Name: Daimon Hellstrom
Occupation: Demonologist, occult investigator,
exorcist, former priest
Identity: Secret. Hellstrom is not known by
the general public to have demonic parentage.
Legal Status: Citizen
of the United States with no criminal record
Former Aliases: Son of
Known Relatives: Patricia "Patsy" Walker (wife), "Satan"
(father), Victoria (mother, deceased), Satana (sister, deceased)
Birth: Greentown, Massachusetts
Group Affiliation: Hellstrom and
Hellstrom, Paranormal Investigation; former member of the Defenders
of Operations: San Francisco, California
First Appearance: MARVEL
Final Appearance: (as Son of Satan) DEFENDERS #122
Appearance (as Hellstorm): WEST COASTAVENGERS (second series) #14
History: Daimon Hellstrom is the son of a demon who called
himself "Satan" after the legendary embodiment
of evil, and a mortal woman named Victoria Wingate. Desiring
an heir in the event something should happen to him, the
demon took human form and established the trappings of a
mortal life for himself near Fire Lake, Massachusetts. There
he met and seduced a young woman, and keeping his true identity
a secret, married her. Daimon Hellstrom was born to the
couple a year later, to be followed by the birth of a sister,
Satana, when Daimon was three.
Despite the pentagram-shaped birthmark on his chest, Hellstrom
grew up in ignorance of his father's true identity. His
mother discovered the demon's identity as "Satan"
when Hellstrom was a young adolescent, when she interrupted
a demonic ritual "Satan" had staged in their basement
involving the participation of Hellstrom's sister. The revelation
traumatized the woman to the point of hysteria, and she
was institutionalized. While under clinical psychiatric
care, she regained enough of her sanity to sense that she
would die soon, and wrote a full diary describing her life
with the demon. Hellstrom and his sister meanwhile were
placed in separate orphanages, and "Satan" disappeared
to his netherworld domain, where he eventually brought Hellstrom's
sister. Shortly thereafter, Victoria died.
Hellstrom spent the rest of his adolescence in the orphanage
without any contact with his father or sister. Upon leaving
the orphanage, Hellstrom entered a monastery to become a
priest. In his third year, shortly before, being ordained,
Hellstrom turned twenty-one, and received legal notification
of his inheritance of his father's house in Greentown, Massachusetts.
Hellstrom visited the house for the first time since childhood
and found his mother's diary. Hellstrom was incredulous
at the revelations contained therein. At that point, "Satan,"
aware of his son's new knowledge, directed him telepathically
through the house's secret basement interdimensional passageway
to the demon's netherworld domain. There Hellstrom first
met his father in his satanic guise, who beseeched his son
to disregard his mother's diary's warnings and serve him
in "hell." "Satan" transported Hellstrom
back to the surface world, whereupon Hellstrom decided to
dedicate himself instead to fighting his father's evil.
Hellstrom immediately returned to the region "below"
to attempt to battle "Satan." This first confrontation
was something of a victory for Daimon Hellstrom, managing
as he did to pit many of "Satan's" slaves against
their master, as well as to steal the satanic trident of
"Satan" and demon-drawn chariot.
During this battle, Daimon Hellstrom discovered the powers
of the Darksoul that he had inherited from his father. He
declared himself the Son of Satan, and for the next several
years battled many manifestations of demonic evil on Earth
as well as other realms. He eventually met his adult sister,
Satana, who had become a succubus, and battled her on at
least one occasion. During this period, the Son of Satan
maintained his civilian identity of occult expert Daimon
Hellstrom, and was a visiting specialist at a St. Louis
During his career as an adversary of his father, the Son
of Satan several times aided the Defenders in their battles
with demonic possessions and threats and eventually became
a member. During his Defenders membership, Daimon Hellstrom
met and fell in love with the mortal crimefighter Hellcat,
Patsy Walker. It was during this period, too, that he finally
confronted his father and defeated him.
Shortly after the Son of Satan declared himself triumphant
over his father and his father's influence, the Miracle
Man, a superhumanly powered criminal who had masqueraded
as a monk in Father Gosset's monastery during one of Daimon's
visits, stole the Darksoul from Hellstrom in battle. The
Miracle Man himself was subsequently defeated and the Darksoul
sent into the form of a snake. Daimon Hellstrom was finally
liberated from his partial possession by demonic evil, and
much of his powers gone, retired his costumed identity of
the Son of Satan.
Daimon Hellstrom thereupon married Patsy Walker and left
the Defenders, moving back to San Francisco. He and his
wife soon earned a reputation as supernatural investigators
based there. Hellstrom continues to publish regularly in
scholarly occult journals, and is considered a leading demonologist.
Daimon Hellstrom uses the costumed identity of Hellstorm
when battling supernatural menaces in public in order to
preserve Daimon Hellstrom's professional reputation.
Height: 6 ft. 1 in.
Weight: 180 lbs.
Strength Level: As far as is known, Daimon Hellstrom
now possesses the normal human strength of a man of his
age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise.
The Darksoul granted Hellstrom, as the Son of Satan, greater
strength than he would otherwise possess, enabling him to
lift (press) about 750 pounds.
Known Superhuman Powers: As Hellstorm, Daimon Hellstrom
still commands various supernatural powers. He can sense
the presence of the supernatural. Apart from this ability,
it is unclear as yet whether Hellstorm himself possesses
superhuman powers, or whether these other powers stem not
from himself but from his netharanium trident.
Hellstorm can project "soulfire" (also called
"hellfire"), a fire-like mystical energy, from
his trident. This "soulfire" is similar to the
mystical flame employed by the demonic Ghost Rider, and
can cause excruciating pain within living beings through
direct Stimulation of a person's life force (or soul). Soulfire
does not physically burn in the sense that true fire does
(oxidation), but can be perceived by its target as heat
if its wielder so wills it. Hellstorm can project Soulfire
in a blast with concussive force. Hellstorm can also cast
spells to transport himself and others into mystical dimensions
and back to Earth. It is unclear as yet if he possesses
other superhuman powers.
Former Superhuman Powers: As the Son of Satan, Hellstrom
possessed supernatural powers derived from his "Darksoul,"
a demonic counterpart to his human soul (or life essence),
which physically manifested itself in the pentagram-shaped
birthmark on his chest.
The Son of Satan could project soulfire through his fingertips,
or direct it through his trident for greater range and potency.
He could also use the trident to levitate and fly. By projecting
a steady stream of soulfire away from the tips of the trident,
he could create a mystical jet of flame which provided him
enough thrust to get airborne. He could alter his course
by manually steering the direction in which the trident
points. He could alter his speed by varying the amount of
soulfire he projected through the trident. Because the steady
generation of soulfire required great concentration, the
Son of Satan could not fly for more than a half hour before
fatigue forced him to land. He could travel at a maximum
speed of about 30 miles per hour.
The Son of Satan was able to magically change into his
demonic costume at will be extending the middle three fingers
of each hand in the shape of a trident, concentrating, and
letting his soulfire engulf his body. He could, however,
use his demonic powers without being in costume.
The Son of Satan once used his powers to travel through
time to ancient Atlantis. Since he did not travel through
time to ancient Atlantis. Since he did not travel through
time more frequently, it must have been exceedingly difficult
Weapons: As Hellstorm and the Son of Satan, Hellstrom
has wielded a trident made of netharanium, a "psychosensitive"
metal found only in "Satan's" extradimensional
realm. The trident is a medium through which magical energies
can be amplified and projected. It is as yet unclear what
the source of the magical energies that Hellstorm projects
through his trident is now that he has lost the Darksoul.