#33, p8, pan2 (his motorcycle)
Ghost Rider VI#33, p8, pan4 (gunning down the Skin and Bones club members)
Ghost Rider: Heaven's On Fire#6, p13, pan1 (killing demons in Heaven)


Other Appearances:
Ghost Rider: Heaven's On Fire#6 (February, 2010) - Jason Aaron (writer), Roland Boschi (art), Sebastian Girner (editor)


Last updated: 03/16/14

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