|Location of Publication||New York, New York|
|Story Location||New York: New York City; Manhattan, Midtown, Nevada (Only in flashback); Crash Simpson Daredevil's Show (First appearance) (Only in flashback), Hell (Mentioned) (Only in flashback)|
|Notes||Not sure why the Hulk is on the cover he neither appears in this story or the repinted story from Marvel Spotlight Vol 1 5. |
In this issue's flashback, stuntman Johnny Blaze made a pact with Satan in order to save Crash Simpson's life. While the Devil who appeared in this story was intended to be Satan, father of Daimon and Satana Hellstrom,, he was retconned into being Mephisto in Ghost Rider Vol 2 #68. The Devil was retconned again into being Satan, although a different one from the Hellstroms' father, in Ghost Rider Vol 6 #5. This Lord Satan, identified with the Judeo-Catholic devil figure of Lucifer, made his first appearance in Ghost Rider Vol 6 #1.
That was apparently retconned in Ghost Rider Vol 7, where Blaze indicated Mephisto as the one who bonded the Spirit of Vengeance to him, but this retcon and, in general, the whole series, does not acknowledges several main points from Daniel Way and Jason Aaron's previous runs on Ghost Rider Vol 6, so it's better to treat Blaze's statement as a small continuity error.
In Spirits of Vengeance #1's recap Primer Pages story, Mephisto is again identified as the devil who bonded Zarathos to Johnny Blaze. This is incorrect, since it was previously stated that the Spirit of Vengeance was bonded by the Archangel Zadkiel, and not by Mephisto nor Lucifer. Again, it's better to not acknowledge the Primer Pages as continuity, since they have been made to simplify the reading for the newest readers.