Monday, 24 April 2017

The Son Of Satan: Dance With The Devil, My Red-Eyed Son!

Here's a lost masterpiece, one of the sadly few times the mighty Russ Heath worked for Marvel in the Bronze Age. Here, Russ is obviously, and spectacularly, channeling Hieronymus Bosch, the 14th century religious painter whose terrifying visions of Hell are still, hundreds of years later, the template for all ideas of the inferno. Which means that this is the best version of Hell in comics ever done by anyone.

We take a short break here, to show off what would've been the next page, but that was rejected by the Comics Code, and that I'm astounded anybody, from Bill, Russ and Archie upwards, ever thought they'd get away with.

And here's the hastily assembled replacement page, put together in an afternoon by Archie & Jazzy John.

That last page looks out of place too, looking a bit like Herb Trimpe inked by Al Milgrom, maybe. Was there another rejected page there?


  1. I read this story for the first time only a few months back, in Marvel's Epic collection of the series. The book also includes the rejected pages shown here. I'm surprised that they got away with doing the title at all actually, given the name of it.

  2. Nah, satanism was kid friendly in the '70's. There was coffee mornings an' everything. Ok maybe not.

  3. I haven't seen this one before and like Kid and yourself I to was surprised they even tried this back in the day (the title and that page) Great Russ Heath art.

  4. Bit of a late comment, but the Comic Journal website posted an old interview with Heath not so long ago, and he talks about working on this story (among other subjects).


  5. Love all those funky pseudo-horror Marvel Bronze Age characters like Ghost Rider, Son of Satan, Werewolf by Night, etc.