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SPOTTED DOE

Real Name: Spotted Doe

Identity/Class: Normal human (Native American, Comanche) (Old West era)

Occupation: Seer

Group Membership: Her Comanche tribe

Affiliations: Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Manitou, Night Rider (Phantom Rider, Carter Slade)

Enemies: Tarantula and his gang (1870s); potentially linked to corrupt Thunderbird Dam builders (Ed Pollard, Benny, Joe) (modern era - see comments)

Known Relatives: Flaming Star (father), Towering Oak (brother), Ghost Wind Rider (daughter or niece)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Near Bison Bend, Colorado, USA

First Appearance: Ghost Rider II#49 (October, 1980)

Powers/Abilities: Spotted Doe was a respected seer of a Comanche tribe, able to see near future visions. She had a deep connection with the powerful Native American god Manitou and via a meditative trance was able to summon his aid in times of deep distress brought on by those threatening sacred Comanche heritage. She also appeared to have an unspecified connection with (or manifested as) an aged woman in the modern era (see comments).

Height: 5'4" (by approximation)
Weight: 120 lbs. (approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History:

(Ghost Rider II#49 (fb) - BTS) - In the mid-19th Century, the Comanche Spotted Doe was born with the gift of a seer and could summon the spirit of Manitou.

(Ghost Rider II#49) - In the modern era, an elderly Native American woman (name unrevealed) warned corrupt engineer Ed Pollard, and later Johnny Blaze (Ghost Rider), of the newly built Thunderbird Dam's damage to ancient Comanche burial grounds, raising the wrath of Manitou. Ghost Rider was too late to stop the thieving Pollard blow up the dam.

(Ghost Rider II#49/50) - The old woman brought the disoriented Blaze to a mystical tunnel entrance, where her visage transformed into the much younger Spotted Doe with the aid of magical stone beads. She took him to the tunnel's end, a time portal, where he emerged in the 1870s.

(Ghost Rider II#50) - At the Comanche encampment, Spotted Doe told her father she sensed a demon within the time-traveling Johnny Blaze (Ghost Rider) who she felt threatened nearby Comanche burial grounds. In a trance, she summoned Manitou to battle Ghost Rider. But the criminal Tarantula and his gang grabbed Spotted Doe, intending to hold her for ransom. Her trance broken, Manitou's spirit dissipated and she was saved by Ghost Rider. The misunderstanding resolved, Flaming Star and Spotted Doe apologized. Ally Night Rider passed a mystical amulet to Blaze and Spotted Doe guided Blaze back to the mystic cavern where he returned to the modern era minutes before the dam's explosion. As Ghost Rider, he stopped the explosion and saved the Comanche burial grounds.

Comments: Created by Michael Fleisher & Don Perlin.

The elderly woman may well have been Spotted Doe as an aged woman, but this would place her as well over 100 (maybe 120+?). If it is her, why was it only her who transformed in the tunnel? What happened to her after the time trip? Were there then two Spotted Does in the 1870s? Or did the elderly Spotted Doe ultimately stay in the modern era and not time travel? [And did Night Rider's amulet have time-traveling abilities when linked with the cavern?] Too many questions, so I placed it as there being an unspecified linkage between Spotted Doe and the elderly woman.

An odd story. Difficult to profile.

Her encampment near Bison Bend was tagged as being in Nevada in OHotMU Update '89#5 Data Corrections, but was later identified as being located in Colorado in Original Ghost Rider #13.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Spotted Doe has no known connections to:


Ed Pollard

Ed Pollard was an engineer who worked on the Thunderbird Dam that threatened to disturb old sacred Comanche burial grounds and a nearby town. An elderly Native American woman (name unrevealed, but who would later transform into Spotted Doe) warned against the dam project but Pollard ignored her. However, Pollard and his colleagues Benny and Joe planned to explode the dam to flood the town, potentially killing hundreds, so that the three schemers could loot the town using SCUBA gear. The evening of the plan, Pollard was almost trapped under a sudden avalanche triggered by the protective Native American spirit Manitou, but Ghost Rider (Blaze) rescued Pollard. Later, Blaze chanced upon the evil plan and, via time-travel, stopped Pollard, burning the nefarious three with soul-searing hellfire.

 

 

 

--Ghost Rider II#49 (Ghost Rider II#50


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Ghost Rider II#50, p31, pan3 (main image)
Ghost Rider II#49, p17, pan1-4 (headshot)
Ghost Rider II#49, p5, pan5 (Pollard)


Appearances:
Ghost Rider II#49-50 (October-November, 1980) - Michael Fleisher (writer), Don Perlin (pencils & inks), Denny O'Neil (editor)


First posted: 09/25/2020
Last updated: 09/25/2020

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