The ruler of Mojoworld proves that vapid, awful personalities can hold places of obscene power.

Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place or object that made waves this week.

Last week the Mojoverse invaded Manhattan and all hell broke loose. The action moved from X-MEN: GOLD #13 to this week’s X-MEN: BLUE #13 and along with it came a variety of former foes all conjured up by the villain himself, Mojo.

It’s fitting that Art Adams worked on connecting covers for the first two parts of this crossover because he drew Mojo’s very first appearance back in the LONGSHOT limited series, penned by the equally legendary Ann Nocenti. That 1985-1986 book first introduced us to the amnesiac title character who seemed luckier than the average runaway.

Longshot wound up on Earth where he began remembering bits and pieces of his past which included being grown in an alternate dimension to serve the huge Spineless Ones who used large machine walkers to get them around. Seeing those beings paved the way for Mojo’s grand debut in #4 as he complained about plant-ruining holes in clouds to Major Domo. 

Longshot (1985) #4

Longshot (1985) #4

  • Published: December 10, 1985
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 09, 2009
  • Writer: Ann Nocenti
  • Penciler: Art Adams
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The out-of-control ruler of all he saw with a mouth that wouldn’t quit wanted everything around him to look like his own reflection, thus becoming godlike in his own mind. He’d also sent out a pack of his best hunters, including Quark, to track down Longshot, not wanting to lose his own property. When they failed, Mojo ordered Spiral to take them both to this mysterious planet filled with humans that looked exactly like their genetically created slaves.

As it turned out, those slaves were designed to reflect The Spineless Ones’ nightmare demons of myth, so this whole Earth thing really freaked them out. After jumping from Earth and otherspace back to Mojoworld, the Spineless One finally faced off against Longshot and it didn’t go so well for the villain. Instead of ruling completely, he found himself on the wrong side of a dimensional portal.

Mojo and Spiral would later appear in a series of X-related annuals in the mid-to-late 80s. First, they popped up in NEW MUTANTS ANNUAL #2 to kidnap Betsy Braddock, otherwise known as Psylocke in her original body. He used Betsy to create a new cartoon that was then broadcast to humanity, called Wildways. After Mojo also grabbed Sunspot the New Mutants became involved and eventually put a stop to his plans. 

New Mutants Annual (1984) #2

New Mutants Annual (1984) #2

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Over the years, Mojo solidified himself as one of the most deranged and heartless villains in the Marvel Universe by routinely trying to invade our reality or poison his own with the kind of television programs that, well, have become fairly commonplace these days.

Flash Forward

Though an absolutely egomaniacal monster, Mojo did help create something of adorable beauty: the X-Babies! In UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #10, by Chris Claremont and Art Adams, Mojo de-aged the X-Men to look like kids. However, two years later in UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #12, when the X-Men appeared to have died, he created the X-Babies. As you might expect, the cartoony kid heroes eventually fought back against their creator. Mojo thought about giving them the axe himself, but decided against it when the ratings showed just how popular they turned out to be!

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Enjoy the latest episode of the official Marvel podcast, with comics, movies, TV, games, and more!

True Believers, we’re back in business with a brand new episode of This Week in Marvel, the official Marvel podcast! If you missed all the news coming out of New York Comic-Con, we’ve got you covered with several minisodes recapping comics/TV/games announcements and more.

Dip into all the new comics action this week from DAREDEVIL, DEFENDERS, X-MEN, and more, with Ryan, Ben and Tucker! Plus the Daredevil Summit convenes with writer Charles Soule and editor Nick Lowe talking “Mayor Fisk” (1:06:23)! Over on the West Coast, Christine and Eric have everything you need to know about TV, Films, Games and Theme Parks (1:32:43).  And finally, listen up for your questions and comments (1:44:44)!

Download episode #311 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes, so you never miss an episode! We are now also on Soundcloud! Head over now to our new hub to listen to the full run of This Week in Marvel!

This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Friday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel VP & Executive Editor of Digital Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse, along with Marvel.com Editor Eric Goldman, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Christine Dinh, and Manager of Video & Content Production Blake Garris. We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes!  Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM@BenJMorse@chrissypedia or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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Stan Lee and Jack Kirby team-up to tell a Hulk story for the ages!

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.

Join us to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all.

One year after the first volume of INCREDIBLE HULK ended with issue #6, the Jade Giant threw down once again—this time with his former Avengers teammate Hank Pym—in the pages of TALES TO ASTONISH #59! The team-up proved to be such a hit that Hulk stuck around the series until it became the second volume of INCREDIBLE HULK with issue #102.

Tales to Astonish (1959) #102

Tales to Astonish (1959) #102

  • Published: April 01, 1968
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 02, 2016
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Though he drew covers for the Hulk’s monthly return, Jack Kirby wouldn’t start penciling interior adventures until issue #68, when he reintroduced The Leader. At the time, Bruce Banner had been branded a potential Communist for seeming to help The Hulk—whom the government had a great suspicion in. Banner even appeared to die by a gunshot wound at the end of issue #69!

In TALES TO ASTONISH #70, the U.S. Army investigated the Leader’s lab in search of The Hulk—before concluding that the Jade Giant had escaped and that Banner’s body went missing. Turns out, Banner’s old friend Rick Jones previously snuck into the lab, stole the body and drove it to one of Bruce’s own laboratories—where he hoped to revive The Hulk, and with him, Bruce!

Rick succeeded in reviving them, but inadvertently brought Bruce’s consciousness back in the Hulk’s body. Banner quickly realized that, if he changed back into his human form, the bullet lodged in his brain would kill him instantly. To stave off such an event, Dr. Banner needed to stay in his Hulk form as long as possible.

The Leader, meanwhile, unleashed a 500-foot-tall Humanoid to take on all comers. In response, The Hulk and the army formed a temporary truce to deal with the new, more urgent menace. The Leader’s invention, however, proved powerful enough to withstand the onslaught—until issue #71.

Tales to Astonish (1959) #71

Tales to Astonish (1959) #71

  • Published: September 10, 1965
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 28, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Gene Colan
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In that book, General Ross launched a missile called “the Sunday Puncher” at—and seemed to destroy—the Humanoid. In response to the attack, The Leader commanded his creation to immolate itself, so that the military had nothing to study. And The Hulk remained in his Banner-controlled state until he found a solution and turned back into his human form.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more Kirby klassics! And join the conversation on all of our social channels with the hashtag #Kirby100.

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We look at the pros and cons of Kamala Khan's potential love interests.

The Red Dagger returns in MS. MARVEL #24 by G. Willow Wilson and art by Diego Olortegui. In this thrilling adventure, Kamala will come face to face with a dangerous foe… teen hormones.

To save New Jersey from a runaway train, Ms. Marvel had to team up with Red Dagger once again, but this time sparks are flying. Will Kamala be able to love again after so much heartache with Bruno? Is Red Dagger, in fact, her friend Kareem? What will he think of her superhero fanfic?! Also there’s a runaway train. That cannot be overemphasized. So. That, um, should probably be dealt with as well… but hey, a girl can multitask!

To help clarify this new potential romance — and just what poor Kamala Khan’s battered heart has been with since she arrived on the scene — we’ve weighed the pros and cons of her potential paramours to see how Red Dagger (aka Kareem?!) holds up compared to the others. Is it true love or another dud? Only THE DATING GAME can tell!

Kamran

The Inhuman Kamran was cute, funny, and charming — Kamala got a huge crush on him in MS. MARVEL #14, even though they’d known each other for less than a day! And we can’t blame her… his personality is literally illuminating! And before you start, we know what “literally” means here at Marvel. He glows and stuff. It’s a neat party trick. What a catch!

Pros: As an Inhuman and someone who shares her Muslim-American cultural experience, Kamran understood her in ways that few others could. Kamala had it bad for this boy, and they even almost kissed before the police told them to disperse.

Cons: Kamran turned out to work for Lineage, the leader of the evil Inhuman army. To make matters worse, he tried to force Kamala to join him and his ilk — a boy who won’t take no for an answer? Not worth a second of your time, Kamala.

Miles Morales

Miles Morales, aka the Spider-Man, is on the Champions with Kamala Khan. The two have a strong friendship… they’re so close, in fact, that Miles’s best friend Genke is convinced that Miles has a big ol’ crush on Kamala. The official statement on this from Miles is “shut up.”

Pros: He’s a kind-hearted web-slinging sweetheart and heartthrob to boot! They’ve had a few deep moments but nothing romantic.

Cons: Miles has been known to pack up and jump universes. Our girl Kamala needs stability! Plus, he’s been linked to Gwen Stacy a.k.a. Spider-Woman romantically and Kamala is too good to end up as a rebound.

Nova

Another member of her Champions team — do we sense a pattern here? — Nova revealed his secret identity of Samuel Alexander to Kamala and there was an awkward moment where he may or may not have been trying to have a “moment” with her.

Pros: Powerful and brave, Sam has a pretty big chip on his shoulder… but when push comes to shove, he’s a guy you’d be proud to have on your team.

Cons: Kamala just doesn’t seem all that interested, despite what the unquenchable and optimistic well of fan fic about the two might lead one to believe. Sorry, Sam. Maybe give it a little time.

Bruno

Kamala’s best friend Bruno Carrelli has been in love with her since they were little kids. They come from two separate worlds — Bruno is Italian-American and Catholic, Kamala is Pakistani-American and Muslim — which, according to her brother Aamir would be too hard for them to overcome. For most of their friendship, it wasn’t much of an issue, though. Bruno’s love went unrequited for years… until she realized she loved him, too, but her responsibilities as Ms. Marvel meant he should live his life without her. She couldn’t give him the time and attention he deserved, and besides — it was too dangerous for him if her enemies were to find out. Bruno got a girlfriend and Kamala is forced to think about what Bruno really means to her. Which turns out to be, quite a lot… romantic stylez.

Pros: He’s brilliant (IQ of 170, according to Doctor Faustus), trustworthy (he was the only one Kamala told about her powers for a while), and he’s been completely devoted to Kamala since they were kids! He may be something of a goof, but he’s Kamala’s goof and they’re in love with each other. Shouldn’t that be enough?

Cons: After the events of Civil War II, there isn’t that much of a relationship to salvage, friend or otherwise. Bruno begged Kamala not to get involved with Captain Marvel’s crusade to squelch out crimes before they happened, but the result was the construction of an internment camp. Bruno, ever the activist, tried to liberate some of the people who had been unjustly imprisoned but the attempt went awry and Bruno was left severely injured. In fact, he gained some permanent physical handicaps as a result… and he blames Kamala. Now he’s going to school off in Wakanda, but hey, Skype exists in Earth-616, right?

Ms. Marvel (2015) #23

Ms. Marvel (2015) #23

Red Dagger (Kareem?!)

Kamala Khan hasn’t seen the mysterious Pakistani vigilante Red Dagger since their meeting 12 whole issues ago when he helped her save the day in Karachi and helped clarify her crisis of conscience during the tumultuous events of Civil War II. Though we technically never found out the civilian identity of Laal Khanjeer (translated: the Red Dagger), Kamala has had her suspicions that he might be her new friend-in-law, Kareem!

Pros: Kamala doesn’t know too much about Red Dagger, but he did help her out when she needed him and he’s a morally upstanding young dude who she can respect. If he is Kareem, then she’s also compatible with him as a friend. A strapping heroic vigilante who can help her fight crime + a friend she can goof around with in her off-time + someone who understands her culture and the values she holds dearest to her heart? We may have a winner!

Cons: He’s not Bruno. But maybe, for Kamala, that’s finally not a deal-breaker anymore…

See Ms. Marvel and her potential new crush in action on November 8th in MS. MARVEL #24 by G. Willow Wilson and Diego Olortegui, wherever comics are sold!

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Look back on the history of the Devil’s Daughter!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

Last week, an all-new supernatural squad debuted in the pages of SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #1. The gang included Blade, Ghost Rider, Daimon Hellstrom, and Satana!

Satana Hellstrom—sister of Daimon—made her first appearance 44 years ago in VAMPIRE TALES #2. The Roy Thomas and John Romita story showed a man following a woman down a dark alley—and there, before he knew what happened, she consumed his soul. Only at the end the story did the reader come to know this character as Satana, the Devil’s Daughter.

Vampire Tales (1973) #2

Vampire Tales (1973) #2

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In the following issue, by writer Gerry Conway and artist Esteban Maroto, Satana relocated to Los Angeles where she found herself hounded by a greedy priest named Harry Gotham. In response, as you might guess, Gotham got a fiery end to his story.

After that, Satana occasionally appeared in books such as MARVEL SPOTLIGHT and HAUNT OF HORROR. She even shared center stage with her brother in his 1990s series HELLSTROM: PRINCE OF LIES. She also plays important roles in SUPERNATURALS and WITCHES.

In 2007, the Devil’s Daughter starred in her own LEGION OF MONSTERS one-shot by writer Robin Furth and artist Kalman Andrasofszky. In this tale, Satana mentioned that one of every ten souls she consumes gets sent to get father in Hell. Later, a character named Jen Silence captured Satana in a pentacle and revealed that her twin brother, Jason Silence, received the unlucky trip to the Devil.

The young woman made Satana take a blood oath to find her brother in exchange for freedom from the pentacle. In response, Satana escaped, chained Jen to a dying man, and journeyed to Hell to retrieve Jason. There, in search of the soul, she battled a demon called The Scorpion Queen.

Legion of Monsters: Satana (2007) #1

Legion of Monsters: Satana (2007) #1

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Following an epic battle, Satana defeated the Queen and made off with Jason. Back in her house again, she reunited the Silence twins, but demanded that Jen sign the contract, clearing Satana of further duty. Upon doing so, Jen gave Jason a hug…but he disappeared!

“You said I had to bring him back alive and unharmed,” Satana mentioned coolly, “You didn’t say he had to stay that way.”

Fright Fact

Though not exactly a team player, Satana has joined up with other groups on several occasions. In addition to SUPERNATURALS and WITCHES, she also became a major player in THUNDERBOLTS.

In THUNDERBOLTS #155, Dr. Strange and Man-Thing helped team leader Luke Cage find Satana in the Valley of Shandor-Rah. His bosses wanted a magic expert on the squad, so they fought through her defenses and used some trickery to put a magically enhanced collar on her, bringing her on board. The Daughter of the Devil appreciated their deception, but then admitted she would have come along freely of she knew Man-Thing wanted her on the crew!

Next week, return to the Man-Thing with a review of the original 1974 series!

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Artist Jahnoy Lindsay flexes his artistic muscles for Marvel Legacy!

Jen Walters Must Die!

…will be the name of this story’s first arc! On November 8, the sensational attorney-turned-super hero enters Marvel Legacy with SHE-HULK #159!

Writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Jahnoy Lindsay present Jen with a new enemy: The Leader. And our hero will do her best to fend him—and that title reference—off as a new era begins for She-Hulk.

We sat down with Jahnoy to hear about Jen’s new look, the Leader’s role, and working with Tamaki.

Marvel.com: Jen’s been through a lot in the past few years. How has all that changed her from a physical perspective?

Jahnoy Lindsay: I think she’s gotten much tougher, which seems kind of weird to think of because she’s always been such a strong character.

Marvel.com: We get a new version of She-Hulk in this book. How has it been getting used to this new style?

Jahnoy Lindsay: Admittedly, it has been a bit challenging, but definitely a ton of fun. I really want to convey just how monstrous and powerful this new She-Hulk can be.

Marvel.com: The Leader’s always been an interesting foil to whatever Hulk he faces—he’s the perfect physical counterpoint to raw power.

Jahnoy Lindsay: Absolutely—it’s the classic battle of brains vs. brawn.

Marvel.com: Mariko’s been steering the SHE-HULK ship for about a year now. How has it been working with her?

Jahnoy Lindsay: It’s been great! Her scripts are easy for me to follow and not too restricting, so I’m able to have fun and do my thing. I feel very blessed to be working with her—and my Editor, Christina Harrington—my first time around.

SHE-HULK #159, by writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Jahnoy Lindsay, drops on November 8!

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Writer Rodney Barnes puts Sam Wilson’s protégé to the test!

Rayshaun Lucas has already survived a trial by fire, having flourished, unexpectedly, during the harrowing events of Secret Empire.

How will he fare, however, with a trial by hellfire? In FALCON #2, he might find out.

On November 8, writer Rodney Barnes and artist Joshua Cassara line Falcon and Patriot up against the son of Mephisto, Blackheart.

We spoke to Rodney about the duo’s relationship, their new role in Chicago, and how they’ll handle the demon’s power.

Marvel.com: Describe the relationship between Falcon and Patriot—Sam and Shaun. How do they view one another?

Rodney Barnes: Sam embraces the role of mentor and Shaun has an awareness that he has a long way to go in regards to becoming an Avenger. But there’s a friendship under it all that my run looks to ground. Oftentimes these relationships feel one sided—the heavy telling the underling what to do and the latter doing that without question. That doesn’t describe this relationship.

Shaun isn’t afraid to disagree or speak his mind. That doesn’t mean he’s right [Laughs], but he certainly doesn’t act as the silent student. The principle that glues their relationship is honor. They believe the same things but come from two different places when expressing those beliefs. But in the end they end up side by side.

Marvel.com: How does Shaun feel about being a costumed hero?

Rodney Barnes: Great question. Shaun tends to see the bright lights first. But he’s learning that the concept of being a hero can be bigger than just the task laid before him. As he goes deeper into that idea, he’ll get better at the hero game.

Marvel.com: How does it affect Shaun to face “everyday” criminals in Chicago? People who aren’t super villains or Hydra agents.

Rodney Barnes: His desire to join this fight came from wanting to help the gang situation and stop violence in the street. So he has an emotional connection to the task at hand; were it a daily patrol-type scenario, then yes, Patriot might push back [in frustration]. The parallel to your question in the opposite direction would be, “What happens when I think I’m fighting gangs and a demon pops up?”

Marvel.com: How does Joshua Cassara’s artwork help illuminate Patriot coming to grips with this new life?

Rodney Barnes: Josh extends the boundaries. The seamless transitions between the streets and dark realms ground the believability factor. Shaun’s never dealt with anything like this, so whereas Sam can just dive in, Shaun has to digest the reality before him. Josh brings that reality to life beautifully.

Marvel.com: How does Sam approach the duo’s new demonic enemy?

Rodney Barnes: Sam’s father, having been a religious leader, plays a role. But that said, he’s seen it all: gods, aliens, and monsters.

The biggest vulnerability for Sam will be that Blackheart can play on Sam’s doubts of late—Steve, his role in the riot, his mentorship of Shaun. He’s a demon, so anything will be fair game. That said, Sam doesn’t back down—regardless of what gets put before him.

Marvel.com: How does Blackheart prey on the relationship between Falcon and Patriot?

Rodney Barnes: Well, Sam doesn’t know Blackheart’s role in this from the start. Once he does, it starts to make sense. But Sam’s doubt takes his eye off of Shaun’s training, so there might be moments where the student’s doubts start to fester. But being a hero comes from an intrinsic place, so Shaun will have to find it within himself to stay the course. Which I believe he will.

Shaun’s tougher than he knows. But aren’t we all?

Rodney Barnes and artist Joshua Cassara’s FALCON #2 tests the team-up on November 8!

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Jane Foster finally travels to Asgard in another Kirby classic!

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.

Join us to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all.

Meeting your betrothed’s dad can be a nerve-wracking and tricky situation. Now imagine you’re getting hitched to a guy who happens to be a Norse god with none other than the All-Father, Odin, for a dad! That’s the strange life Jane Foster found herself living as THOR #136 launched in 1967 thanks to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. At that point, Odin had finally approved of Thor’s relationship with Foster and she knew all about Don Blake’s secret identity, so the time seemed right to visit his homeland.

Upon their arrival on the Rainbow Bridge, the lovers saw the Calvary of Asgard running off to battle trolls and then one of the captured enemies brought back for interrogation. Jane met Heimdall and Odin, saw the Asgardian war room, and then received garb worthy of a god and the ability of flight from the All-Father! Foster then took off into the skies and enjoyed her new powers for just a few moments before doubting that they might remain consistent. As she plummeted, Thor flew to save her, but wondered why she lost faith in Odin so quickly.

All of this turned out to be the road to Thor and Jane marrying which would include her evolution into a goddess herself! As another test of Jane Foster, the All-Father requested the presence of The Unknown and sent Jane in after the mysterious being. Paralyzed by fear, Foster called for Thor’s help, which he quickly provided his beloved, seemingly sending the creature away. Convinced that Jane had not proved herself prepared for godhood, Odin reminded them that The Unknown fed on fear, an emotion that no immortal on Asgard could hold in their breast. Speaking for herself, Jane said that she wanted no part in godhood and left for Midgard alone!

Thor (1966) #136

Thor (1966) #136

  • Published: January 10, 1967
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 17, 2008
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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Angered with his father, Thor lashed out, claiming that all of this had been Odin’s plan from the beginning to get Jane out of his son’s life! The accused denied these claims, put Thor in his place, and then ordered him to the Glade of Crystals to keep an eye out for the still-loose Unknown. Once there he found a Troll summoning the creature!

The Odinson soothed his inner turmoil to some extent by trying to destroy The Unknown. Heart-sick and off his game, our hero nearly fell to his foe, but regained himself thanks to the help of an unseen ally. After vanquishing the beast, Thor got a good look at the one offering assistance and recognized Sif, sister of Heimdall. As it happened, she had romantic feelings towards him dating years back and he seemed quite taken aback by her, all of which proved part of Odin’s master plan to help move his son along.

But what of Jane Foster? Of course, as we now know, Jane Foster would eventually return to Asgard, not as a potential goddess, but as Thor herself!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more throughout Kirby Month and beyond! And join the conversation on all of our social channels with the hashtag #Kirby100.

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Daimon Hellstrom breaks into his own devilish solo series!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

A great writer once said, “Parents just don’t understand.” And Daimon Hellstrom would agree.

The son of Satan, Hellstrom rebuked his lineage and swore to destroy his father’s influence across the world. Though strong and imbued with supernatural abilities, Daimon had to worry about unleashing the malevolent force of Darksoul, which resides within him.

Daimon Hellstrom debuted back in 1973’s GHOST RIDER #1 before taking center stage in SON OF SATAN two years later. Written and drawn by the likes of John Warner, Jim Mooney, Sonny Trinidad, Craig Russell, Ed Hannigan, Bill Mantlo, Archie Goodwin, Russ Heath, and John Romita, the series began with Hellstrom returning to his childhood home on Fire Lake in New England. Upon his arrival, he noticed that someone had broken into the place and stolen his mother’s diary. He immediately assumed that his demonic dad did the deed.

Ghost Rider (1973) #1

Ghost Rider (1973) #1

Satan, though, denied his involvement and sent his son to the mortal realm, where both the diary and a masked man called The Possessor awaited Hellstrom in the lake house. The Possessor tormented him before disappearing—though after discovering the demonic origins of the visitor, Daimon took off for The Gateway to Hell.

The Possessor sat waiting for him there—and when Hellstrom arrived, the new foe took possession of him. Embodying Daimon’s soul briefly, The Possessor was cast out when Satan himself intervened. And to finish him off, the Son of Satan unleashed the power of the Darksoul to do away with the villain’s power. During the violence, however, the battle destroyed the Fire Lake house—and sealed all gateways to Hell.

Having concluded that adventure, Hellstrom moved to Washington, D.C. in an effort to rejoin the human race. Hellstrom looked to start anew—and took a job as the head of parapsychology studies and paranormal phenomenon research at a local university. There, Daimon met up with other supernatural beings, including Proffet and Mindstar.

Fright Fact

Though SON OF SATAN only lasted eight issues, Daimon Hellstrom propelled to the recurring cast of DEFENDERS, where he would go on to feature for years. Writer Steve Gerber initially brought him on board with issue #24, where he met up with a variety of other unusual characters, from Hulk and Hellcat to Dr. Strange and Luke Cage. He even appeared years later when a new team formed in THE LAST DEFENDERS.

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Charles Soule addresses Kingpin’s campaign for Mayor of New York City!

Talk about your eye-opening moments: Wilson Fisk—the infamous Kingpin—wins the office of Mayor of New York City and Daredevil’s powerless from stopping his old enemy from running roughshod over the town he loves…right? We checked in with writer Charles Soule to see if good things truly can happen to bad people in DAREDEVIL #595—coming November 8—or if Mayor Fisk has to be blind not to see what problems the Man Without Fear can cause him.

Marvel.com: So, Charles, can you fight City Hall in the Marvel Universe?

Charles Soule: If anyone might have a chance, it’s Daredevil, aka New York District Attorney Matt Murdock. After all, he’s armed with more than just his incredible fighting skills and enhanced senses—he has what might be the strongest power of all: a thorough understanding of the legal system. That’s not to say it’ll be easy, of course—the Mayor’s office is incredibly powerful in New York City, with city agencies at its beck and call—including, of course, the NYPD. Should be a hell of a fight.

Marvel.com: To say the least! But where’s Matt’s head at as he goes into this storyline? What’s he dealing with that might complicate his approach to the Fisk administration?

Charles Soule: Matt feels, to a degree, like his city has gone insane. Either that, or much more likely, Kingpin pulled one of his trademark shenanigans and rigged the system somehow. In either case, the place he’s sworn to protect has turned against him in some ways, and he’s having a hard time understanding or dealing with it. Plus, of course, Wilson Fisk knows that the costumed heroes are a huge threat to his plans, and he’ll take immediate steps to shut them down. Should be amazing.

Beyond that, we’ll have the return of a new character I introduced back in DAREDEVIL#11,  Muse, the serial killer artist who made Murdock’s life—and that of his apprentice Sam Chung, aka the young hero Blindspot—extremely complicated a little while back. Muse alone is almost impossible to handle, and when you add the Kingpin on top of it…it’ll be something.

Marvel.com: What exactly is Fisk’s single greatest qualification for being mayor of a major metropolitan city?

Charles Soule: As he tells the city in his campaign: he loves New York as much as anyone can, and he has a clear vision for improving it. Now, the question is whether the Kingpin’s city is the city New Yorkers would want. We know it’s definitely not what Daredevil wants.

Marvel.com: So, you’re sort of saying if he weren’t a criminal, Fisk might in reality become a good mayor?

Charles Soule: That’s something we’ll definitely be exploring. Just because The Kingpin is a crime lord doesn’t mean he doesn’t know how to run a city. In fact, it might be exactly the opposite. It’ll be fun to explore.

Marvel.com: What are Matt’s greatest risks in opposing Fisk right now? Does he care what anyone in the city actually thinks of him?

Charles Soule: The biggest issue, really, is that to fight Fisk, Daredevil will have to fight the city itself, a place he loves and thought he understood. Not anymore. It’s very complicated for him morally and logistically, and he’ll have to figure out how he fits into this new puzzle. Things he took for granted, like the cops turning a blind eye—heh—to his activities, might not be so easily assumed anymore.

Marvel.com: What will New York’s criminal element do with this new status quo, in general?

Charles Soule: I’d say they’re pretty excited. One of their own has ascended to the big chair, you know? New York City’s their playground.

Marvel.com: Lastly, how its feel for you to go back to the original numbering with this issue?

Charles Soule: It’s always felt amazing to be part of the incredible Daredevil legacy, and returning to the original numbering with DAREDEVIL #595 cements that for me even more. Not only that, but I get to write DAREDEVIL #600! That will be an incredible issue; the culmination of the “Mayor Fisk story, with twists and turns I’ve been building to forever. I’m very excited for everyone to see where this is all going.

Hop on the campaign trail with Charles Soule and artist Stefano Landini with DAREDEVIL #595, arriving November 8!

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