!!The comic
* NamesTheSame:
** Initially, in the late 40s, there was a western comic book character called Ghost Rider, who later had his own Marvel published magazine in the 60s. After the introduction of the modern Ghost Rider in the 70s, the character was renamed Night Rider and then Phantom Rider - though ''this'' was after a few clumsy attempts to integrate him into the Ghost Rider mythos properly.
** Blackout: Also the name of an insane Nova villain. That one manipulates the dark force dimension but like this one ''also'' had an UnexplainedRecovery after Comicbook/CivilWar.
** Dan Ketch: There is also an angel under Malachi named Daniel.
** Lucifer: The X-Men fought an alien who happened to be named Lucifer, in fact that alien is responsible for putting Charles Xavier in a wheelchair. He is a dangerous villain in his own right but not to be mistaken for the angel that started a war in heaven and is now bound in hell.
** Scarecrow: It's also the codename of an enemy of a certain [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} caped crusader]] from the [[DCComics Distinguished Competition]].

!!The film:
* AwesomeDearBoy: Nicholas Cage really, really likes Ghost Rider. He even has a Ghost Rider tattoo, which had to be covered by makeup for filming for obvious reasons.
* PromotedFanboy: Nicolas Cage is a huge Comicbook/GhostRider [[OneOfUs and comic book fanboy]], who has wanted to play Ghost Rider since he got into acting. He actually has the Rider tattooed on one arm; they had to cover the tat so he could portray the role.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The novelization ended with an explanation of how Johnny Blaze got off the murder charges, having "some hotshot New York lawyer" make a mockery of the prosecutor's case. Said lawyer was supposed to be [[Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} Matt Murdock]]. Which is almost certainly a ShoutOut to the original Ghost Rider concept. He was intended to be a Daredevil villain, but it was just too good of an idea.

* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/GregWeisman stated he had interest in creating an animated series for Ghost Rider. (They tried a BackdoorPilot for this idea in his appearance in the Creator/{{UPN}} cartoon of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk'', but that didn't pan out; this also forced him to be cut from appearing in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', as Creator/FoxKids didn't want to promote a series on another network.)