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The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
Daimon Hellstrom
Hellstorm
of the Defenders
(also known as "Son of Satan")

Daimon Hellstrom was a Catholic priest who found out he was the son of Satan, the devil. He rejected his devilish parentage and fought against evil. He became a super-hero and a member of the Defenders. He went by the codenames "Son of Satan" and "Hellstorm."

For details, see:
- http://www.marveldirectory.com/individuals/h/hellstorm.htm
- http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?t=116753

Discussion

From: "Religious Beliefs of Marvel Characters" discussion board started 20 October 2004 on Comic-Forum.com website (http://www.comic-forum.com/marvel/Religious_beliefs_of_Marvel_characters_397905.html; viewed 8 June 2006):

Date: 21 Oct 2004 15:19:09
From: Paul O'Brien

re: Dr. Strange

Ah, magic again. I don't really see the high-grade magic guys having a religion as conventionally understood. If you asked Dr Strange whether God existed, you'd probably get the answer "Yes", followed by a lengthy and complex explanation of in quite what SENSE he existed, and how he fitted into the wider cosmology. (We know that the Judeo-Christian heaven and hell exist in the MU [Marvel Universe] - they've been depicted in HELLSTORM - but that doesn't necessarily establish that Christianity is any more true in the MU than Asgard-worship.)

From: "Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters" forum discusion, started 28 March 2006 on "Comic Book Resources" website (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/archive/index.php/t-116753.html; viewed 28 May 2007):

JTLauder
03-28-2006, 07:55 AM

It never ceases to amaze me the amount of time people have to put stuff together on the web. Anyway, if you were ever wondering about the religious affiliation of a certain comic book character, check out this site:

http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_book_religion.html


Ultraman Max
03-28-2006, 07:50 PM

I like how J. Jonah Jameson's religion is actually listed as "hates Spider-Man".

And Hellstorm is Catholic? Really? Does "my dad is Satan and I hate his guts" count in that regard?


izzy D
03-29-2006, 03:04 AM

In Hellstorm's case they are right (or at least used to be), before he discovered his legacy, Hellstorm was in a seminary.


Ash Loomis
11-12-2006, 01:27 PM

Maybe he's just a rebelious teenager, and since his Pop invented rock music, he [Hellstorm] needs to find some other way to shock him. ;)

From: "New Joe Fridays: Week 49" forum discussion, started 1 June 2007 on Newsarama website (http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=114952&page=5; viewed 8 June 2007):

06-03-2007, 04:58 AM
TheToileteer

You brought up the issue of comic-book stereotypes and religions. Since I study religion (all kinds, really) this is something I've thought about a lot...

So, on to religion. What religions do we find represented in Marvel? A lot of them are "weird" ones associated with exotic fantasy. Several decades ago, comic book writers could be fairly sure that none of their readers would know or be Tibetan Buddhists, Kali devotees, Voodoo practitioners, or Gypsies, so they felt free to make up details out of whole cloth, or portray some religions as wicked. Today this is no longer possible. Recall the Hindu reaction to Krishna's appearance on "Xena: Warrior Princess" (as a villain). So today, weird or evil religions are more likely to be entirely fictional, like the Triune Understanding (a Scientology pastiche) or the Ultimate Shi'ar (a cult not an alien race). The Greek and Norse pantheons appear to also be fair game.

Mainstream religions were generally unmentioned before the 1990's (though we do find Cap consulting the New Testament for inspiration during the 1970's, and of course Damien Hellstrom trained for the Roman Ritual). Then suddenly a number of characters were revealed as being of Roman Catholic background (Daredevil, Invisible Woman, Nightcrawler, Punisher)...

From: "OT: Religious superteams" forum discussion, started 13 February 2007 on "Soap Operus" website (http://www.gossiping.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=167&view=previous&sid=98473f5c220e5dd12ab4c10df9d53477&mforum=so; viewed 29 June 2007):

Crinos
Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 3:15 pm

Religious superteams: Your favorite superheroes, sorted by faith. [link to: http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_collage.html]


Peter
Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:55 pm

That was kinda cool. People have written entire essays on the religious denominations of various super-powered folks...


Dizzy D
Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:32 am

I'll repeat my criticisms of this list as I've done every time it's posted...

...If this is the site I remember BTW, they have sadly removed Daimon Hellstrom from Catholic superheroes, while that was one that was completely correct.

[Editor of Adherents.com website responds to poster Dizzy D's comment: Since being added to our listing of Catholic superheroes, Daimon Hellstrom has never been removed. He remains listed with Catholic superheroes, but is grouped with other characters who are former priests. I do not recall that he was ever included in the collage graphic of Catholic superheroes that Dizzy D. is referring to. There are many Catholic superheroes not yet included in that graphic. As noted on the page, the picture is simply a sampling, and is in no way a replacement for the comprehensive listings on the main page.]


Cain of Dreaming
Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:56 am

Well, after... umm, whoever it was that wrote the title before Ellis... he pretty much renounced faith, didn't he? Which Ellis then followed upon.

From: "'X-men' comic books and movie tackle Christianity" forum discussion started 11 April 2003 on IIDB Secular Community Forums website (http://www.iidb.org/vbb/archive/index.php/t-50750.html; viewed 12 July 2007):

Bobzammel
April 13, 2003, 03:06 PM

Wolverine #175 also had a recent battle in which a Christian widow was murdered in the crossfire during a fight with Wolverine. Wolverine stated he was probably going to hell.

Another element is that Marvel has it's own "gods" and "devils"... apart from Thor and his ilk there are cosmic beings like Infinity, Eternity Chaos and Order, (and also to an extent Galactus), and demons such as Mephisto, Hellstrom, Ghost Rider, etc...

From: Rick Phillips, "Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters", posted 14 July 2007 on "Black Lightning Limited" blog website (http://blacklightninglimited.blogspot.com/2007/07/religious-affiiation-of-comic-book.html; viewed 16 July 2007):

I have linked to this site before but I didn't see the photos [collage illustrations] that they now have on the site. It is called The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters [http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_collage.html]...


[Reader comments]

July 14, 2007 5:01 AM
Luke said...

Very interesting. Apparently, being Catholic, like I am, is a good lead-in to being either demonic (Hellboy, Daimon Hellstrom), demonic-looking (Nightcrawler, Blue Devil), or full of guilt (Daredevil). That, or Irish, it would seem.

My favorite Catholic characters were always Nightcrawler -- who actually was in the seminary at one point, and Firebird...

Great find!

From: "Sacreligious amd anti-Christian Comic characters" forum discussion, started 28 February 2007 on official DC Comics website (http://dcboards.warnerbros.com/web/thread.jspa?threadID=2000107545&start=15&tstart=15; viewed 19 July 2007):

sidtman69
Posted: Feb 28, 2007 5:51 PM

My favorite was Daimon Hellstrom when he went by SON OF SATAN.


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