After graduating from Harvard, Brick Reese is drafted and sent to fight in Vietnam. There, he's wounded with a bullet to the base of the skull. Since the wound is inoperable, Brick grants doctors permission to try the experimental drug Q-47 on him. The doctors say, "We don't know what kind of side-effects this might have." After a month of daily shots, the slug dissolves and Brick gains tremendous strength. However, since his powers are only intermittent, he puts them from his mind, returns home, and takes a job with the Los Angeles law firm of Williams and Williams.
Only when rock singer/client Julie Storm is abducted does he soup-up his motorcycle, design a costume and put his occassionally heightened muscles to work as Hell-Rider.
Hell-Rider has a black belt in karate to fall back on when his muslces fail. His Harley sportster motorcycle is equipped with a flame-thrower under the headlights, rocket boosters for a nearly vertical ascent, napalm tanks and a jet which throws out an oil slick from the front.
There were only two issues of Hell-Rider. A third was completed, but never published.