Real Name: Mephisto
citizen of Hell
Existence unknown to the general public; often mistaken for the Biblical Satan
Occupation: Demon, ruler a realm of Hell
Lucifer, Murray, Olivier,
(Marduk Kurios), Satannish,
Lords of the Splinter-Realms (Brutus Klor, Dormammu, D'Spayre, the Haemovore Kings of the Outer Dark, Hedron the Faceted, High Seers of Nox, Magik (Amanda Sefton), Malevolence, Molgotha, Muranai, Nightmare, Phemous, Pluto, Siffror, Skarabrous the Stalker, Surtur, Thog, Umar, Viliven, plus thousands of others, including "daemon lords astride phantom dragons, tyrant wizards in air-machines, queens of the damned with endless retinues, formless things that materialize in pentagrams");
formerly the Six-Fingered Hand (Avarrish, Fashima, Hyppokri, Puishannt, Unthinnk)
Death, Deathurge, "Demon
of the Mask,"
Hlavac's disease antigen, Jack
the Killer, Pastor Kale,
Accursed, Loki, "Masters of Evil" (Black Talon (Samuel
Barone), Goliath (Erik Josten), Magma,
(M'Baku)), John Milton, Morgan
Scratch, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe;
the Death Gods (Ahpuch, Eriskegal, Hela, Pluto, Seth, Yama, and presumably Arawn (Tuatha da Danaan/Celtic gods), Chibiabos (Anasazi/Native American gods), Damballah (Dam-Ayido, Vodū/African gods), Emma-O (Amatsu-Kami/Japanese gods), Erlik (Mongolian gods), Hina (Kahunas/Oceanic gods), Kâli (Daevas/Hindu gods), Narahdarn (Aboriginal gods), Ndriananahary (Vodū/African gods), Osiris (Ennead), Pikulos (Dievas/Slavic gods), Tuonetar (Kavelas/Finnish gods), Vichima (Incan gods), and Yen-Lo Wang (Xian/Chinese gods); formerly Crom (Tuatha da Danaan/Celtic gods))
possibly Lotus Newmark, the Lords of the Nether-Worlds, and the demon race spawned from the being that became Nemesis;
formerly Dr. Doom, Hellcat, Jack Holyoak, Magik (Amanda Sefton), Thanos & Adam Warlock;
occasionally allied against some threat to the universe with various cosmic beings, such as Celestials, Epoch, Eternity, Galactus, Hate, In-Betweener, Kronos, Living Tribunal, Lord Chaos, Love, Master Order, Stranger;
formerly Lord N'golth, Erisha, and Jamie Tarleton of the Top Cow reality
damned souls: Bounty Hunter ("Lemuel" Haskill), Brass Bishop, Ranulph Haldane, Adolf Hitler, Naomi Kale, Legions of the Lost, Tom Malverne, Miss America, Nighthawk (Kyle Richmond) of Earth-712, One-Man Zodiac, Soulless Ones, Mr. Thatchel, Thule, Torpedo (Brock Jones), Viper (Jordan Dixon);
possibly Elspeth Cromwell, Jajuga;
formerly Lizzie Borden, Lucretia Borgia, the Dark Whorl, Guardian (James MacDonald Hudson, though he was never truly dead), Heinrich Himmler, Jake Olson, Josef Stalin, Vakume, Shalla Bal, Cynthia von Doom;
note that many of those glimpsed in Hell are later revealed to have never died, indicating the beings seen in Hell were either imposters or perhaps that Mephisto and others can sometimes capture the souls of beings very close to death. It's certainly possible that imposters were also seen in place of other beings truly dead, strictly for shock value to those visiting Hell
Arena of Lost Souls - Captain America of the 1950s, Crusader (Marvel Boy duplicate), Foolkiller (Ross G. Everbest), Mockingbird/H'rpra, Thunderbird (John Proudstar);
demon servants: Arimanes, bailiffs, Bitterhorn, Challenger, Chorus of Agony, Dargil, Donna the Designer, Gormac, Haazareth Three, Herlequin, Hykos, Inferno (Slifer), Jerry the Accountant, John Law, Knights of Hades, Legion, Montgomery H. Price, Rakasha, Sktratch, Sykos, the Vril, Woody the Copyrighter, unidentified (Immortalis#1), unidentified ("Crash" Simpson/"Curly" Samuels), unidentified (bonded with the Warhead Gregory, many unidentified;
various personal demons, such as Compulsive Needs, Devious Inspirations, Judgment-Impairing Rages, Nagging Doubts, Neurotic Self-Destructive Urges, Petty Grudges, Unthinking Cruelties
pawns/contractees: Achebe, Baron (Karl) Mordo, Nicholas Bellrais, Black Marvel (Dan Lyons), John Blaze, Bounty Hunter ("Lemuel" Haskill), Brass Bishop, Centurious, Esteban Diablo, Heinrich Faust, Johannes & Mrs. Faustes, Alex Flores, Flying Dutchman's Ghost, Jennifer Glatzer, Gregory, Immortalis, Noble Kale, Pastor Kale, Master Pandemonium, "Kristoff" Mendel, Mys-Tech Board (formerly the Sect of Chasidm), One-Man Zodiac, Illyana Rasputina of "Earth-2937," Roulette (Dude Jensen), Suicide, Mr. Thatchel, Thule, Vengeance (Michael Badilino), Cynthia von Doom, Witch Woman (Linda Littletrees), numerous unidentified cultists;
formerly Abadon, James Carruthers, Marlo Chandler, Zoe Culloden, Darkoth, Dusk (Cassie St. Commons), Ghost Rider (John Blaze), Heatwave (Dylan something of the Top Cow reality), Hornet (Eddie McDonough)), Hutch, James Mandarin, Kevin Masterson, Killrazor (of Codename: Strikeforce of the Top Cow reality), Nighthawk (Kyle Richmond) of Earth-616, Nova (Frankie Raye), Prodigy (Ritchie Gilmore), Ricochet (Johnny Gallo), She-Hulk, Sif;
(aka Pope), Angel of Death, Archenemy,
Brandy Ash, Asmodeus;
Avengers (Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Cloak, Dagger, Dr. Druid, Dr. Pym, Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Human Torch/Jim Hammond, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk, Spider-Woman/Julia Carpenter, U.S.Agent, Vision, War Machine/Jim Rhodes, Wasp, Wonder Man);
Balder, Beyonder, Black Axe, Blackheart, Black Panther (T'Challa), Brass Bishop, Caretaker, Elspeth Cromwell, Zoe Culloden, Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Dark Angel, Darklove, "Big Daddy" Dawson, Death's Head (Minion);
Defenders (Clea, Devil-Slayer, Dr. Strange, Gargoyle, Hellcat, Hulk, Namor, Nighthawk, Silver Surfer, Son of Satan (now Hellstorm), Valkyrie (Brunnhilde));
Demogorge, Dr. Doom, Dr. Strange, Dormammu, Dracula, Elektra;
Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thing);
Frank Drake, Furies, Galactus, Ghost Rider (Naomi Kale), Ghost Rider (John Blaze), Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch), Golden Angel/Janus, Goddess, Gorgon (Inhuman), Gormac, Silas Grant, Grim Reaper, Agatha Harkness, Hela, Hildegard, Horth, Hulk (Bruce Banner), Hutch, Immortalis;
Infinity Watch (Drax, Gamora, Moondragon, Pip);
Anna Johnson, Noble Kale, Rama Kaliph, Karnak, KISS, Loki, Magdalena, Alicia Masters, Nebula, Nightcrawler, Nighthawk (Kyle Richmond) of Earth-616, Number Nine, Odin, Olivier, One-Man Zodiac, Panther God (Bast), Papa Hagg, Mary Jane Parker, Lord (Julian) Phyffe, various alternate reality Professor Xes, Rathcoole, Franklin Richards, Everett K. Ross, Satannish, Scrier, Shalla Bal, SHIELD, Sif, Silver Surfer, Roxanne Simpson;
Slingers (Dusk, Hornet, Prodigy, Ricochet);
Six-Fingered Hand, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spirit of Christmas, Terrax, Thanos, Thing, Thor Odinson, Thor (Eric Masterson), Thule;
Thunderbolts (Atlas/Erik Josten, Charcoal, Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Mach-2, Moonstone/Karla Sofen, Songbird);
Topaz, Ulik, Uriel, Captain Vuulk and his slavers;
Warheads (Stacy Arnheim, Che, Gregory, Tigon Liger, Leona McBride, Misha, Perez);
Warriors Three of Asgard (Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg);
X-Factor/X-Terminators (Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Marvel Girl (Jean Grey));
X-Men (Dazzler, Longshot, Professor X, Psylocke, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine);
Zarathos, Zeus, Zuri;
Ballistic, Cyblade, Heatwave, Weapon Zero, Witchblade of the Top Cow reality
even his allies generally hate him
Known Relatives: Blackheart
fraternal relationship to other Hell-Lords;
quasi-paternal relationship to Mikal Drakonmegas (Hellfire) and Daimon (Hellstorm) and Satana Hellstrom;
formerly engaged to Spohrrinox;
"parent" to Thomas & William; uncertain connection to Speed & Wiccan
Aliases: Beelzebub, the Devil,
Legion, Lucifer, Mephistopheles, Nick Scratch, Old Nick, Satan, dark
lord, "A Friend,"
Maya, the Messenger,"Muffy";
the Adversary, Dark Lord of all that is Evil, Dark One, Death God, Demon King, Devourer of Souls, Dread Persuader, Evil Incarnate, Foul Pact Maker, Great Corruptor, His Satanic Majesty, Jack Scratch, Securer of the Seven Sins, Spirit of Universal Lies, Whisperer in Darkness;
Lord of Darkness, the Dark Underworld, Depravity, Despair, Evil, Hate, Hell, the Lost, the Lower Depths, the Netherworld, Pain, Temptation;
Master of Malice and the Realm of Lost Souls;
Prince of Darkness, Deceivers, Devils, Evil, Lies, & Liars;
impersonated Baron (Heinrich) Zemo, Don Blake, Enchantress, Eros/Starfox, Executioner (Skurge), Quincy Harker, Nova (Frankie Raye), many others
Base of Operations: Hell (a branch thereof), also sometimes referred to as Hades (though the domain of the Olympian god Pluto most properly receives that name)
Education: Extensively self-taught
First Appearance: Silver Surfer I#3 (December, 1968)
Powers/Abilities: An immensely powerful supernatural entity, Mephisto wields mystical energy for effects such as matter manipulation, astral projection, levitation, telepathy, teleportation, invisibility, opening interdimensional, spacial, or temporal portals, illusion-casting, projecting mystical force blasts, shape-shifting (his true form is unknown), and size-changing. He enjoys viewing distant events and beings via mystic vapors in his realm, or through scrying pools. Mephisto prefers to avoid direct physical combat, though he can channel his energy into physical strength superior to the Class 100 range, or to other physical feats of power or skill. Though not omnipotent, he is able to sense or view virtually anything in the physical universe, and in many other realms as well. While Mephisto's abilities seem virtually unlimited, he is unable to subjugate any sentient being to his without that being's deliberate submission.
Mephisto can capture the souls/astral forms of recently deceased humans. The precise condition under which he obtains the majority of his souls is unrevealed, though it apparently relates to selfish and/or malevolent behavior (such as with the "seven cardinal sins": lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride). In addition, relocation of souls is also related to systems of beliefs, and these souls are divided among the various other realms of the Hell-lords, as well as to the death gods of the various pantheons, though most of the latter rarely receive new souls as they have few believers in the modern era. Further, realms such as Heaven receive souls of the more pure; while all humanity sins at some point, there are apparently specific, though as yet unrevealed rules defining the circumstances that dictate whether a soul goes to Heaven or Hell. Mephisto spends much of his time trying to tempt mortals into sinful behavior, hoping to insure their entry into his realm. In addition, he frequently bargains with mortals, tempting them with love, physical or financial power, or offering to help them achieve certain goals in exchange for their souls. Usually finalizing the deal with some sort of contract, often signed in blood, Mephisto thus assures that soul will enter his domain upon completion of the agreement, though Mephisto often deceives his contractees, granting them exactly what was stated but not always what they wanted or in the way they wanted. Mephisto can grant others a variety of superhuman powers, save or heal others, etc. Tempting an innocent soul into his service is most desirable to Mephisto. Souls under Mephisto's domain generally are powerless to resist his instructions, though certain beings have proven powerful and/or strong-willed enough to overcome this. Mephisto can mystically trap living beings in his realm, but he cannot feed off these beings. He often torments, tortures, and/or tempts such beings, hoping to get them to surrender their souls to him to avoid further pain or to bargain away their souls in exchange for what he offers them. Other times he tortures prisoners purely for his own enjoyment.
A large portion of his power seems to be tied to his realm and the number of souls trapped within it, meaning that prolonged absences from Hell weaken him. Within his own realm, he is virtually all-powerful, served by a seemingly endless supply of damned souls and demon servants. He can utterly control the environment and landscape, coordinating numerous scenarios against a multitude of visitors and against those within his domain. On Earth, his powers are much more limited. He can influence the thoughts of others, but not control them, and it appears that many of the fantastic feats he accomplishes are illusion. Under uncertain circumstances (presumably by communion with the demon race derived from the progenitor of the Infinity Gems), Mephisto has spread his influence across the universe moreso than the other Hell-lords, though he still seems to be at a comparable power level to them.
Given form and substance through evil itself, Mephisto is, for all practical purposes, immortal. He does not need to eat, sleep or breathe, and he is immune to aging and conventional disease. While he can be injured by certain mystical assaults or attacks from powerful beings, he can regenerate virtually instantly. Even when he is seemingly slain or even when he has had his essence dispersed or obliterated, it is only a matter of time before he regains form and power from evil thoughts and deeds.
A A supreme trickster, Mephisto will say or do anything to accomplish his ends, frequently appearing to be overpowered or even destroyed for the effect such a resolution might have on his opponent. Mephisto has also been impersonated by other Hell-lords or other lesser-powered demons. Conversely, Mephisto has impersonated various Hell-lords and has sometimes posed as the Biblical Satan. Under certain circumstances, he has worked with various other Hell-lords to form a gestalt Satan, which comes the closest to the matching the belief in a single Devil.
Mephisto dwells within a region of the Netherworld known as Hell, a dark fiery realm shaped by his desires and by the subconscious beliefs of those visiting or imprisoned there. This realm is often accessed via subterranean portals, though it is not physically within the Earth as it often appears. Within his realm exists the Arena of Lost Souls, where warriors (many of them superhuman) battle endlessly; the Bridge of Woes, composed of souls under his domain, who suffer the pain of his weight (which he typically magnifies) as he crosses; the Dead Zone, a portion inhabited by soul fragments, split from the whole by uncertain means; and the Well of Souls, a lava pit into which souls are dumped, their agony providing amusement and power to Mephisto.
Variable (6'6" in standard humanoid form)
Weight: Variable (310 lbs. in standard humanoid form)
Eyes: Variable (white in standard humanoid form)
Hair: Variable (red in standard humanoid form)
Skin: Variable (red in standard humanoid form)
(Doctor Strange III#8 (fb) / Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme Annual#2 (fb) ) - In the distant past, after Demogorge defeated the Elder Gods, a great primeval concentration of pure evil energy was left behind. That energy gradually divided, giving birth to a number of demons, eventually shaped and molded by the unconscious desires of their earliest human worshippers into various incarnations of evil. These included Thog, Satannish, and Mephisto, and at least a couple of others. These demons would become the Hell-lords, capitalizing one the belief in a single Devil/Satan.
This represents one category of Class Two Demons (also included here are fallen/degenerated Gods and Angels).
(Silver Surfer III#45 (fb)) - The primordial, virtually omnipotent entity (later known as Nemesis), apparently alone in the universe, sought to end its solitude by taking some of itself and granting it independent life. Because it didn't will these beings to be good, they turned out evil. Displeased with these demons, the entity destroyed them.
(Silver Surfer III#44 (fb) - BTS) - The primordial entity committed suicide to end its solitude, and from its remains were formed what would become known as the Infinity Gems.
(Silver Surfer III#45 (fb) - BTS) - With the entity's death, the demon hordes it created were reborn, though the entity saw to it that the Gems were beyond the detection of the demons so that his power could not fall into their foul hands.
Mephisto established a relationship with these demons, gaining power and influence on a universal scale.
(Mortigan Goth: Immortalis#4 (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto granted immortality to various beings over his existence.
(Marvel Comics Presents#135/3 (fb) ) - Millennia ago, Darklove was part of Mephisto's army. He was in love with a beautiful demoness, Spohrrinox, but Mephisto didn't like the feelings between them and made her his betrothed. Darklove waged war against his former master to free his beloved from the betrothal and after centuries of war he seemed victorious. With Mephisto's head in his hand Darklove celebrated the victory with his followers only to learn that he was tricked by Mephisto. His beloved standing next to him turned into Mephisto, and the head in Darklove's hand became the head of his former love. Mephisto laid a curse on Darklove to always perform the opposite of love and imprisoned him in a "love spell." The page became part of the Darkhold and Darklove stayed within the book for a very long time.
(Ghost Rider II#77
(fb)) - 2000 years ago, Mephisto, noticing the expansionist campaign of
Zarathos, who was consuming souls that rightfully belonged to the
Hell-lords and recruiting a sea of followers to rival the Hell-lords',
criticized Thog, Satan, and Satannish for not taking note of this.
Mephisto chose two human young lovers (in what is now Southwestern
North America) as pawns to help him end Zarathos' reign on Earth. After
Zarathos' followers, led by the tribe of the sorcerer K'nutu, overran
the lovers' village and kidnapped the young princess as a sacrifice to
Zarathos, the gravely wounded prince scaled the mountain of meditation
and begged his gods to spare the princess. Mephisto answered his pleas,
granting the prince the power to save his lover in exchange for his
very soul and then sending the prince to the City of Ten Thousand
Souls, where Zarathos dwelled. As the demon's servants looked on,
Zarathos moved to devour the soul of the princess, but he was
interrupted by the prince, who told him to take his soul instead.
Intending to take both souls, Zarathos grabbed the prince; but when the
demon failed to devour his soul (since it was absent), both Zarathos
and his followers were suddenly
filled with doubt. In that moment of indecision (and thus weakness for
Zarathos), Mephisto struck, battering
Zarathos and enslaving him. The prince escaped with his love, but he
could no longer feel emotions and so he left her.
(Ghost Rider II#80 (fb) - BTS) - The prince would eventually become Centurious.
(Ghost Rider II#81 (fb)) - Mephisto entrapped Zarathos' essence/living flame within Hell, condemning him to eternal servitude, though Zarathos eventually grew too powerful to contain (at least according to Zarathos).
(Ghost Rider III#11 (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto would amuse himself by instilling Zarathos within a series of mortal hosts, who would serve as his spirit of vengeance.
(Iron Man: Legacy of Doom#2 (fb)) <6th century AD> - Mephisto granted Morgan Le Fay refuge in Hell in exchange for the Excalibur shard.
(Iron Man: Legacy of Doom#1) - A time traveling Dr. Doom traded Iron Man (Tony Stark) to Mephisto in exchange for the Excalibur shard.
(Iron Man: Legacy of Doom#1 - BTS) - Doom also gained possession of Morgan, though he kept her contained within a mystic prison.
(Iron Man: Legacy of Doom#2) - Mephisto watched as Iron Man tried to escape Hell, fighting various demons, including one posing as Howard Stark in demonic armor patterned after Iron Man. Tapping into the false Howard's armor, Stark accessed a time portal that allowed him to escape.
(Fantastic Force#18 (fb)) <9th century> - Esteban Diablo, failing to gain immortality via alchemical means, turned to darker forces. He summoned Mephisto (or a demon claiming to be Mephisto), who sated his hunger for the fruits of arcane lore. A covenant was struck at the cost of Diablo's soul. Diablo sought to extend his lifespan ad infinitum, thus denying the devil his due, but found that Mephisto had limited the immortality, rendering him dependent on alchemical formulae to maintain it.
(Hell's Angel#1 (fb) - BTS) <987 AD> - Beneath Darkmoor, Northern England, the Sect of Chasidm, an arcane cult consisting of seven members, performed a dark ritual, summoning Mephisto and asking a pact for immortality. As too few souls were then reaching his domain, Mephisto agreed in exchange for a steady supply of souls. Specific quotas and plans were set.
(Dark Angel#14 (fb)) - Mephisto bestowed immortality within the Sect's members. He told them that he could not stop death from stalking the corridors of time, waiting for and wanting them, but that they would not die, no matter however much they wanted to. Each member was made invincible in their own way.
(Mys-Tech Wars#2 (fb) - BTS) - The life forces of the members of the Sect were actually bound to all reality, such that slaying them could destroy everything in existence unless permitted by Mephisto.
(Mortigan Goth: Immortalis#1 (fb) / [#2 (fb) - BTS]) <1349 AD> - As Mortigan returned home from a 15 year journey, he saw the plague spreading across Europe towards his homeland. He called on the devil to save him. Mephisto -- seeing in Mortigan a brightly shining soul which might serve as a beacon of hope for others -- challenged Mortigan to a game of chess, gambling his soul for immortality. Unexpectedly, Mortigan won, sending Mephisto away as Mortigan headed home as an immortal.
(Mortigan Goth: Immortalis#1 (fb)) <May 24,
1349 AD> - Returning to Horsham, Mortigan found his mother dying
of the plague and his sister having been hanged by the priest Nicholas
de Bellrais for allegedly having killed her infant (of which de
Bellrais was actually the father). When Mortigan went to confront de
Bellrais, Mephisto stopped him, telling him that he had other plans for
de Bellrais, and if Mortigan interfered, he would have a thousand years
Mortigan watched as de Bellrais and Mephisto plotted to sacrifice the entire congregation in order to grant de Bellrais immortality. Mephisto demanded the youngest infant present to seal the deal.
(Mortigan Goth: Immortalis#2 (fb)) <May 24, 1349 AD> - Mortigan stopped de Bellrais from slaying the infant, offering his own soul in order to save the infant and the congregation from Mephisto's clutches. Mephisto immediately began to torture Mortigan's soul.
(Mortigan Goth: Immortalis#2 (fb)) <1349 AD> - Mortigan's soulless body awakened weeks later within a plague pit, surrounded by the dead villagers and infant whose souls he had saved only for them to all die from the plague. Mephisto taunted Mortigan, naming him Immortalis after the Latin used by de Bellrais. When Mortigan told him he would fight Mephisto eternally, the demon lord responded by telling him that for every hurt Immortalis did him, he'd visit on his soul a thousand times more. Mephisto's curse was that Immortalis would watch suffering, knowing he might help, but certain that he dare not.
(Mortigan Goth: Immortalis#2 (fb) - BTS) - Mortigan eventually learned that Mephisto would torture his soul no matter what he did, and so he learned how to oppose the demon lord in subtle fashion. However, his failure to cast a reflection often caused others to distrust him, limiting the amount of help he could provide.
(Defenders I#99 (fb) - BTS) - Centuries ago, four Hell-lords -- Mephisto, Satan, Satannish, and Thog -- organized a complex plot to merge their Hells with Earth, which would grant them ultimate power over humanity. They allowed five lesser demons, Avarrish, Fashima, Hyppokri, Puishannt, and Unnthinnk to have more sway over mankind. Mephisto posed as a sixth demon, Maya, and joined with the other five (with himself as chairman) in forming the demonic cabal, the Six-Fingered Hand. The demons began to exercise their power on Earth, developing human followers and leading certain souls to damnation.
(Alpha Flight II#16) - "Centuries ago," in the
Basilica Alicante, Spain, Bishop Benedicto de Vica Servertes fell in
love with a woman named Beatriz. Knowing his God forbade him to have
her, the bishop instead turned to darker power, calling on Mephisto and
offering to pay any price to have Beatriz by her side. Mephisto agreed
in exchange for taking the bishop's soul upon his death, but then put
Beatriz by his side as a a nun studying under him, farther away than
ever. Swearing not to lose his soul for naught, the bishop read in the
pages of apocryphal texts that a suit of brass could conceal the soul
of its wearer; as the suit would only work if every seam were sealed
with the blood of an innocent woman, the maddened bishop took the blood
of the only innocent woman he knew: Beatriz.
As the bishop's soul vanished, Mephisto sent an agent, the demon Dargill, to find it, and the now Brass Bishop decapitated Dargill, keeping his head. The Brass Bishop confronted Mephisto in Hell, demanding his soul be freed in exchange for returning Dargill to him. Mephisto refused, agreeing only to trade the Bishop's invisible soul for Beatriz's which now resided in Heaven. The Brass Bishop vowed he would never trade his soul for Beatriz's, but over time he became desperate to save his own soul and plotted to storm the gates of heaven.
(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#8 (fb) - BTS) <1667> - Mephisto related the tale of Lucifer's fall from Heaven to John Milton, from wrote the poem Paradise Lost based on his information.
(Ghost Rider III#92 (fb) - BTS) - <18th century> - In the Christian town of Patience, Pastor Kale, part of the spiritual bloodline containing the shards of Blood's Medallion of Power, made deals with the devil, brokering souls in exchange for good crops and weather, plus protection from sickness for the people of Patieance.
(Ghost Rider III#92 (fb)) - <18th
century> - Pastor Kale's actions were discovered by Magdalena,
survivor of a group of nomads, with whom the pastor's son, Noble, had
fallen in love. The Pastor publicly denounced Magdalena as a witch, and
Noble was helpless to stop her from being burnt at the stake. The
Furies, Olympian spirits who avenged women wrongly slain, were summoned
by Magdalena's curse on Pastor Kale, and they attacked Patience,
intending to slay every resident. Pastor Kale again contacted Mephisto,
asking for a powerful warrior to fight the Furies in exchange for
Noble's soul. When Mephisto agreed, the pastor had a corpse exhumed
from the graveyard, and its bones served as the cage to
enslave his heart and soul. From these bones was formed a flaming,
skeletal warrior, who battled and slew the Furies. Despite his new
demonic nature, Noble/Ghost Rider refused to feed on his and
Magdalena's son, and when Mephisto came to claim Noble's soul, the
angel Uriel appeared and opposed Mephisto. Realizing that a war between
themselves and their realm could destroy all existence, Mephisto and
Uriel ultimately agreed that they would each have half of
Noble's soul, and that Noble would serve as the new spirit of
vengeance, since the last knight of Zarathos was long dead. This spirit
became a new Ghost Rider to avenge the spilling of innocent blood and
to punish sins.
Uriel vowed that because of the light in Noble's soul, his child and descendents would be protected and blessed: never would Mephisto lay a finger on any of them. To insure that Noble remain impartial and safe from any undue influence or machination, Uriel further decreed that Noble would dwell in the space between realms, leaving only to perform his duties and then returning when vengeance was satisfied and penance achieved.
After Uriel departed, Mephisto revealed while he could not directly harm a hair on the child's head, the child, and the first-born of every subsequent generation, would serve as the flesh for the Ghost Rider to exist on Earth.
Mephisto further decreed that Pastor Kale would live as long as his bloodline existed, and that he would serve as Mephisto's faithful and wealthy servant, branding each first-born with the mark of vengeance (the symbol of the Medallion of Power) to ensure that Mephisto's law was passed on to each generation.
Uriel then returned to Noble Kale, giving him the gift of forgetting his past and his pain, and making it so that there would be one more identity hidden within Noble that he would not realize until his time in the interdimensional void ended and he chose to make use of it: he would be the secret fire, the flame that ends the world, the last judge and executioner, the angel of death.
(Silver Surfer I#8 (fb)) - Joost van Straaten was a sea captain in the 18th Century. He claims to have been an honest man until Mephisto filled his heart with cold, consuming greed. Obsessed with a certain treasure, he drove his crew into a storm which killed them all. The souls of the crew passed on, but van Straaten's soul was claimed by Mephisto, and cursed to never know rest--to sail the seven seas on a voyage without end as the Flying Dutchman.
(Mephisto vs...#1 (fb) - BTS)
<Circa 1775> - Mephisto made a bargain with
Heinrich Faust, but because Faust used Mephisto's gifts for good he was
able to escape Mephisto's contract on a technicality and retain his
(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#8 (fb) - BTS) <1775-1832> - Mephisto related his encounters with Faust to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who wrote the plays Faust: The Tragedy Part One and Faust: The Tragedy Part Two.
(Ghost Rider II#32 (fb)) <Presumably 19th century, in Last Chance, Nevada> - After the bounty hunter Lemuel Haskill had been shot and killed, the "dark lord" appeared before him, offering to restore his life, soul, and freedom if he could bring in 50 souls in his place. Haskill accepted and was transformed into the demonically-powered Bounty Hunter, with the warning that if he ever failed there would be punishment.
(Ghost Rider minus 1 (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto and Uriel negotiated that if the first born were not available to become the host to Noble that the next in line would serve.
(Ghost Rider III#89 (fb) - BTS) - An unidentified man (last name possibly Kale) was possessed by the spirit of his ancestor Noble Kale, now acting as the Spirit of Vengeance. He became the Ghost Rider and served in World War I.
(Mortigan Goth: Immortalis#4 (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto granted immortality to Johannes Faustus and his wife.
(Cloak and Dagger III#16 (fb) - BTS / Cloak and Dagger III#18 (fb) - BTS) - During World War II, Nazi scientists conducted extensive experiments. What Thule believed to be possibly a "specific combination of certain minds, that could only have been gathered under the Nazi regime" created the Darkdoor, an interface with what they called the Schwarzraum, which was actually a portal to Mephisto's realm of Hell. Before the Nazis could unlock the secrets of this source of incredible energy, the Allies began to overwhelm them, and Project: Darkdoor was dismantled hastily. The young Nazi who would become Thule was the last survivor of those intended to explore the Schwarzraum. He passed himself off as one of the valuable Nazi scientists and was relocated to America to work with the U.S. government. From there he easily escaped, taking the uncatalogued Darkdoor file with him. He knew that technology would one day catch up with the scientists' discovery and he would finally be able to...(explanation interrupted and never continued).
(Cloak and Dagger III#18 (fb) - BTS) - Combining popular science-fiction notions and the deluded would-be dictator's preconceived racist dogma, Mephisto led Thule to the conclusion that the "Vril" in the "Schwarzraum" were actually an alien species that had originally populated Earth with their "master race" eons ago. Mephisto manipulated Thule to sacrifice the necessary lives to open the Darkdoor for "the Vril," who were actually Mephisto's demon-servants.
(Hell's Angel#1 (fb) - BTS) - Ranulph Haldane, a member of the Mys-Tech Board (formerly the Sect of Chasidm) secretly worked at Darkmoor to discover a means to gain immortality by other means, so that Mys-Tech could be free of their servitude to Mephisto.
(Ghost Rider minus 1 (fb) - BTS) - Naomi Kale became the Ghost Rider, host to Noble Kale as the spirit of vengeance.
(Mortigan Goth: Immortalis#1 (fb) - BTS) <1965> - A young girl came into possession of a magical tome, from which she read a spell that allowed a demon from Mephisto's Hell to possess her.
(Mortigan Goth: Immortalis#1 (fb) - BTS) <1965> - Mortigan Goth joined forces against Dr. Strange against the demon possessing the young girl. Mortigan convinced the demon that during its absence from Hell, Mephisto had promoted the demon's friend, enraging the demon and causing it to exit the girl's form to attack Mortigan directly. Dr. Strange then banished the demon back to Hell.
(Punisher IV#1 (fb) - BTS) <approximately 40-50 years ago> - The other Hell-lords teamed up against Olivier, whom they saw as overly ambitious, and they trapped him in the body of a human new-born child.
(Terror INC#5 (fb) - BTS) <approximately 30 years ago> - The Hell-lords sought to create a son via a human woman, intending that this son would serve as a living battery drawing in the black energy (sin) of mankind, storing it up as a charge of pure evil. This would give the Hell-Lords the power to break through the walls of reality in force and lead to an unstoppable assault on man.
(Terror INC#3 (fb) - BTS) - The demon Beelzeboul, in human form, came to Earth, married, and impregnated the human Cassandra Drakonmegas.
(Terror INC#5 (fb) - BTS) - Upon finding proof of her husband's demonic nature, Cassandra stabbed him with a magical knife, banishing him back to Hell. Beelzeboul hit Cassandra, snapping her neck in the process. Despite her condition, Cassandra fought on to live at least a bit longer, until medics arrived and induced labor in her. Mikal Drakonmegas was born. The use of the mystic dagger, etc. prevented Mikal from gaining the darksoul that would have accomplished the demons' plot.
(Marvel Spotlight#13 (fb) / Hellstorm#2 (fb) / Hellstorm#16 (fb) / Terror INC#2(fb) - BTS) - Satan (Marduk Kurios) came to Earth in search of a wife--seeking one to father his heir. Likely drawn to Victoria Hellstrom by the Chapel of Dreseden's magic, he took human form and seemingly seduced the innocent woman. They were soon married, and moved almost immediately to Fire Lake, Masschusetts, where Victoria eventually gave birth to Daimon and later Satana.
(Astonishing Tales#8/2 (fb) - BTS / Marvel
Graphic Novel: Dr. Strange and Dr. Doom: Triumph and Torment (fb) /
Books of Doom#1 (fb))) - One Midsummer's Eve in Latveria, Cynthia von
Doom cast a spell which summoned Mephisto, who
offered her the power to avenge her people's treatment at the hands of
Baron Sabbat/Fortunov and give them the homeland they deserved.
Mephisto noted that this would allow her son to live a life free of
terror, and that he might one day become king. Though she realized that
the price was her soul, Cynthia agreed to the pact, which Mephisto
sealed with a kiss.
That night Cynthia stormed into a local tavern and confronted the Baron's guardsmen, telling them that the Baron had until dusk tomorrow to repay her people for the crimes committed against them in her name, or else she would level his castle stone by stone. When the guardsmen taunted her, she fired a magical bolt that slew one of them, but then the other guardsmen fell to the ground, dying, as well. Soon the night was filled with wails and lamentations -- not a single child in the village would survive the night, and Cynthia sensed that the spell she'd unleashed was the cause; Mephisto had granted her power, but not control.
Cynthia desperately tried to renounce the pact and the power, and she failed to hear the dying guardsman who staggered after her and ran her through with his sword. Mortally wounded, she ran from the village and deep into the woods. Hours later, Werner found her barely a dozen yards from their camp; she lived long enough to tell him what happened. With her dying breath she begged him to protect their son from the demonic power she had unleashed.
(Fantastic Four Annual#2 (fb) - BTS / Marvel Graphic Novel: Dr. Strange and Dr. Doom: Triumph and Torment (fb) / Books of Doom#2 (fb)) - Cynthia von Doom's son, Victor, contacted the netherworld (via the "Necrophone") in an effort to free his mother. His spirit glimpsed her being tortured by Mephisto before being cast back to Earth, after which his machines exploded, scarring his face and getting him expelled from State University.
Books of Doom#6 (fb) - BTS) - Doom summoned Mephisto, who noted his increased power and skill since their last encounter. Mephisto agreed to duel with him for Cynthia's soul over Midsummer's Eve each year, but that each time Doom lost, the people of Latveria would grow to despise him more and more. Mephisto further taunted Doom that he would eventually free Cynthia, but that she would still be lost to him.
(Astonishing Tales#8/2 (fb) - BTS) - Each year, on the night of Midsummer's Eve as storms raged through the valleys, Victor von Doom and Boris descended to the deepest dungeons of Latveria. Doom would cast spells, calling up demons (and worse), battling them in an effort to save his mother's soul, each time failing.
(Black Panther III#3 (fb) - BTS) - Achebe sold his soul to Mephisto.
(Ghost Rider minus 1 (fb) - BTS) - Naomi Kale performed certain magical spells that freed her firstborn son, John Blaze, from becoming the next host to the Ghost Rider/Noble Kale.
(Ghost Rider minus 1 (fb)) <13 years before Ghost Rider II#1> - Mephisto sent demon-dog legions after the sick and weakened Naomi Kale, forcing her to turn into Ghost Rider to fight them. Naomi's life force was too badly damaged by the stress of the change, and the Ghost Rider/Noble Kale faded back into the void. As Naomi died, Pastor Kale appeared, taunting her that while John could not become "the" Ghost Rider, he could still become "a" Ghost Rider. He further taunted her with the knowledge that since John was not available to become the host of Noble Kale/Ghost Rider that her next oldest, Barbara (raised with her younger brother, Dan, by Frances Ketch) would take his place. Until that time, Noble Kale floated in the void.
Surfer I#3) - Mephisto sensed the Silver Surfer -- who had become
enraged at mankind's ignorance and violence and was using his powers
against mankind -- and recognized in him purity and goodness (perhaps
due to Galactus' manipulation of his memories?) and realized
that he would soon calm and return to his efforts to try to teach
mankind to rise above its problems. Deciding to kill the Surfer to
prevent this, Mephisto probed his mind, learned of his lover Shalla
Bal, and then caused her to crash to Earth in a Zenn-Lavian ship, which
the Surfer sensed, saving her from nuclear attacks and healing her
injuries. Mephisto then appeared , vowed the Surfer's eventual death,
and took Shalla Bal to Hell but the Surfer tracked his dark energies
and confronted him there. Mephisto tried to make the Surfer his slave,
first by tempting him with material wealth, then with beautiful women,
and finally with a galactic empire. Failing this, he sent his demons to
attack the Surfer who overcame them all. Containing the Surfer within
amorphous blackness, Mephisto then reduced him to a single thought and
absorbed him into his mind, intending to bend him to his will, but the
Surfer continued to resist and Mephisto was eventually forced to expel
him due to the pain his purity caused. Finally Mephisto threatened to
send Shalla Bal back to Zenn-La unless the Surfer agreed to serve him,
but -- knowing there could be no love for him as a soulless slave of
Mephisto -- the Surfer refused so Mephisto would send Shalla Bal home
again, freeing her from his dark domain.
Acknowledging his first defeat in ages, Mephisto sent the Surfer back to Earth, vowing to defeat him in the future.
(Silver Surfer I#8) - Again, seeking the Surfer's spirit, Mephisto wracked the Surfer's form with monstrous pain but halted rather than risk killing the Surfer before he might pledge his soul to Mephisto. Seeking other means to gain the Surfer, Mephisto traveled to the room of an unidentified black magician who had been invoking the names of devils and then used his mortal mind to locate the lost soul of the Flying Dutchman. Promising to end the Dutchman's ghost's eternal torment in Limbo in exchange for his defeating the Silver Surfer and forcing him to surrender his soul to the demonlord, Mephisto summoned him to Earth, granted him new power, and restored the specter of his ship to the Earthly plane. Before sending the Dutchman out into the city, Mephisto then had him slay the sorcerer to whom Mephisto had been drawn, as punishment for trying to summon forces beyond his control.
(Silver Surfer I#9) - The Dutchman launched an
assault on Manhattan, which as intended, drew the attention of the
Surfer. The Dutchman and the Surfer fought it out for awhile, and
Mephisto -- unable to contain his desire for a soul as pure as the
Surfer's -- even stepped in and blasted the Surfer to make the
Dutchman's job a little easier. Ultimately, the Dutchman saw the light
and was impressed by the purity of the Surfer, and saw that even he
himself was not beyond redemption. The Dutchman renounced Mephisto, who
swore to consign his spirit to Limbo for all eternity. The Surfer wept
over the Dutchman's plight, which ended his curse (it required a living
being to shed a tear for him). The Dutchman's spirit apparently
passed on to a higher plane.
Despite losing two souls, Mephisto announced that the more he lost, the more he won, because his hatred fed on itself, and he could never accept defeat.
(Silver Surfer I#16) - Hungering again for the Surfer's soul, Mephisto traveled to Earth, placed an image of Shalla Bal in a chasm/captured Shalla Bal, then pulled the Surfer down from the sky. Neutralizing Galactus' barrier, Mephisto sent the Surfer to return to Zenn-La, only to find she had been abducted by Mephisto. Enraged, the Surfer returned to Earth, and the two battled, with Mephisto showing that the Surfer's attacks could not truly harm him. Finally Mephisto showed the Surfer an image of the helpless and alone Shalla Bal and pressured the Surfer into agreeing to serve him in order to save Shalla. To test the Surfer's commitment, Mephisto instructed him to destroy SHIELD (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-enforcement Division).
(Silver Surfer I#17) - Aboard SHIELD's Helicarrier, Mephisto secretly replaced one of SHIELD's female staffers with Shalla Bal (under his mental control) while the Surfer -- unable to find any trace of Shalla Bal, attacked it. Vowing to fulfill Mephisto's command by destroying SHIELD (or the Helicarrier) but sparing all of its crew, the Surfer encountered Shalla Bal and decided that their pact was off as Mephisto had violated his promise not to harm her by putting her in harm's way. Mephisto transported Shalla Bal to parts unknown, and the Surfer attacked anew, but as SHIELD agents struck the Surfer from behind, Mephisto teleported away himself, noting that this anguish and frustration sapped the Surfer's strength and drained his resolve, making him easier to manipulate in the future.
(Fantastic Four I#157 (fb)) - Mephisto transported Shall Bal to Latveria where he overlaid her memories with a new set to make her think she was a Latverian peasant woman, Helen.
(Thor I#180) - Odin banished Loki to Hell, unaware that Loki had swapped forms with Thor, leaving Thor's mind/spirit in Loki's body. Eager for an alliance with the evil god, Mephisto's hand burned upon touching him, and Mephisto swiftly sensed that he was Thor and began plaguing him with various attacks. Balder, Sif, and the Warriors Three traveled to Hell to rescue Thor, but Mephisto mocked them, showing Loki's form frozen solid in ice.
(Thor I#181) - The Asgardians attacked Mephisto who transported Volstagg away after he boasted that Mephisto feared them. Mephisto toyed with the other Asgardians, but Sif -- her own sword unable to break Mephisto's ice, manipulated a flaming dragon to attack the frozen form, thawing it enough for Thor/Loki to break free. Thor then used the magics within Loki's form to expose Mephisto directly to his own (Thor)'s soul. Unable to tolerate the pure power of Thor'g godly soul, Mephisto returned Volstagg to them and then sent the group to Asgard.
(Astonishing Tales#8/2 - BTS) - On the night of Midsummer's Eve, Doom summoned a demon (presumably Mephisto or one of his agents) and performed his yearly challenge, this time facing Kagrok the Killer in combat. Though Doom fought Kagrok to a standstill, he was eventually defeated, and his mother's soul remained damned.
(Thor I#204) - Mephisto's demons successively transported the Warriors Three (Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg), Balder, Hildegard, Silas Grant, Sif, and Thor, entrancing the former six before Thor and Sif's arrival.
(Thor I#205) - Mephisto sent his demons against Thor, then forced Sif to attack him, and then revealed his plan to place his demons, such as Hykos, into humans he had captured and send them back to Earth. Mephisto further forced Thor's allies to attack him, but Thor created a whirlwind to transport them away to a rocky peak where they could not attack him further. Mephisto then summoned his Legions of the Lost, and sent them against Thor as well. Thor defeated these, too, then confronted Mephisto directly, exposing his plan that Thor be damned for raising his hand against his innocent friends. Thor cast Mephisto into a lava pool and collapsed the roof of the cavern on him, then transported himself and his allies back to Earth.
(Marvel Spotlight I#11 (fb)) - Satanist Jennifer Glazer offered her roommate, Linda Littletrees, to "Satan," who accepted, placing a mystic pentagram on her forehead as his sign.
(Marvel Spotlight I#11 (fb) - BTS) - Glatzer subsequently convinced Littletrees to attend a Sabbat as a "lark," but the Satanists then sacrificed Linda to "Satan," and she became his servant, body and soul, as the Witch Woman.
(Marvel Spotlight I#5 (fb) / Ghost Rider II#68
(fb)) - In an effort to save his adoptive father ("Crash" Simpson) from
the disease that was killing him, John Blaze used an occult tome to
perform a ritual to summon Satan. "Satan" appeared (Mephisto, either as
part of the Satanic gestalt of the various Hell-lords, or an alliance
of Mephisto and Lucifer, or Mephisto alone), and John offered to serve
the demon for all eternity if the demon would save "Crash" from the
disease. The demon agreed, but "Crash," thinking he had one final
chance to shine as a stunt motorcyclist, arranged to leap 22 cars,
wrecked, and died instantly. Since "Crash" had not died of the disease,
the demon soon appeared to claim Blaze, but his girlfriend, Roxanne
Simpson ("Crash"'s daughter), having secretly studied Blaze's Satanic
texts, banished the demon and prevented him from claiming Blaze's soul.
The demon instead bonded Blaze to the demon Zarathos, causing him to
transform nightly into the Ghost Rider, the earthly spirit of vengeance.
Obviously, with various ret-con information, this is what Mephisto intended all along.
(Ghost Rider II#81 (fb)) - Mephisto stipped Zarathos of his memories.
(Ghost Rider II#9 (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto sent a minor demon (or perhaps only an illusion), in the form of "Curly" Samuels, leader of the Satan's Servants motorcycle gang, to confront Ghost Rider
(Marvel Spotlight I#6) - "Curly" mesmerized Ghost Rider, rendered him unconscious, summoned "Satan," and then "revealed" himself to be "Crash" Simpson, who had allegedly bargained with "Satan" to regain his own soul in exchange for Blaze's. "Satan" attempted to claim Blaze's soul, but was prevented by Roxanne's pure spirit, and so he sent "Crash" to separate Roxanne from Blaze so that her spirit would no longer protect him. "Curly" mesmerized Roxanne, rendered her unconscious, and called to "Satan."
(Marvel Spotlight I#7) - "Curly" prepared to sacrifice Roxanne, but "Satan" stopped him, telling "Curly" that this must occur at his temple. "Curly" took her to the Church of Satan in an East Village, Manhattan cellar, and the cultists prepared her for sacrifice at midnight, and "Curly" then summoned "Satan." Ghost Rider arrived, and "Satan" transformed "Curly" into "Crash" and granted him his own personal weapon, the Sword of Satan, to battle Ghost Rider.
(Marvel Spotlight I#8) - As "Crash," armed with the Sword of Satan, hesitated to battle Ghost Rider where they might harm Roxanne, "Satan" transported them both to Hell where they battled in earnest. Ghost Rider was captured by one of "Satan"'s demon servants, but Blaze played upon "Crash"'s love for Roxanne and convinced him that "Satan" would betray him, so "Crash" used the Sword of Satan to slay the demon, which fell upon "Crash" and killed him, again.
(Marvel Spotlight I#8 / Ghost Rider II#8 (fb) - BTS) - Ghost Rider left "Crash" with the Messenger (actually "Satan"), who claimed to represent all that was good and righteous. Ghost Rider was then sent back to Earth where he was reunited with Roxanne.
(Marvel Spotlight I#9) - "Satan" saved Ghost Rider from death after he drove off a cliff in battle with Snake Dance, telling him that if he died at the hands of another mortal that he would not have been able to claim Blaze's soul. Telling Blaze he would therefore make him immune to death at mortal hands, "Satan" promised to one day take his life himself, when the time was right.
(Marvel Spotlight I#10 - BTS) - Linda Littletrees returned to the Copperhead Canyon Apache reservation, on a mission from Satan to defeat the Ghost Rider, and obtain Johnny Blaze's soul for Satan. She tracked down and confronted Ghost Rider.
(Marvel Spotlight I#11) - The Witch Woman captured and taunted Ghost Rider with her origins, but when he briefly escaped her clutches when she became distracted, "Satan" appeared before her, demanding punishment for her failure. She then appeared before Ghost Rider and turned her hellfire powers on herself and then leapt/fell off a cliff, seemingly to her death.
(Ghost Rider II#1) - Sam Silvercloud contacted Daimon Hellstrom, seeking his aid in exorcising the demon possessing his girlfriend, Linda Littletrees, who had survived the fall but was virtually comatose. Before Daimon could arrive, "Satan" (now apparently a union of Mephisto and Marduk Kurios) appeared before Linda, offering her a second chance to serve him. When she accepted, he took possession of Linda (sending her soul to rest in Limbo temporarily) and escaped from her father's shack.
(Ghost Rider II#2) - Possessing Linda, the Witch Woman, "Satan" confronted the Ghost Rider (John Blaze), taking him to Hell, despite the distraction by "Big Daddy" Dawson and the Ruthless Raiders cycle gang. "Satan" prepared to pierce the Ghost Rider with the Sword of Satan, but the Son of Satan (Daimon Hellstrom) then arrived and challenged him.
(Marvel Spotlight I#12) - "Satan" tormented the Son of Satan with his two prisoners, Ghost Rider and Linda Littletrees, but the Son of Satan threatened him with his Netheranium trident, causing "Satan" to send an army of demons to attack him. The Son of Satan fought off all attackers until he heard "Satan" telling his minions not to let him reach the rock bridge, which Daimon remembered supported the roof of Hell itself. Fighting his way to the bridge, the Son of Satan threatened to shatter it and cause Hell to collapse on itself. Via this threat, he convinced "Satan" to release his two prisoners and allow them safe return to Earth. As soon as they had returned however, "Satan" set off a volcanic eruption, but the Son of Satan summoned his Demon-Steeds, carrying them all to safety once again.
(Ghost Rider II#5 (fb)) - "Satan" appeared before Dude Jensen, who had been fatally shot for gambling (and losing) without the money to back it up, offering him the power to achieve vengeance on his killers in exchange for his soul (and intending Jensen to aid him against the Ghost Rider). Jensen accepted and became Roulette.
(Ghost Rider II#5 (fb)) - "Satan" sent a demon agent, Slifer, to assist Roulette.
(Ghost Rider II#5) - Roulette stunned Ghost Rider then called upon "Satan" for the additional power to finish him off. "Satan" appeared and agreed, but as he projected additional power into Roulette, Ghost Rider projected his own power into Roulette, as well, overloading and destroying his form.
(Ghost Rider II#7 (fb) - BTS) - Darren Bentley,
Aquarius of the Zodiac Cartel, suffered from a
rare lung condition, which had been exacerbated by of Taurus' space
trap (during their last struggle). His doctors gave him one year to
live. Bentley screamed out to the Heavens that he would revenge himself
on van Lunt and all who had contributed to his coming death. Yes, he
screamed to the Heavens--but his shouts were heard elsewhere!
Under direction from "Satan," the demon Slifer approached Bentley and offered him the combined power of the Zodiac for one year. However, at the end of the year, his soul would be forfeit. Bentley gladly accepted.
(Ghost Rider II#6, 7) - Bentley, using various incarnations of the Zodiac, began to attack and either destroy or steal van Lunt (Taurus's civilian ID)'s holdings. His efforts brought him into conflict with the Ghost Rider and Stuntmaster. Bentley changed back and forth several times and held his own against Ghost Rider. However, when Bentley assumed the twelfth and final Zodiac form, Slifer reappeared and told Bentley his time had come. Bentley argued that it had only been a few weeks, not a whole year, but Slifer revealed that it had been a whole Zodiacal year. Slifer took Bentley to Hell, where "Satan" and claimed his soul.
(Ghost Rider II#8) - "Satan" confronted Ghost
Rider, inflicting him with great pain to encourage him to sacrifice his
soul, but Ghost Rider rallied around thoughts of Roxanne, weakening
"Satan"'s hold on him. "Satan" threatened to torment Roxanne to end her
protection of Blaze then vanished as Ghost Rider futilely attacked him.
"Satan" tormented Roxanne with images of her father in Hell, leading
her to tell a small lie, "Nothing's wrong," when Blaze tried to comfort
her. Using another image of "Crash," "Satan" lured Roxanne to Hell and
showed her that her father was in continual torment, reliving the worst
moments of his life over and over again, causing her to faint. "Satan"
then transformed Slifer into the powerful form of Inferno and sent him
to San Francisco to confront the Ghost Rider. Inferno used his
fear-powers to whip the people into a frenzy and send them to attack
Reviving, Roxanne begged "Satan" to release her father's soul, and "Satan" offered to do so if she renounced her protection of John Blaze.
(Ghost Rider II#9) - "Satan" duped Roxanne into
agreeing to renounce her protection of Ghost Rider. Mephisto then
revealed that "Crash" Simpson had actually gone to Heaven, and that he
had been manipulating Blaze and Roxanne with an illusion of
"Crash"/"Curly." "Satan" then removed Ghost Rider's ability to create
flaming cycles and tghen appeared on Earth, but when "Satan" prepared
to take Blaze's soul, a Christ-like figure appeared in street clothes
and told "Satan" that Blaze's only real sin had been despair, and that
Blaze's soul was off limits to him. Vanishing back to Hell, "Satan"
vowed to reclaim Blaze another day, and Blaze's savior named himself
only as "A Friend," before departing as well.
Back in Hell, "Satan" gave Inferno a new, human, form and sent him to manipulate Blaze further.
(Ghost Rider II#19 (fb) - BTS) - "A Friend" was apparently yet another trick by "Satan," who was manipulating Blaze for his own entertainment (see comments).
(Fantastic Four I#157 (fb) - BTS) - Dr. Strange found "Helen" and overlaid her false memories with hints of being Shalla Bal, then plotted to make the Surfer his slave in hopes of recovering his true love.
(Fantastic Four I#157) - After Doom's deception of the Surfer was revealed and he left Helen behind, with all -- including Doom -- believing that the Shalla Bal memory was just a facade created by Doom, Mephisto laughed at how she truly was Shalla Bal and how he had enjoyed duping, tormenting, and manipulating the Surfer.
(Champions#2 (fb) / Champions#3 (fb) - BTS) - Pluto made an alliance with Mephisto, Satan, the Demon of the Mask, and a number of other demons (and presumably Death Gods) to coerce Zeus' compliance with the forced marriages of Hercules to Hippolyta and Venus to Ares.
(Champions#1-3 - BTS) - With the threat of a mass assault on Olympus, Zeus cooperated with Pluto. Zeus eventually withdrew his cooperation when he was convinced (by Ghost Rider (John Blaze/Zarathos) that Pluto may have promised the death of Zeus to those demons in order to gain their alliances.
(Ghost Rider II#17 (fb) - BTS / Ghost Rider II#19 (fb) - BTS) - Legion, a group of minor demons serving "Satan," possessed Roxanne Blaze and transformed her into "Katy Milner."
(Ghost Rider II#17 - BTS) - Aided by the Son of Satan, Ghost Rider exposed and defeated Legion. Another agent of "Satan," the Challenger, then sent Ghost Rider on a mission to save the life of "Katy."
(Ghost Rider II#18-19 - BTS) - The Challenger virtually overwhelmed Blaze with despair, including the revelation that "A Friend" was only another trick of "Satan," but Blaze eventually rallied and defeated the Challenger. "Katy" reverted back to Roxanne.
(Doctor Strange II#15) - "Satan" possessed James Mandarian, a man who was seeking to study under Dr. Strange and was devastated at being rejected. The possessed James Mandarin then confronted Strange and his lover Clea, both of whom were distraught at the recent seeming destruction and re-creation of the universe.
(Doctor Strange II#16) - As Strange struggled against "Satan," Wong summoned aid from Rama Kaliph and Lord (Julian) Phyffe to perform an exorcism on Strange. Within Hell, "Satan" repeatedly tormented Strange with various illusions and deceptions. Strange seemed unable to make any progress until he sensed Kaliph and Phyffe praying for him, and this gave him the strength to resist "Satan," denying his power of him. Strange thus returned himself and Clea to Earth.
(Marvel Comics Super Special#1) - When Space Ace transported himself and the rest of KISS, they were brought to Mephisto's Hell. KISS arrived in a heavenly realm filled with angels and cherubs that welcomed them to stay, but Demon recognized the truth and attacked, revealing these beings to be Mephisto, succubi, and other demons. The heroes fought back, with Demon engaging Mephisto directly, and ultimately Mephisto banished them, hoping that the Demon would become a more seasoned slayer of souls.
(Tomb of Dracula I#63 (fb) - BTS) - An agent of "Satan" entranced Topaz with a mansion on Satan's Hill, near Boston, Massachusetts.
(Tomb of Dracula I#62 - BTS) - An agent of "Satan" led Dracula, Janus, and Frank Drake to a mansion on Satan's Hill, near Boston, Massachusetts.
(Tomb of Dracula I#63) - The agent announced that it sought the utter destruction and humiliation of Dracula, then either transported them to an ancient Roman stadium or an illusion thereof and instructed Dracula and Janus to fight each other. Though it apparently expected Dracula to win, Janus defeated Dracula but they then joined forces to destroy the demon, and they were restored to the mansion (or, more likely, the illusion faded); "Satan" ignored his agent's pleas for help. The mansion was ultimately consumed in flame, but Dracula and Topaz were then confronted by "Satan."
(Tomb of Dracula I#64) - "Satan" brought Dracula and Topaz to Hell, where he revealed that Janus threatened to destroy the "carefully woven tapestry that permits our survival" (with God allowing the existence of the devil as the ultimate evil to serve as the contrast to ultimate good). Reasoning that Janus would depart Earth if Dracula were destroyed, "Satan" transformed Dracula back into a normal human and sent him back to Earth. "Satan" then turned to Topaz, intending destroy her before her rapidly approaching 21st birthday when she would come into vast power sufficient to threaten the devil's existence. However, God apparently kept Satan talking, explaining his reasons, etc., until the time indeed did pass. Topaz turned 21 years old and then turned her powers against "Satan," seemingly destroying him.
(Tomb of Dracula I#68)
- "Satan" laughed mockingly as the still-human Dracula cursed Satan and
mouthed his impotent rage to the skies.
Later, after narrowly escaping death at the vampire-hunters' hands, Dracula raced outside of his castle where he was seemingly nearly overwhelmed by vampires, etc., and then seemingly confronted by Quincy Harker. Exhausted, Dracula offered no resistance against being slain, admitted defeat, exclaimed to God that he didn't want to die this way, and renounced Satan. "Quincy" then revealed himself to be "Satan," noting that everything since Dracula had fled his castle had been illusion, and that "Satan"'s goal throughout this entire plot had been to humiliate Dracula and force him to call on God for aid (who would not help him), as well as to renounce the devil, so that he would have neither Heaven nor Hell to go after his final destruction. "Satan" then vanished, restoring Dracula's vampiric power and nature, but leaving him nonetheless a defeated man.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, Update'89 #7) - The demons of Mephisto overpowered Topaz and imprisoned her in his realm, while Mephisto himself eventually reformed. The demons also cast a spell over Topaz that would separate the empathic portion of her soul from her if she ever managed to escape their realm.
(Avengers I#173) - As Mephisto dined in Hellish splendor and enjoyed the entertainment of the evening's floggings, he was completely unaware of the existence of Korvac, nor that Korvac was glancing into his realm at that moment.
(Ghost Rider II#32 - BTS) - When the Bounty Hunter apparently went over the time limit set to bring in the Ghost Rider, the "dark lord" sent several similarly demonically-powered ghosts (spirits of those that the Bounty Hunter had brought to his master) after him. They captured the Bounty Hunter and took him to their dark master.
(Thor I#310) - After observing Thor's efforts to turn a purse snatcher from a life of crime, Mephisto decided to actively influence the people of New York to acts of theft, arson, violence, etc. When Thor was taken aback upon seeing the purse snatcher committing new crime, Mephisto seized the opportunity, opened a chasm in the Earth, and pulled his evil-influenced pawns down to Hell; and Thor followed them. Mephisto sent his demon legions to attack Thor who fought them off, after which Thor and Mephisto fought directly. After Thor struck a mighty blow that toppled Mephisto, the demon-lord then had his human pawns catch Thor's hammer, preventing its return, and Mephisto delayed Thor 60 seconds until he reverted to Don Blake. As Mephisto prepared to claim Blake's spirit, the purse snatcher, inspired by Thor's example, forced the other pawns to cast Blake's walking stick at his feet, and Blake became Thor anew and assaulted Mephisto repeatedly, forcing him to realize that their fight could stalemate for all eternity. Mephisto then sent Thor and his former pawns back to Earth, though he intended to continue to whisper dark thoughts into the minds of men.
(Thor Annual#10 (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto and the Olympian death god Pluto met, deciding to propose to other pantheons' death gods that they create a permanent nexus between all the myriad underworlds so that they could all enjoy a greater number of souls of the damned.
(Thor Annual#10) - In Hades, Mephisto and Pluto met with Ahpuch, Ereshkigal, Hela, Seth, and Yama (with other death gods "not meriting invitation) and made their proposal, which all except Hela agreed to. Bowing to the majority, Hela joined with the other six in uniting their powers to merge their realms, but this massive unleashing of dark energy reawakened Demogorge, who proceeded to consume Mephisto and the death gods. The godheads of the various pantheons sent a number of warriors to oppose Demogorge, and, though defeated, Thor's valor ultimately convinced Demogorge that it was not yet time for this age of gods to end, and so Demogorge released all those he had consumed. Forewarned of Demogorge's existence, Mephisto considered meeting his threat another time and vowed that the death gods would yet have their way.
(Defenders I#92 - BTS) - The fabric of reality was badly stretched when Eternity's other selves nearly destroyed the Multiverse.
(Defenders I#93 - BTS) - Dr. Strange teleported the Defenders to London as part of a battle against Nebulon. This taxed the already stretched barriers to the realms of Hell even further.
(Defenders I#99 (fb) - BTS) - The Hell-lords decided that by forcing Strange to continue teleporting about the globe, they could shatter the barriers between Hell and Earth and merge the two realms. To this end, Mephisto (as Maya) re-gathered the Six-Fingered Hand, sharing portions of their plan, and led them to believe that they would gain worlds to rule.
(Defenders I#94-98) - The Six-Fingered Hand's Avarrish, Puishannt, Fashima, Hyppokri, and Unnthinnk possessed Hellcat, the vampire Gordski, rock singer Asmodeus Jones, would-be Messiah David Kessler, and the Man-Thing, forcing Dr. Strange to teleport the Defenders repeatedly across the planet to oppose their plots, weakening the dimensional barriers with each transport. Eventually the Defenders used the Nexus of Realities to travel to the Six-Fingered Hand's realm to confront the demons. As Maya, Mephisto welcomed the heroes.
(Defenders I#99 (fb) - BTS) - The Defenders' tampering with the Nexus served as the final insult to the dimensional walls, allowing the Hell-lords to open a multitude of gateways to Earth and to send their legions pouring onto Earth.
(Defenders I#99) - "Maya" showed the Defenders their plans for Earth. When the Son of Satan unleashed a blast of soulfire from his trident, "Maya" directed the Six-Fingered Hand to slay the Defenders, demon-mutated peopled aided the demon coven, and hordes of other demons erupted from the Earth and assaulted the Defenders as well. After Mephisto withdrew the Hell-Lords' support from the Six-Fingered Hand, however, the mutated humans returned to their own forms and mind, and the Defenders were able to destroy the attacking demon hordes. As the other five members of the Six-Fingered Hand dwindled into nothing, Maya resumed his true identity as Mephisto, revealed the Hell-lords' involvement, and showed the Defenders the "Hell on Earth" they had achieved.
I#100) - The four Hell-lords revealed how they had manipulated Strange
and the Defenders enabling them to initiate the merging of Earth and
their realms of Hell. Most of the Defenders were sent to try to
"unleash the light in darkness' heart" to prevent the Hell-Lords'
permanent transformation of Earth to mirror their own realms of Hell.
Clea, the Silver Surfer, and the Valkyrie appeared in a void of nothingness and were confronted by Mephisto who taunted them as being from other realms and thus having no place on the born-again Earth and so being consigned to an eternity of nothingness. They resisted his temptations and seemed to overpower him, but they then dissipated into the void before returning to the others back on Earth in front of the Hell-lords.
The Son of Satan then challenged Satan to single combat. Daimon was no match for Satan, so Strange and the others channeled their energies into Daimon's demonic darksoul, granting it free reign. Nonetheless, even the fully demonic Daimon fell before Satan, but when it came time to kill Daimon, Satan relented, claiming he could not kill the one he loved. By this, the Defenders achieved true victory by unleashing THE light in darkness' heart.
However, Daimon, now fully given over to his darksoul, realized that he could not return to Earth, and he elected to remain in Hell with Satan. Restoring Patsy to normal, Satan returned the Earth to normal as he and Daimon departed, leaving the Defenders to wonder if reclaiming his son had not been Satan's goal all along.
(Fantastic Four I#194 - BTS / Thor I#325 (fb) - BTS) - Darkoth saved the Thing from an explosion, seemingly perishing. In the moment just before the explosion the demon-lord Mephisto stole Darkoth, body and soul, and transported him to his realm of Hell.
I#325) - Wishing vengeance on Thor for a recent defeat, Mephisto
summoned Darkoth, offering to give him Don Blake's body so that he
could return to his still-living son if he would bring Blake's soul to
Mephisto. Mephisto convinced Darkoth that Blake was evil and belonged
in his realm anyway, then infused his power into Darkoth, restoring him
to the land of the living, though he would still remain dead. Darkoth
nonetheless found himself unable to strike down Blake's sleeping form,
and as he raged against his plight he awakened Blake. As Blake
transformed into Thor, Mephisto physically pushed Darkoth to attack
Thor, but the Darkoth fled into a forest preserve. Mephisto further
infused Darkoth with his evil power, and when he showed him an image of
his son crying within an orphanage, Darkoth's resistance dropped, and
Mephisto gained a hold on him. When Thor arrived, Darkoth willingly
attacked him; they battled for over an hour, but then Thor -- realizing
what had happened -- infused Darkoth with the very essence of light,
canceling the corruption withering his soul. Regaining his wits,
Darkoth begged Thor to complete the process, and Thor continued the
energy infusion until Mephisto's power was completely neutralized, at
which point Darkoth died.
Enraged, Mephisto sent his demon-legions to attack Thor, but when Thor defeated, Mephisto realized it was futile to send more, incinerating a demon who asked permission to do so.
(Ghost Rider II#76) - Asmodeus visited Mephisto's realm, bearing sinners for him to torment, and Mephisto had them dumped in the Well of Souls to writhe in agony until he decided their fate. When Asmodeus offered to take the Ghost Rider off his hands, Mephisto corrected him that the demon's true name was Zarathos and then decided that they would instead arrange a challenge where Zarathos and Blaze would run a gauntlet to escape Hell, with Zarathos becoming Asmodeus' servant if they failed but with a minor penalty for Asmodeus if they succeeded. Demons then brought Blaze to Hell, and Mephisto used the Sword of Demonicus to separate Zarathos from Blaze. Mephisto explained the terms of the contest, with Zarathos and Blaze gaining their freedom from each other only if they reached the portal to Earth together. Despite the efforts of Asmodeus' agents, the pair succeeded in reaching the portal together, though they then fought to each stop the other from reaching Earth, only to tumble through the portal together. Mephisto enacted his penalty on Asmodeus, blasting him to oblivion, then laughed as Blaze and Zarathos discovered that by passing through the portal simultaneously they had caused themselves to remain bound together.
(Ghost Rider II#81) - After Centurious had become trapped in his Soul Crystal, Zarathos went in after him, leaving Blaze free of him at last. Mephisto then opened a chasm to Hell, into which the Soul Crystal fell. Mephisto laughed as the two foes fought endlessly within the Crystal.
Four I#276) - Exorcist
Cromwell, hired to exorcise the Fantastic Four by a nosey
neighbor in Belle Port, Connecticut, unleashed a group of
undead Knights of Hades. When the Knights attacked the Richards' house,
the innocent blood of Franklin Richards was spilled, and Elspeth soon
found the Knights out of her control, after which Mephisto arrived to
deliver their final doom.
Dr. Strange sensed Mephisto's presence.
I#277) - Mephisto pulled Sue, Reed, and Franklin Richards' souls to
Hell dimension. Mephisto imprisoned Franklin in crystal and enjoyed
torturing Reed and Sue. Dr. Strange arrived to save them, but Mephisto,
vastly empowered by the dark magical energy of the approaching Dire
Wraith's homeworld, easily blasted him aside. When Strange noticed the
inert Franklin, Mephisto tried to drive Strange away, and Reed realized
that the mental blocks against Franklin's powers would not be present
in his soul/astral self. Reed had Strange free Franklin, who swiftly
recognized Mephisto as evil and blasted him to the ground. As Mephisto
prepared to strike back, the Galadorian Spaceknight Rom's neutralizer,
amplified via Forge's neo-neutralizer, destroyed Wraithworld. Mephisto
weakened suddenly as a result, and Franklin then unleashed another
blast that obliterated Mephisto.
Dr. Strange noted that while his life-essence "had been banished from this and all adjacent spirit planes," that he would soon be reborn as a result of the evil within others.
Cromwell was dead, her spirit apparently claimed as payment by whomever she had bargained with to obtain her dark powers.
(Dr. Strange II#75 (fb) / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, Update'89#7: Topaz) - Mephisto's realm of Hell was wracked with a cataclysm that freed the demonic entity in which Topaz was imprisoned. Topaz's soul fragment was "cast into the infinite" upon her escape.
(Avengers West Coast# 52 (fb)) - Upon regaining awareness, Mephisto found his soul split into six fragments. Rather than exhaust his own energies seeking out the fragments, he decided to dupe a pawn into seeking out the fragments for him.
(Vision and Scarlet Witch II#2 - BTS / Avengers West Coast#52 (fb) - BTS) - Seeking to conceive a child with the android Vision, the Scarlet Witch managed to unwittingly latch onto the magic of two of Mephisto's fragments, using their energies to create twin sons, Thomas and William.
(West Coast Avengers II#9 (fb)) - Mephisto appeared before Anvil Studios CEO Martin Preston after had lost his arm in a drunken car wreck. After Preston offered his soul to regain his arm, Mephisto accepted but decided to make it interesting by attaching an arm torn from a demon in its place. Mephisto decided to repeat the process with the rest of Preston's limbs.
(West Coast Avengers II#15 (fb)) - Martin Preston
discovered a star-shaped hole in his abdomen. Mephisto then appeared
again, telling Preston that he had taken his soul and split it up
amongst five demons in different places, and that he must now use his
powers to locate the soul fragments.
Preston would become Master Pandemonium.
(Thor Annual#13) - After claiming an innocent soul, Mephisto stomped across the Bridge of Woes, composed of the bodies of sinners. Learning of the seeming death of Odin (in battle with Surtur), Mephisto decided to torment the mourning Thor. Mephisto sent a fire demon to summon the rock troll Ulik, and when Ulik tossed the demon into a furnace, Mephisto appeared himself and imprisoned Ulik. The rock troll refused to serve Mephisto even at the cost of his own life, Mephisto took Ulik's brother, Horth, hostage, threatening to kill him unless Ulik defeated Thor. Ulik attacked soon enough, but, despite his depression, Thor rallied and defeated him. Ulik told Thor how Mephisto had abducted his brother, and Thor vowed to get him back. Mephisto then summoned Thor to Hell, manipulating him by seeming to destroy and restore his hammer and then making it appear that Odin was amongst the souls in Mephisto's realm. Thor resisted Mephisto's deceit but was unable to injure the demon-lord, and Mephisto, having had his moment's pleasure, sent him back to Asgard to learn that an innocent family had been killed by an avalanche caused during his fight with Ulik. Mephisto watched him and laughed.
(Incredible Hulk II#312) - During his journeys, the virtually omnipotent Beyonder peered into Mephisto's realm and observed the dark lord.
(Secret Wars II#6) - Learning that the Beyonder planned to eradicate death, Mephisto sent legions to stop him by sending demons to attack his friend, Dave, to force the Beyonder to stop. The Beyonder easily thwarted the demons and Mephisto before completing his plans and ending death, but the Beyonder soon learned how essential death was to existence and he was forced to turn Dave into the new manifestation of Death to restore death to the universe.
(Secret Wars II#7 (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto siphoned and collected the energy the Beyonder had used to destroy Death before it could be returned to him, storing it with an immense machine, the Beyondersbane.
(Secret Wars II#7) - Though pleased with the restoration of Death, Mephisto sought to destroy the Beyonder to prevent him from attempting similar actions in the future. Mephisto sent an agent, Bitterhorn, to meet with 99 super-villains, hiring them to assassinate the Beyonder and imprinting them with an invisible sign that linked them to the Beyondersbane; if the Beyonder would use any of his power against one of Mephisto's Legion Accursed, or if he even touched one of them, a mystic circuit would be closed and all of the energy within the Beyondersbane would come rushing back and destroy him (and Earth). Fearing not even this power would be enough to stop the Beyonder, Mephisto further obtained the support of the cosmic beings, including Eternity, to add their power to destroy the Beyonder. With the Beyondersbane calibrated on the Beyonder's isle, Mephisto arranged to make sure the Beyonder didn't depart prematurely by duping the Thing (Ben Grimm) into signing a contract to destroy the Beyonder and by filling the Thing with massive power. The Thing quickly realized he didn't actually want to destroy the Beyonder and, when the Legion Accursed showed up, he fought them off to save the Beyonder, who was deep in meditation. Mephisto tore up the Thing's contract and removed his additional power (losing the chance to keep the Thing's soul), but the Thing nonetheless held off the remaining Legionnaire, the Juggernaut, until the Beyondersbane melted down, unable to contain the massive energies any further, which were restored to the Beyonder.
(Amazing Spider-Man II#274) - As Mephisto contemplated siding with the forces of life to destroy the Beyonder, the Beyonder showed up in his realm, announcing his intention to destroy it and the rest of the multiverse. Mephisto convinced him to delay this temporarily by participating in a wager for entertainment. The Beyonder agreed to wait 24 hours if Mephisto could prove that humanity was worthy of survival. The Beyonder chose Zarathos as his agent and appointed Spider-Man to Mephisto. As the contest was underway, Mephisto prepared to ambush the Beyonder, but his demon agents, preferring oblivion to continued servitude under Mephisto, warned the Beyonder of his intentions, though the Beyonder was already aware of and immune to his threat. Nonetheless, Spider-Man ultimately proved his and humanity's worth by putting himself through great pains in an effort to save his enemy, the Kingpin, from assassination. The multiverse was spared for one more day, and Zarathos was returned to the Soul Crystal.
(Secret Wars II#9) - Seeking to gain his own humanity, the Beyonder created a machine to turn him back to human. As he enjoyed his new limitations, Mephisto and his demons then appeared and assaulted him, but despite being powerless, the Beyonder was able to remain aware that Mephisto's powers were limited on Earth and that his attacks were merely illusion, and so he was able to focus past them, return to his machine, and regain his full power and nature. Mephisto fled as soon as the Beyonder was restored.
(Fantastic Four Annual#20) - On the night of
Midsummer's Eve, Doom used his Swarmbots to abduct Franklin
Richards, after which he brought
Franklin to Castle Doom in Latveria. He then summoned Mephisto
and offered to trade him the soul of Franklin Richards in exchange for
his mother's soul.
However, the meeting was then disrupted by Kristoff Vernard, who
successfully convinced the Doombots that he was the true Doom (when
Dr. Doom admitted failure, the Doombots decided that he must be
Mephisto abducted Franklin anyway, but Franklin's powers surfaced and he threatened to destroy Mephisto again, at which point Mephisto banished him from his realm. In the distance, a female figure could be seen observing Mephisto's encounter with Franklin. PRESUMABLY, this figure was the spirit of Cynthia von Doom, though this is unconfirmed.
(Thor I#362 - BTS / Mephisto vs...#4 (Avengers) (fb) - BTS) - Hela usurped the souls of mortals from Mephisto's realm, usurping his power and threatening his realm. In order to gain the upper hand on Hela in the upcoming conflict, Mephisto plotted to obtain the spirit of Thor.
(Mephisto vs...#1 (Fantastic Four)) - Mephisto
pulled the Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic,
Thing) into Hell and duped the Invisible Woman into believing that Reed
had signed a contract with Mephisto in the past (at the time of Doom's
summoning of Mephisto at State University) to gain an even more
superior intellect. In order to release Reed from Mephisto's clutches
she agreed to take Reed's place as Mephisto's prisoner, after which
Mephisto released the others and revealed he had lied about there ever
having been a contract with Reed.
Mephisto hinted to the Fantastic Four that only an "unknown quantity" could defeat him.
(Mephisto vs...#2 (X-Factor)) - Noting that another
name for "unknown quantity" was "X-Factor," Reed Richards sought out
X-Factor (Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Marvel Girl) and asked them to help
find the Invisible Woman. Mephisto then used the Invisible Woman to
lure X-Factor to him, and he tempted, taunted, and tormented them. He
ultimately convinced Marvel Girl (Jean Grey) to surrender herself to
him in exchange for his freeing the Invisible Woman and releasing her
teammates and their friends and family from their torments.
Mephisto saw this as a superior trade, moving from a super-powered human to a mutant, homo superior.
(Mephisto vs...#3 (X-Men)) - Noting his own realm was crumbling, indicating a grave threat to himself, Mephisto checked on is plans. Based on a subliminal suggestion from Mephisto, Reed reasoned that Mephisto might next seek out a god, and contacted the X-Men, Avengers, and Alpha Flight, to warn them of threats to Storm (once worshipped as a goddess in Africa), Hercules, Thor, and Snowbird. When Psylocke tried to contact Mephisto, he caused her a psychic backlash. He then confronted Rogue, manipulating her into absorbing the other X-Men's minds and powers in an effort to prevent him from claiming their souls, but this instead allowed Mephisto to claim her soul and all those she had absorbed -- Dazzler, Longshot, Psylocke, Storm, and Wolverine -- in one stroke, and he was able to trade Marvel Girl's soul to retain these; considering Wolverine's soul essential that of a beast, Mephisto returned it to him.
(Mephisto vs...#4 (Avengers)) - The other X-Men
faded away as Rogue's power ran its course, leaving only Rogue
remaining with Mephisto. Sensing Mephisto's weakness and seeking
revenge for centuries of abuse, the demon Nagrite led other demons to
charge him. Mephisto drove them off with an energy blast, though it
exhausted him. The Living Tribunal then appeared before Mephisto,
warning him that his crumbling power and realm threatened the cosmic
hierarchy. Mephisto revealed his plan to gain his power back from Hela
via the acquisition of Thor's spirit, and the Tribunal departed,
warning him not to unleash forces beyond even his ken. As the Avengers
sought the body of Thor, whose body have been pulverized in battle with
the Midgard Serpent, though he still survived due to Hela's curse,
Mephisto erected a barrier of mystic flame to prevent their
interference. Mephisto led Rogue to Thor, after which Hela then
appeared. When Thor refused to give up his soul to either of them,
despite his immortal agony, Mephisto forced Rogue to touch him, and
Mephisto's power caused her to release his soul rather than absorb it.
Mephisto bound Thor's soul in his "mystic mylar," after which he sent
Rogue back to Earth.
Hela then allowed the Avengers to penetrate Mephisto's mystic flame and approach him. With Mephisto thus distracted, she took Thor's bound soul and teleported away.
(Mephisto vs...#4 (Avengers) / Thor I#381) - Overpowering the Avengers, Mephisto then located Hela and reclaimed Thor.
(Mephisto vs...#4 (Avengers)) - Knowing he could
only hold Thor until Rogue's power of him faded, Mephisto then made a
show of trying to tempt, torture, and contain Thor. When Thor resisted
all of this, Mephisto feigned defeat and "allowed" Thor's spirit to
return to his body. Knowing that since Hela would eventually gain
Thor's spirit and have to try to contain it (which might cause mass
destruction in her netherworlds), Mephisto accepted her taunts of his
"defeat," and he returned to his own realm, noting that she may come to
regret this victory. Nagrite and others, thinking Mephisto still weak,
attacked anew, but Mephisto blasted them all to oblivion, demonstrating
that his power (and his realm) were now completely destroyed.
Mephisto then contemplated the chaos Thor would one day cause Hela, and he laughed.
(Marvel Graphic Novel: Dr. Strange and Dr. Doom:
Triumph and Torment) - Having taken second place in the
contest to determine Sorcerer Supreme of
Earth, Dr. Doom earned the right to request a boon of the winner, Dr.
Strange; Doom requested that Strange help him save his mother's
soul. Strange and Doom journeyed to Mephisto's realm of Hell,
where they struggled against Mephisto and his legions. Mephisto
seemingly convinced Doom
to betray Strange by incapacitating him in exchange for his mother.
After Strange was in Mephisto's
possession, Mephisto recreated Cynthia's body and placed her soul
within it. However, when Cynthia learned what Doom had bargained --
that Doom had as much as forfeited his own soul in the process -- she
refused to be a part of it, and returned to an inert statue
form. Mephisto appeared to possess the souls of Cynthia, Doom, and
Strange, but then a device of Doom's shattered Mephisto's crystal
holding Strange, releasing the sorcerer. They then assaulted
Mephisto, who mocked their attacks and unleashed powerful
energies to destroy them.
Strange had shielded Cynthia's effigy, but he then allowed Mephisto's attacks to destroy it, releasing her soul. Having refused to leave Hell under Doom's pact, Cynthia had redeemed her own soul, and thus it had become a thing of purity, which Mephisto could no longer tolerate. Cynthia's soul escaped Hell, passing on to a higher plane. Defeated, Mephisto released Doom and Strange from his realm.
(Daredevil I#266) - Mephisto took the form of a human woman and traveled to Earth, taking a seat next to Daredevil at a bar following the events of Inferno. "She" pretended to befriend and seduce Daredevil, asking him a number of moral questions before kissing him, dulling his awareness to a stabbing within the bar that cleared out the other customers. Sensing something was wrong, Daredevil pushed "her" away, at which point Mephisto revealed his true identity, taunting Daredevil with the immensity of his power and of the evil in the world. Mephisto told Daredevil that he was on the edge of falling under his dominion, then cast him back to Earth.
(Daredevil I#270) - Mephisto witnessed the birth of his son, Blackheart, and was forced to show him who was master before advising him to take human form and interact with humanity, as "evil grows and flourishes when hidden and covert, dies when exposed and looked at." In human form Mephisto observed as Blackheart encountered Daredevil and ultimately fled as a crowd gathered. Mephisto allowed Daredevil to sense his presence before departing himself.
(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#5 (fb) - BTS / Marvel Year In Review 1992, p46) - Seeking vengeance on Dr. Strange and using techniques learned from Michael Dumas' "The Soul Away Plan For Fame And Fortune," Baron (Karl) Mordo sold his soul to Satannish for 24 hours of vastly augmented magical power, then did the exact same thing with Mephisto. The contracts contained a clause requiring prompt collection or else cancellation of the obligation.
((Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#5 - BTS) - Mordo attacked Strange and nearly captured him, but Strange reversed their positions, leaving Mordo trapped within the containment sphere he was to deliver to the demon(s). Mordo, who had trapped Stange's friend Sara Wolfe within the sphere as well, revealed his plot, noting that both demons would soon arrive to collect the soul, and then Sara would most likely perish in the shattering of the containment sphere.
(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#6 (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto sent Mephista (her first outing on his behalf) to Dr. Strange's sanctum to retrieve Mordo's soul.
(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#6) - Mephista confronted Strange but was unable to penetrate the the sphere of containment surrounding Mordo. Satannish himself then arrived and claimed Mordo, despite Mephista and Strange's efforts, and took the sphere back to his realm to crack it open. Followed by Strange, Mephista returned to her father's realm empty-handed, and Mephisto trapped Strange within a globe of Satanic force. Furious at Satannish's actions. Refusing to let his rival get the better of him, Mephisto headed for Satannish's realm, ignoring Strange's warnings about having to cross the Earthly plane to reach Satannish's realm, which might result in a battle on Earth that could destroy the planet. Mephisto left Strange stranded in his realm, telling him that if Earth was destroyed, he would let Strange graciously commit suicide, after signing over his soul, of course.
(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#7) - As Mephisto had great difficulty forcing his way into Satannish's domain, Satannish appeared to him and suggested they confront each other on Earth rather than lay waste to either of their realms. Mephisto agreed.
(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#8) - As Mephisto battled Satannish, a Biblical rain of frogs occurred upon Manhattan. Mephista traveled to Strange's sanctum, intending to destroy the soulless bodies of Mordo and Sara Wolfe so that their souls could have no place to return to. Dr. Strange -- who had escaped via the realm of Agamotto -- trapped her within the Crimson Ruby of Cyttorak and forced her to sleep. Strange and Topaz combined their powers, drawing imagery of a primeval concentration of evil that divided to form what would become Satannish and Mephisto. Using this idea, Strange cast a spell that threatened to merge Mephisto and Satannish back together, and the two arch-demons fled back to their own realms and relinquished their claims on Mordo's soul to avoid losing their individuality.
(Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#30 (fb) - BTS) -
Fleeing the three-way
battle between Strange, Mephisto, and Satannish, Mephista managed to
possess Topaz, hoping to use this to make up for her failure in
defeating Strange before. Mephista's power prevented Topaz from
recognizing the possession. However, unbeknownst to Mephista, Satannish
had linked himself to her, intending to use her to access Mephisto's
realm to later ambush his rival Hell-Lord.
Mephisto sensed this situation but realized that if he tried to help her in any way that Satannish, in fighting back, would have destroyed Mephista.
(Silver Surfer Annual#2/6 (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto contacted the Mishna, presumably one of the Lanlaki of Birj, offering to free her and her family from poverty and drudgery in exchange for her soul.
(Silver Surfer Annual#2/6) - Mishna went to meet Mephisto and accept his offer but first encountered the Silver Surfer, who convinced her to reject the offer. Mephisto told her she would be back to accept his offer eventually.
(Silver Surfer: Judgment Day) - Mephisto sent demons in the form of beautiful women to tempt the Silver Surfer into entering his realm. The Surfer refused, but Galactus' current herald, Nova, fell for a second such trap. Mephisto caused Nova to feel overwhelming love for Galactus and then sent her back to the universe where she happily began to sacrifice worlds teeming with life to appease Galactus, including the "Busclee." The Surfer subsequently encountered "Buscleen" survivors and then tracked Nova to the planet "Jonsta," where he opposed her such that the energies they released rendered their world unsuitable for Galactus' consumption. Galactus angrily robbed the two heralds of their power of flight as punishment for betrayal and/or failure, then went out to seek worlds of his own. Mephisto then appeared and convinced the Surfer to surrender his soul to Mephisto in order to regain his flight abilities so he could prevent Galactus from consuming many populated worlds. Having not specified WHEN he would let the Surfer go after Galactus, Mephisto took both him and Nova to Hell to torture them at his leisure. Nova sent a cry for help to Galactus before the portal to Hell closed, and Galactus tracked her to Hell and confronted Mephisto. The Hell-lord matched Galactus' size and the two battled, their mighty struggle sending destructive waves of force across the cosmos. Sensing their powers were closely matched, Galactus descended into the molten floor of Hell and prepared to consume the realm, and Mephisto surrendered both heralds rather than risk losing his home and power base.
(West Coast Avengers II#50 (fb) - BTS) - Pandemonium was trapped for a time in the realm of Mephisto's Hell.
(West Coast Avengers II#50) - Pandemonium discovered the connection of Thomas and William, the children of the Vision and Scarlet Witch, to "the Five." He plotted the means to make them his.
(West Coast Avengers II#51) - The Rakasha assaulted Avengers Compound, battling the Avengers (Dr. Pym, Human Torch, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, U.S.Agent, Vision, Wasp, Wonder Man) and providing a distraction while Pandemonium abducted Thomas and William, attaching each one to one of his arms, restoring two more of his soul fragments.
(West Coast Avengers II#52) - Agatha Harkness located the two remaining soul fragments and sent the android Human Torch to bring them to Pandemonium. However, as soon as he had added the two final fragments, the remaining hole at the center of the former star became a magical vortex that pulled him into it. The five fragments were then restored to Mephisto. Agatha Harkness and Mephisto explained what had happened to the others, while Thomas and William were no more. Agatha Harkness sent her familiar, Ebony, to battle Mephisto while she cast a spell that caused Wanda to forget the existence of her twin children. As Wanda's subconscious use of her power was part of what gave them form, substance, and existence, this caused a massive shock to Mephisto's system, briefly dispersing him again.
(Scarlet Witch#3 (fb)) - Pandemonium was pulled back into Mephisto's realm, where he suffered unimaginable torment by the Rakasha, which transformed him into a more hideous form. He was eventually freed by and became affiliated with the mad nexus-being Lore.
(Silver Surfer III#32) - Mephisto worked with the sentient infection that caused the disease known as Hlavac's disease, a madness associated with hallucinations, allowing it to infect the Silver Surfer. With the Surfer demented, Mephisto encouraged him to slaughter innocents, but the Surfer was able to expel the antigen from his system, contain it in crystal, and expel it to the farthest reaches of the void of space. Mephisto vowed to one day gain the Surfer's soul, even if it would take a millennium.
(Hell's Angel#1 (fb) - BTS) - Under the Mys-Tech Board's Porlock's supervision, Laarson began Project Chronos Cycle: the development of the MOPED (Mind Operated PErsonal Dematerialization) project, intended to enable the Mys-Tech Board to access Mephisto's realm when needed.
(Daredevil I#278) - Within Hell, Mephisto destroyed a dull soul and began to teach Blackheart the high art of evil, making a good man betray what he believed in, often by using the seven deadly sins to inflame something minor into destructive fury. Mephisto then sent Blackheart out, to find the tiny cracks or flaws in the tendencies of Daredevil and to nurse that little spark into a flame. Blackheart practiced on Daredevil's companions, the Inhumans Gorgon and Karnak, then pushed Daredevil into violence. Mephisto watched from Hell.
(Daredevil I#279) - Blackheart continued to
influence Daredevil, Gorgon, and Karnak, as well as Number Nine and
Mephisto tormented the hordes of souls under his dominion, challenging them to rise up against him. Blackheart returned to Hell and questioned what satisfaction Mephisto had in having those he despised worship him. Mephisto told Blackheart he was unworthy to question him and told him not to think, as it was not his place.
Blackheart later came to Mephisto, asking how to make the petty angers and jealousies he started stick, and how he could corrupt the heroes. Mephisto advised him to cheat.
As Daredevil and his allies argued, Blackheart opened up a chasm to Hell beneath them, but them Mephisto sensed the nearby presence of the young "Pope" (Ahura of the Inhumans) and feared that the youth could throw the whole thing off.
(Daredevil I#280) - Within Hell, Mephisto's demons taunted Daredevil, Gorgon, Karnak, Number Nine, and Brandy Ash, and "Pope." Mephisto was enraged when Daredevil, trapped within a frigid wasteland, built a fire, as only Mephisto had the right to make fire.
(Daredevil I#281) - As his demons continued to
taunt his guests, Mephisto enjoyed as Daredevil brutally fought his way
past an army of demons, slaughtering them; Daredevil felt that his
violence and anger had just strengthened him for a coming confrontation.
After interacting with Number Nine and others, Blackheart considered fomenting a revolution in Hell.
From deep space, the Silver Surfer sensed Mephisto's actions affecting Earth.
(Daredevil I#282) - Mephisto sensed Blackheart's plotting, confronted him, and then crushed him repeatedly as Blackheart mocked his ways as archaic. Daredevil led the others to confront Mephisto, denying his power over them and stating their intentions to leave. Mephisto incinerated Brandy Ash, but then the Silver Surfer arrived to confront Mephisto. Daredevil led the others back to Earth, ignoring Mephisto's instructions to stay and watch how he would humble a being of purity such as the Surfer.
(Marvel Comics Presents#46/2-49/2 - BTS) - The Flying Dutchman, back in Mephisto's service, attempted to tempt Eric Simon Payne, aka Devil-Slayer, into pledging his soul and services to Mephisto. Payne resisted him, and the Dutchman ultimately caused the ground around Payne to drop out, revealing a portal presumably to Mephisto's Hell. Payne nailed the Dutchman with a flask of holy water, which disrupted his power. The ground reformed, and the Dutchman left, vowing to claim Payne's soul when next they would meet.
(Thor I#429) - At the Cypress Hills cemetery, the
Wrecker blasted Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch/Noble Kale) with Asgardian
energy, which attracted the attention of Mephisto who briefly appeared
and observed the Ghost Rider.
Ghost Rider had only a vague recognition of Mephisto.
(Thor I#430) - As Mephisto pondered the Crystal of Souls, Loki transported himself to Hell. The two greeted each other amicably, and Loki asked about the Ghost Rider's resemblance to the Blaze/Zarathos Ghost Rider, but Mephisto stated it to be a mere coincidence. Mephisto then showed Loki a soul-shroud, a unique tapestry woven to house the souls of deceased immortals that he was able to acquire, identifying the being for whom it was intended, a being fated to die as the shroud was completed. Seeing common goals, Loki arranged an alliance with Mephisto.
(Thor I#454 (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto and Loki arranged that if they could force Thor to slay Loki, Loki's spirit could flee to Asgard and displace the spirit of Odin, who was weakened during his Odinsleep.
(Thor I#430) - Later, as the Wrecking Crew battled
Thor and the Ghost Rider, Loki redirected a blast from the Wrecker's
crowbar, causing it to open a warp to Hell through which flew a swarm
of winged, Mephisto-like demons. They attacked Thor, but he soon drove
One of Mephisto's agents then announced the completion of the Soul Shroud, which was marked with the image of Thor.
(Thor I#432) - As Loki battled Thor, Mephisto had his agents prepare the Soul Shroud. Thor defeated Loki, but Loki then struck down Susan Austin, seemingly killing her, leading Thor to use his godly life force to slay Loki.
(Thor I#454 (fb) - BTS) - Loki's spirit displaced that of Odin, which was captured by Mephisto in the Soul Shroud.
(Thor I#432) - Odin (possessed by Loki) banished
Thor "for all eternity," leaving Eric Masterson with the power of Thor.
Mephisto laughed as his prize soul was captured.
(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#30) - When
Satannish followed Mephista (and Dr. Strange) to a back door to
Mephisto's realm, Mephisto appeared and attacked him, and the forces
unleashed in their battle again carried over into Earth, causing
destruction. Strange convinced Mephista to surrender her power to his,
and he cast a spell so that each attack Satannish made on Mephisto was
reflected back on himself and vice-versa. Realizing the futility of
further combat, the two stopped fighting, and Satannish departed.
Mephisto apologized for risking Mephista thusly and expressed his love for his one true daughter. When Mephista noted that she might one day seek Strange's hand, Mephisto advised Strange to be elsewhere if that day ever came.
(Silver Surfer III#44) - Sensing that Thanos had gained the power of the Infinity Gauntlet, Mephisto plotted to gain their power for himself.
(Silver Surfer III#45) - Mephisto watched Thanos
from a distance, then eventually appeared before him, telling him of
his connection to the entity that created the Infinity Gems. Stating
his admiration for disciplined power and how that overrode even his
natural bent toward personal gain, Mephisto then bowed before Thanos,
offering to serve him in any and all ways. Thanos brushed him aside,
telling him he had no need for lackeys, but Mephisto piqued his
interest by showing him never-before-dreamt-of uses of the Infinity
Gems. Mephisto convinced Thanos to reach out his mind to connect with
every being in the universe, and while he was thus distracted, Mephisto
took the Infinity Gauntlet and put it on his own hand. However, Thanos,
having merely appeared to leave his body vulnerable, reappeared within
the gauntlet and used it to strangle Mephisto. Pretending to have
merely been tasting Thanos' worth and convincing Thanos that he was no
threat to his vast might, Mephisto thus became Thanos' disciple.
Mephisto plotted to eventually use Thanos' continued attachment to his own physical form against him.
(Silver Surfer III#47) - Mephisto taunted the Silver Surfer and Drax with information that Thanos was contemplating how to use the vast power at his command to re-write reality. Thanos noted Mephisto's actions, dismissing them as petty.
(Cloak and Dagger III#14-16) - Thule arranged the sacrifice of several life forces to the Eye of Force, an access point to the Schwarzraum, itself a portal into Mephisto's realm and the home to the Vril, actually Mephisto's demon-servants.
(Cloak and Dagger III#17) - From his Schamballah
base, Thule launched a lance, which skewered Berglund and passed into
the Eye of Force, providing the last of the needed life force to open
The Vril poured through the open portal, wearing armor and wielding energy pistols and firing on the heroes, Cloak, Dagger, and Spider-Man. Suddenly, huge tremors began to tear Schamballah apart. The combatants all fell through the floor and, as a giant hand reached out to scoop them up, Thule proclaimed, "Thank God!" The hand's owner, Mephisto, replied, "Not exactly."
(Cloak and Dagger III#18) - Mephisto ate Thule
alive, making his abdomen and stomach transparent so that the others
could watch him be digested. Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch) then arrived,
having been drawn through one of the Darkdoor's dimensional warps by
the blood of Thule's teenage victims. The "Vril" were revealed as
Mephisto's demon elite, and Mephisto explained how he had manipulated
Thule and his allies.
Mephisto was temporarily called away by Thanos, who declined the souls of Cloak, Dagger, and Spider-Man that Mephisto offered him, and the heroes eventually defeated the "Vril" demons. Mephisto returned and consumed Cloak & Dagger, while Ghost Rider took Spider-Man back to the surface. However, Cloak merged again with his darkform, restoring his powers and dark nature, and Mephisto -- sensing the taste of another demon (D'Spayre)'s prior claim -- spat them both out and prepared to stomp on them so no one else could have them either, but Cloak teleported himself and Dagger away.
(Silver Surfer III#48) - Mephisto enjoyed watching Galactus' frustration as Thanos caused to vanish the planet the world-eater was preparing to devour.
(Silver Surfer III#49) - Mephisto stood beside Thanos as he mutated a primitive and gentle alien primate into monstrous form to occupy the Silver Surfer to prevent him from interfering with his planning. Mephisto accompanied Thanos as he stomped upon the alien creature after it had reverted to normal
(Infinity Gauntlet#1) - Mephisto asked how to serve Thanos, who told him "By falling silent." Thanos then transported them both to the Hall of Death, where Mephisto tried to comfort Thanos after Death had refused to speak to him; however, Mephisto secretly wondered if Thanos' ties to his mortality, and his fragile heart, would be his undoing. After Thanos' creation an immense Monument to Death failed to impress her, Mephisto encouraged him to show her his depths of darkness, and Thanos showed her Nebula, whom he had preserved in a state between life and death. When this, too, failed to impress her, Mephisto reminded Thanos of his vow to slay half of the universe, which Thanos then did with a snap of his fingers.
(Quasar#24) - Maelstrom traveled to the Thanos' Monument to Death, introduced himself to Thanos and Mephisto, mocked the former, withstood his subsequent energy blast, mocked him again, and then vanished. Mephisto assured Thanos that Maelstrom had been obliterated.
(Quasar#26) - Mephisto sat beside Thanos in his throne in the Monument to Death, thanking him for the honor. Thanos was pleased to suddenly realize that his old enemy Eon had perished.
(Infinity Gauntlet#2) - In the Monument to Death, Mephisto stood at Thanos' side as he captured and tormented Eros/Starfox and Nebula, noting that Death was not amused, which led the enraged Thanos to unleash a blast of power that rattled the universe, pushing Earth out of orbit.
(Infinity Gauntlet#3) - Mephisto reminded Thanos that Death continued to not be impressed by his displays of power. He stood by Thanos's side as he noticed a Watcher hovering over the Monument and sensed that attacks would be imminent, as well as when Thanos created Terraxia in an effort to replace Death as his lover, and when Earth's heroes arrived.
(Infinity Gauntlet#4) - As Thanos froze time around the heroes, Mephisto suggested that Thanos prove his courage to Death by cutting off his access to the other five Infinity Gems and only using the Power Gem to fight them. Mephisto stayed out of the conflict as Thanos defeated the heroes and restored his connection to the other Infinity Gems, at which point the universe's cosmic/abstract forces confronted Thanos.
(Infinity Gauntlet#5) - Mephisto mocked Eros,
telling him that he would certainly perish from the forces unleashed in
the upcoming battle, but Death herself saved Eros and Nebula. As Thanos
struggled against the cosmic powers, Mephisto attempted to again steal
the infinity Gauntlet, but Thanos swiftly overpowered him, though Death
attacked Thanos before he could finish Mephisto. At battle's
conclusion, Thanos placed Mephisto and Death among the cosmic powers
that he had defeated and imprisoned.
After Thanos had abandoned his corporeal form to replace Eternity as the universe's supreme power, Nebula stole the Infinity Gauntlet and usurped his power, apparently freeing the cosmic powers.
(Infinity Gauntlet#6) - Mephisto was transformed into stone and made a part of Nebula's own immense monument, but Adam Warlock then usurped control of the Gauntlet and released those she had imprisoned.
(Sensational She-Hulk#28) - Mephisto sent agent Montgomery H. Price to dupe She-Hulk into signing a contract that would assure her fame in fortune, with the caveat that if they earned her over 1 billion dollars in a year. To ensure sponsors, She-Hulk's contract stipulated that it would be voided if she, in the past or present, willingly or unwillingly, participated in a manner unbecoming of high moral standards. Mephisto sent a support staff, including Donna the Designer, Jerry the Accountant, John Law, and Woody the Copyrighter (and 1 other, unidentified) to keep her in line. As She-Hulk's earnings exceeded the 1 billion dollar mark, she revealed that she had been photographed topless in "The Naked Truth" magazine, rendering the contract void.
(The Ultimate Silver Surfer: What's Yer Poison (fb)
- BTS) - Mephisto seduced the composite cyborg Jajuga -- made up of the
Kyjaelian Jarelg, Basoogan Junmant, and the Tartomite Garalon,
survivors of world's consumed by Galactus under the guidance of the
Silver Surfer -- and arranged for the opportunity for them to confront
and take vengeance on the Surfer in exchange for his soul.
Or perhaps this was all part of Mephisto's illusion?
(The Ultimate Silver Surfer: What's Yer Poison (fb) - BTS) - Posing as Eros/Starfox, Mephisto arranged for a meeting with the Surfer at the planet Keffelix's bar Rankor's Ditch, where Jajuga worked as a bouncer.
(The Ultimate Silver Surfer: What's Yer Poison) - As Eros, Mephisto met with the Surfer at Rankor's Ditch, leading to a battle with Jajuga. The Surfer easily overpowered Jajuga, and Mephisto psychically goaded him into nearly killing the cyborg, but the Surfer stopped himself from slaying Jajuga, at which point Mephisto revealed his presence. His part of the bargain complete, Mephisto then took Jajuga's soul, but the Surfer attacked Mephisto, causing him to release the soul, which returned to Jajuga. The Surfer then took Jajuga and fled, but "Jajuga" faded into demonic form and then vanished in flame. Mephisto mocked the Surfer, telling him that he was slowly poisoning his soul and would one day win.
(Ghost Rider, Wolverine, Punisher: Hearts of Darkness (fb) - BTS) - As punishment for his criticism and rebellion, Mephisto condemned Blackheart to being a petty deity worshipped by men, robbing him of his free will, to some extent.
(Ghost Rider, Wolverine, Punisher: Hearts of Darkness) - In the town of Christ's Crown, Blackheart attempted to enlist Ghost Rider, the Punisher, and Wolverine as assassins he could further empower to help him assassinate Mephisto. All three refused him, and he attempted to seduce and force them to his service, becoming much like his father despite himself. The heroes eventually defeated Blackheart, and Mephisto then appeared, telling him he had become exactly what he had hoped before scooping him up and eating him, promising to help him reflect on lessons learned.
(Ghost Rider III#19) - Mephisto appeared before Chris Daniels, who sought the "strength" to kill himself, agreeing to grant him this in exchange for his soul. Daniels agreed, and Mephisto granted him the conviction he sought, but also rendered him immortal, able only to die at the hands of the Ghost Rider. As Suicide, Chris began pursuing Ghost Rider, trying to force him to kill him.
(Marvel Comics Presents#105/3 (fb) - BTS) - The demon Gorn, aka Gormac, was worshipped on Earth, gaining power to shield his activities from Mephisto. He further sensed that he could gain freedom from Mephisto via the sacrifice of Kevin Moran, the son of two of his cultists.
(Marvel Comics Presents#105/3 (fb)) - Ghost Rider and Dr. Strange saved Kevin Moran and thwarted Gormac. Mephisto sensed Gormac's presence, broke into his pocket realm, and confronted him.
(Thor I#441 (fb) - BTS) - Posing as Dr. Donald Blake (who had since ceased to exist), Mephisto established an office in Manhattan.
(Thor I#442) - As Donald Blake, Mephisto met with Eric Masterson (who then held the power and hammer of Thor).
(Thor I#442/2) - Mistakenly believing "Blake" to be the real deal and to contain the true Thor, Masterson gave him the walking stick (the alternate form of Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor) he could strike on the ground to become Thor. "Blake" did so, but then revealed himself to be Mephisto and departed with the walking stick.
(Thor I#443) - Mephisto stood before the Soul Shroud (containing Odin's spirit), taunting it with the walking stick, which he then bound in place with living rock. Dr. Strange gave Masterson the means (via the Brazier of Bom'galiath) to enter Hell to retrieve the stick, but upon sensing Masterson's presence, Mephisto expelled Strange's protective presence from Hell and confronted Masterson. Strange summoned the Silver Surfer to aid Masterson, and the Surfer battled Mephisto, providing enough distraction that Masterson could locate the walking stick and regain the power of Thor (aided by a signal from Odin, whom he mistook for Thor, and despite the efforts of Mephisto's demons). The Brazier of Bom'galiath then burnt out, and Masterson and the Surfer were returned to Earth before Masterson could free the spirit within the Soul Shroud; Mephisto stated that his plans were falling into place and that he would soon gain the soul which he had long believed beyond his reach.
(Mortigan Goth: Immortalis#1 (fb) - BTS / 4 (fb)) - Mortigan Goth's corrupted soul began slaying beings granted immortality by Mephisto, starting with Johannes Faustus, though his wife escaped to mistakenly identify Immortalis himself as the killer.
(Dark Guard#2(fb),#3(fb)) <1 year prior to Dark Guard#1> - Mys-Tech buried a number of empathic receptors within the planet Eopia, on which they perpetuating a civil war between the Egaliterns and Technarchy in hopes of destroying the planet. The receptors would absorb the death scream of Eopia, using it to synthesize a raw, emotive force of pure death agony, which they could use to pay off their debt to Mephisto in entirety.
(Hell's Angel#1) -
The Mys-Tech Board
met, discussing how Mephisto's demand for souls had escalated to such
an extent that their lives were no longer even worth living. Porlock
mentioned the MOPED project which might allow them to access Mephisto's
realm, and Rathcoole discussed how the bio-occult devices retrieved by
the Warheads might give them the power to kill Mephisto. Gryffn pointed
out that they were dependent on Mephisto to survive, but Crowe then
revealed Haldane's efforts to free them from Mephisto.
Mephisto discovered the actions of Ranulpn Haldane as he began to put his theories into application and slew him for his betrayal of their pact. Working upstairs, Ranulph's daughter, Shevaun rushed into her father's hidden laboratory, but was helpless to save her father. She encountered the Angel of Death, Darkangel, guardian of souls who leave the mortal plane through the portal of death, who had arrived too late to claim Ranulph's soul. The Angel granted her the power of angels to fight Hell on Earth, and she took the name Hell's Angel.
Mephisto then appeared to the remaining six members of the Mys-Tech Board, fining them a sum total of 1000 souls each in addition to their standing agreement to be paid in full within three months. Mephisto left behind demonic bailiffs to run periodic checks on the Board's progress and to prevent further betrayal.
Shevaun sensed Mys-Tech's interaction with Mephisto.
(Hell's Angel#2 - BTS) - The Guide led Hell's Angel
to the Dead Zone where they acquired soul fragments (split from the
original when a body dies a violent death) from Nuke and Nighthawk of
Earth-712, as well as Viper (Jordan Dixon) and Salem's Seven's Vakume,
who helped prevent Mys-Tech's Psycho-Warriors from assassinating
business rival Takashei Otomo. Though successful, Viper's soul fragment
was destroyed by one of the Psycho-Warriors.
Myt-Tech's Crowe set a boobytrap that would send anything that came anywhere near the Un-Earth straight to Mephisto's Hell.
(Hell's Angel#3) - Hell's Angel, joined by the
Guide and the soul fragment of Vakume, located and attempted to access
Mys-Tech's Un-Earth, setting off Mys-Tech's defenses and
sending"Vakume" back to Mephisto's realm of Hell. Hell's Angel then
overheard Mys-Tech discuss their plans to sink a United Nations
battleship to send the souls to Mephisto.
Hell's Angel later made contact with Vakume's fragment, who had just located and merged with the remainder of his soul in Hell. The process released a light that generated positive force in Hell, attracting the ire of Mephisto, who confronted Vakume.
(Hell's Angel#4) - Mephisto brought Vakume to a torture chamber, Shevaun traveled to Hell and rescued Vakume's soul, defeating a number of demons and taking Vakume to the Dead Zone. Mephisto observed her in action and decided that she would be a worthy future opponent, so he let her live. She then intercepted Mys-Tech's energy blast, intended to destroy the U.N. ship, saving the crew. The Guide, meanwhile, recruited 3500 soul fragments, sending them to Mephisto's Hell in the place of the ship's crew, tricking Mephisto's bailiffs into thinking Mephisto had received 3500 new souls, while at the same time reuniting the fragments with their other halves.
(Dark Angel#6) - The Board used the Un-Earth to access Inner Space, a wasteland of human negativity and denied emotion, as a stepping stone to Mephisto's Hell in order to contact Ranulph Haldane's soul fragment. Within Hell, the Board battled soul fragments of various heroes (including Guardian (MacDonald Hudson, whoops, not dead anymore), Miss America, Thunderbird (John Proudstar), Torpedo (Jones)) as they made their way towards the imprisoned form of Ranulph. Hell's Angel arrived, releasing Ranulph's soul fragment, sending it to rejoin its other half and preventing the Board from obtaining it.
(Dark Angel#9) - Mys-Tech again located Ranulph Haldane's soul fragment, still within Mephisto's domain and not yet having found or reunited with its other portion, and they headed to claim it. Shevaun (now Dark Angel), using a Cloak of Invisibility given to her by the Angel of Death, sent her astral self to Mephisto's domain, where she posed as an agent of Mephisto, demanding that Mys-Tech depart Hell immediately. Mephisto sensed as Crowe cursed his name, but Mys-Tech was gone before he could visualize them in his scrying pool, and Dark Angel's cloak protected herself and her allies. Dark Angel actively located her father's other soul fragment and merged the pair, sending his soul to whatever fate it had earned in Mephisto's realm.
(Black Axe#1(fb), 3(fb)) – Mephisto planted ideas in the mind of a scientist called Mendel working for Hydra, seeking to amuse himself with the antics of the Mys-Tech Board. Mendel came to believe he had discovered a genetic key that halted the aging process, and Mys-Tech’s intelligence section soon informed the Board of his work. A Mys-Tech shock troop was sent to take the scientists research materials, but came back in pieces. Having lost contact with their sources inside A.I.M., the Board suspected their involvement had been discovered. They offered Black Axe a contract to kill the scientist.
(Black Axe#3) - Mephisto transported Black Axe to his realm and explained that he had placed the idea for the "immortality gene" in Mendel's mind in order to amuse himself with the antics of the Mys-Tech board. Hoping to make Black Axe one of his own agents, Mephisto reached into the immortal assassin's mind but decided he was of no use. Black Axe was thrown to some of Mephisto's lesser demons to be tortured. He summoned his Axe to him and began attacking the demons with help from Death's Head, who had followed through the dimensional portal. Mephisto's mystic blasts couldn't penetrate the Axe's force field, and in a rare moment of fear the master of lies teleported Black Axe and Death's Head away.
(Thor I#450) - Mephisto
spoke before the Soul Shroud, noting that he would never gain ultimate
triumph over Odin's spirit, but that events were occurring in Asgard
that would extend his stay.
In Asgard, Odin (still possessed by Loki) awakened from the Odinsleep, assuring everyone that all was right in Asgard again.
(Thor I#451) -
Masterson told Odin (Loki) that Thor was a prisoner of Mephisto, and
Odin/Loki sent him back to Earth to await a call to battle to assault
Mephisto's realm. Back on Earth, Masterson encountered Balder and Sif
and told them of what he perceived to be Thor's fate. Sif then took the
Norn Stones to try to free Thor and vanished through a mystic portal.
Mephisto confronted Sif as she appeared in Hell, telling her he would reunite her with Thor, for a price...
(Thor I#452) - As Sif
fought Mephisto's demons, Mephisto taunted her with the Soul Shroud
bearing Thor's image. As she was overwhelmed by his demons, Mephisto
convinced her to exchange herself for his current prisoner, and he
wrapped his cloak about her, claiming her as his own.
When Balder led Masterson to Hell, Sif appeared, telling them she was in Mephisto's service and that they must forsake their quest.
(Thor I#453) - Mephisto
stood back as Sif fought Balder and Masterson, standing over the Soul
Shroud. When Masterson confronted him directly, Mephisto dispatched a
number of demons against him. When Sif attacked anew, Masterson found
Thor's powers fading and he turned back into his human form, hoping Sif
would be unwilling to strike down a defenseless foe. Sif battered him
but ultimately realized the wrongness of what she was doing and the two
Mephisto then granted them the Soul Shroud, but they were surprised to find that it did not contain the life essence of Thor.
(Thor I#454) - Mephisto explained to Balder, Masterson, and Sif his alliance and plans with Loki, tell them that it was Odin who had been trapped in the Soul Shroud and that he didn't know where the real Thor was.
(Thor I#455) - Mephisto watched as Balder, Masterson, and Sif departed, traveling to Asgard where they released the spirit of Odin from the Soul Shroud. As Odin's spirit returned to his own body, displacing Loki's, Sif followed Mephisto's commands to trap Loki within the Soul Shroud. Claiming the capture of Loki to have been his true goal all along, Mephisto appeared in Asgard and claimed the Soul Shroud. Weakened from recent events, Odin agreed to let Mephisto take him rather than risking leveling Asgard in battle with him. Mephisto took the Soul Shroud containing Loki's spirit and returned to Hell.
(Warheads#6) - Warhead agent Gregory began having dreams of Mephisto. Soon after, Mys-Tech Techno-Wizard Rathcoole gave Gregory a sword forged from the Crystal Wands of Aeish, intended to kill the demon-lord. From Darkmoor, Rathcoole cast a spell summoning Mephisto and distracted him with a request to end his immortality while Gregory ambushed Mephisto, skewering him through the chest with the Crystal Sword. However, Mephisto had noted Gregory's presence, as well as the fact that they had used a sword forged from the wrong Crystal Wand (the correct wand being hidden within Mephisto's realm).
(Warheads#10? (fb)) - Mephisto summoned Rathcoole and Gregory to Hell and tortured them for a day, tearing Gregory in half sagittally (into left and right halves) and then bonding each half to a demon he had similarly rent in two.
(Warheads#6) - Mephisto dumped Gregory and Rathcoole into the Mys-Tech boardroom. Mephisto withdrew Rathcoole's temporal powers for 15 minutes minutes, allowing the rest of the Board to punish him for risking their lives.
Mephisto's agent Sidney tortured the imprisoned Blackheart.
Guided by Blackheart, Rathcoole sent a batch of Warheads (Stacy Arnheim, Che, Gregory, Tigon Liger, Leona McBride, Misha, Perez) to Mephisto's Hell to locate the twin Crystal Sword (which Rathcoole's sources revealed had since been forged from the wand) to kill Mephisto. The Warheads fought their way past Mephisto's demons and freed "Dr. Strange" (actually Blackheart, who had also been posing as the psychic voice that had been guiding Misha) who led them to the Crystal Sword. After Perez was slain by demons (causing a kink in Blackheart's plans, which needed 7 mortals to use the sword against Mephisto), Che saw through Blackheart's deception, and the Warheads attacked him.
Back on Earth, the rest of the Mys-Tech board discovered Rathcoole's plots and warned Mephisto (so he wouldn't blame them in the event that he survived). Mephisto then appeared and sent the Warheads back to Earth, decline Leona's offer to trade her soul to save Perez's. Mephisto complimented Blackheart, thanking him for his manipulation of Misha and Rathcoole, as well as summoning the Warheads to Hell, which had corrupted them all to a degree. Feeling that Blackheart had done well in imprisonment, Mephisto decided to imprison him again, reducing him to black goo and then consuming him.
(Tales to Astonish III#1 - BTS) - From within Mephisto's realm Loki empowered Knut Caine, the Mad Viking.
(Silver Surfer/Warlock: Resurrection#2) - Death sent the Silver Surfer, Pip the Troll, and Adam Warlock to Mephisto's Hell to restore the spirit of Shalla Bal to the body that they had restored. Mephisto confronted them, holding her spirit in his hand.
(Silver Surfer/Warlock: Resurrection#3) - Holding Shalla Bal's spirit within a gem, Mephisto encased Warlock in stone and refused to surrender the soul. The Surfer offered his own soul in Shalla Bal's place, but Mephisto refused, noting that since Galactus had removed his influence over the Surfer, he was now just a man and not the pure spirit that he had so long sought. Drax, Gamora, Moondragon, and Pip arrived and attacked Mephisto, but he easily overpowered and imprisoned the lot of them. Adam Warlock then broke free, announcing his intent to challenge the Soul Gem's mastery of souls against Mephisto, who met his challenge.
Surfer/Warlock: Resurrection#4) - As Warlock and Mephisto battled, the
gem containing Shalla Bal's soul was knocked from Mephisto's hands and
recovered by the Surfer and others. After Warlock apparently defeated
Mephisto, Warlock took Shalla's spirit and departed with the rest of
the Infinity Watch, restoring it to her body and returning her to life.
Mephisto influenced the Surfer into believing that Warlock intended to
use Shalla's soul to force him into servitude, and the Surfer departed
Hell and attacked the Watch, but Warlock purged the Surfer of
Mephisto's influence and reunited him with Shalla.
Shalla Bal and the Surfer were forced to separate once again due to their respective obligations, perhaps causing the emotional torment that Mephisto had sought all along...
(Silver Surfer III#100 (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto realized that as a flawed being, the Surfer was that much more noble for his humanity.
(Wonder Man II#22 (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto pulled Wonder Man to Hell.
(Wonder Man II#22) - Mephisto convinced Wonder Man to agree to wear the necklace of servitude in exchange for Mephisto's saving the life and souls of his friend Alex Flores, who had been stabbed by the super-villain Splice and whose soul Mephisto now held. Before Mephisto could place the necklace, however, Blackheart and the Grim Reaper stopped him, shattering the necklace. Feeling he had to protect Mephisto to save Alex, Wonder Man attacked the Reaper and Blackheart, but the Reaper then showed Wonder Man that he was holding the spirits of their departed parents, Martha and Sanford Williams (despite Martha being...alive!).
(Wonder Man II#23) - Blackheart noted his plans to usurp Mephisto's power, and Mephisto sent his demon legions to attack him. The "Williams" convinced Wonder Man to aid the Reaper against Mephisto's demons, while Mephisto and Blackheart dueled, and the energies they unleashed sent Wonder Man back to Earth. After Alex seemed to die (secretly at Blackheart's hands), Wonder Man apparently fell under Blackheart's influence
(Wonder Man II#24 -
BTS) - Wonder Man broke free of Blackheart's influence.
Mephisto (or some of his demons), in the form of Amora the Enchantress, Skurge the Executioner, and a Baron Zemo, joined forces with Black Talon (Samuel David Barone), Goliath (Erik Josten), and Man-Ape as "Masters of Evil."
(Wonder Man II#25) -
The "Masters of Evil" attacked Wonder Man, who pulped "Zemo," rightly
assuming him to be a farce, and Jamie Flores saw through the other
illusions in her "Dreamer" form, telling Wonder Man that Amora and
Skurge were actually Mephisto. Wonder Man drove them off. Black Talon
then transported himself and Wonder Man to Hell, where they found
"Lotus," sitting atop Mephisto's lap, who explained that she was
Mephisto's lover and that she was behind all of his recent woes.
Mephisto revealed that Wonder Man's virtually immortal soul would be a
great source of food and power.
Blackheart and the Reaper then returned to Hell, and Wonder Man joined them against Mephisto's demons. To better oppose Wonder Man, Mephisto gave Lotus to the Black Talon as a sacrifice, but Wonder Man overpowered Black Talon anyway. Mephisto revealed that it had been Blackheart who had stolen Alex Flores' soul. When Mephisto tried to blast Wonder Man from behind, the Reaper leapt in the way and took the blast himself, dying again. Blackheart restored Alex Flores soul to Wonder Man and then attacked Mephisto anew, his demons assaulting Mephisto's, and Wonder Man forced Black Talon to send him and his friends back to Earth.
(Shadow Riders#4 (fb)) - Mephisto wrenched Abadon -- a solitary, elemental force of nature -- from its realm, seeking to control its power for his own uses. That act reshaped Abadon into an individual entity. Weakened by the trauma and stunned by its newfound consciousness, Abadon was nearly enslaved by Mephisto. However, it managed to use its remaining energies to escape to earth and cloak itself in human form.
(Infinity Crusade#1) - Mephisto sensed the existence and plans of the Goddess, but realized he needed allies to oppose the power she wielded via her Cosmic Containment Units.
Crusade#3) - Mephisto spied on a gathering of Earth heroes to deal with
the Goddess' threat, agreeing with the notion that religious fervor had
led mankind to some pretty disastrous paths in the past.
Shortly thereafter, he met with Adam Warlock and Thanos, proposing an alliance to stop the Goddess. They were reluctant to work with him until he revealed that he possessed knowledge of the Cosmic Containment Units that they lacked. He agreed to give them that information in exchange for one Cosmic Containment Unit after the Goddess had been defeated.
Chronicles#3) - Mephisto became enraged when Warlock noted that he took
comfort in Mephisto's limited power at his realm, but a blast from
Warlock's Soul Gem struck him down. Thanos, however, realized that they
could not achieve victory without the knowledge Mephisto would give
them, and so he agreed to Mephisto's terms.
Mephisto then revealed that the Cosmic Cubes had a limited sentience that imposed limits on their power, though these limits could be overcome by massive force of will, such as from the combined efforts of billions of souls ("universal will").
As he prepared to make further plans with Thanos, Warlock insisted that Mephisto depart. Mephisto angrily assumed a more powerful and prepared to battle him, wondering if the Soul Gem would prove less powerful on a physical plane of existence, but when Thanos agreed that Mephisto should depart, he did so peaceably, though reminding them of what they had promised him.
(Infinity Crusade#6) - Mephisto's information proved crucial in defeating the Goddess, and Thanos rewarded him with one Cosmic Containment Unit, though it was non-functional, lacking any reality-altering power. Mephisto tried to use its power to destroy Thanos, then left angrily upon learning he had been duped.
(Avengers West Coast#100) - Satannish usurped the prized souls of Lizzie Borden, Lucretia Borgia, Josef Stalen, and Heinrich Himmler from Mephisto's realm, then imbued them with power as his new Lethal Legion: Axe of Violence, Cyana, Coldsteel, and Zyklon.
(Avengers West Coast#99) - As the Avengers' West Coast branch (Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Woman, U.S.Agent, War Machine) prepared to storm Satannish' realm to recover Mockingbird, Mephisto prepared to join them.
(Avengers West Coast#100) - Mephisto confronted the Avengers en route to Satannish's realm, revealing that he sought to regain the souls Satannish had stolen and that he would only let them pass if they would weaken the barrier to Satannish's realm from the inside so that he might enter as well. The Scarlet Witch finished the spell before Hawkeye could agree, but Mephisto secretly hitched a ride within Hawkeye -- which he was able to do because of Hawkeye's temptation -- and then emerged within Satannish's realm. Mephisto bound the Avengers within Satannish's pillar of despair to prevent their interference, and then the two did battle, but the Avengers were freed during their struggle. As the energies unleashed by the two Hell-lords began to spill over to the Earthly plane, the Scarlet Witch magically opened a portal to Mephisto's Hell, and the energies of the two reams clashed violently. Unwilling to allow his realm to be merged with Satannish', Mephisto attempted to reclaim the purloined souls and depart, but Satannish fought for the four souls, which were destroyed in the struggle. As the Scarlet Witch transported the Avengers (including Mockingbird) back to Earth, Mephisto took vengeance, firing powerful brimstone energy bursts. Mockingbird tackled Hawkeye, knocking him out of the path of one of these bursts, but another burst struck her in the back, killing her.
(Dark Guard#1-4 - BTS) - Mys-Tech's plot on Eopia was thwarted by the Dark Guard.
(Ghost Rider III Annual#2/3 (fb) - BTS) - Linda Littletrees, bored with her life, answered Mephisto's call and became the Witch Woman anew.
II#418) - The night before her wedding, Marlo Chandler had a dream of
making a deal with Mephisto, giving him her soul in exchange for
resolving the problems she and Rick Jones were having after he found
out about her being in a pornographic film.
Later, as the ceremony progressed, Mephisto arrived and prepared to claim Mephisto's soul. Remembering the reverend's statement that they were gathered here in sight of God," the Hulk attacked Mephisto, gambling that the Heavenly presence would allow him to fight the demon-lord. After a single blow from the Hulk, Mephisto fled, releasing Marlo from her promise, but vowing to dance at the Hulk's funeral.
As he departed, Mephisto pondered that by letting the Hulk manhandle him, he had given the Hulk an even greater sense of self-aggrandizement; by letting him "master" evil, he would be infected with it all the more in the long run.
(Avengers Annual#23 - BTS) - With Mephisto otherwise distracted, Loki sent a portion of his spirit to an empty pocket dimension to meet with Pluto and plan an alliance against Thor and the Avengers such that Odin would not be able to blame Loki and Zeus could not blame Pluto.
(Thor Annual#19 - BTS) - Before being drawn back into Hell, Loki confirmed Pluto's promise to slay Thor such that Loki couldn't be blamed by Odin. Loki subsequently sent a portion of his spirit to Asgard to have Sigyn check whether Odin suspected his involvement in the plot against Thor. Loki later sensed as Pluto manipulated the Flame (Hrinmeer, a hybrid elf/fire-demon) into attacking Loki's wife, Sigyn, so he combined his spirit with Thor to help him overcome Hrinmeer and save Sigyn.
(Marvel Holiday Special 1994 (cover)/1993 (indicia)) - Mephisto captured the Spirit of Christmas. Spider-Man observed the angel falling to the ground, followed it to Hell, and made a deal with Mephisto to try to save the angel from death with Spider-Man's soul being the cost of failure. The angel was destroyed almost instantly despite Spider-Man's efforts, and Mephisto took Spider-Man's soul, but then returned it to him so he could watch the world suffer without the Spirit of Christmas. Mephisto was surprised to see that humanity was still celebrating Christmas, and the Spirit re-formed, explaining that he didn't generate the emotions and beliefs of the holiday but rather was powered by them. He further told Mephisto that the warmth of emotions present at Christmas had softened him as well because he had returned Spider-Man's soul. The Spirit took Spider-Man and departed.
(Spirits of Vengeance#7) - Mephisto emerged through the ground outside the Quentin Carnival, mocking the battling Ghost Rider and John Blaze vs. Steel Vengeance, Steel Wind, and "Stygian Demons" (all agents of Centurious), and telling Steel Vengeance to tell her master that Mephisto would have all those that belonged to him. Ignoring Blaze's challenges, Mephisto transported Blaze and Ghost Rider away.
Vengeance#8) - Mephisto arrived in a desert wasteland with Blaze and
Ghost Rider, and he told them that the dimensional walls were
weakening, new forces were entering the realm, and that he would enter
his own warriors into the upcoming war of souls. To test Blaze's
powers, as well as his own servants', Mephisto summoned two Soulless
Ones under his domain to battle Blaze and Ghost Rider. The two heroes
destroyed the Soulless Ones, and Mephisto congratulated them, then told
them they would have to choose sides in the coming war, and advised
them to search for the Soul Crystal to learn the answers they sought.
Back in Hell, Mephisto crushed the Soulless Ones as he told them that he had given the heroes information so he could learn the extent of their powers, that he could not kill the heroes and possibly couldn't even steal their souls, but that there was another mortal ready to sell his soul to him.
Vengeance#9) - Michael Badilino met with an agent of Mephisto, offering
to sell his soul for a chance at stopping Ghost Rider. Mephisto then
appeared and transformed Badilino into Vengeance.
(Ghost Rider III#42-43 (fbs) - BTS / Marvel Legacy: The 1990s: Vengeance) - Mephisto actually only released the dormant energies contained within the Medallion of Power fragments Badilino had inherited.
(Ghost Rider III#39) - In Brooklyn, Mephisto met with Vengeance, assuring him that he had the power to kill Ghost Rider, and telling him that he could locate Ghost Rider by killing Caretaker. He further instructed Vengeance to bring him the medallion from the Ghost Rider's motorcycle
(Thunderstrike#14) - Mephisto appeared to young Kevin Masterson, offering him a contract that stipulated his step-father, Bobby Steele, would not be traded to the West Coast, which meant that Kevin wouldn't have to move away from his friends and his father.
(Thunderstrike#15 (fb)) - Kevin collapsed and was taken to the hospital, his soul apparently taken by Mephisto.
(Thunderstrike#15 (fb)) - Mephisto appeared to Kevin's father, Eric Masterson (now Thunderstrike), offering to restore Kevin's life in exchange for one of Idunn's Golden Apples.
(Thunderstrike#15) - Thunderstrike located the Golden Apples but realized he couldn't take one as that would deprive one of the Asgardians of their immortality. Mephisto noted that he would have obtained Eric Masterson's soul had he taken the apple, but that this was merely a pretense to mask his true prize. He confronted Thunderstrike as he returned to Earth, and then Thor arrived (secretly summoned by Mephisto himself), preparing to battle Mephisto. The demon showed the valid contract and offered to release Kevin if Thor surrendered his own soul in its stead, at which point Thunderstrike summoned Hela, whom he had warned of Mephisto's plans. Hela threatened to war against Mephisto if he tried to claim Thor, and during this distraction, Odin appeared on Earth and restored Kevin Masterson's soul. Sensing the advantage lost, Mephisto returned to Hell.
(Hellstorm#14 - BTS / Thunderbolts (Annual) 2000 (fb) - BTS) - When Patsy Walker committed suicide with the aid of Deathurge, her soul was sent to Mephisto's realm.
(Ultimate Super-Villains: Mephisto: Child's Play (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto manipulated a group of students into formation of a Satanic coven and possession of the Book of Summonings and arranged for their corruption via sacrificing their high school teacher to summon Mephisto.
(Ultimate Super-Villains: Mephisto: Child's Play) - As the coven prepared the sacrifice, Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch) broke them up, incinerated the Book of Summonings, and drove off Mephisto.
(Ultimate Super-Villains: Mephisto: Child's Play) - Seeking another soul to corrupt, Mephisto sought out the young James Carruthers and granted him demonic form and cold flame powers to drive the Ghost Rider (whom he convinced was evil) from Earth in exchange for a promise to save James' bedridden brother. As they battled, James realized Ghost Rider wasn't evil, and upon learning of the pact, Ghost Rider transformed back into Dan Ketch in James' name, indicating James had driven Ghost Rider from the Earth. Mephisto restored James to normal and begrudgingly healed his brother.
(The Ultimate Silver Surfer: The Tarnished Soul) - Mephisto testified against the Silver Surfer at a mock trial arranged by the Fates, or perhaps it was all an illusion.
(Silver Surfer III#96 (fb) - BTS) - Taking the form of the apparently deceased Nova (Frankie Raye), Mephisto lied down within a crypt within a subterranean burial site that appeared to possibly be of Atlantean origin.
(Silver Surfer III#96) - As Nova, Mephisto was found by the Silver Surfer, Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Hulk (Bruce Banner), Human Torch (John Storm), and Thing who had been drawn there by generated energy from deep within the Earth.
(Silver Surfer III#97 (fb) - BTS) - The Surfer and his allies brought "Nova" to Four Freedoms Plaza for evaluation.
(Silver Surfer III#97) - Lang's testing seemingly confirmed "Nova" to be herself and in good health. She soon departed Earth with the Silver Surfer, claiming to remember nothing following the moment of her death at the hands of Morg. Lacking a purpose, she convinced the Surfer to seek out a lost treasure with her on the planet Tultac. She attempted to allure him with the vast wealth of coins and jewels they found, but he was uninterested. Terrax then ambushed them, holding "Nova" hostage to force the Surfer to let him have the treasure, but the Surfer converted the treasure into sand to end Terrax's bargaining. "Nova" helped him defeat Terrax and the two departed.
(Silver Surfer III#98) - "Nova" feigned disappointment at the loss of the treasure and then began romantic overtures towards the Surfer but they were distracted by energies unleashed by the Champion (Tryco Slatterus). As they confronted him, "Nova" blurted out that Drax the Destroyer possessed the Power Gem, and they then had to pursue him as he departed to seek out Drax. As the Surfer battled the Champion, Nova retrieved Drax who subdued the Champion with a single punch before departing. "Nova" tried to seduce the Surfer with the power-enhancing gauntlets the Champion had been using, but the Surfer melted them down so that they would not be a temptation to anyone.
(Silver Surfer III#99 (fb)) - The Surfer brought "Nova" to the Crystal Gardens of Omnaah, and "Nova" tried to convince him to stay there with her, ignoring the rest of the universe. They were then ambushed by a group of slavers led by Captain Vuulk, who placed a collar on "Nova" that neutralized her powers and would destroy her if external force were exerted on it. They then wounded the Surfer's friend, Syrrh, forcing the Surfer to heal him while they escaped.
(Silver Surfer III#99) - The slavers tormented "Nova," but the Surfer caught up with and easily overpowered them, then harmlessly deactivated the slave collar and departed with "Nova." The Surfer then acknowledged that he had fallen for her and told her that he was hers, body, mind, and soul. As they kissed, "Nova" snaked out a long, forked tongue, then revealed herself to be Mephisto.
(Silver Surfer III#100) - Despite the Surfer's protests of false
pretenses, Mephisto reached into the Surfer's chest, pulled out his
soul, and brought him to Hell. Mephisto taunted the Surfer with his
parents' spirits trapped in Hell and his powerless-ness against
Mephisto without a soul, but the Surfer eventually rallied and
seemingly choked Mephisto to death. Reclaiming his "soul," the Surfer
departed, seemingly freeing his parents' and many others' souls, after
which he departed.
Unharmed, Mephisto noted that by "slaying" Mephisto he had not won a great victory but rather suffered his bitterest defeat.
(Ghost Rider, Wolverine, Punisher: Dark Design) - As Blackheart transformed residents of Christ's Crown into his Corrupt and attempted to capture Lucy Crumm as part of his plot to assassinate Mephisto, the demon-lord mocked Blackheart's increasing dementia and how he continued to do Mephisto's work on Earth. Ultimately Blackheart was defeated by Ghost Rider, Wolverine, and the Punisher, but when Mephisto arrived and offered to help restore Blackheart's fledging kingdom and to work together from then on, Blackheart stabbed him with a dagger covered with innocent blood from Lucy Crumm. Mephisto seemingly perished and Blackheart took over his kingdom.
(Silver Surfer III#136 (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto's spirit had no place to go, as Heaven was denied him, and Blackheart barred him from returning to Hell. He dwelled as a shadow on Earth, able only to push some souls into occasional depraved or despicable acts.
(Thor I#482 - BTS) - In Mephisto's absence, his demons took turn torturing Loki until Thor arrived and freed Loki.
(Silver Surfer III#133) - As the Puppet Master (Phillip Masters) lost his will to live, Mephisto (as an apparent manifestation of his inner demons) came to claim him. As Mephisto attempted to consume him, however, Masters chose to live. Mephisto vanished, and the Surfer counseled Masters to focus on what was good and decent within him.
(Silver Surfer III#134 - BTS) - The Surfer succumbed to a "virus of the soul" during a confrontation with the alien collective known as the Other.
(Silver Surfer III#135) - To protect the world from the virus spreading, the ancient Scrier allowed the Surfer's body to die. Mephisto then arrived to claim the Surfer's soul.
(Silver Surfer III#136) - Mephisto forced the Surfer to accept the fact that he had died, then told the Surfer that he, too, had died, at the hands of Blackheart. Mephisto told the Surfer that he, too, would remain trapped on Earth as a formless spirit, to entertain Mephisto. The two battled, and when the Surfer tried to depart, Mephisto trapped him within a swirling mass of dead souls that feared the next world and had fallen under Mephisto's control, his Limbo Army or Dark Whorl. Mephisto tried to poison the Surfer with the darkness in these spirits, but then the Scrier joined with Agatha Harkness and Alicia Masters in a séance to summon the Surfer. As the Surfer's spirit was pulled toward them, Mephisto raced past him, possessing Agatha Harkness as the Surfer appeared in their midst.
(Silver Surfer III#137)
- Possessing Harkness, Mephisto assaulted the Scrier, Alicia, and the
Surfer's spirit, and then Dark Whorl then attacked the Surfer anew. He
then attacked the Scrier with the darkest and most shameful thoughts
that lurked in men's minds, which hovered in the world around them,
then announced his plans to retake the throne of Hell. Alicia sensed
the Surfer's presence, and her love dispelled the Dark Whorl, after
which the Surfer took residence in her form, transforming it into a
feminine version of his own body. The Scrier prepared to slay Harkness
to drive Mephisto from Earth, but the Surfer/Alicia convinced him to
stop. Mephisto then attacked the Surfer/Alicia, preparing to destroy
Alicia's soul, but the Scrier added his power to Harkness', enabling
her to cast out Mephisto's essence, which the Scrier then grabbed and
The Scrier and Harkness then combined their power to restore the Surfer's body to life and health, and his spirit re-inhabited it.
(Fantastic Force#18) - Diablo sought to harness Psi-Lord (a future version of Franklin Richards) in hopes of using him to destroy Mephisto, but Diablo was defeated by Fantastic Force. Fleeing through a portal to Mephisto's hell, he was swarmed with demons.
(Devil's Reign #½: Silver Surfer/Witchblade) - Seeking entertainment, Mephisto summoned his aid Skratch and peered through the Sphere of Worlds into the "Earth-Top Cow" dimension. As this world had a smaller number of super-humans, as well as not counterpart of himself, Mephisto plotted to access that realm and remake it in his own image. After sampling the energies of Witchblade (Sara Pezzini), Mephisto decided to use the Weapon Zero member Jamie Tarleton as his agent, and to use the dimension-spanning warship of the T'srri race (which had crashed on Earth eons before) as the means to travel to this alternate reality. Needing a power source to restore the long-inert craft, Mephisto decided to manipulate the Silver Surfer to this end.
(Weapon Zero/Silver Surfer#1 (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto unearthed the T'srri derelict craft and spread its pieces upon the land.
Surfer#1) - Mephisto lured the Silver Surfer to the T'srri craft, and
the sensation of malicious energies within the craft caused the Surfer
to blast the craft to forever inactivate it, unwittingly supplying the
energies Mephisto needed. After the Surfer's departure, Mephisto then
restored the craft, caused it to create a portal into the "Top Cow"
reality, and entered that realm. Meanwhile, in that realm, the heroes
of Weapon Zero battled a T'srri invasion of their world. One of them,
Ansh'r, apparently sacrificed himself, teleporting into deep space and
taking the T'srri with him. As Weapon Zero member Lilith teleported the
rest of the heroes away, their member Jamie Tarleton tried to leap out
of the teleportation field. He was separated from the others and
emerged in East Los Angeles.
Mephisto then met with Lord N'golth, leader of the T'srri, and his adjunct, Erisha, whose ship had remained separate from the fleet teleported away by Ansh'r. Mephisto introduced himself, noting N'golth's own evil nature, and proposed an alliance to remake Earth to their liking.
(Cyblade/Ghost Rider#1 (fb) - BTS) - Cyberfroce's Heatwave vanished and fell under Mephisto's influence.
- Mephisto watched with amusement as Cyberforce's Cyblade lamented the
loss of Heatwave.
On Earth-616, Eternity, who had become aware of Mephisto's dealings in the Top Cow Universe, gave Jennifer Kale a fraction of his power and had her transport Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch) to the Top Cow dimension.
Cyblade sensed Ghost Rider's arrival and the two initially battled, but when Mephisto sent a number of demoniacally transformed people against them, they teamed up to defeat them. They were then confronted by Killrazor, of Codename: Strikeforce, who had been transformed by Mephisto and who told them that Heatwave had been similarly transformed. Cyblade incapacitated Killrazor, and Ghost Rider's penance stare exorcised and exposed Mephisto's influence. Mephisto taunted Ghost Rider, telling him he lacked the power to stop him, then vanished, taking Cyblade and Killrazor with him.
(Ghost Rider/Ballistic#1 (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto influenced a number of pawns on the "Top Cow" Earth to kill as many people as they could, as Mephisto had no competition from other demons or death gods to claim their souls, which granted him further power. New York began to fall under his influence.
(Ghost Rider/Ballistic#1 (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto's demon-pawns assaulted Ballistic, but she slaughtered the lot of them with aid from Ghost Rider (who had been sent to check on her by Cyberforce). Ghost Rider then told her of Mephisto's plans, and they joined forces to stop Mephisto's pawns, ignoring his taunts that they were nothing to him.
(Ghost Rider/Ballistic#1) - Ghost Rider & Ballistic continued to oppose Mephisto's pawns.
(Ballistic/Wolverine#1 (fb) - BTS) - Heatwave (under Mephisto's influence), set himself up as mayor of Top Cow's New York, working alongside Earth-616's Zoe Culloden, who was also under Mephisto's influence. They made plans for "all who have received his unholy communion to descend in rapturous ignition into his lake of refining fire."
- Wolverine arrived on "Earth-Top Cow" via one of Landau, Luckman,
& Lake's warp chambers. He joined forces with Ballistic to
oppose Heatwave and to rescue Zoe. Ballistic & Wolverine
battled Zoe & Heatwave, respectively, and Ballistic pushed Zoe
over the pain threshold that broke Mephisto's control over her.
However, as the clock struck midnight, Heatwave and the people on the
streets of New York vanished to Mephisto's realm on that world.
Mephisto next targeted Witchblade.
(Wolverine/Witchblade#1) - Mephisto warped Witchblade's perceptions, making it as if she had never gained the Witchblade's power. Posing as her former lover, Michael Yi, Mephisto began to romance her, but Wolverine forced her to see through the illusion, and Michael reverted to Mephisto. Wolverine and Witchblade futilely attacked Mephisto.
(Witchblade/Elektra#1) - Elektra, sent by Zoe to aid Wolverine, arrived, and Mephisto plagued all three of them with various illusions. Witchblade ultimately resisted Mephisto's efforts to claim her soul, and he left to continue his plans to remake the Top Cow Earth in his image.
Cyblade joined Elektra in investigating Las Vegas, which had fallen
under Mephisto's sway, seeking to defeat Mephisto's human agent running
Meanwhile, Erisha influenced Jamie Tarleton into leading people to follow him in taking over.
As the two women fought their way past Mephisto's demons, Mephisto tried to turn them against each other. When they located their target, Cyblade was devastated to learn it was Heatwave, and she blasted Elektra to prevent her from trying to kill Heatwave. Heatwave then caged Elektra, punched out Cyblade. When she awoke, he offered her to become his dark queen or face damnation.
Mephisto watched from afar.
(Silver Surfer/Weapon Zero#1) - Mephisto wracked the Top Cow Earth with earthquakes, floods, and fire. He then created a lush, verdant oasis in the Mohave desert
Zero#1) - Alongside Lord N'golth, Mephisto announced his new base in
the Mohave desert, and people by the thousands (or perhaps millions)
flocked there, seeking salvation and believing the oasis to symbolize
the second coming. Jamie and Erisha led their following there, and
Weapon Zero managed to lock onto Jamie's energy signature, and they
traveled to the oasis to confront him.
Back in the Earth-616 universe, the Surfer observed Mephisto's portal to the Top Cow universe and an army of demons poised to invade it.
Posing as a messianic figure, Mephisto continued to accumulate followers in his oasis base. Noting that some still opposed the idea, he summoned his demons to show them the threat he could "protect" them from. The threat caused the newly arrived Weapon Zero members to assume their battle forms, and then the Surfer arrived through the portal, his energies exposing Mephisto's true form. Mephisto's demons attacked the Surfer, who was aided by Weapon Zero.
Erisha urged Jamie to abandon his former friends and depart with her, though he learned of her alliance with Mephisto.
When the Surfer and Weapon Zero's Lilith rushed Mephisto and Lord N'golth, the former caused Lilith's indestructible battlesuit to bind them around them both, and N'golth prepared to slay them. However, Cyblade finally managed to convince Heatwave to through off Mephisto's influence. Heatwave then blasted N'golth and assaulted Mephisto himself with the vast power the demon-lord had given him. In a burst of energy, Heatwave sacrificed himself to banish Mephisto back to the Earth-616 reality. Mephisto's demons disintegrated, the oasis returned to sand, and the Surfer returned to his own reality after sharing Heatwave's fate with the others.
(Alpha Flight II#16) - As the Brass Bishop approached the Gate of Heaven, Puck unlocked the Bishop's helmet, allowing Mephisto to sense him at last, and Mephisto arrived and collected his soul.
(Nighthawk#1) - In the form of an angel, Mephisto appeared to the spirit of the comatose Kyle Richmond (Earth-616), aka Nighthawk, granting him the power to see evil before it was committed. Reviving soon after, Richmond underwent rehabilitation and then returned to his career as Nighthawk. However, as he assaulted people before they committed any crime, it appeared to everyone as if he were assaulting innocent victims. After Nighthawk seemingly killed Dardevil, the angel appeared again, revealed himself to be Mephisto, and told Nighthawk he was condemned to Hell for judging others.
(Nighthawk#2) - Mephisto tormented Nighthawk in Hell. Using the flame Daredevil had previously set in Hell -- over which Mephisto had no power -- Nighthawk restored Daredevil to life.
Dardevil and Nighthawk fought their way past Mephisto's demons and
began ascending Hell's walls. Mephisto took the form of the angel again
and tried to trick Nighthawk into going with him, but Daredevil
identified him as Mephisto. Nighthawk denied Mephisto; as he hadn't
actually died, Mephisto had no power over him. Both heroes were
returned to Earth.
Mephisto later confronted Nighthawk in human form, but Nighthawk recognized him due to his new power of sight. Nighthawk vowed that now that he knew the face of the devil he would know how to fight him better and to be a better hero.
(Daredevil II#5) - When Mysterio attempted to dupe Daredevil into believing an infant was the anti-Christ and killing it, Daredevil sought out Dr. Strange. Strange summoned Mephisto and asked him if the child was the anti-Christ, and Mephisto led them to the correct conclusion that the claims were false, but he also deeply disturbed Daredevil with comments about failing his mother.
(Black Panther III#1 (fb)) - Mephisto confronted Everett K. Ross (whose pants had been taken by mud-wrestling women) in the housing project in which the Black Panther (T'Challa), Zuri, and the Dora Milaje chose to stay during their visit to the USA.
(Black Panther III#2 (fb)) - Mephisto created a pair of pants for Ross.
(Black Panther III#3
(fb)) - Ross removed the devil's pants, only to find another pair of
pants beneath them, after which he flashbacked to age 13 when he was
being beat-up and pantsed by Natalie McPhail.
Mephisto then began influencing the mind and memories of T'Challa, offering to deliver Achebe to justice and causing him to passionately kiss the Dora Milaje Nakia while reliving a memory of being with Monica Lynne.
(Black Panther III#4 (fb)) - T'Challa's Wakandan entourage, composed mostly of scientists and technicians, identified the realm from which Mephisto drew power and cut him off from it via placing a personal force field around him and remodulating it every 30 seconds.
(Black Panther III#4 (fb)) - Mephisto explained to Ross how he was a collector of pure and noble souls, and that since Ross worked in Washington, DC, Ross need not fear him. The Black Panther arrived soon after and attacked Mephisto, dropping him with a single punch. Using Vibranium claws on his gloves, the Panther tore out Mephisto's hear and gave it to Ross, who put it in a pickle jar. The Panther correctly identified that Achebe was a servant of Mephisto, but Mephisto then claimed that it was the Panther who had allowed Achebe to takeover Wakanda. Mephisto then transported Ross and the Panther to Hell.
(Black Panther III#5
(fb)) - Zuri unwittingly ate part of Mephisto's heart while rummaging
through the refrigerator.
T'Challa met with Mephisto and agreed to surrender his soul to him on the condition that Mephisto never appear before again and that he release his hold on Achebe. Mephisto began to feed on T'Challa's soul, but then learned that it had been joined forever to the Panther God Bast...as well as every previous Black Panther in existence. As Mephisto threatened to be destroyed by the number of pure and noble spirits, he asked the Panther to release him from his oath and then returned T'Challa and Ross to Earth. Mephisto returned to the apartment they were staying in long enough to recover his half-eaten heart from Zuri and restore it to his chest before returning to Hell.
(Slingers#11 (fb)) - Mephisto appeared before the aged Dan Lyons,
offering to restore his health and vigor so he could return to his
Black Marvel identity. Mephisto further allowed him to give certain
identities to others to become super-heroes.
Lyons would give these identities to Cassie St. Commons, Eddie McDonough, Ritchie Gilmore, and Johnny Gallo who became the Slingers: Dusk, Hornet, Prodigy, and Ricochet.
(Slingers#10) - Posing as a doctor, Mephisto confronted the hospitalized Dan Lyons, telling him the end was very near. Lyons then died, and Mephisto took his soul and imprisoned it within a crystal in Hell. He then send demons in the forms of various super-heroes to lure the Slingers into Hell.
(Slingers#11) - Explaining Lyons' fate to the Slingers, Mephisto offered to release Lyons of they would all forgive him for his manipulations. As the Slingers were still hostile towards Lyons, Mephisto split them up and taunted them with various personal demons. After they regathered themselves, he sent a horde of demons to test them as a team.
(Slingers#12) - After they fought off the demon horde, Mephisto offered the Slingers the choice of either departing them or staying to save Lyons. Ultimately the Slingers stayed, divesting themselves of the equipment they had gained from Mephisto through Lyons and refused to accept answers to their mysteries from Mephisto. They freed his spirit before being returned to Earth.
(Avengers III#11-12 - BTS) - Mockingbird tried to inform the Avengers about Mephisto's plot to use Patsy Walker as a pawn to kill Hellstorm, but was cut-off in mid-sentence..
(Thunderbolts (Annual) 2000 (fb) - BTS) - The remainder of Mockingbird's message was sent word to Hellstorm, telling him that Mephisto intended to use Patsy Walker as a pawn to kill him.
(Thor II#18) - While Odin was off battling the Enchanters, Loki opened a portal to Mephisto's realm.
(Thor II#19) - Loki petitioned Mephisto for a soul from his realm, Jake Olson (whose body was currently inhabited by Thor). As the soul was one that had provided Mephisto trouble, Mephisto let him take it.
(Thunderbolts (Annual) 2000) - Following up on the message from Mockingbird, Hawkeye, armed with an arrow the Scarlet Witch had charged with chaos-magic, got Hellstorm to send him to Hell where he confronted Mephisto and tried to get him to release Mockingbird to him. As Mephisto had planned, the Thunderbolts (Atlas, Charcoal, Mach-2, Moonstone, Songbird) entered Hell -- via assistance from Hela and Pluto -- to save/help Hawkeye. Mephisto tormented the Thunderbolts with personal demons, but Hawkeye rushed to their rescue. Hidden from the shadows, Mockingbird tossed Hawkeye one of her battle staves, which he attached to the chaos arrow and fired into Mephisto, apparently dispersing his essence again, however briefly. The Thunderbolts fled, escaping with what they thought was Mockingbird, but when they unwrapped her they found that it was actually Patsy Walker (Hellcat).
(Hellcat#1) - Mephisto kept an eye on Hellcat, noting as she battled Nicholas Scratch and was captured by Dormammu.
(Hellcat#2) - Mephisto met with fellow underworld rulers Hela, Hellstorm, Pluto, and Satannish, informing them of Dormammu's plot to conquer their realms. Pluto and Hela, feeling that their godly pantheons would aid them in battle if needed, refused to ally with the demons, but Hellstorm and Satannish joined with him. As Dormammu's forces approached, Hellstorm departed to check on his own realm, leaving Mephisto and Satannish to fight off the attackers. Victory seemed assured until Satannish struck down Mephisto behind and revealed his alliance with Dormammu, who had long guided his development. Mephisto was captured and imprisoned in the Dark Dimension, where he was encountered by Hellcat.
(Hellcat#3) - Though she hated Mephisto for what she had endured in his realm, Hellcat realized she had to use the G'uranthic Gemstone to free Mephisto. He initially attacked her but was forced to take her aid as she could guide him through various traps and past guards undetected in the Dark Dimension. She led him into Hellstorm's realm then slipped away and made alliances with Hela and Pluto to aid against Dormammu. As Dormammu and Satannish's forces finally routed Mephisto's, Hela and Pluto joined Mephisto and Hellstorm, and they combined their to cause Mephisto's realm to freeze over. Weakened by the mystic cold, Dormammu fled, and Mephisto then ambushed Satannish, blasting him from behind and seemingly killing him. Hellcat then jumped to a serious of conclusions where she named Hellstorm as the son of Satannish (which he was, though only as part of the Satanic gestalt in which Satannish had participated) and a secret agent of Dormammu. When Hellstorm then appeared to try to strike her down, Mephisto protected her as thanks for her aid and then sent her back to Earth.
(Defenders II#2 (fb) - BTS) - Nighthawk spent his fortune seeking out mystics and occult knowledge, finally hiring the dwarfish mystic Papa Hagg to exorcise him of Mephisto's powers.
(Magik II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Attempting to amass an arcane database, Magik (Amanda Sefton)'s friend Nugent created a computer program that gathered all arcane lore, unintentionally creating the powerful Archenemy, which began assaulting and conquering the various nether realms.
(Magik II#2) - Magik traveled to Hell to warn her of the as yet unidentified threat to the nether realms, specifically that his realm was the next most likely target. Mephisto scoffed at her warning and sent his demons after her, then attacked her himself, but she managed to teleport behind his back and put her soulsword to his throat to force him to listen. He heard the sound of the destructive forces of the Archenemy breaking into his realm.
(Magik II#3) - The Archenemy slaughtered Mephisto's guard, and Mephisto's own assaults proved useless, and he was forced to join his power to Magik's to allow her to teleport them both to Otherplace ("Limbo") to regroup. Magik then called a convocation of the Lords of the Splinter Realms, and all present agreed to merge the splinter realms into one united front that could face the Archenemy who then appeared in Otherplace.
(Magik II#4) - Mephisto
commanded the Western defense, but even the combined power of the Lords
of the Splinter Realm and their armies was as nothing before the
Archenemy, which threatened to destroy all. Mephisto and the other
survivors joined their power to Magik to cast a spell of divination,
and she learned that the computer program was responsible for the
Archenemy. Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner) then traveled to Earth and
destroyed Nugent's program, ending the Archenemy's existence.
Mephisto departed to rebuild his realm, telling Magik to have a care where her ambitions took her next time.
(Thor II#41) - Mephisto noted the apparent passing of Odin (in battle with Surtur).
(X-Men Unlimited#37) - Mephisto made a deal with Illyana Rasputin of "Reality-2937," whose son, Hutch, had been conceived differently, between realities such that each reality had equal claim on him, and when he was born, he was born into all realities, but lost to Illyana. Via promising to reunite her with Hutch, Mephisto obtained Illyana's aid in accessing Earth-616. Mephisto further made a deal with Earth-616's Mr. Thatchel to wipe out mutants and to reunite him with his wife, Sara, and son, Jamie -- who had been killed when a Jamie's mutant pyrokinetic powers surfaced at his 12th birthday party, though Mr. Thatchel believed that it had been another boy who was the mutant. Mephisto brought Hutch to Earth-616, enabling him to begin breaking down the barriers between dimensions so he could eliminate all mutants across all realities, which caused a sudden influx of extradimensional counterparts of the X-Men to Earth-616. Counterparts of Xavier exposed Mephisto's involvement, and, as he summoned his demons to Earth to battle the X-Men and their counterparts, he revealed the truth about Jamie Thatchel having been the mutant and then fulfilled his promise to reunite him with Jamie and Sarah by burning him to death. Despite a desire to end the loneliness of his solitary existence between realities, Hutch realized -- with the aid of the Earth-616 Kitty Pryde -- that he couldn't let all of the mutants be destroyed, and he leapt into Mephisto's eye, returning to his exile between realities and repair the rents in the dimensional walls, sending Mephisto back to his own realm.
(Doc Samson II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Novice sorcerer Jack Holyoak spent a week studying with Mephisto, learning everything he could of magic from him.
(Marvel Universe: The End#4) - Mephisto was among the cosmic beings gathered to face Thanos after he obtained the power of the Heart of the Infinite.
(Marvel Universe: The End#5 - BTS?) - Mephisto and the rest of the cosmic beings joined Earth's heroes in confronting Thanos.
(Marvel Universe: The End#6 - BTS) - Mephisto, the other cosmic beings (including Eternity, Infinity, and even the Living Tribunal), Earth's heroes, and the universe itself were absorbed by Thanos who subsequently sacrificed his power to restore reality and its inhabitants to its status quo.
(Nightcrawler III#12) - Mephisto stopped time during Nightcrawler's birthday and then confronted Nightcrawler, discussing the approaching wars in Hell and asking him to agree to not participate in the coming struggle. Mephisto offered to resurrect Nightcrawler's step-brother, Stephan Szardos, and to protect his family from the upcoming struggle, but Nightcrawler angrily refused to make a deal with him. Telling Nightcrawler he had just made a cataclysmic mistake, Mephisto then vanished, restoring time just as he had left it.
(Marvel Knights 4 #27) - Nicholas Scratch was banished to Hell by Franklin & Valeria Richards, using Scratch's own liberation spell (with which he had freed Shuma-Gorath) modified by Diablo modified. Within Hell, Mephisto recruited Scratch as an agent in the coming war.
(Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man#24) - As Spider-Man desperately sought the means to save his dying aunt, May Parker, Mephisto sent Peter and MJ's daughter of Reality-71124 to confront him.
(Sensational Spider-Man III#41) - After leading Spider-Man to meetings with his selves from various alternate timelines, Mephisto then confronted Peter, offering to save May in exchange for taking his marriage.
II#545) - Believing that they could overcome whatever obstacles
Mephisto placed in their path, Peter & MJ agree to let Mephisto
take away their marriage in exchange for saving May. MJ further
convinced Mephisto to reverse all of Peter's recent troubles, erasing
knowledge of his secret identity and freeing him from his fugitive
Mephisto made the changes, and Peter & MJ emerged into a brand new day, one where there were unclarified problems for which she had yet to forgive him.
(Dark Reign Files) - Quasimodo researched Mephisto for Norman Osborn.
(Deadpool Team-Up#883) - Deadpool called up various supervillains, including Mephisto, seeking a mercenary job.
(New Mutants III#29) - Chasing their colleague, Dani Moonstar, the New Mutants tried an incantation to get to Hel, but ended up in Mephisto's Hell instead. The Hell-Lord greeted them.
(New Mutants III#30) - Mephisto refused to let the mutants leave, but did offer to send them to their desired destination if Magma agreed to go on one date with him. Despite the others' protestations, Magma agreed and Mephisto instantly sent them away.
(Journey Into Mystery I#627 (fb)) - Mephisto journeyed to the Infinite Embassy to see how the godheads were handling the rise of the Asgardian fear god, the Serpent, and spoke with several gods and Merlyn. Then he went to the Devil's Advocacy where assorted demons were likewise arguing and bickering over what to do. He spoke for a while to the hapless Nightmare, who could no longer access humankind's fear because the Serpent dominated it all.
(Journey Into Mystery I#627) - Mephisto entered a bar and told the barman what had happened, before offering him a deal of eternal life with no pain. Taken instantly to Mephisto's hell, the barman was kept bleeding to provide ink for Mephisto, who drafted a request for a treaty with the Serpent and a warning about Loki to the future ruler of Asgard.
(New Mutants III#37) - Magma's agreed date with Mephisto came and he arrived in a suit. He took her to a grand meal in Hell, but Magma felt it too ostentatious and so took him to a barbecue restaurant in San Francisco instead. They enjoyed each other's company with Mephisto revealing that he wanted to be human-like for just one evening. Mephisto dropped her off home and Magma kissed him goodbye on the cheek.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, John Buscema, and Joe Sinnott.
Ghost Rider II#68 is the first time that the "Satan" who manipulated
John Blaze into becoming the Ghost Rider was Mephisto. He was still
called Satan, but even though he was in shadow, it's clear that it was
intended to be Mephisto. A letter in GR II#72 noted the resemblance to
Mephisto and asked if it was deliberate. The response was "Deliberate?
You bet!" And then Ghost Rider II#76 showed Mephisto as clearly being
in charge of Ghost Rider and specifically stating him to have been the
one with whom Blaze made the pact, while #78 (?) revealed the origins
of Centurious and Zarathos, making it clear that Mephisto had been in
charge of Zarathos for some time.
In the most recent Ghost Rider series, however, Lucifer is in charge of Ghost Rider, and there's no explanation as to whether there was a change of hands or anything else. It may well be that the "Satan" that empowered Ghost Rider was the gestalt Satan, made up of Mephisto, Lucifer, Satan/Marduk Kurios, Satannish, Thog, etc. Or it may be that Mephisto and Lucifer were the only two partnered in this endeavor. OR, it might be that Lucifer only recently gained dominion over Ghost Rider, following his recent descent into Hell prior to the Ennis Ghost Rider mini-series.
Both Dr. Strange II#15-16 and Tomb of Dracula I#62-64 seem like appearances of the gestalt Satan (or some component thereof), as he uses multiple aliases and sometimes refers to himself in plural, but it could also be that Mephisto was just playing up the role to get others to believe him to be the Biblical Satan. The Tomb of Dracula appearances have been specifically referenced as Mephisto in subsequent comics.
In Thor Annual#13, Mephisto comments that he hadn't faced true goodness since battling the Silver Surfer, though other demons had worn his guise to accomplish petty mischiefs. Presumably this would indicate that the previous encounters with Thor weren't truly Mephisto, presumably because Thor could so easily match or overpower him.
Mephisto could be considered behind the scenes with each appearance of Thomas and William, but I'm only including those directly relevant to Mephisto.
In Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#8, Satannish commented that Mephisto could "impress gullible mortals like Milton and Goethe with his earthly manifestation as the embodiment of their least imaginative stereotypes." Indicating that John Milton's Paradise Lost and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust were written following encounters with Mephisto.
If you can make sense of what "really" happened to Wonder Man II#22-25, let me know. Lotus and Alex Flores later showed up alive and well with no memory of any of the events of this arc, while Martha Williams was never dead to begin with. Craziness. One can only guess the Blackheart and Mephisto manipulated Wonder Man (and possibly the others present -- Black Talon, Goliath, Grim Reaper, Man-Ape, and the Beast -- to their own ends.
I'm not 100% certain whether the scene with Mephisto in Black Panther III#30 is Chiantang, the Black Dragon, who was posing as Mephisto within a few issues, or if it is supposed to be a retelling of the end of Black Panther III#1, but either way, there's not really anything new for Mephisto there, so I'm leaving it out of this profile. Chiantang posed as Mephisto, then swapped minds with Everett K. Ross, leaving him to be confronted by the Defenders, who believed him to be the real Mephisto.
The Book of Summonings from Ultimate Super-Villains is apparently associated with Mephisto.
For another take on "A Friend," see here.
Thanks to John McDonagh for pointing out a few appearances I had missed.
As demonstrated in various past stories, Mephisto most likely altered reality using another such reality, like Reality-81545. IF the changes ever get reversed, Earth-81545 will persist as an alternate Earth. Everyone flipped out about such comments about the House of M, and more and more stories keep showing that it is an alternate reality.
the Nazis (see Thule)
fact he has a consort makes him the Satan in the Destroyer story in
All-Winners Comics#8 (Spring 1943) who has a consort named Madam Satan.
synopsis first page of Journey Into Mystery I#627, Mephisto
claims that he suggested to the captive Serpent that he go on a fear
rampage (see the Fear Itself event). I kinda think he's lying.
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Journey Into Mystery #627( 11/11 )] who by the way lied about never using the
name Satan in this issue.
--From John Holstein
This unidentified "devil" is covered here: "satan"/other: demon_in_a_bar
And, yes, Mephisto has used the Satan alias a few times!
Profile by Snood.
Mephisto should be distinguished from:
Books of Doom#2, p16, panel 4 (tentacled form)
Ghost Rider II#8 (on throne, summoned by Blaze)
Tomb of Dracula I#64 ("Satan")
Defenders I#99, p3, panel 1 (Maya)
Thor Annual#13, p3, panel 4 (on throne)
Daredevil I#266, p8, panel 3 (human woman's form)
p25 (numbered), full panel (alternate form face)
Ghost Rider, Wolverine, Punisher: Hearts of Darkness, 2nd to last page (alternate form with fat body)
Ghost Rider II#19, p2, panel (horned form)
Warlock Chronicles#3, p3, panel 5 (horned form, full body)
p19, panel 1 (three-eyed form)
Silver Surfer#100, p29-30 (serpentine form)
#137, p9, panel 1 (essence)
Nighthawk#1, 2nd to last page
Slingers#11, p2 (
Nightcrawler III#12, p12 (full body, main form)
Journey Into Mystery I#627, p5, pan1 (at bar)
Silver Surfer I#3 (December, 1968) - by Stan Lee (writer/editor), John Buscema (Pencils), Joe Sinnott (Inks).
Silver Surfer I#8 (September, 1969) - by Stan Lee (writer/editor), John Buscema (Pencils), Dan Adkins (Inks).
Silver Surfer I#9 (October, 1969) - by Stan Lee (writer/editor), John Buscema (Pencils), Dan Adkins (Inks).
Silver Surfer I#16 (May, 1970) - by Stan Lee (writer/editor), John Buscema (Pencils), Chic Stone (Inks).
Silver Surfer I#17 (June, 1970) - by Stan Lee (writer/editor), John Buscema (Pencils), Dan Adkins (Inks).
Thor I#180-181 (September-October, 1970) - by Stan Lee (writer/editor), Neal Adams (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker)
Astonishing Tales#8 (October, 1971) - by Gerry Conway (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), and Tom Palmer (inker).
Marvel Spotlight I#5 (August, 1972) - by Gary Friedrich (writer), Mike Ploog (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Marvel Spotlight I#6 (October, 1972) - by Gary Friedrich (writer), Mike Ploog (artist), Roy Thomas (editor)
Thor I#204-205 (October-November, 1972) - by Gerry Conway (writer), John Buscema (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Marvel Spotlight I#7 (December, 1972) - by Gary Friedrich (writer), Mike Ploog (penciler), Frank Monte (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Marvel Spotlight I#8 (February, 1973) - by Gary Friedrich (writer), Mike Ploog (penciler), Jim Mooney (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Marvel Spotlight I#9 (April, 1973) - by Gary Friedrich (writer), Tom Sutton (penciler), Chic Stone (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Marvel Spotlight I#10 (June, 1973) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Tom Sutton (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Marvel Spotlight I#11 (August, 1973) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Tom Sutton (pencils), Syd Shores (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Ghost Rider II#1-2 (September-October, 1973) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Tom Sutton (#1) & Jim Mooney (#2) (pencils), Syd Shores (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Marvel Spotlight I#12 (October, 1973) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Frank Chiaramonte (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Ghost Rider II#5 (April, 1974) - Marv Wolfman (plot), Doug Moench (writer), Jim Mooney (penciler), Sal Trapani (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Ghost Rider II#6 (June, 1974) - Tony Isabella (writer), Gary Freidrich (concept), Jim Mooney (penciler), Sal Trapani (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Ghost Rider II#7 (August, 1974) - Tony Isabella (writer), Jim Mooney (penciler), Jack Abel (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Ghost Rider II#8-9 (August-December, 1974) - Tony Isabella (writer), Jim Mooney (pencils), Sal Trapani (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Ghost Rider II#11 (April, 1975) - Tony Isabella (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), John Tartaglione & George Roussos (inks), Len Wein (editor)
Fantastic Four I#157 (April, 1975) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Rich Buckler (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker)
Champions#1 (October, 1975) - Tony Isabella (writer), Don Heck (penciler), Mike Esposito (inker), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Champions#2 (January, 1976) - Tony Isabella (writer), Don Heck (penciler), John Tartaglione (inker), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Champions#3 (February, 1976) - Tony Isabella & Bill Mantlo (writers), Goerge Tuska (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Ghost Rider II#17-19 (April, June, August, 1976) - Tony Isabella (writer), Frank Robbins (artist), Vince Colletta (inker), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Doctor Strange II#15-16 (June-July, 1976) - by Steve Englehart (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Marvel Comics Super Special#1 (1977) - by Steve Gerber (writer/editor), Alan Weiss, John Buscema, Rich Buckler, & Sal Buscema (pencilers), Al Milgrom (inker)
Tomb of Dracula I#62-64 (January, March, May, 1978) - by Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Gene Colan (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker)
Avengers I#173 (July, 1978) - by Jim Shooter (plot), David Michelinie (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), D. Hands (inker/finisher), Roger Stern (editor)
Ghost Rider II#32 (October, 1978) - Roger McKenzie (script, co-plotter), Don Perlin (penciler, co-plotter), Rick Bryant (inker), Roger Stern (editor)
Tomb of Dracula I#68 (February, 1979) - by Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Gene Colan (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker)
Defenders I#94-100 (March-October, 1981) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (pencils), Pablo Marcos (#92), Joe Sinnott, Al Milgrom (#94-95, 100-101), Frank Giacoia (#95, 100), Sal Trapani (#96-98, 100) & Jack Abel (#97, 100) (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Thor I#310 (August, 1981) - by Doug Moench (writer), Keith Pollard (penciler), Gene Day (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Thor Annual#10 (1982) - by Alan Zelenetz (scripter, co-plotter), Bob Hall (penciler), Rick Bryant/Joe Rubinstein/Andy Mushynsky/Al Gordon/Kevin Dzubin (inkers), Mark Gruenwald (editor, co-plotter)
Ghost Rider II#68 (May, 1982) - Roger Stern (writer), Bob Budiansky (penciler), Josef Rubinstein (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Ghost Rider II#72 (September, 1982) - letter page only - Linda Grant (assistant editor), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Thor I#325 (November, 1982) - by Doug Moench (scripter), Alan Kupperberg (penciler), Jim Mooney (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Ghost Rider II#76 (January, 1983) - by J.M. DeMatteis (script), Don Perlin (plot, penciler), Dave Simons (inker) Tom DeFalco (editor)
Ghost Rider II#77 (February, 1983) - by J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (pencils), Dave Simons (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Ghost Rider II#80 (May, 1983) - by J.M. DeMatteis (writer, co-plotter), Bob Budiansky (pencils, co-plotter), Kevin Dzubin (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Ghost Rider II#81 (June, 1983) - by J.M. DeMatteis (writer, co-plotter), Bob Budiansky (pencils, co-plotter), Danny Bulanadi & Kevin Dzubin (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Fantastic Four I#276-277 (March-April, 1985) - John Byrne (writer/pencils), Jerry Ordway (inks), Michael Carlin (editor)
Dr. Strange II#76 (April, 1986) - Peter Gillis (writer), Mark Badger & Chris Warner (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Thor Annual#13 (1985) - by Alan Zelenetz (writer), John Buscema (artist), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#312 (October, 1985) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Mike Mignola (penciler), Gerry Talaoc (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
Vision & the Scarlet Witch II#3 (December, 1985) - by Steve Englehart (writer), Richard Howell (penciler), Frank Springer (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Secret Wars II#6 (December, 1985) - by Jim Shooter (writer), Al Milgrom (penciler), Steve Leialoha (inker), Bob Budiansky (editor)
Secret Wars II#7 (January, 1986) - by Jim Shooter (writer), Al Milgrom (penciler), Steve Leialoha (inker), Bob Budiansky (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#274 (March, 1986) - by Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Frenz (layouts), Joe Rubinstein (finishes), Jim Owsley (editor)
Secret Wars II#9 (March, 1986) - by Jim Shooter (writer), Al Milgrom (penciler), Steve Leialoha (inker), Bob Budiansky (editor)
West Coast Avengers II#9 (June, 1986) - Steve Englehart (writer), Al Milgrom (breakdowns), Joe Sinnott (finished art), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Vision & the Scarlet Witch II#12 (September, 1986) - Steve Englehart (story), Richard Howell (pencils), Frank Springer (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
West Coast Avengers II#15 (December, 1986) - Steve Englehart (writer), Al Milgrom (breakdowns), Joe Sinnott (finished art), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Fantastic Four Annual#20 (1987) - Steve Englehart (writer), Paul Neary (pencils), Tony DeZuniga (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Mephisto vs...#1-2 (April-May, 1987) - Al Milgrom (writer), John Buscema (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Mephisto vs...#3 (June, 1987) - Al Milgrom (writer), John Buscema (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Mephisto vs...#4 (July, 1987) - Al Milgrom (writer), John Buscema (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#381 (July, 1987) - Walt Simonson (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Silver Surfer: Judgment Day (1988) - Stan Lee (writer), John Buscema (art), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Marvel Graphic Novel: Dr. Strange and Dr. Doom: Triumph and Torment (1989)
Daredevil I#266 (May, 1989) - Ann Nocenti (writer), John Romita Jr. (penciler), Al Williamson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#270 (September, 1989) - Ann Nocenti (writer), John Romita Jr. (penciler), Al Williamson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#5-8 (July-October, 1989) - Roy & Dann Thomas (writers), Jackson Guice (pencils), Jose Marzan (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Silver Surfer Annual#2/6 (1989) - Renee Witterstaeter (writer), Jim Valentino (penciler), Keith Williams (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)
Avengers West Coast#50-52 (November-December, 1989) - John Byrne (writer/pencils), Mike Machlan (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
Silver Surfer III#32 (Mid-December, 1989) - Jim Valentino (writer), Ron Frenz (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)
Daredevil I#278-282 (March-July, 1990) - Ann Nocenti (writer), John Romita Jr. (penciler), Al Williamson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#46-49 (1990) - Dwight Zimmerman (writer), Rodeny Ramos (pencils), Mark McKenna (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Silver Surfer III#44 (December, 1990) - Jim Starlin (writer), Ron Lim (pencils), Tom Christopher (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Silver Surfer III#45 (January, 1991) - Jim Starlin (writer), Ron Lim (pencils), Tom Christopher (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Thor I#429 (February, 1991) - Tom DeFalco (writer, co-plotter), Ron Frenz (penciler, co-plotter), Joe Sinnott (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#430 (March, 1991) - Tom DeFalco (writer, co-plotter), Ron Frenz (penciler, co-plotter), Al Milgrom (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Silver Surfer III#47-49 (March-May, 1991) - Jim Starlin (writer), Ron Lim (pencils), Tom Christopher (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Ghost Rider III#11 (March, 1991) - by Howard Mackie (writer), Larry Stroman (penciler), Mark Texiera (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Cloak & Dagger III#17 (April, 1991) - Terry Kavanaugh (writer), Dave Ross (penciler), K. Williams & C. Ivy (inkers), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Thor I#432 (May, 1991) - Tom DeFalco (writer, co-plotter), Ron Frenz (penciler, co-plotter), Al Milgrom (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Cloak & Dagger III#18 (June, 1991) - Terry Kavanaugh (writer), Dave Ross (penciler), Sam DeLaRosa (inker), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#30 (June, 1991) - Roy & Dann Thomas (writers), Chris Marrinan (pencils), Mark McKenna (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Sensational She-Hulk#28 (June, 1991) - Dwight Jon Zimmerman (writer), Aaron Lopresti (penciler), K. Stan Wilson (inker), Renee Witterstaetter (editor)
Quasar#24 (July, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Greg Capullo (penciler), Keith Williams (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Infinity Gauntlet#1 (July, 1991) - Jim Starlin (writer), George Perez (penciler), Josef Rubinstein & Tom Christopher (inkers), Craig Anderson (editor)
Infinity Gauntlet#2-3 (August-September, 1991) - Jim Starlin (writer), George Perez (penciler), Josef Rubinstein (inkers), Craig Anderson (editor)
Quasar#26 (September, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Dave Hoover (penciler), Fred Fredricks (inker), Kelly Corvese (editor)
Infinity Gauntlet#4 (October, 1991) - Jim Starlin (writer), Ron Lim & George Perez (pencilers), Josef Rubinstein & Bruce N. Solotoff (inkers), Craig Anderson (editor)
Infinity Gauntlet#5-6 (November-December, 1991) - Jim Starlin (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Josef Rubinstein (inkers), Craig Anderson (editor)
Ghost Rider III#19 (November, 1991) - Howard Mackie (writer), Mark Texeira (penciler), Chiang (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Ghost Rider, Wolverine, Punisher: Hearts of Darkness (December, 1991) - Howard Mackie (writer), John Romita Jr. (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Chris Cooper (assistant editor), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Thor I#441 (December, 1991) - Tom DeFalco (writer, co-plotter), Ron Frenz (penciler, co-plotter), Al Milgrom (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#442-443 (January, 1992) - Tom DeFalco (writer, co-plotter), Ron Frenz (penciler, co-plotter), Al Milgrom (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme Annual#2/2 (1992) - by Roy Thomas & R.J.M. Lofficier (writers), W.C. Wyman (penciler), Jim Sanders III (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#105/3 (1992) - Howard Mackie (writer), Rick Leonardi (penciler), Jimmy Palmiotti (inker), Terry Kavanaugh (editor)
Hell's Angel#1 (July, 1992) - by Bernie Jaye (writer), Geoff Senior (penciler), Cam Smith (inker), Helen Stone (editor)
Thor I#450 (August-1992) - Tom DeFalco (writer, co-plotter), Ron Frenz (penciler, co-plotter), Joe Sinnott (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Terror INC#2-3 (August-September, 1992) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Jorge Zaffino (artist), Marc McLaurin (editor)
Thor I#451 (September, 1992) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Gary Hurtle (layouts), Al Milgrom & Yates (finished art), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#452 (September, 1992) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Gary Hurtle (penciler), Al Milgrom, Kryssing, Alexandrov, & Ariane (inkers), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#453-454 (November, 1992) - Tom DeFalco (writer, co-plotter), Ron Frenz (penciler, co-plotter), Joe Sinnott (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Terror INC#5 (November, 1992) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Jorge Zaffino (artist), Marc McLaurin (editor)
Warheads#6 (November, 1992) - Nick Vince (writer), Simon Coleby (art), John Freeman (editor)
Spirits of Vengeance#7-8 (February-March, 1993) - Howard Mackie (writer), Adam Kubert (penciler), Bill Reinhold (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Warheads#10 (March, 1993) - Nick Vince (writer), Jerry Cruz (art), Robin Briggs (background assist), John Freeman (editor)
Spirits of Vengeance#9 (April, 1993) - Howard Mackie (writer), Adam Kubert (penciler), Bill Reinhold & Klaus Janson (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Mys-Tech Wars#2 (April, 1993)
Black Axe#1 (April, 1993) - Simon Jowett (writer), Edmund Perryman (pencils), Rodney Ramos (inks)
Silver Surfer/Warlock: Resurrection#2-4 (April-June, 1993) - Adam Warlock (writer, penciler), Terry Austin (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)
Black Axe#3 (June, 1993) - Simon Jowett (writer), Edmund Perryman (pencils), Rodney Ramos (inks)
Wonder Man II#22 (June, 1993) - Gerard Jones (writer), Jeff Johnson (penciler), Dan Panosian (inker), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
Infinity Crusade#1 (June, 1993) - Jim Starlin (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)
Wonder Man II#23 (July, 1993) - Gerard Jones (writer), Jeff Johnson (penciler), Mak McKenna (inker), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
Ghost Rider III#39 (July, 1993) - Howard Mackie (writer), Ron Garney (penciler), Chris Ivy (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Wonder Man II#24 (August, 1993) - Gerard Jones (writer), Jeff Johnson (penciler), Jon Holredge (inker), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#135 (August, 1993) - Karl Bollers (writer), Freddy Mendez (pencils), Scott Koblish (inks), Richard Ashford (editor)
Infinity Crusade#3 (August, 1993) - Jim Starlin (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)
Shadow Riders#4 (September, 1993) -
Wonder Man II#22 (September, 1993) - Gerard Jones (writer), Jeff Johnson, Fred Reyes, & Fred Haynes (pencilers), Jon Holredge, Boyd, Lowe, McKenna, Amash, Aiken, Pepoy, & Panosian (inkers), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
Warlock Chronicles#3 (September, 1993) - Jim Starlin (writer), Tom Raney (penciler), Keith Williams (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)
Mortigan Goth: Immortalis#1-2 (September - October, 1993) - Nick Vance (writer), Mark Buckingham (pencils), James Hodgkins (inks), Gary Russell (editor)
Dark Angel#14 (October, 1993)
Avengers West Coast#99 -100 (October-November, 1993) - Roy Thomas (writer), David Ross (penciler), Tim Dzon (inker), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Dark Guard#1-4 (October 1993 - January, 1994) - Dan Abnett (writer), Carlos Pacheco (pencils), Oscar Jiminez (inks), Stuart Bartlett (editor)
Infinity Crusade#6 (November, 1993) - Jim Starlin (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)
Marvel Holiday Special 1994 (cover)/1993, first story (indicia) - Steven Grant (writer), Pat Broderick (penciler), Renee Witterstaetter (editor)
Mortigan Goth: Immortalis#3 (January, 1994) - Nick Vance (writer), Mark Buckingham (pencils), James Hodgkins (inks), Gary Russell (editor)
Mortigan Goth: Immortalis#4 (March, 1994) - Nick Vance (writer), Mark Buckingham (pencils), James Hodgkins (inks), Gary Russell (editor)
Scarlet Witch#3 (March, 1994) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), John Higgins (penciler), Mark McKenna (inker), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Ghost Rider Annual#2 (1994) - Frank Lovece (writer), Kevin Kobasic (pencils), Philip Moy (inks), Chris Cooper (editor)
Avengers Annual#23 (1994) - Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (artist), Matt Idelson (assistant editor), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor Annual#19 (1994) - Roy Thomas (writer), Jerry Decaire (penciler), Romeo Tanghal (inker), Joe Andreani (assistant editor), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Tales to Astonish III#1 (1994) - Peter David (writer), John Estes (artist), Spencer Lamm (assistant editor), Marc McLaurin (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#418 (June, 1994) - Peter David (writer), Gary Frank (penciler), Cam Smith (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Silver Surfer III#96 (September, 1994) - Ron Marz (writer), Jim Hall (pencils), Mark McKenna (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)
Silver Surfer III#97-98 (October-November, 1994) - Ron Marz (writer), Jim Hall (pencils), Tom Christopher (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)
Thunderstrike#14-15 (November-December, 1994) - Tom DeFalco (writer, co-plotter), Ron Frenz (penciler, co-plotter), Al Milgrom (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Silver Surfer III#99 (December, 1994) - Ron Marz (writer), Jim Hall (pencils), Bob Almond (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)
Ghost Rider, Wolverine, Punisher: Dark Design (December, 1994) - Howard Mackie (writer), Ron Garney (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), James Felder (assistant editor), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Silver Surfer III#100 (January, 1995) - Ron Marz (writer), Joe Phillips & Tom Grindberg (pencils), Tom Christopher, Bob Almond, Don Hudson (inkers), Craig Anderson (editor)
Thor I#482 (January, 1995) - Roy Thomas (writer), M.C. Wyman (penciler), Mike DeCarlo (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
The Ultimate Silver Surfer: What's Yer Poison (December, 1995) - Christopher Golden and Jose R. Nieto (writers), Amanda Conner (penciler)
The Ultimate Silver Surfer: The Tarnished Soul (December, 1995) - Katherine Lawrence (writer), Scott McDaniel (penciler)
Fantastic Force#18 (April, 1996) - Tom Brevoort & Mike Kanterovich (writers), Dante Bastianoni (penciler), Ralph Cabrera (inker), Nel Yomtov (editor)
The Ultimate Super-Villains: Mephisto: Child's Play (August, 1996) - Robert L. Washington III (writer), John Paul Leon (penciler), Stan Lee (editor)
Devil's Reign #½: Silver Surfer/Witchblade (March, 1997) - David Wohl (plot), Mike Manczarek (script), Kirk Van Wormer & Adam McDaniel (pencilers), Adam McDaniel, Norm Rapmund, Livesay, Joe Weems V (inkers), Sonja Im (editor)
Weapon Zero/Silver Surfer#1 (January, 1997 (labeled 1997) - Walter Simonson (story), Billy Tan Mung Khoy, Marc Silvestri, Kirk Van Wormer (pencilers), D-Tron, Ratt, Joe Weems V, Billy Tan Mung Khoy (inkers), David Wohl (editor)
Cyblade/Ghost Rider#1 (January, 1997) - Ivan Velez Kr (story), Anthony Chun, David Finch (pencilers), Aaaron Sowd, Joe Weems V (inkers), David Wohl (editor)
Ghost Rider/Ballistic#1 (February, 1997) - Warren Ellis (story), Billy Tan Mung Khoy (penciler), D-Tron (inker), James Felder (editor)
Ballistic/Wolverine#1(February, 1997) - Larry Hama (script), Joe Benitez (penciler, co-plotter), Aaron Sowd (inker), David Wohl (editor, co-plotter)
Wolverine/Witchblade#1 (March, 1997) - David Wohl, Christina Z (story), Michael Turner (penciler, co-plotter), D-Tron (inker), Brad Foxhoven (editor)
Witchblade/Elektra#1 (March, 1997) - Christina Z, David Wohl (story), Michael Turner, David Finch, Joe Benitez (pencilers), D-Tron, Joe Weems V (inkers), Ski (editor)
Elektra/Cyblade#1 (March, 1997) - Howard Mackie, Brian Holguin (plot), Brian Holguin (script), Billy Tan, Kirk Van Wormer, Anthony Chun, David Finch (pencilers), Joe Weems V, D-Tron, Billy Tan, Danny Miki, Kevin Conrad (inkers), David Wohl (editor)
Silver Surfer/Weapon Zero#1 (April, 1997), Brian Holguin (story), Joe Benitez (penciler), Billy Tan, Kevin Conrad, Marlo Alquiza, Nathan Cabrera, Joe Weems V, Norm Rapmund, Sean Parsons, Joe Benitez, Victor Llamas, Team Tron (inkers), Ski (editor)
Ghost Rider III minus 1 (July, 1997) - by Ivan Velez (writer), Javier Saltares (penciler), Keith Aiken (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Silver Surfer III#133 (November, 1997) - J.M. DeMatteis (plot), Tom DeFalco (script), Paul Pelletier (breakdowns), Matt Ryan (finishes), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Silver Surfer III#134 (December, 1997) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Tom Grummett (penciler), Matt Ryan (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Silver Surfer III#135 (January, 1998) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Tom Grummett (penciler), Matt Ryan (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Ghost Rider III#92 (January, 1998) - by Ivan Velez (writer), Javier Saltares (penciler), Mark Texiera (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Silver Surfer III#136 (February, 1998) - J.M. DeMatteis (plot), Tom DeFalco (script), Tom Grummett & Cary Nord (pencilers), Matt Ryan (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Silver Surfer III#137 (March, 1998) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Tom Grummett (penciler), Matt Ryan (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Nighthawk#1-3 (September-November, 1998) - Jim Krueger (writer), Richard Case (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Punisher IV#1 (November, 1998) - Christopher Golden & Tom Sniegoski (writers), Berni Wrightson (pencils), Jimmy Palmiotti (inks)
Alpha Flight II#16 (November, 1998) - Steven Seagle (writer), Duncan Rouleau (penciler), Rob Hunter, Aaron Sowd, & Cabin Boy (inkers), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Black Panther III#1-2 (November-December, 1998) - Priest (writer), Joe Quesada "(storytelling"), Mark Texeira (penciler/inker), Alitha Martinez (inking assists), Joe Quesada & Jimmy Palmiotti (editors), Nanci Dakesian (managing editor)
Black Panther III#3-4 (January-February, 1999) - Priest (writer), Joe Quesada "(storytelling"), Mark Texeira (penciler/inker), Alitha Martinez (inking assists), Joe Quesada & Jimmy Palmiotti (editors), Nanci Dakesian (managing editor)
Black Panther III#5 (March, 1999) - Priest (writer), Vince Evans (artist), Alitha Martinez (inking assists), Joe Quesada & Jimmy Palmiotti (editors), Nanci Dakesian (managing editor)
Daredevil II#5 (March, 1999) - Kevin Smith (writer), Joe Quesada (penciler), Jimmy Palmiotti (inker), Nanci Dakesian (editor)
Slingers#10 (September, 1999) - Joseph Harris (writer), Chriscross (penciler), Don Hillsman & Rob Stull (inkers), Ruben Diaz (editor)
Slingers#11 (October, 1999) - Joseph Harris (writer), Javier Saltares (penciler), Perrota & Milstedt (inkers), Ruben Diaz (editor)
Slingers#12 (November, 1999) - Joseph Harris (writer), Javier Saltares (penciler), Minor, Perrota, Ramos & Rubinstein (inkers), Ruben Diaz (editor)
Thor II#18 (December, 1999) - Dan Jurgens (writer), John Romita Jr. (penciler), Dick Giordano (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thor II#19 (January, 2000) - Dan Jurgens (writer), Michael Ryan. (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts (Annual) 2000 - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Norm Breyfogle (artist), Kurt Busiek (inspiration), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Hellcat#1-3 (September-November, 2000) - Steve Englehart (writer), Norm Breyfogle (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Magik II#1 (December, 2000) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Liam McCormick Sharpe (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
Magik II#2 (January, 20001 - mislabeled as 2000 in the indicia) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Liam McCormick Sharpe (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
Magik II#3-4 (February-March, 2001) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Liam McCormick Sharpe (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
Defenders II#2 (April, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Erik Larson (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thor II#41 (November, 2001) - Dan Jurgens (writer), Stuart Immonen (penciler), Scott Koblish (inker), Marc Sumerak (assistant editor), Tom Brevoort (editor)
X-Men Unlimited#37 (September, 2002) - Kaare Andrews (writer), Kaare Andrews, Dave McCraig, Mike Kunkel, Joshua Middleton, Troy Nixey, Dave Stewart, Skottie Young, & Pat Duke (artists), Mark D. Beazley (assistant editor), C.B. Cebulski (editor), David Bogart (managing editor)
Marvel Universe: The End#4-6 (June-August, 2003) - Jim Starlin (writer, penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Marc Sumerak & Andy Schmidt (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Nightcrawler III#12 (January, 2006) - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Darick Robertson (penciler), Rodney Ramos (inker), Sean Ryan (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (associate editor), Mike Marts (editor)
Doc Samson II#1 (March, 2006) - Paul Di Filipo (story), Fabrizio Fiorentino (penciler), Jimmy Palmiotti (inker), Nathan Cosby (assistant editor), MacKenzie Cadenhead (consulting editor), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Books of Doom#1, 2, 6 (January, February, June 2006) - by Ed Brubaker (writer), Pablo Raimondi (penciler), Mark Farmer (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Marvel Knights 4 #27 (April, 2006) - by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Valentino DeLandro (penciler) + Batt (inker), Warren Simons (editor)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man#24 (November, 2007) - J. Michael Straczynski (writer), Joe Quesada (penciler), Danny Miki (inker), Daniel Ketchum (assistant editor), Axel Alsonso (editor)
Sensational Spider-Man III#41 (December, 2007) - J. Michael Straczynski (writer), Joe Quesada (penciler), Danny Miki (inker), Daniel Ketchum (assistant editor), Axel Alsonso (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#545 (January, 2008) - J. Michael Straczynski & Joe Quesada (writer), Joe Quesada (penciler), Daniel Miki & Joe Quesada (inkers), Daniel Ketchum (assistant editor), Axel Alonso (editor)
Iron Man: Legacy of Doom#2-3 (July-August, 2008) - David Michelinie & Bob Layton (plot), David Michelinie (script), Ron Lim (penciler), Molly Lazer (editor)
Dark Reign Files (February, 2009) - Michael Hoskin & various others (writer), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Deadpool Team-Up#883 (May, 2011) - SkottieYoung (writer), Ramon Perez (art), Sebastian Girner (editor)
New Mutants III#29-30 (October, 2011) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Dave Lafuente (art),Sebastian Girner (editor)
Journey Into Mystery I#627 (November, 2011) - Kieron Gillen (writer), Richard Elson (art), Ralph Macchio (senior editor)
New Mutants III#37 (April, 2012) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), David Lopez (art), Sebastian Girner (editor)
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