Blaze and Satanus
Blaze and Satanus as seen on the cover of DC Universe Special: Reign in Hell #1 (August 2008). Art by Ryan Sook.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceBlaze
Action Comics #655 (July 1990)
Satanus
The Adventures of Superman #493 (August 1992)
Created byBlaze
Roger Stern (writer)
Brett Breeding (artist)
Satanus
Brett Breeding
In-story information
SpeciesHuman/Demon hybrids
Place of originHell
Notable aliasesBlaze
Angelica Blaze
the Night Eagle
Satanus
Collin Thornton
AbilitiesBoth siblings are experts in maleficium

Blaze and Satanus are fictional human/demon siblings appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. They are the children of Shazam. Blaze debuted in Action Comics #655 (July 1990) and she was created by Roger Stern and Brett Breeding and first pencilled by Bob McLeod.[1] Satanus was created by Brett Breeding and debuted in The Adventures of Superman #493 (August 1992) by Jerry Ordway writer and Tom Grummett penciler.

Fictional character biographies

Blaze and Satanus are the human/demon hybrid children of the wizard Shazam and a demoness (name unknown).[2]

Blaze

Blaze and Black Adam standing over Shazam as seen in The Power of Shazam! #10 (December 1995).Art by Jerry Ordway.
Blaze and Black Adam standing over Shazam as seen in The Power of Shazam! #10 (December 1995).
Art by Jerry Ordway.

Blaze is involved in the creation of Superman's enemies the Silver Banshee and Skyhook. A red-skinned demoness with horns, she disguises herself as Metropolis nightclub owner Angelica Blaze in order to steal souls. Superman follows her to Hell to fight for the souls of Jimmy Olsen and Perry White's son Jerry (who, in fact, was the son of Perry's wife Alice and Lex Luthor). Superman manages to save Jimmy Olsen, but Blaze succeeds in killing Jerry White, whose selfless sacrifice saves his soul.[3]

At one point, Blaze clashed with Jared Stevens.[4]

Satanus

Satanus as seen on the cover of The Adventures of Superman #584 (November 2000). Art by Mike S. Miller.
Satanus as seen on the cover of The Adventures of Superman #584 (November 2000). Art by Mike S. Miller.

Satanus is the brother of the demoness Blaze. Satanus resembles a traditional demon, with large horns that protrude from the front of his head and dark red skin. He wears a heavy Roman-style helmet which buries his face in shadow. Blaze and Satanus fight each other for possession of Blaze's domain, using Superman as a pawn. Satanus has an Earthly identity and disguises himself as Collin Thornton, the publisher of Newstime magazine, who had previously hired Clark Kent as editor.[5]

Underworld Unleashed

Main article: Underworld Unleashed

Blaze and Satanus are two of the many supervillains involved in the Underworld Unleashed crossover event. Both are pawns in the demon Neron's plans to give many of the DC Universe's supervillains and superheroes their heart's desires in exchange for their souls or for completing a task for him.[6]

Day of Vengeance

Main article: Day of Vengeance

Satanus reveals to Superman that he is Collin Thornton when the Spectre arrives in Metropolis as part of his mission to destroy all evil magic during the Day of Vengeance miniseries as part of Alexander Luthor Jr.'s plot.[7]

Reign in Hell and afterward

Main article: Reign in Hell

Blaze and Satanus are major characters in the Reign in Hell miniseries. In this story, they have become the rulers of Purgatory and lead a rebellion against Hell by offering "hope to the hopeless", which has never happened before. They are opposed by Neron, other demons and the magical superheroes of the DC Universe.[8]

Blaze contacts Mary Marvel, offering to restore her lost powers in exchange for killing Freddy Freeman so that she can have his powers. Mary appears to go along with it, seemingly poisoning Freddy; however, when Blaze arrives, Freddy gets up and fights her, eventually impaling her on an iron statue and using his lightning to send her back to Hell. Now, Blaze seems to be interested in manipulating Osiris.[9]

Satanus sends the Justice League to Hell, where the League thwarts Satanus' plans to get the nine pieces of Dante's mask. Satanus attempts to use the mask to become all-powerful, but is prevented by Plastic Man, who is possessed by the mask. The mask is then destroyed by the combined efforts of the League and Zauriel helps the League escape from Hell.[10]

The New 52

In 2011, The New 52 rebooted the DC universe. Blaze is shown to be an inmate at the Block. During the fight between Supergirl and Lobo, Blaze was accidentally freed.[11]

Powers and abilities

Blaze and Satanus are both experts at maleficium.

Other versions

An alternate version of Blaze and (presumably) Satanus appear as creations of Lex Luthor to use against Superman in Superman: Red Son.[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 231. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ Greenberger, Robert; Pasko, Martin (2010). The Essential Superman Encyclopedia. Del Rey. p. 217. ISBN 978-0-345-50108-0.
  3. ^ Action Comics #655 (July 1990). DC Comics.
  4. ^ Fate #12. DC Comics.
  5. ^ The Adventures of Superman #493 (August 1992). DC Comics.
  6. ^ Their appearances in the crossover event are, in approximately chronological order, Fate #13 (November 1995), Fate #14 and Underworld Unleashed: Abyss-Hell's Sentinel #1 (both December 1995), Primal Force #13-14 (November-December 1995) and Underworld Unleashed #3 (late December 1995). DC Comics.
  7. ^ Action Comics #832 (December 2005). DC Comics.
  8. ^ DC Universe Special: Reign in Hell #1 (August 2008) and Reign in Hell #1-8 (September 2008-April 2009). DC Comics.
  9. ^ Shazam! (vol. 2) #1 (January 2011). DC Comics.
  10. ^ Justice League of America 80-Page Giant 2011. DC Comics.
  11. ^ Supergirl vol. 6 #20. DC Comics.
  12. ^ Superman: Red Son #3. DC Comics.