Blaze and Satanus

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Blaze and Satanus
Blaze from The Power of Shazam! #10, art by Jerry Ordway.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Blaze
Action Comics (vol. 1) #655 (July 1990)
Satanus
Action Comics (vol. 1) #527 (January 1982)
Created by Blaze
Roger Stern (writer)
Brett Breeding (artist)
Satanus
1st incarnation "Satanis"- Marv Wolfman (writer)
Curt Swan (artist)
2nd incarnation "Satanus" - Brett Breeding
In-story information
Species Demon
Place of origin Hell
Notable aliases Blaze
Angelica Blaze
Satanus
Colin Thornton
Abilities both siblings are experts in maleficium

Blaze and Satanus are fictional demonic siblings published by DC Comics. Blaze debuted in Action Comics #655 (July 1990); she was created by Roger Stern and Brett Breeding and first pencilled by Bob McLeod. The first incarnation of Satanis debuted in Action Comics #527 (January 1982); he was created by Marv Wolfman and Curt Swan. The new Lord Satanus was created by Brett Breeding and debuted in Adventures of Superman #493 (August 1992) done by "Jerry Ordway" writer and "Tom Grummett" penciler.

Publication history[edit]

Satanus first appeared in Action Comics #527 (January 1982), and was created by writer Marv Wolfman and Curt Swan, as Satanis. Blaze first appeared in Action Comics #655 (July 1990), and was created by writer Roger Stern and Brett Breeding and first pencilled by Bob McLeod. Lord Satanus was created by Brett Breeding and first appeared in Adventures of Superman #493 (August 1992) done by Jerry Ordway writer and Tom Grummett penciler.

Fictional character biographies[edit]

Blaze and Satanus are the half-demon children of the wizard Shazam and an unnamed demoness.

Lord Satanis[edit]

Lord Satanis is powerful sorcerer from a million years in the future. Lord Satanis battles his wife, Syrene, for Merlin's runestone. The artifact will make one of them extremely powerful and allow them to rule Earth.[1]

Later, Lord Satanis and Syrene split Superman in half and separate the two Supermen by sending one to the distant past. After one of the Supermen is killed, Lord Satanis possesses the body and uses it to fight Syrene and Superman's other half. Superman defeats Satanis and sends Satanis and Syrene back to their own time.[2]

Lord Satanus[edit]

Lord Satanus is a brother to the demon Blaze. Lord 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 Colin Thornton, the publisher of Newstime magazine, who had previously hired Clark Kent as editor.[3] Lord Satanus was created with NO relationship to Satanis.

Blaze[edit]

Blaze is involved in the creation of Superman's enemies Silver Banshee and Skyhook. A red-skinned demoness with horns, she disguises herself as Metropolis nightclub owner Angelica Blaze 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.[4]

Lord Satanus
artist Mike S. Miller

Day of Vengeance[edit]

Main article: Day of Vengeance
Blaze and Satanus on the cover of 'DC Universe Special: Reign in Hell. Art by Ryan Sook.

Satanus reveals to Superman that he is Colin 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's plot.[5]

Reign in Hell[edit]

Main article: Reign in Hell

Blaze and Satanus are major characters in the Reign in Hell storyline (June 2008). 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, and other demonic characters from the DCU.

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 lighting to send her back to Hell. Now Blaze seems to be interested in manipulating Osiris.[6]

Satanus sends the Justice League to Hell, where the League thwarts Satanus' plans to bring the nine pieces of Dante's mask. Satanus attempts to use the mask to become 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 Hell.[7]

Other versions[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Action Comics (vol. 1) #527 (January 1982)
  2. ^ Action Comics (vol. 1) #534-541 (August 1982-March 1983)
  3. ^ Adventures of Superman #493 (August 1992)
  4. ^ Action Comics (vol. 1) #655 (July 1990)
  5. ^ Action Comics #832 (December 2005)
  6. ^ Shazam! #1 (January 2011)
  7. ^ Justice League of America 80-Page Giant 2011

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