Calico Kid/Ghost Rider
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Real Name

Rex Fury

First Appearance

Tim Holt #6 (1949)

Original Publisher

Magazine Enterprises

Created by

Ray Krank and Dick Ayers

Calico Kid and his original horse, Ebony.


Rex Fury was originally known as the Calico Kid. Rex would pretend to be a mild mannered and wimpy traveling salesman, but he would change into the Calico Kid and become a colorfully-dressed hero.

He was assisted by a young Chinese boy named Sing Song whom he had saved from being framed for murder. His black horse was named Ebony, but he later got a new white horse named Spectre after becoming Ghost Rider.

Federal marshal Rex Fury wore a white outfit covered with phosphorus and a cape that had phosphorescent on one side and black on the other.

Federal marshal, Rex Fury.

Rex used the black side of the cape to cover parts of his body to give the illusion that he was merely a floating head or pair of hands. To further the illusion, he wielded a black lariat and a black bullwhip so that he could appear to grab things at a distance, and even his twin six-guns and his horse, Spectre, glowed in the dark.

The Ghost Rider battled many foes who, like him, were not truly supernatural at all, such as an impostor of Frankenstein's Monster and the Harpy, as well as others who were the real deal, such as werewolves and vampires. While the character never crossed over with anyone, his mask inspired the Avenger to put on a costume.

Public Domain Appearances

(as The Calico Kid):

  • Tim Holt #6-11
  • Great Western #10-11

(as The Ghost Rider):

  • Tim Holt #11-41
  • Ghost Rider #1-14
  • Best of the West #1-12
  • Bobby Benson's B-Bar-B Riders #13-15
  • Black Phantom #1
  • Great Western #9
  • Red Mask #42-50
  • A-1 Comics #27, 29, 31, 34, 37, 44, 51, 57, 69, 71, 75, 80, 84, 112


  • The character was the inspiration for Marvel's Phantom Rider, also co-created by Dick Ayers.

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