Just in time for Halloween, we’re back to feature all those creepy, kooky, and scary characters of comic book lore! This time, we’re going to take a look at monsters from the vaunted House of Ideas. So, enter, if you dare, for Comic Book Monsters 2012: The Mighty Merry Marvel Edition!
Comic Book Monsters – October 6th: Daimon Hellstrom
As we learned yesterday, Daimon Hellstrom, also known as the Son of Satan, is the brother of the beguilingly demoness Satana. While Satana decided to embrace their father’s demonic ways, Daimon opted instead to cling to his humanity. He would eventually become a powerful magical warrior in his own right (even though he seems to not quite grasp the ability to conjure up a shirt). He was often at war with demons and other monstrosities (usually under his own father’s command) all the while being a professor of anthropology at St. Louis University.
His first appearance found him battling Satan alongside Ghost Rider, but for the most part, Daimon would be a recurring character in the Defenders where he would help them take on such villains as the Sons of the Serpent, the Dryminextes, and even the Hulk. Once he became a member of the team, he began a romantic relationship with Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat. The two would eventually marry, but that would end up having a heartbreaking end.
When the evil essence of his soul, or Darksoul as it was referred to, was taken from him, Daimon became fully human. However, the side effects of being human meant that he was now dying. Desperate to save her husband, Patsy summoned Satan and begged for him to save Daimon’s life. Satan revealed that in order to do so, Daimon must combine with his Darksoul. When he did, Patsy saw the full brunt of what Daimon could be as an evil entity. Driven mad by the visage of the evil Son of Satan, Patsy spent months in a near comatose state before finally regaining her sanity. Once she does, she becomes so remorseful that she unleashed this evil to the world, she commits suicide.
After Patsy’s death, Hellstrom was able to finally win the throne to Hell from his father, which he also used to allow the Thunderbolts, under Hawkeye’s leadership, to bring Patsy back from Hell and return her to life. After doing so, he pushes Patsy away using deceit and lies, believing that she would be happier without him.
Hellstrom, since, has enjoyed some extra exposure over the past decade or so. He rejoined the Defenders as part of the Fifty-State Initiative until H.A.M.M.E.R., and its chief, Norman Osborn, disbanded the group. Daimon’s also been a part of the Midnight Sons, a group designed to stop an interdimensional zombie attack. He’s even more recently been seen in the aftermath to Fear Itself maxi series called The Fearless where he was able to play both a hero and a villain. He was a candidate to take the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme before that eventually went to Brother Voodoo. Even more recently, he teamed up with Loki and Leah in the pages of Journey Into Mystery when Nightmare attempted to gather up all the terror and fear that people felt when they slept.
And, with that, we come to the end of today’s Comic Book Monsters, and the end of the two-part monster siblings of Satana and Daimon Hellstrom. We aren’t done with the 70s Marvel Horror characters though as tomorrow we feature the daughter of the very first Comic Book Monster I profiled way back in 2010! Come back tomorrow to check it out!