There are few ideas as inherently awesome as Ghost Rider. Just the concept of being a burning skeleton dressed in black leather riding on a demonic motorcycle, dealing out punishment to the guilty gets your blood pumping in a way that other superheroes just can't.
While he's never been the highest selling character out there, Ghost Rider has nonetheless managed to stick around consistently ever since his initial appearance in the 1970s. Even to the point to more than one person having ridden on the bike.
But as tend to be the case with comics, there are tons of Ghost Riders out there as a result of this. So if we're going to have to narrow this list down a bit. The only ones we're recounting in this article are the Ghost Riders of the main 616 universe.
Besides that, as long as someone has wielded the power of the rider for at least one issue, they have a place in this chronicle of the history of everyone who has become the Ghost Rider, and what ultimately happened to them at the end of their journey...
No better place to start than the literal first ever Ghost Rider. You can't go back much farther than 1,000,000 BC, which is where we find the true original spirit of vengeance, simply known as "Ghost".
As with the rest of the riders on this list, the story of Ghost is not a happy one. Ghost lived as a caveman along with the rest of his family. Even as a young man, he found himself to be a cut above the rest in terms of intelligence, a fact that he did all he could to conceal for fear of isolation. But he wouldn't have to worry about that for long, as a mysterious stranger soon entered their camp and took control through violence.
The stranger was later revealed to be a Wendigo, and as Wendigos are one to do, he ate everyone in the tribe except for Ghost, whom he challenged to come find him.
Ghost nearly died in his quest to find the Wendigo, but before he starved, a snake challenged him to say his name. As you can surmise, the snake turned out to be the first spirit of vengeance, and he and Ghost were bound by this simple act.
Ghost would have many adventures after finally hunting down the Wendigo that killed his family, including joining the prehistoric Avengers alongside Odin and Lady Phoenix to take on monsters and fallen gods. We never find out what happened to him at the end of his story, but anyone who can tame a Wooly Mammoth and ride it into battle had to have gone down like a badass.