MARVEL PREMIERE #12, Marvel Comics, October 1973
It was the early 70s and Marvel was going all Addams Family on our asses, mixing superheroes and horror in ways never really been attempted since the Hulk... and going much farther.
From the pages of Ghost Rider sprang the more extreme, comics-code-braving horror hero of them all: The Son of Satan! Look! It says Satan right there on the cover! It also says it's an origin issue, but it really isn't. Here's the extent of what we're told by Sonny himself:
So not unlike Jack Kirby's Demon from the previous year. But let that go, the similarities stop there. Son of Satan (am I getting weird Google hits each time I mention him?) comes out of nowhere on a mission to find and destroy his father for what he's done to his mum and sister. Out in the Arizona desert, he's looking for a girl who was recently possessed by the devil and he'll stop at nothing to find her (except maybe the sunlight). To me, my steeds!!!
So he's just like Thor with even more questionable parentage, is that it? Well, not quite. Wait a while yet...
So there are these bikers molesting Roxanne Simpson who, until recently, was hanging with Johnny "Ghost Rider" Blaze.
A lady in distress? Son of Satan is still a superHERO, right? To the rescue!
Now for the action you've been craving: Explosive demonic elbow jab - pitchfork combination!
Beelzebub's harrowing hands free piledriver!
And now we discover that Son of Satan isn't a monster. He's lover. Albeit a kind of creepy one.
Well... maybe he is a monster just a little.
That's enough information for him to figure where Johnny and the possessed girl are and he walks right into nearby Hell. Frees their souls. Fights some demons. Threatens to destroy the foundations of the Pit itself. Oh yeah, and before he leaves, calls his dad a right bitch.
Oooohhh. I don't know about you, but this sounds like a pretty standard father-son relationship.Ultra-violent Son of Satan by Gary Friedrich and Herb Trimpe.