Real Name: Satana Hellstrom
Identity/Class: Demon/human hybrid
would-be ruler of Hell
Affiliations: Exiter (former familiar) Detective Gunyon (pawn); formerly Dame Aramanthe, Basilisk, Church of the Dark Father, Clea, Richard M. Corbett, Joshua Crow, Ruth Cummins, Dansker, Dr. Stephen Strange, Leander Dyson, Gloria Hefford, Michael Heron, Spider-Man, Zannarth
Enemies: Agathon, Basilisk, Camarilla of the N'Garai, Richard M. Corbett, Joshua Crow, Jimmy Cruz, Dansker, the Dark Church, Walter Dean, Darkos Edge, the Four, Harry Gotham, Hellstorm, Harold "Hank" Johnson, Kthara, N'Garai, Nightbeast, Satan/Marduk Kurios/Trachos/Miles Gorney
Known Relatives: "Satan"/Marduk
Kurios (father), Victoria Wingate Hellstrom (mother,
deceased), Hellstorm (brother);
Patsy Walker aka Hellcat(former sister-in-law);
Gene and Paul Camber (false husband and son)
Aliases: Judith Camber, the Devil's Daughter, Julia, Mistress of the Basilisk, Satana the Damned, Satana the Succubus
Place of Birth: Fire Lake, Greentown, Massachusetts
Base of Operations: the Body Orchard, Alphabet City, Manhattan, New York
formerly a realm of Hell;
formerly Los Angeles, California
First Appearance: Vampire Tales#2 (October, 1973)
Powers/Abilities: Satana's demon heritage grants her a degree of superhuman strength (Class 10), durability, and other physical abilities. She likely possesses immunity or some degree of resistance to aging and conventional disease. The full range of Satana's superhuman powers remains unknown. She is capable of casting magical spells, but her limits in this area are uncertain. She can levitate herself off the ground, though she apparently cannot fly. She is able to strip away false images of others, laying bare their souls and forcing them to see themselves as they truly are.
Satana requires the draining
of souls to survive and she can only drain the souls from men,
not women. It is not known how many days she can go without
taking a soul. To do so, she usually kisses her victim as she
draws forth his soul, causing his body to shrivel. The soul would
then take the form (visible at least to Satana) of a butterfly-like
being, which she would grasp with her fingers. She would then
crush the butterfly form, seemingly causing it to disintegrate,
but actually absorbing psionic energy from the soul. After she
feeds on the power in a soul, the spirit is cast down into her
father's realm of Hell.
After spending time in Hell after her death, Satana learned that by consuming more souls than she needed, she could increase her own power. She also learned that by impregnating weapons with her body fluids, she could gain the soul power of victims slain with those weapons. Further, by marking a man as her servant, she could also gain the power from souls slain by that man, using the above weapons.
Satana has extensive knowledge of black magical lore, which war further strengthened by her time spent in Hell following her death. She can project bolts of soulfire, similar to that used by Hellstorm or the Ghost Rider (Blaze/Zarathos), which causes intense psychic or spiritual pain, but can also be perceived by its target as heat or physical force if its wielder so wills it.
Satana was formerly bonded too an immensely powerful demon known as the Basilisk, which she could release to slaughter her foes and then return it to herself. However, each time she released the Basilisk, her control of it lessened.
Height: 5'7 ½" Weight: 120 # Eyes: Black with red highlights Hair: Red
Other distinguishing features: Satana has had in the past incredibly long eyebrows, which extend above her head in the semblance of a devil's horns.
(Marvel Spotlight#13(fb)/Hellstorm#2(fb)) - Satana is the second daughter of the arch demon Marduk Kurios (who more commonly referred to himself as Satan), and Victoria Wingate. Her father had taken the human form of a Mr. Hellstrom to sire children on Earth. Satana was born three years after her older brother, Daimon, but while Daimon was also closer to his human mother, Satana was definitely always daddy's little girl. For the first six years of her life she lived in their mansion on Fire Lake. Even as a toddler, Satana earned her father's affection by killing birds or other such behavior. Both Satana and Daimon were home schooled, as their father did not want them to be defiled by the townfolk.
When Satana was six, her mother walked in on a ritual slaughter of a cat Satana was performing for her father. Her mother was overcome by the horror of what was going on, and when her husband revealed his true nature to her, she was driven utterly insane. Their mother was taken to a mental institution, while the children were split up to be placed in homes.
(Marvel Preview#7/2 (fb) - BTS) - The car carrying Satana disappeared en route. It was never found, nor were the driver, the young nurse who was escorting her, nor Satana herself.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#19) - Satana was taken to her father's realm of Hell. She was schooled in the use of her demonic powers, some of which inherited while others he granted to her. Kurios caused Satana's soul to be bonded to a powerful demon known as the Basilisk
(Marvel Preview #7 (fb) - BTS) - At ten years old, Satana was given her costume by Dame Aramanthe of Eleom
(Haunt of Horror #5 (fb) - BTS) - Satan presented Satana with her feline demonic familiar, Exiter.
(Marvel Premiere #27 (fb) - BTS) - Satana's began her tutelage under the ancient demon Dansker.
(Haunt of Horror#2/8 (fb) - BTS) - The demon Zannarth was forced to become Satana's companion and slave. One time she jokingly stole his soul, after which Zannarth began to resent her.
(Marvel Premiere#27 (fb)) - As part of a graduation day type of test, Satana was pitted against Dankser in a struggle that had the potential for death. Satana got in a few good strikes, surprising her master, but Dansker then focused more fully and easily humbled her. He did not strike the killing blow, but made it clear that he could have, and that he would always be her master.
(Haunt of Horror#2/8 (fb) - BTS) - Satana and Zannarth were banished from their Hellish realm, apparently by the Four. Zannarth was sent to a Netherworld and Satana was sent to Earth.
(Vampire Tales#2/7) - In Manhattan, Satana wandered the streets, where she attracted the attention of a would-be predator. The man followed her in the alley where he intended to have his way with her. As soon as they touched lips, Satana drained his life and left his desiccated corpse in the alley.
(Haunt of Horror#4 (fb)) - Satana felt something drawing her to the West Coast, possibly the powers of the Four, whom she believed to be responsible for her banishment.
(Vampire Tales#3) - Now in Los Angeles, Satana
prevented a mob, whipped into a frenzy by a tirade from
politician Harry Gotham, from attacking a small group of the
Church of the Dark Father. At her word, the mob dispersed. Later,
after feeding on another man in an alley, she joined one of the
cultists, Ruth Cummins, at her apartment. Satana was surprised to
learn that Ruth had the mark of Satan on her shoulder, but when
she attempted to contact her father she found her summons blocked
by a spell of the Four.
Soon after, Darkos Edge and another assassin, sent by Gotham, broke into Ruth's apartment and attempted to kill her, but ended up killing Ruth instead. Satana killed the unnamed assassin, stole the soul from Edge, and then found Gotham and took his soul as well.
(Haunt of Horror#2/6 (fb) - BTS) - Satana moved in with another member of the Church of the Dark Father, Gloria Hefford. Not long after she was joined by Exiter.
(Haunt of Horror#2/6) - Satana targeted,
seduced, and feasted on the soul of Henry "Hank"
Johnson, who was not having any luck at a single's bar. She then
identified Rich Corbett as a suitable pawn to use against the
Four. Seducing Corbett, she convinced him to assassinate Miles
Gorney, who was apparently the leader of the human
representatives of the Four. After she had sent Corbett off,
however, she managed to cast a spell to observe the actions of
these four, and learned that they needed a human sacrifice to
complete their own spell. Too late she rushed to stop Corbett,
and when he killed Gorney, the Four's spell was sealed, closing
off the portal to Hell so that Satana could not return.
Furious at her own stupidity, Satana drained the soul of Corbett, killing him.
(Haunt of Horror#2/8) - Satana journeyed to the
Cave of the Seven Winds, from which she traveled to the
Netherworld where she hoped to be able to access her father's
Hell. En route, she encountered Zannarth, whom she coerced into
assisting her in her efforts. The Four sent a Nightbeast against
them, but Satana mesmerized it and enlisted it to her own service.
They were ambushed by another team of demons, whom they
overpowered before continuing their journey. The Nightbeast was
apparently destroyed in this second assault.
As they continued they found the corpse of Trachos, the former leader of the Four, killed by them for his failures.
(Haunt of Horror#4) - Within the Netherworld,
Satana and Zannarth were confronted by the remaining members of
the Four. Zannarth was slain by Ellin, and Satana attempted to
gain a brief respite by forcing the Four to see themselves as
they truly were. However, rather than a momentary distraction,
this caused the Four great agony, and they reverted to their
human forms. Taking advantage of their weakness and surprise,
Satana rapidly moved from one to another, kissing the three men
and draining their souls.
However, she was then confronted by the still living Trachos, who revealed himself to be none other than Miles Gorney. Laughing as he vanished, Gorney refused to answer any of Satana's questions. Nonetheless, she felt the barrier to Hell fade away. However, sensing that she would gain answers, and perhaps vengeance, on Earth, she headed back there.
(Haunt of Horror#4/3 (fb) - BTS) - A group of former soldiers, under the direction of Monsignor Jimmy Cruz, ambushed Satana, beating her brutally and leaving her for dead.
(Haunt of Horror#4/3) - As Satana lay dying,
she tried to contact her father, but found the portal to his
realm once again closed. Exiter directed surgeon and former
priest Michael Heron into the alley to help Satana. When one of
the men, Arni Holder, a former Green Beret, came back to make
sure Satana was dead, Exiter slaughtered and consumed him. Heron
brought Satana back to his room, and Exiter brought her night
porter, on whom Satana fed to regain her strength and heal her
Upon awakening, Satana attempted to feed on Heron as well, but found him able to resist her call--the first ever to do so. Cruz himself led a squad to kill Satana, but they ended up having to settle for kidnapping Heron when Satana escaped them and the police began to approach. Satana tracked one of Cruz's men and forced him to tell him Cruz's location before she consumed his soul. Exiter went on ahead, but was slaughtered by the N'Garai, summoned by Cruz.
Satana approached Cruz silently, so that he had not time to summon demons, but rather used his gun against her. She dodged Cruz's bullets then slew him and ate his foul soul.
(Haunt of Horror#5/4 (fb)) - Satana parted ways with Heron, but gave him the Azshiran, a ring that could protect him from any demon born of Satan.
(Haunt of Horror#5/4) - Continuing her search
for Gorney, Satana slew Walter Dean, a Hollywood producer/director
who had aspired to membership in the Camarilla of the N'Garai.
She was then confronted by the demon Agathon, who showed her that
Gorney had captured Heron and cut off his hand. Agathon blasted
Satana unconscious and then brought her before Gorney. Awakening,
Satana impaled Agathon on one of Gorney's structures and then
took out Gorney's servants with the aid of Heron, who was
mortally wounded in the process. Satana recognized Gorney as her
father, Satan, as no one else could have injured a man wearing
Satan revealed that it was all just a test to prove Satana's power and loyalty, but she turned her back on him by allowing Heron to die without her consuming his soul. Furious, Satan banished her to Earth until the time of her death.
(Marvel Spotlight I#24) - Gloria Hefford
unwittingly summoned and was possessed by the demon-mother
Kthara, which attracted the attention of both Satana and Daimon
Hellstrom. As Gloria, Kthara duped Daimon into believing that
Satana was the threat, and when he confronted Satana, Kthara used
her spells to goad him into combat and to enhance his power.
Satana was consumed in Daimon's hellfire, but she was protected
and restored by the Basilisk. She arrived in time to find Kthara
about to slay Daimon in a ritual sacrifice that would allow all
of her ravagers to be free to claim the Earth. Satana freed
Daimon and the two struggled against Kthara and her demon-hordes,
but even they had not the power to stop her. Finally, Satana
summoned the Basilisk, which slaughtered Kthara and left Satana
Daimon attempted to apologize, but Satana instead cursed him and told him that should their paths cross again she would take his soul and laugh at the taking of it.
(Marvel Premiere#27) - Satana detected magical energies which drew her north to the town of Chandler, California, where she observed a group of men trying to burn the witch Deborah Hirsch. However, Deborah turned out to be possessed by Dansker, and the attacks upon her merely allowed Dansker to take control. Dansker blasted the crowd, killing the people and stunning Satana, and then prepared to perform a spell which would allow him to travel to Earth physically. Satana overpowered Dansker's limited form and summoned the Basilisk to slay him.
(Marvel Preview#7 (fb) - BTS) - Realizing that slaying Satana outright would release the Basilisk from within her, which might destroy the entire world, the Camarilla of the N'Garai conceived of another plan. They cast a powerful spell which transformed Satana into a mortal woman, Judith Camber, instilling her with false memories of her past life with her family. However, within an hour of the transformation, the Basilisk rebelled against these constraints and slew Judith's family.
(Marvel Preview#7) - "Judith" returned home to find her family dead. While she was crushed by this trauma, it allowed Satana's personality and form to become dominant for brief periods. While Camber was confused by her dual memories and personalities, the Camarilla succeeded in extracting the spirit of Satana from Camber, and planned to sacrifice it to the N'Garai. However, Camber, realizing that doing so would end her own false existence, tracked the Camarilla to the Church of Dis, and unleashed the Basilisk. The arch-demon destroyed the entire church and slew the Camarilla. Satana regained her true form and memory, and destroyed the soul of Abelard before it could pass on to any final resting place.
(Marvel Team-Up I#80, 81) - Dr. Strange was possessed by a wolf demon as a result of a curse of the Basilisk. Satana traveled to Strange's mansion and offered her assistance. Spider-Man brought the possessed Strange back to the sanctum, where Satana cast a spell that transported the trio to an astral plane, where they fought a legion of the Basilisk's demons as they edged towards Strange's soul. Satana summoned every erg of her power to destroy the demons and shatter the casing containing Strange's soul. However, the effort left her spent and the Basilisk broke free from her and struck her down from behind with its sword. However, as Satana died, so, too, did the Basilisk, which had become intrinsically attached to her soul.
BTS - In death, Satana returned to her father's realm of Hell.
(Hellstorm# 8(fb) - BTS) - Reverend Joshua Crow
began having dreams in which the lord spoke to him. He had
visions of innocent souls trapped in Hell. The voice said that
the power to release them was in Crow's hands--and the voice
charged him with the task of rescuing them from the eternal
fires, and giving them a second chance. Crow followed the
instructions of voice and went to New York. From there he began
to use his power to summon these souls from Hell and placed them
in the bodies of people in a seemingly hopeless comatose state.
Although he hinted as if he were resurrecting the souls of the
comatose victims, he knew he was bringing souls from Hell.
However, he believed he was harrowing Hell, just as Christ had
done, bringing God's mercy to the Damned.
Crow performed six such "resurrections" over the following three weeks. However, it was actually the Devil who had spoken to Crow, and the souls he had reincarnated were "lightning rods for evil"--focal points which Hell would use as anchors to their reality as it tried to take them back. Through them, it would be able to manifest itself, in small ways at first, escalating as it gained strength.
One of theose resurrected was Satana, who took the form of a woman named Julia.
(Hellstorm#10) - As Crow prayed for forgiveness, Julia came to thank him. She planted a big kiss on him, and then revealed herself as Satana. She drained his soul and sent it down into the abyss...
(Hellstorm#12) - Satana set herself up inside
the Body Orchard, a deconsecrated church in which she kept a
large number of her victims. She kept them chained to the walls
and ceiling, and wrapped them in a spell which continually
regenerated their lives--life that Satana constantly gnawed at.
In Times Square, Satana posed as a streetwalker, consuming the soul of a man who thought he was going to get some lovin'.
(Hellstorm#20) - In
the Body Orchard, Satana contemplated her latest plot. By eating
more souls than she needed she had begun to amass large amounts
of power; power which she might use to take over Hell.
She was confronted by Detective Gunyon, a man who had lost his job (and much of his mind) after having Hellstorm forcibly rip information from his mind. Gunyon sought to kill her to punish Hellstorm, but Satana instead took control of him. She branded him with a magic symbol, such that every act he committed would be attributable to her. She also gave him a box of bullets, each impregnated with certain of her body fluids and inscribed with her mark. Her instruction was for him to use them to commit mass murder.
(Hellstorm#21 - BTS) - Stephen Loss whipped himself with barbed wire for his dark dreams about Satana.
(Hellstorm#21) - Satana and Gunyon became
Well, that's not quite accurate. He loved her. She was just tonguing out his soul a sliver at a time.
Meanwhile, she contemplated her plan. Those shot by Gunyon with the bullets she had given him would have their souls consigned to Satana, and she would eventually grow powerful enough to challenge the supernatural supremacy of Heaven and Hell.
(Witches#1) - Satana groups with Jennifer Kale and Topaz to go on a quest for Dr Strange...
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(Witches#1) - Satana was returned to Earth by Dr. Strange to serve as the representative from the underworld to assist Jennifer Kale and Topaz against the Hellphyr.
(Witches#2) - Learning the reason for her return, Satana mocked Strange and her would-be allies. Later, while participating in a training exercise under Wong, she accidentally struck down Jennifer Kale, leading to a near confrontation between the two. All three remained unaware as Lilith sent a newborn Lilin to assault them.
(Witches#3) - Satana unwittingly leapt into the path of one of Jennifer Kale's magical bolts in mid-battle with the Lilin and was knocked out. After Kale destroyed the Lilin, Satana attacked Kale, and then taunted her until she fled, refusing to work alongside her anymore.
(Witches#4) - Satana and Topaz joined Kale against the Hellphyr, and she was confronted by her father, who revealed he had orchestrated the whole thing. Satan offered her a chance to rule alongside him if she allowed the Hellphyr to destroy all magic-users on Earth, but she turned her back on him and helped destroy the Hellphyr. Afterwards, she joined with Kale and Topaz in refusing to surrender the Tome of Zhered-Na to Dr. Strange, instead leaving with the pair.
Comments: Created by Roy Thomas and John Romita.
Satana made her debut in
October, 1973, so this profile (completed in October 2003)
celebrates her 30 year anniversary! Time for that Warren Ellis
Satana series we were promised a decade ago! I would love to see
him write a multiple issue war between Satana and Hellstorm for
the rule of Hell, culminating with the return of their father,
Marduk Kurios, reborn through Lavoisin, and attempting to take
back his domain.
By the same note, I am VERY happy that the crappy idea from a few years ago of putting together some "bad girl" group of teens, including Satana, never materialized. I'd be happy with Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, Alan Moore, Steve Gerber, or other such demented geniuses.
The dates are topical, but Marvel Team-Up I#81 list birth and death years of Satana, indicating that she was 24 at that time, meaning that Daimon was 27 then. How much "Marvel Time" has passed since then is difficult to say.
Satana also appears in Marvel Spotlight I#22, but it appears to just be a form adopted or conjured by Madame Swabada, rather than Satana herself.
Most of Satana's really good pictures are from the black and white titles.
The exact chronology of
Satana's magazine and regular comic appearances is uncertain.
Marvel Preview#7 details some of the delays and other problems with publication that hindered Satana's success. Haunt of Horror was cancelled with issue #5. Number eight was to introduce Satana to a significant male, and Claremont had already written the next two issues
Sledge Hammer #1 featured a tv horror host
Satana (ala Elvira), but as a tie-in to a non-Marvel tv show it's
almost certainly not continuity, and even if it somehow was, it
was only an impersonator and not Satana herself.
No known connection to:
Dame Aramanthe of Eleom
Presumably a demon agent of Satan (Kurios), she made a cloak for Satana when she was ten years old, growing up in Hell. Nothing else is known of her, though the cloak was later returned to Satana on Earth, by Leander Dyson.
--Haunt of Horror#2/6
I don't know if her name has any real significance, but a Dame usually refers to the wife of a Knight (or a woman who has achieved Knighthood), and Aramanthe is a dragon from the "Tea with White Dragons" work of fiction, about which I know nothing.
Seemingly the owner of a small curio shop across the street from the Camarilla's base, Leander found the weakened Satana--trapped in the form of Judith Camber--and brought her back to his shop. He acted surprised when she assaulted him, barely stopping herself from taking his soul, but he then explained to her who she really was, and why she had to stop the Camarilla immediately. When she returned to her true form, naked to the world, Leander gave her a cloak, which was apparently the same cloak the Dame Aramanthe had given her when she was a youth.
Leander's true nature is unclear, but he is possibly a demon, presumably an agent (or a former agent) of "Satan" (Marduk Kurios)
--Haunt of Horror#2/6
Harold "Hank" Johnson
He was a full-time field representative of the Orgeon
Manufacturing Company covering the Southern California area, and part-time wife
cheater for the same district. He was also pushing forty, partially bald, and
overweight and underdeveloped, which made it harder for him to hustle a date
than it used to be. He preferred San Diego, Santa Barbara, or even San Jose,
where he could find bored wives and lonely widows, to LA, where he had yet to
find a single girl who looked older than 18 years. He was about to give up on
the club he was at when a fiery redhead with cat-like eyes tapped him on the
shoulder, told him she'd been watching him, and asked him to go for a walk. He
immediately followed her outside, and after a short walk, she recommended they
stop in a nearby alley where she could get to know him better. The woman pulled
him close, whispering, "Kiss me." Trembling with anticipation, Henry complied.
Two second later he tried to scream! It all went very quickly. The skin on his face dried and collapsed in wrinkles and folds, the flesh on his bones seemed to wither and flake, and in ten seconds, "Hank" was reduced from a man to a desiccated corpse that really resembled nothing remotely human.
The woman, Satana, rose up from what had been his face, and pulled the small, squirming butterfly that had been his soul from her teeth, and let it go, laughing as it fluttered away.
--Haunt of Horror#2/6
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