Early Cancellations for Marvel Comics’ Ghost Rider & Doctor Strange Titles


More suggestions Marvel is feeling the economic effects of the Corona pandemic, as Newsarama reported they’ve canceled a Ghost Rider volume 2 issues and two specials short of completion:


Marvel Comics has canceled the ongoing comic book series Ghost Rider after seven issues. Series writer Ed Brisson announced the cancellation on Twitter.

[…] The Ghost Rider title was solicited through #9 prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once comics distribution resumed after a pandemic-influenced shutdown, Ghost Rider #7 – which was originally intended to go on sale April 8 – was released on July 8.

[…] Prior to the COVID-19 comics distribution shutdown, Marvel solicited a Ghost Rider #8 and #9, along with two one-shots: Empyre: Ghost Rider #1 and Ghost Rider Annual #1. Empyre: Ghost Rider #1’s release was already considered canceled due to its dis-inclusion from a revised checklist of Empyre tie-ins released in June.

Those four issues have not been re-solicited, and Brisson’s announcement of the series cancellation with #7 would seemingly close the door on them being published later – especially issues #8 and #9.



Then there’s a Doctor Strange series that’s been shut down in a similar manner:


The current volume of Marvel Comics’ ongoing Doctor Strange comic book series has come to a somewhat surprising end with this week’s Dr. Strange #6. The surprise finale was confirmed in a letter from series writer Mark Waid and artist Kev Walker on the final page of the issue.

[…] Waid wrote all six issues of the series, as well as 20 issues of the preceding volume of Doctor Strange. A seventh issue was initially solicited for release in June, prior to industry-wide delays caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

[…] This is the latest in a string of ongoing comic cancellations by Marvel following the sudden ends to Black Panther & the Agents of Wakanda, Ghost Rider, and Strikeforce.



After all the PR disasters Waid has caused over the past several years with his repellent politics and getting himself sued by a graphic novelist for tortious interference, not many are likely to be sorry this Doctor Strange volume’s gone down the drain. IMO, the Sorcerer Supreme hasn’t seen a good series since the turn of the century, ever since Joe Quesada first got his foot in the door, and let’s not forget Bill Jemas either. What all these cancellations of lower selling titles starring 3rd tier characters before the last issues may have been solicited means is that Marvel has taken a considerable blow to their sales. The 4 dollar-plus cover price is no improvement at a time when people want to spend their money more carefully during the pandemic.


It’s going to be very difficult for Marvel to recover from this, and based on their conduct ever since Quesada came about, not to mention Sana Amanat, that’s what they get for driving away their audience.




Originally published here.

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1