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ZARATHOS (Disambiguation Page)
Zarathos is one of the Spirit of Vengeance overseen by the archangel Zadkiel, sent by Heaven to dispatch evil souls to Hell for eternal punishment.
As can be seen by his choice of hosts, Zarathos has a particular affinity for the United States:
Noble Kale, 17th century witchfinder and witchfinder-hunter;
Caleb [no surname], an ex-slave who rode against the Ku Klux Klan in the 19th century;
Ghost Flyer, a WWI flying ace.
Zarathos' current host is stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze, who had the spirit bonded to him during a misguided occult ritual to save the life of his foster father, "Crash" Simpson. Now known as "Ghost Rider," Blaze transforms into a daemonic form to run down evildoers on two infernal wheels, all the while trying to find a cure for his accursed condition.
And as long as Blaze fights on the side of right, he is free from pursuit by a family of immortal monster hunters such as mine.
The minute he steps out of line, however, I'll be there to hand him his ass.
-- Elsa Bloodstone