HOW TO DRAW GHOST RIDER
From the back cover: "Ready to create your own imaginary world with your favorite Marvel Comics superheroes and villains? HOW TO DRAW GHOST RIDER shows you how, with easy-to-follow steps and tips from real Marvel artists. Before you know it, you'll be drawing Ghost Rider, his allies and archenemies, and their equipment and vehicles in many exciting, action-filled Marvel scenes. So grab a pencil and get going - ol' Skullhead is waiting for you!"
The characters included are: Ghost Rider, John Blaze, Vengeance, Zarathos, Centurious, Doctor Strange, and Morbius. It also has lessons on drawing the motorcycles for Ghost Rider, Blaze, and Vengeance, and how to draw street scenes with two-point perspective.
I have to admit, this is a nice looking book. I wouldn't have thought that artist Bob McLeod, most well-known for being the co-creator of the New Mutants, would have been an appropriate fit for Ghost Rider. His work, after all, was more suited to brightly colored superheroes than it was the supernatural. I found it to be a genuine surprise that the character work McLeod produced for this book was great! Beyond how good the art looks, the way he breaks down how to draw each character was really cool and informative. Most impressive to me is how he breaks down the illustrations of the various motorcycles, which I always imagined to be the hardest part of the series for artists to draw. The only complaint I really have is how some artists during this period, including McLeod, drew Ghost Rider with his muscles showing like he was wearing spandex. He wears a leather jacket and jeans, people! Muscles should not be shown, especially on the arms, and the only artists that ever really got this correct was Javier Saltares and Mark Texeira.
Interestingly enough is the period in which this book was produced. Despite the line having ended by 1996, the "How to Draw" book (and the toy line for that matter) drew heavily from the "Midnight Sons" and "Siege of Darkness" period of the Ghost Rider series. While that era of the character's history wasn't the most popular with the readers, you can't deny that the character designs for guys like Centurious and Morbius were great (and hey, at least they didn't go for Blaze's awful cyborg look). The writer isn't much, but that's okay since the artwork is the main selling point of the book (though I thought it hilarious that they referred to hellfire as "spirit-fire" because of the kiddies).
So, all in all this is an interesting example of Ghost Rider's merchandising blitz back in the 1990s. It's certainly not essential for any collection, but I don't think you'd be disappointed if you picked it up - I might even have fun drawing some of the Ghost Rider poses!
How to Draw Ghost Rider
Writer: Steve Behling