Ghost is a Marvel Comics
supervillain and later anti-hero who opposes Iron Man
. Ghost's real name is John Morley. He is industrial saboteur and mercenary wearing a stealth suit that allows him to become invisible, intangible, among other things.
The Ghost first appeared in Iron Man
#219 (June, 1987), created by David Michelinie and Bob Layton. The storyline introducing him never gave a firm origin of the character. He was said to be a figure of Urban Legend
, rumored to have been "a disgruntled former executive, or an engineer gone insane." He has continued to plague Iron Man and other heroes over the years. At some point Ghost joined the Thunderbolts
and seems to be getting the spotlight treatment more often than before.
This comic book character provides examples of:
- Clothes Make the Maniac: Ghost wears a stealth suit that allows him to become intangible. But if he stays intangible for too long, it will negatively affect his psyche.
- Dark and Troubled Past: According to Ghost, he was a data engineer for a computer corporation. The executives, making themselves rich from his hard work, used methods such as sports tickets and sexual favours from another employee. When his lover threatened to reveal that the executives made her a call girl for their own benefit, they murdered her. When he found out what happened, he decided to use his creation and kill off the executives. After that, he became a corporate saboteur.
- Unreliable Narrator: Ghost tells his life story to Moonstone. However, given that Moonstone is very untrustworthy and that Ghost's psyche, and maybe memories, is negatively affected by being in an intangible state for prolonged periods of time, there is no way to know if he's being truthful.