BLACKHEART

Real Name: Blackheart

Identity/Class: Demon (Class 2) magic user;
   citizen of Hell

Occupation: Ruler of a portion of Hell

Group Membership: Hell-Lords; former leader of the Hellfire Club (Selene, others), Legions of the Night (Grim Reaper/Eric Williams, "Martha Williams", "Sanford Williams", Wonder Man/Simon Williams)

Affiliations: Antitheses (Encephalon, Evangelist, Ichor, X-666), Black Rose (Roxanne Simpson), Black Talon (Samuel Barone), the Corrupt (Hank, Vana, others), Dormammu, Dray, Furies (Dark Lady, Ember, Lady Ash), Gari Oyle, Grim Reaper (Eric Williams), Hela, Lord Fear, Mikey, Satannish, Scarecrow (Ebenezer Laughton), Skritch, Snowblind, Spirits of Vengeance (Doghead/Francisco "Chio" Fuentes, Pao Fu/Lian Goh, Verminus Rex, Wallow/Max Pressman), Stryfe, Michael Tabak, Witchfire

Enemies: Barb, Ginger Beach, Spider Beach, Champions (Bombshell/Laura Baumgartner, Dust/Sooraya Qadir, Falcon/Joaquin Torres, Ironheart/Riri Williams, Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, Nova/Sam Alexander, Patriot/Rayshaun Lucas, Pinpoint/Qureshi Gupta, Power Man/Victor Alvarez, Red Locust/Fernanda Rodriguez, Snowguard/Amka Aliyak, Viv Vision, Wasp/Nadia Van Dyne), Chaos King (Mikaboshi), Lucy Crumm, Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Deadpool (Wade Wilson), Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom), Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange), Doctor Voodoo (Jericho Drumm), Falcon (Joaquin Torres), Falcon (Sam Wilson), Fantastic Four (Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Woman/Susan Richards, Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm), Alex Flores, Lucy Flores, Ghost Rider (Alejandra Jones), Ghost Rider (John Blaze), Ghost Rider (Noble Kale), Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch), Hellstorm (Daimon Hellstrom), Inhumans (Ahura/Pope, Gorgon, Karnak), Jennifer Kale, Naomi Kale, Barbara Ketch, "Masters of Evil" (Black Talon/Samuel Barone, Power Man/Erik Josten, Man-Ape, Lotus Newmark; see comments), Mys-Tech (Rathcoole, others), Number Nine, Patriot (Deshaun Lucas), Peter, Meggan Puceanu, Punisher (Frank Castle), Gary Rags, Red Hulk (Thaddeus Ross), Redwing, Juliana Sandoval, Sarah, Shadow-Hunters (Mechamage, Alyssa Moy, Margali Szardos), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Thanos, Vengeance (Michael Badilino), Venom (Eugene "Flash" Thompson), Warheads (Stacy Arnheim, Che, Gregory, Col. Liger, Leona McBride, Misha, Perez), Warpath (James Proudstar), Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett), Wonder Man (Simon Williams), X-23 (Laura Kinney), X-Force (Bedlam/Jesse Aaronson, Cannonball/Sam Guthrie, Meltdown/Tabitha Smith, Danielle Moonstar, Sunspot/Roberto Da Costa, Warpath/James Proudstar), Zarathos

Known Relatives: Mephisto (father), Mephista (Jezebel, sister); complex distant relationships through Mephisto to the other Hell-Lords and their off-spring, including Hellfire, Hellstorm, and Satana

Aliases: B.H., the Voice, Winston Agnew, Black King, Lord Blackheart, Gabriel, Mr. Degli, once disguised himself as Doctor Strange

Base of Operations: Mephisto's Hell;
   formerly Castle Blackheart in his own portion of Hell;
   formerly Mephisto's Hell;
   place of birth Christ's Crown, New York

First Appearance: Daredevil I#270 (September, 1989)

Powers/Abilities: Blackheart is a powerful demon with the powers of Hell at his command. Initially born in a mystical field on Earth full of human suffering, Blackheart has always had a complex relationship with humans, sometimes living among them, sometimes seeking them as followers, sometimes seeking dominion over them, and sometimes seeking to torture them. Blackheart can move between realms with ease. Blackheart draws upon the energies of Hell (when not cut off by Mephisto) and can use it to fuel immense power, allowing him to transform the form of humans, control minds, read thoughts, steal souls, emit powerful concussive blasts of darkness, or to change his own size, from miniature to giant, becoming more durable, strong, and dense as he does so. Blackheart can pose as human (and has sometimes been forced into human form by Mephisto). Mephisto has also bound Blackhert to Earth, denying him power. Blackheart can draw power from human worshippers as well as human sacrifice. Blackheart can create human constructs (seemingly out of demon bodies) who seemingly possess the memories of their hosts. At times, Blackheart has been vulnerable to attack (such as concussive force and blades), yet he has also been blasted apart and been able to reconstitute himself. Blackheart can change his shape, as he has when he posed as Dr. Strange, the angel Gabriel, and other forms. Blackheart has used mystic power to alter the souls and/or forms of humans into more monstrous forms, granting them superhuman abilities (as in the cases of Wallow, Verminus Rex, Doghead, and Pao Fu). Blackheart can be cut off from his sources of power (sometimes soul energy, sometimes artifacts), making him immensely weak, though his primary weakness is his father Mephisto's power, and Blackheart has frequently been bound or tortured by Mephisto. Blackheart is often obsessed with controlling Earth, or versions of Hell, or with getting revenge on his father, and at least in one case, he has sought cosmic power. Blackheart frequently uses artifacts in his battles with humans, including a mystic ring, a sword capable of killing Mephisto, a necklace that ensnares human souls, a blade enchanted with innocent blood that could kill demons, and H'Elian's Mirror Cauldron. Blackheart has been able to form parts of Earth into Hell dimensions, increasing his power. Once when confronted with the Penance Stare, Blackheart was reminded of all his sins but this only made him more powerful. Blackheart is vulnerable to venom blasts. For a time, Blackheart acted as a telepathic voice, predicting probabilities for Misha of the Warheads. Blackheart can manipulate human souls, pulling them out of their host bodies, and can send them directly to Hell. He has also shown the ability to place one soul in the body of another, and to resurrect mortals by reuniting their souls with their mortal bodies. Blackheart commands, at times, hosts of demons, and he has had romantic connections to at least two demons, including Blackrose (actually Roxanne Simpson) and Gari Oyle; he has also controlled demonic black flies that he used to corrupt humans. Blackheart is bound by contracts signed in Hell, forced to keep his end of bargains when he barters with humans. Blackheart can also be impacted by various spells, such as the one that briefly bound him to the basement of the Hellfire Club and one in Las Vegas.

Height: 6'4" (variable)
Weight: 290 lbs. (variable)
Eyes: Red or black (no visible irises, variable)
Hair: Black (variable)

History:
(Daredevil I#270 (fb) - BTS) - In 1658, Abigail Housman was brutally murdered on a hilltop. That hill, became imbued with mystical energies, inspiring other humans over the centuries to commit violence. Long thorny rose bushes grew and crows frequently circled overhead. Some cults practiced there as well. Centuries later Mephisto chose this as the birthplace of his son, Blackheart.

(Daredevil I#270) - When Peter took Sarah to the hill and grew violent, they were both shocked at the sudden birth of Blackheart, a massive black demon who quickly destroyed the humans with a blast of dark energy. Mephisto revealed himself and Blackheart immediately attacked him, but Mephisto asserted his superiority and created a mortal form for Blackheart, wanting him to go forth and do evil in the world. Later, Blackheart transformed back into a demon at an amusement park, where he ended up battling Spider-Man and Daredevil. Blackheart tried tempting Daredevil to kill the demon, but Spider-Man helped hold him back.

(Daredevil I#278) - Mephisto showed Blackheart how humans viewed Hell. Blackheart took on a mortal form and posed as a hitchhiker on Earth. Gorgon, Karnak, and Number Nine stopped to give him a ride, then Blackheart influenced Karnak and Gorgon to pull over and fight. Soon, Daredevil pursued the hitchhiker into the woods and he beat the man badly. Blackheart briefly revealed himself, but he left Daredevil rushing from the area, horrified by his own violence. Blackheart then expanded his influence to mortals at a local church.

(Daredevil I#279) - Having learned to cloak himself from Daredevil, Blackheart pursued the man and his friends, taunting them into seeing their waitress covered in blood. Beginning to feel his motivations were superior to those of Mephisto, he criticized his father in Hell for wanting to be worshiped by the damned. Blackheart admitted that while he could corrupt humans, he couldn't turn them completely evil, so Mephisto advised him to cheat. Using small demonic flies, Blackheart began raising the insecurities of the mortals, causing them to bicker. He caused the Earth to open under the mortals, ignoring Mephisto's warning that the boy, "Pope", being there would throw off the plans.

(Daredevil I#280) - Blackheart had the mortals taunted in personal versions of Purgatory, but he was furious when he saw someone had built a fire, which represented hope.

(Daredevil I#281) - Blackheart took the form of a horned angel named Gabriel. He worked to tempt Number Nine in an angelic version of Hell, the Billboard Heaven, but she would not follow him. Blackout shifted back to his demonic form, realizing that humans were more complicated than he realized.

(Daredevil I#282) - Blackheart openly rebelled against Mephisto, calling him archaic, but Mephisto simply crushed Blackheart in response. Blackheart reformed and continued taunting Mephisto, only to be crushed again, over and over until Mephisto banished Blackheart to Earth, cursing him with a human form and telling him that to use his powers would drive him mad.

(Wonder Man II#22 (fb) - BTS) - Back in Hell, Blackheart recruited the dead Grim Reaper to aid him in a plot to overthrow Mephisto. He became aware that Mephisto was going to taunt the hero Wonder Man, and Blackheart chose to launch his own plan.

(Wonder Man II#22) - After Mephisto attacked Wonder Man with constructs of the Enchantress and the Executioner, Blackheart and Grim Reaper went to Earth to find him, briefly confronting Ginger and Spider Beach in a hospital before realizing Mephisto had already taken Wonder Man to Hell. Blackheart followed, stopping Mephisto from placing a necklace on Wonder Man that would enslave him. Grim Reaper sparred with Wonder Man, showing him constructs of their parents, Sanford and Martha Williams, to taunt him.

(Wonder Man II#23) - As Wonder Man seemingly lost a hand in the demonic fires, Blackheart boasted that he knew better ways to corrupt humans than Mephisto did. Mephisto's demons moved in and Blackheart fought against them, calling on Grim Reaper to aid him; Wonder Man joined his brother in the fight as well, his hand regrowing as seemingly dead flesh. Mephisto expressed pride in Blackheart for his fight, but then ended it abruptly, sending Wonder Man back to Earth. Blackheart ended the life of Alex Flores (the love interest of Wonder Man who was being used as a pawn by Mephisto) after toying with her daughter, Jamie Flores. Back on Earth, Blackheart, Grim Reaper, and the constructs of Wonder Man's parents donned black robes and invited him to join the Legions of the Night.

(Wonder Man II#24) - Blackheart continued to manipulate Wonder Man, trying to make him believe he was more demon than man. He tricked the hero into fighting Mephisto's demons, threatening to corrupt the souls of Wonder Man's parents if he didn't. After fighting Michael Tabak, a demon in human form, Wonder Man began rebelling from Blackheart, determined to find his heroic nature. Mephisto formed his own team to fight back, including Lotus, Power Man, Man-Ape, and Black Talon, as well as constructs of Executioner, Enchantress, and Baron Zemo, in forming a new "Masters of Evil".

(Wonder Man II#25) - Wonder Man fought the new "Masters of Evil", defeating some and exposing Mephisto's illusions and corruptions. Tired of waiting for Wonder Man to return, Blackheart took the Legions of the Night to follow him, but found Man-Ape defeated. Realizing his father had outplayed him, Blackheart attacked Mephisto directly, seeing he had Wonder Man and Beast captive. Wonder Man shifted into a demonic form and fought against Mephisto until he realized Blackheart had been behind Alex Flores' death. Wonder Man appealed to Grim Reaper's soul, making peace with his brother, who seemingly sacrificed his life to battle Mephisto. Choosing to embrace heroism and his human form, Wonder Man realized his parents were constructs. Wonder Man offered to fight for Blackheart if he restored Alex Flores to life, and Blackheart agreed, bringing the mortal back. Hela then revealed herself, invading Mephisto's realm, and Blackheart intensified his attack as the mortals all returned to Earth.

(Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher: Hearts of Darkness#1 (fb) - BTS) - Stripped of his power and banished from Hell, Blackheart could only be worshipped by humans and he drew upon their power.

(Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher: Hearts of Darkness#1) - A cult committed human sacrifices at Christ's Crown, the hill where Blackheart was born. Blackheart emerged and claimed the lives of the entire cult. Resenting his father for taking his free will, he was determined to manipulate humans and gather his power so he could overthrow Mephisto.

(Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher: Hearts of Darkness#1 - BTS) - Blackheart, using the name B.H., sent letters to Daniel Ketch (Ghost Rider), Frank Castle (Wolverine), and Logan (Wolverine), luring them to Christ's Crown and promising to reveal secrets about themselves. He saw these three as a new breed of anti-hero that would be corruptible.

(Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher: Hearts of Darkness#1) - Blackheart made offers to Punisher, Wolverine, and Ghost Rider to join him in overthrowing his father, but they all refused. Furious, Blackheart lashed out, stealing Ghost Rider's motorcycle and corrupting every adult in town to serve him, including Barb. Blackheart took the child Lucy captive and told the heroes to fight through the humans to get to her. Blackheart surrounded himself with thorny tendrils, but the heroes fought their way through. Blackheart tried tempting the heroes: Punisher with the resurrection of his wife and children, Wolverine with the knowledge of his origins, and Ghost Rider with demonic power, but they all rejected him. The heroes fought through green demons, then Blackheart led them to Hell, where they seemingly blew Blackheart to pieces when he tried to kill the child. As Blackheart reconstituted himself, Mephisto arrived to claim him, telling Blackheart he had turned out exactly as Mephisto had hoped. Mephisto sent the humans back to Earth, saying it was time for him to show Blackheart love.

(Warheads#10 (fb) - BTS) - While imprisoned in Hell, bound to a chair, Blackheart was regularly tortured by Mephisto's demons. Blackheart reached out with his influence to Earth and he began manipulating two humans on Earth, Rathcoole of Mys-Tech and Misha of the Warheads. He planned to use his influence to get a group of humans in Hell, where he could use humans to use a sword against Mephisto, planning to kill his father.

(Warheads#1 - BTS) - Blackheart spoke as 'the Voice' to psychic Misha, influencing her choices as she went on inter-dimensional missions with her team, the Warheads, a group connected to Mys-Tech, using portals to move through time and space.

(Warheads#2 - BTS) - The Voice continued to influence Misha, helping her realize that she could predict future events with her powers and thus alter the future.

(Warheads#3 - BTS) - The Voice gave Misha different intel and advice about her teammates as she engaged in various battles.

(Warheads#4 - BTS) - The Voice helped Misha locate electronic sensors during another Warheads mission, helped her set up events through a conflict with X-Force, and guided them to a place of power.

(Warheads#5 - BTS) - After being blocked for a time, Misha's Voice helped her escape a mystical threat from a witch.

(Warheads#6 - BTS) - The Voice went silent within Misha as the Warheads and Mys-Tech battled Mephisto.

(Warheads#7 - BTS) - The Voice continued aiding Misha in her missions alongside the Warheads.

(Warheads#8/2 - BTS) - The Voice continued aiding Misha in her missions alongside the Warheads.

(Warheads#9) - Blackheart watched from Hell as the Warheads prepared to launch an attack on Mephisto's realms. Blackheart rejoiced, all his plans coming to fruition, as he planned to take over Mephisto's realm.

(Warheads#10) - Blackheart forced a conversation with Misha, who tried to keep him out of her head. In Hell, he remained in restraints as the demon Sidney tortured him for Mephisto. Blackheart promised his revenge within the hour. He guided Rathcoole and the others to lead a Mys-Tech team to Hell, instructing them to find a sword to kill Mephisto. The Warheads made it to Hell, but Rathcoole was apprehended just after that, reducing Blackheart's influence slightly. The Warheads (Stacy Arnheim, Che, Gregory, Col. Liger, Leona McBride, Perez) followed Misha, who was guided by the Voice, and they joined with Blackheart disguised as Dr. Strange. A battle against demons happened, and Perez was killed in combat, which disrupted Blackheart's plans as he needed seven humans to wield the sword. Blackheart yelled that he had been aiding the Warheads this past year to keep them alive for his own plot, and now he planned to kill them. The mortals grabbed the sword designed to kill Mephisto and threatened Blackheart with it, but Mephisto revealed himself and banished the humans back to Earth. Mephisto then grabbed Blackheart, shrank him down, and consumed him, returning him to imprisonment.

(Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher: Dark Design#1 (fb) - BTS) - Driven mad by Mephisto, Blackheart built a citadel of power for himself at Christ's Church, raising the city overnight. Blackheart powered up a group of humans (including Vana and Hank), enhancing them with his demonic energies, and calling them his Corrupt. He sent Vana and others to find Lucy Crumm, a girl who had telepathic powers that calmed those around her, restricting his influence, but Crumm had already reached out to Wolverine, Punisher, and Ghost Rider, drawing them near.

(Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher: Dark Design#1) - Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch) defended Crumm by fighting Vana and the others, but one of them managed to corrupt Ketch's hand with a demonic touch. Punisher and Wolverine fought off more of Blackheart's followers as they closed in on Christ's Church. Mephisto took the form of a bird and taunted Blackheart, who raged at his father's injustices and planned to dethrone him. The Corrupt brought Ghost Rider and Lucy to Blackheart, and he planned to reign with the innocent girl at his side. Punisher and Wolverine closed in and found Blackheart, his power depleted, with a knife to Crumm's throat and Ghost Rider strung up on the ceiling. Blackheart tried corrupting the heroes' memories, but Wolverine broke free and the heroes overwhelmed Blackheart, who cried for mercy and asked for their help in killing Mephisto. As Blackheart argued that he would be a more humane ruler of Hell, the heroes defeated him with chains, claws, and bullets. As he lay weak, Blackheart was shocked when Crumm knelt over him and forgave him. He returned to Hell with some of Crumm's blood on a knife. Ignoring Mephisto's promises of power and unity, Blackheart killed his father with the power of the innocent blood and claimed his position as the king of Hell. (Mephisto claimed the throne again before long and imprisoned Blackheart again).

(Ghost Riders: Crossroads#1) - Blackheart recruited the Scarecrow forcibly, then kidnapped Dan Ketch from a cemetery, stopping him from transforming into Ghost Rider. Blackheart then wore a suit and sought out John Blaze in a bar. After mentally manipulating the patrons to not see him, Blackheart convinced Blaze to put down his Hellfire shotgun then explained that he was seeking to expand his Hell territory to Earth, but he needed to speak to Zarathos to do it. Blackheart took Blaze to Hell and reunited him with Zarathos, forcing his change into Ghost Rider. Blackheart taunted Ketch with the souls of Roxanne Simpson and Barbara Ketch, and promised to let him take someone with him if he escaped Hell, but he made the same promise to Scarecrow and told them both only one could win. Blaze as Ghost Rider went to a jail and confronted prisoners, as Blackheart taunted the Rider into consuming the souls of the killers there, including serial killer Mikey. Blackheart brought Blaze and Ketch together and taunted the men, tempting them with impossible choices, but they outwitted Blackheart when they chose to keep their Ghost Rider powers themselves. Blackheart cast them out of Hell, keeping Barbara and Roxanne in the realm among his demons.

(Ghost Rider III#76) - Blackheart sought out the defeated villain Snowblind and manifested himself, changing the villain's fortune to see what he might do with his success.

(Ghost Rider III#77) - One of Blackheart's demons, Skritch, reported that the pact with Lord Fear had been achieved. As Skritch looked on, Blackheart prepared the demonic vessel for Black Rose, his new consort.

(Ghost Rider III#78) - Blackheart and Black Rose waited for Blackheart's plans to come to fruition. Skritch introduced the Furies (Dark Lady, Ember, Lady Ash), who demanded to see Mephisto, and they demanded human forms with which to attack Ghost Rider, a treaty they had previously formed with Mephisto. Blackheart agreed to help the women.

(Ghost Rider III#79 - BTS) - Blackheart saw the Furies resurrected, as well as Black Rose.

(Ghost Rider III#80 - BTS) - The Furies were defeated by Ghost Rider.

(Ghost Rider III#81) - Black Rose cowered before Ghost Rider (Noble Kale), John Blaze, and Jennifer Kale when Blackheart manifested himself as a giant before the heroes. Blackheart taunted Blaze with news of his missing children, then disappeared with Black Rose before the police could close in.

(Ghost Rider III#82 - BTS) - Blackheart let Scarecrow out of Hell, and Scarecrow attacked Dan Ketch in the form of Barbara Ketch.

(Ghost Rider III#84 (fb) - BTS) - Blackheart promised Scarecrow that he'd let him out of Hell if he could take over Dan Ketch's body for 24 hours.

(Ghost Rider III#83) - As the Scarecrow pressed his attack, Blackheart watched from Hell, pleased.

(Ghost Rider III#84 - BTS) - Scarecrow took over Ketch's form.

(Ghost Rider III#85 - BTS) - Scarecrow was defeated, and Barbara's form returned to Hell.

(Ghost Rider III#86) - In Hell, Blackheart walked down the Flesh Corridor, full of human souls and faces in conflict, and he returned the Scarecrow there to be tortured for his failure, and he put Black Rose in charge of the torture.

(Ghost Rider III#87) - Skritch showed the newly dead Wallow to Blackheart in Hell, and Blackheart said he had plans for Wallow.

(Ghost Rider III#88) - Blackheart went to the morgue and found dead teenager Lian Goh. He resurrected her, with her willingness, as the goddess of vengeance, Pao Fu.

(Ghost Rider III#89) - Blackheart transformed a recently killed dog, Chio, and his owner, into the monstrous demonic Doghead, and allowed him to attack a few humans before drawing him down to Hell. There, Black Rose grew jealous of Wallow, Pao Fu, and Doghead, all of whom Blackheart planned to form into a demonic team. As Skritch and Black Rose watched, he considered manipulating Ghost Rider into leading his team.

(Ghost Rider III#90) - As Blackheart used Noble Kale's spirit as bait for Ghost Rider, and powered up his operatives, including Wallow, Pao Fu, Doghead, and Verminus Rex, Black Rose watched and Skritch worried that his actions would mandate Mephisto's return. He sent his operatives against Mephisto.

(Ghost Rider III#91) - Blackheart sought out Vengeance in Hell, but Vengeance rejected Blackheart's offer to restore him to life. With Black Rose and Skritch flanking his throne, Blackheart continued to torture Noble Kale, then he met with his new operatives, including Pao Fu, Verminus Rex, Wallow, and Doghead, and they delivered Noble Kale's heart to Blackheart. Blackheart tortured a woman's spirit to taunt Noble. Blackheart told Kale he wanted to expand his powers across Hell, and that would require him to renegotiate Mephisto's treaties with the other realms. He offered to make Pao Fu the wife of Kale if Kale agreed to lead Blackheart's operatives, and offered to reunite Kale's soul with his mortal body, which had been preserved in Hell for centuries. Kale agreed to serve Blackheart if he was given both Black Rose and Pao Fu as his consorts, and Blackheart agreed, returning the heart to Kale, and reuniting soul with body. Noble Kale stood in a new form, ready to lead the others.

(Ghost Rider III#92) - Blackheart watched gladly as Kale started to train his soldiers.

(Ghost Rider III#93) - At Castle Blackheart in Hell, demons prepared Noble Kale for his wedding to Black Rose and Pao Fu by garbing them all in specially-prepared clothing. Blackheart gave Black Rose a weapon made from Zarathos' rib, one capable of killing Kale, and he told her to use it after the wedding but before the consummation. The wedding took place and Kale released the souls of Pao Fu (Lian) and Black Rose, who was revealed to be Roxanne Simpson. Furious, Blackheart instructed Doghead, Wallow, and Verminus Rex to kill Kale, but Kale easily defeated them as Ghost Rider. Kale attacked Blackheart directly, then Vengeance joined the fight and Blackheart was overwhelmed. Kale seemingly destroyed Blackheart in a blast of power, then Kale was proclaimed the new lord of Hell.

(X-Force I#74 (fb) - BTS) - In the afterlife, Blackheart bartered with Stryfe, promising to restore him to life if Stryfe could deliver the soul of Warpath.

(X-Force I#74) - Stryfe did poorly in his battle with Warpath, who was clinging to life, then X-Force (Meltdown, Moonstar, Sunspot) arrived in Hell to save their friend. Blackheart exposed the worst fears of the heroes, but Warpath was able to triumph against Stryfe and guide his friends out of Hell.

(Fantastic Four Annual 1999 (fb) - BTS) - Blackheart formed an alliance with the immortal Selene, granting her greater power. Blackheart planned to control the entire planet, proving himself Mephisto's better. After they imprisoned Daimon Hellstrom to avoid detection, they began gathering their power. When Alyssa Moy began researching Selene, Blackheart and Selene planned an attack.

(Fantastic Four Annual 1999) - Blackheart incapacitated Moy with a soul-stealing spell, then he initiated a long plot against Moy's allies, the Fantastic Four. At the Hellfire Club, Selene summoned Blackheart, and he manifested as a giant demon, transforming the mortal guests into demons themselves. The Fantastic Four, Mechamage, and Margali Szardos attacked, defeating the transformed demons, then turning the attack on Blackheart himself, even as Blackheart transformed the Club into part of his realm. Mechamage managed to free Hellstorm, who joined the attack against Blackheart, and a spell was cast that trapped Blackheart and Selene in the Hellfire Club.

(X-Force I#98) - Blackheart remained trapped in the Hellfire Club, projecting himself outward astrally as he could, as Selene trapped X-Force (Warpath, Meltdown, Bedlam, Cannonball, Sunspot) in the building in their own personal nightmares. Blackheart kept Moonstar personally captive for a time, taunting her as he reviewed the lists of souls he was to collect, but Hela threatened war unless he let her go, and Blackheart reluctantly agreed. Aiding Selene, Blackheart took the soul of Juliana Sandoval out of Purgatory to manipulate Sunspot into allying with Selene.

(X-Infernus#1) - Blackheart met with Mephisto, Hela, Dormammu, and Satannish, all of them summoned by Witchfire, the daughter of Belasco. She reminded them that she controlled Limbo, and she wielded the Bloodstones to showcase her power.

(Ghost Rider VI#33 - BTS) - Deacon and Blackout considered Blackheart as possible agent in their fight against the Ghost Rider.

(Captain Britain and MI:13 Annual#1) - Blackheart met with the other Lords of Hell, including Mephisto, Satannish, Hela, and Dormammu to discuss the powers of Meggan, who was in Hell on a mission. She informed them of the threat of Plokta, a demon.

(Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural#1) - Blackheart saw Doctor Voodoo and Doctor Doom pass through his realm during a skirmish.

(Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural#3) - Blackheart was seen in one of the Scrying Stones of Chthon used by Doctor Voodoo to keep tabs on possible threats when Voodoo lost control over the Scrying Stones to Nightmare.

(Chaos War: Chaos King#1) - Blackheart was among the denizens of Hell impacted by the invasion of Mikaboshi and his chaos forces.

(Journey into Mystery I#627 (fb) ) - Blackheart stood around the devil's throne with other demon lords.

(Venom II#13 (fb) - BTS) - Mephisto banished Blackheart from Hell, and gave him a human form. Blackheart spent years living as a mortal, calling himself Mr. Degli, as he surrounded himself with various forms of power and other banished demons, including his lover, another demon (Gari Oyle) in human form. He opened a casino in Las Vegas called the Devil's Den and began plotting to bring a portion of Hell to Earth, where he could rule it. While he bartered with mortal souls, confining many to Hell, Degli authorized genetic experimentations that combined symbiotes with X-23's DNA, providing him with soldiers that would serve him. He also began gathering arcane artifacts, such as H'Elian's Mirror Cauldron, capable of creating demonic inverses of mortals.

(Venom II#13) - Degli forced Gary Rags, a man in debt to the casino, to sign over his soul, then he confined Rags and others to Hell. Degli and Oyle used the contracts for 100 human souls, the blood of a mortal who had been to Hell and back, and essence of symbiote in an arcane ritual that only required the Spirit of Vengeance to make it viable. The Ghost Rider (Alejandra) rushed in to save the contracted souls and ended up activating the Hell doorway, bringing a portion of Hell to Earth and many demons with it. Flash Thompson (Venom) blocked the expansion of Hell across the globe by using an artifact, surprising Degli. Blackheart and Oyle took their true demonic forms and contacted Mephisto in Hell to gloat, but Blackheart's father appeared un-worried, infuriating Blackheart. Various heroes attacked them, including Venom, X-23 (who had been battling the symbiote/X-23 clones), Red Hulk, and Ghost Rider, and Blackheart activated H'elian's Mirror Cauldron, and it created frightening doppelgangers of the four heroes, the Antitheses, including Ichor (demonic winged man), X-666 (demonic cheerleader), Encephalon (massive warrior made of brain matter), and the Evangelist (scary preacher).

(Venom II#13.1) - Blackheart sent Gari Oyle out to destroy whatever was preventing his Hell kingdom from expanding. Blackheart watched the four heroes fight their doppelgangers while eating a bowl of Pop Eyes. Wanting to contain Ghost Rider, Blackheart reached out to her telepathically, seeking to manipulate her into joining him.

(Venom II#13.2) - Blackheart cried out when he saw Ghost Rider defeating Oyle in combat. X-23 attacked Blackheart directly, but he diverted her into a pit of lava. Ghost Rider was badly wounded but Blackheart inspired her to reach out and remove the amulet that was stopping the expansion of Hell, as he promised her he'd help right her past wrongs. Dr. Strange and the Son of Satan were at the borders working to contain things.

(Venom II#13.3 - BTS) - Mephisto guided Ghost Rider, Red Hulk, Venom, and X-23 in thinking they had achieved their fondest wishes in life, and then their worst nightmares, and then he brought the four of them to his Hell, where he made a deal with them that would allow them to defeat Blackheart back on Earth.

(Venom II#13.4) - After Gari Oyle delivered it to him, Blackheart wielded his Spirit of Vengeance against Dr. Strange and Son of Satan, who were keeping Hell from spreading too far. As Blackheart worked on tempting Son of Satan over to his side, he attacked both sorcerers, then Red Hulk assaulted Blackheart directly as Venom and Alejandra seized the container holding the Spirit of Vengeance. Blackheart threw them all out the window (Alejandra after he'd tricked her again), but Red Hulk, wielding both the symbiote and the Spirit of Vengeance, attacked.

(Venom II#14) - The amped-up Red Hulk battled Blackheart, but when he used his Penance Stare, Blackheart relived all of his sins, which inadvertently made him stronger. As Blackheart nearly achieved ultimate power, the Hulk turned Belial's mirror on him, and Blackheart's antithesis took the form of an angel of light who sought to heal him. Blackheart screamed as he disappeared in the light. In Hell, Blackheart and Oyle lay prostrate before Mephisto, who offered to let them run his casino on Earth. He turned them back into mortals and got them jobs at Jose Ria's Discount Enchilada Buffet.

(Deadpool vs. Thanos#3) - Blackheart mentally manipulated Black Talon while he was in a trance into bringing Deadpool and Thanos to Hell, knowing their presence would draw Mephisto out of his realm briefly. Blackheart revealed himself to Mephisto, Thanos, and Deadpool once Mephisto was exposed, but Thanos easily repelled Blackheart.

SECRET WARS III HAPPENED

(Spider-Man II#1 (fb) ) - Blackheart, in a new warrior demon form and carrying an ebon sword, attacked New York City, defeating many heroes, including the Avengers (Thor/Jane Foster, Captain America/Sam Wilson, Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Hulk/Jennifer Walters, Vision, Scarlet Witch).

(Spider-Man II#1) - Spider-Man (Miles Morales) stood alone against Blackheart, who demanded subjugation, but he proved vulnerable to Spider-Man's venom blast. Blackheart fled, promising to return.

(Spider-Man II#2) - Blackheart attacked again, this time finding policemen and both Spider-Men (Miles Morales and Peter Parker) there. Miles used his invisibility blasts and venom blasts to easily defeat Blackheart, who promised to return.

(Falcon II#2 (fb) - BTS) - When Blackheart asked Mephisto if he could take his seat at the table in the meeting of the great cosmic powers, Mephisto banished Blackheart to a lower level of Hell for seemingly 1000 years (see comments). Blackheart there gained plans to conquer Earth.

(Falcon II#1) - Blackheart posed as the mayor of Chicago, Winston Agnew, to influence gang violence. When Falcon stopped a gang fight, the mayor thanked him publicly, even as he continued to inspire more violence in the streets. Falcon, with his ally Patriot, hosted a gang summit, getting rival gangs (the Southstone Rangers and the Spanish Kings) to meet for peace, but Blackheart influenced one of the gang leaders (Dray of the Rangers) to kill the other (Ortiz of the Kings). The leader met the mayor in a back alley, and the mayor revealed himself as Blackheart.

(Falcon II#2) - Falcon and Patriot did their best to dispel the gang violence that ensued in Chicago as Blackheart watched. When Dray demanded money, Blackheart took him on an astral journey to witness the cosmic powers (Mephisto, Galactus, Chaos, Order, Death, the In-Betweener, Thanos, Oblivion, Molecule Man, and the Stranger). Blackheart made Dray bow before him, and he granted him demonic powers. Blackheart posed as Mayor Agnew again and ordered Falcon to leave the city. Dr. Voodoo confronted Blackheart, briefly stymying him, but Blackheart simply left the battle to return to the gang violence, where Falcon and Patriot were arrested.

(Falcon II#3) - Falcon and Patriot were kept in a cell when Mayor Agnew approached them, using his demonic powers to show them a vision of power, but Falcon refused it. Agnew revealed himself as Blackheart and released demons into their cell, but Dr. Voodoo saved them. Falcon ended the gang violence, then the heroes took the fight to Blackheart, but he furiously threw Falcon's soul to Hell.

(Falcon II#4) - Patriot, Dr. Voodoo, Son of Satan, and Falcon (Joaquin Torres) stood against Blackheart, Dray, and their forces while Sam Wilson was trapped in Hell.

(Falcon II#5) - Wilson, Torres, Redwing, Patriot, and Voodoo continued fighting Blackheart's influence, with Hellstorm taking the fight to Blackheart directly. Blackheart was nearly triumphant over Hellstorm when Falcon and the others attacked, and he still stood to defeat the heroes, but Dray committed suicide, ending Blackheart's last footing of power and returning him to Hell. Mephisto saw Blackheart dragged down to burn.

(Champions III#4) - Bound in Hell, Blackheart celebrated Mephisto's recent manipulations in the life of Miles Morales.

(Champions III#9 (fb) - BTS) - Blackheart influenced Ironheart to be on his side of things.

(Champions III#8 - BTS) - Blackheart caused Ironheart to attack Viv Vision in her home, disabling her. Ironheart then called the Champions to her side.

(Champions III#9) - Blackheart influenced Ironheart to knock out the arriving Champions, including Nova, Snowguard, Red Locust, Power Man, Dust, and Pinpiont. Viv Vision woke up and escaped, so Blackheart corrupted Nova to go after Ms. Marvel, but Viv got to her first. Nova went after Spider-Man, but Ms. Marvel and Viv freed Nova from Blackheart’s influence. By the time Brawn returned to the others, Blackheart had taken over the other heroes, and they gathered more (Bombshell (Lana Baumgartner), Wasp (Nadia Van Dyne), Falcon (Joaquin Torres), and Patriot (Rayshaun Lucas). Then Viv, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man, and Nova arrived to fight back.

(Champions III#10) - The heroes fought among themselves until Viv managed to free Ironheart. Blackheart revealed himself and began controlling the other heroes, seeking to turn them against Spider-Man, but the Champions broke free from Blackheart’s control and turned against him. Blackheart was taken back to Hell by a furious Mephisto.

Comments: Created by Ann Nocenti (writer), John Romita Jr. (penciler) & Al Williamson (inker).

In Avengers Two: Wonder Man & Beast#2 (June, 2000) Wonder Man himself revealed that Mephisto messed with his and Grim Reaper's minds in the Wonder Man II#21-25 arc and made them believe their mother was dead. Considering some of the "Masters of Evil" were not the real deal in this story (Zemo, Executioner and Enchantress were just illusions created by Mephisto) it can be assumed that Lotus, who died in this story was not the real deal either. The story in general reeks of manipulation and lies.

Blackheart's 1000 years banishment to the lower level of Hell mentioned in Falcon II#2 is not that hard to explain considering time moves differently in some mystic realms...magic!

Blackheart was the villain in the first Ghost Rider (2007) movie with Nicolas Cage.

Blackheart is also one of the more obscure Marvel characters used in the videogame Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes.

Blackheart has handbook profiles in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition#34 (1993), Marvel Encylopedia: Marvel Knights (2004), Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Horror (December, 2005), All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC#1 (April, 2008) and Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z SC#1 (November, 2011).

Additional images, comments and improved images by Markus Raymond.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Blackheart has no known connections to:


Abigail Housman

(Daredevil I#270 (fb) ) - In 1658, Abigial Housman was brutally murdered on a hilltop. Her blood soaked into the ground as crows circled overhead. The ground became imbued with dark energy over the following centuries.

--Daredevil I#270 (280 (fb)


Peter and Sarah

(Daredevil I#270) - Hearing rumors of a haunted hill, Peter took Sarah up to scare her. Overcome by the hill's influences, Peter grabbed Sarah with ill intent, but just then the demon Blackheart was born. He swiftly killed them both with a blast of dark fire.

--Daredevil I#270


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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC#1, Blackheart profile (main, based on Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher: Hearts of Darkness#1, p2)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition#34, Blackheart profile
Daredevil I#270, p5, pan1 (birth)
Daredevil I#270, p6, pan3 (blasting dark energy)
Daredevil I#270, p9, pan4 (in human form, with Mephisto)
Daredevil I#278, p8, pan6 (as human hitchhiker)
Daredevil I#279, p19, pan2 (demonic flies)
Daredevil I#281, p4, pan2 (as Gabriel)
Wonder Man II#23, p21, pan1 (Legions of the Night)
Warheads#10, p12, pan1 (in Doctor Strange form)
Ghost Riders: Crossroads#1, p6, pan3 (in black suit)
Ghost Rider III#81, p3, pan1 (giant form)
X-Force I#74, p20, pan6 (in black and red suit)
Venom II#13, p3, pan2 (Mr. Degli)
Venom II#14, p17, pan1 (vs. antithesis angel)
Spider-Man II#1, p3, pan1 (Blackheart with sword)
Falcon II#1, p4, pan3 (as Chicago mayor)
Falcon II#1, p22, pan3 (new demon form)
Daredevil I#270, p1, pan1 (Abigail Housman)
Daredevil I#270, p4, pan2 (Peter and Sarah)


Appearances:
Daredevil I#270 (September, 1989) - Ann Nocenti (writer), John Romita Jr. (penciler), Al Williamson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#278-282 (March-July, 1990) - Ann Nocenti (writer), John Romita Jr. (penciler), Al Williamson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher: Hearts of Darkness#1 (December, 1991) - Howard Mackie (writer), John Romita Jr. (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Warheads#1-2 (June-July, 1992) - Nick Vince (writer), Gary Erskine (penciler), John Beeston (inker), John Freeman (editor)
Warheads#3 (August, 1992) - John Freeman (writer), Geoff Senior (artist), John Freeman (editor)
Warheads#4 (September, 1992) - Nick Vince (writer), Dave Taylor (penciler), Cam Smith (inker), John Freeman (editor)
Warheads#5 (October, 1992) - Nick Vince (writer), Stuart Jennett (artist), John Freeman (editor)
Warheads#6-7 (November-December, 1992) - Nick Vince (writer), Simon Colesby (artist), John Freeman (editor)
Warheads#8 (January, 1993) - Nick Vince (writer), Simon Coleby (penciler), Bambos Georgiou, Sean Hardy, Rodney Ramos (inkers), John Freeman (editor)
Warheads#9 (February, 1993) - Nick Vince (writer), Simon Coleby (penciler), Rodney Ramos (inker), John Freeman (editor)
Warheads#10 (April, 1993) - Nick Vince (writer), Jerry Cruz (penciler), Robin Riggs (inker), John Freeman (editor)
Wonder Man II#22 (June, 1993) - Gerard Jones (writer), Jeff Johnson (penciler), Dan Panosian (inker), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
Wonder Man II#23 (July, 1993) - Gerard Jones (writer), Jeff Johnson (penciler), Mark McKenna (inker), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
Wonder Man II#24 (August, 1993) - Gerard Jones (writer), Jeff Johnson (penciler), Jon Holdredge (inker), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
Wonder Man II#25 (September, 1993) - Gerard Jones (writer), Jeff Johnson, Fred Reyes, Fred Haynes (pencilers), Dan Panosian, Jon Holdredge, John Lowe, Mark McKenna, Jim Amash, Keith Aiken, Andrew Pepoy, Ron Boyd (inkers), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher: Dark Design#1 (December, 1994) - Howard Mackie (writer), Ron Garney (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Ghost Riders: Crossroads#1 (November, 1995) - Howard Mackie, Ivan Velez Jr. (writer), Cary Nord (penciler), Bob McLeod, Al Milgrom, Al Williamson, Mike Witherby (inkers), James Felder (editor)
Ghost Rider III#76-79 (August-November, 1996) - Ivan Velez Jr. (writer), Salvador Larroca (penciler), Sergio Melia (inker), James Felder (editor)
Ghost Rider III#80 (December, 1996) - Ivan Velez Jr. (writer), Salvador Larroca (penciler), Bob McLeod (inker), James Felder (editor)
Ghost Rider III#81 (January, 1997) - Ivan Velez Jr. (writer), Salvador Larroca (penciler), Mark Pennington (inker), James Felder (editor)
Ghost Rider III#82 (Febraury, 1997) - Ivan Velez Jr. (writer), Pop Mahn (penciler), John Lowe (inker), James Felder (editor)
Ghost Rider III#83 (March, 1997) - Ivan Velez Jr. (writer), Pop Mahn (penciler), John Lowe, Jason Martin (inkers), James Felder (editor)
Ghost Rider III#86 (June, 1997) - Ivan Velez Jr. (writer), Pop Mahn (penciler), Jason Martin, Andrew Pepoy (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Ghost Rider III#87 (August, 1997) - Ivan Velez Jr. (writer), Karl Kerschl (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Ghost Rider III#88 (September, 1997) - Ivan Velez Jr. (writer), Josh Hood (penciler), Derek Fisher (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Ghost Rider III#89 (October, 1997) - Ivan Velez Jr. (writer), Javier Satares (penciler), Andrew Pepoy (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Ghost Rider III#90-91 (November-December, 1997) - Ivan Velez Jr. (writer), Javier Satares (penciler), Andrew Pepoy (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Ghost Rider III#92-93 (January-February, 1998) - Ivan Velez Jr. (writer), Javier Saltares (penciler), Mark Texeira (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
X-Force I#74 (February, 1998) - John Francis Moore (writer), Adam Pillina (pneilcer), Mark Morales (inker), Mark Powers (editor)
Fantastic Four Annual 1999 (November, 1999) - Chris Claremont (writer), Jose Ladronn (artist), Bobbie Chase (editor)
X-Force I#98 (January, 2000) - John Francis Moore (writer), Jim Cheung (penciler), Mark Morales (inker), Jason Liebig (editor)
X-Infernus#1 (February, 2009) - CB Cebulski (writer), Giuseppe Camuncoli (penciler), Jesse Delperdang (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
Ghost Rider VI#33 (May, 2009) - Jason Aaron (writer), Tony Moore (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Captain Britain and MI:13 Annual#1 (August, 2009) - Paul Cornell (writer), Mike Collins (penciler), John Livesay (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural#1 (December, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), Jefte Paolo (artist), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)
Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural#3 (February, 2010) - Rick Remender (writer), Jefte Paolo & Gabriel Hardman (artists), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)
Chaos War: Chaos King#1 (January, 2011) - Brandon Montclare (writer), Michael Kaluta (artist), John Denning (editor)
Journey Into Mystery I#627 (November, 2011) - Kieron Gillen (writer), Richard Elson (artist), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Venom II#13 (April, 2012) - Rick Remender (writer), Tony Moore (artist), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Venom II#13.1 (April, 2012) - Rob Williams (writer), Lee Garbett (artist), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Venom II#13.2 (April, 2012) - Rob Williams (writer), Sana Takeda (artist), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Venom II#13.3 (April, 2012) - Jeff Parker (writer), Julian Tedesco (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Venom II#13.4 (April, 2012) - Rick Remender, Jeff Parker, Rob Williams (writers), Lan Medina (penciler), Nelson DeCastro, Terry Pallot (inkers), Tom Brennan (editor)
Venom II#14 (May, 2012) - Rick Remender (writer), Tony Moore (artist), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Deadpool vs. Thanos#3 (December, 2015) - Tim Seeley (writer), Elmo Bondoc (srtist), Jordan White (editor)
Spider-Man II#1-2 (April-May, 2016) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Sara Pichelli (penciler), Gaetana Carlucci (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
Spider-Man II#9 (January, 2017) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Nico Leon (artist), Nick Lowe (editor)
Falcon II#1-5 (December, 2017-April, 2018) - Rodney Barnes (writer), Joshua Cassara (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Champions III#4 (June, 2019) - Jim Zub (writer), Steven Cummings (artist), Alanna Smith (editor)
Champions III#8-10 (October-December, 2019) - Jim Zub (writer), Steven Cummings (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)


First Posted: 08/30/2019
Last updated: 10/23/2019

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