One of the banes of my late father's life was that when he'd saunter on to the local shops, the local madwoman would often suddenly point at him in the street and shout out for all the world to hear, "It's him! It's Satan! He walks among us!"
This could explain why I've always had a soft spot for the Son of Satan. After all, if a back-story like that doesn't make him a kindred spirit, then what would?
And that can mean only one thing.
It's time for me to look at the Son of Satan comics I had when I was barely more than an imp.
It's our anti-hero's first appearance, as he goes to Hell to retrieve the soul of Johnny Blaze, in a tale blessed with the tortured looking art of Herb Trimpe.
Despite what it claimed on the cover of the previous issue, this is the issue in which we actually get to learn the origin of Daimon Hellstrom and how he got that fancy pitchfork of his.
Apparently, his mother never once suspected she might be married to Satan, despite the fact her husband was called Hellstrom and he insisted on naming their two children, "Daimon," and, "Satana."
Bored with fighting Satan, Daimon branches out and tackles a bunch of ice demons lurking in a college building.
My memories of this one are vague.
Does it involve time travel and a team-up with Dr Strange to defeat some Steve Gerberesque menace to the cosmos?
If I remember right, this is a Gene Colan drawn tale of possession and exorcism.
The SOS finally gets his own mag.
And he's back off to Hell again after he discovers there's only one thing in life worse than having your house repossessed - and that's having it possessed in the first place.
My memories of this one are fairly vague. Clearly, it continues the storyline started in the previous issue and gives us the origin of the Possessor, which may or may not have had something to do with a travelling carnival.
I genuinely have no memory at all of what happens in this issue.
It all looks very dramatic though.
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