In: Characters
 Posted: 2008
 Staff: Dave Sippel (E-Mail)
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Variable, but often demonic




6'6'' (human form)


310 (human form)


Highly intelligent and incredibly powerful




Arrogant to the point of blindness


Matter manipulation, astral projection, levitation, telepathy, force blasts, invisibility, various other magical powers

Strength Level:






Created By:

Stan Lee, John Buscema

Current Aliases:

Too many to list, but aliases include the Devil, Legion, Lucifer, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles

Current Groups:


Current Occupation:

Ruler of Hell

Dual Identity:

Known to those involved in the occult



Former Aliases:

See above

Former Bases:


Former Groups:


Former Occupation:


Known Allies:

Hell-Lords, Lords of the Splinter Realms, formerly Six Fingered Hand, led the Legion Accursed and Lost Legion

Known Confidants:

Doesn't really trust anyone

Known Relatives:

Blackheart (son), Mephista (daughter), countless other demons

Legal Status:

None, he's a demon.

Major Enemies:

Silver Surfer, Doctor Strange, Doctor Doom, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man

Marital Status:

Was engaged to Spohrrinox at one time

Place of Birth:

Primeval earth

Real Name:


Usual Bases:



In the beginning, there was a race of Elder Gods, who were the first life forms on earth and degenerated into demons. Many of these beings were destroyed by the Demogorge, who later became one with the sun. The remaining energies spawned a new race of demons, one of which was Mephisto.

Mephisto and his brethren took advantage of the human concept of evil and each of them used the name Satan as needed. Mephisto also took part in countless alliances with other demons in other realms, forming the Lords of the Splinter Realms. No one can make a deal like Mephisto.

He uses chosen mortals as "spirits of vengeance," who further his cause on earth. (One of the most well known spirits of vengeance is Ghost Rider.) This has gone on for all of human history. In 987 A.D., Mephisto gave eternal life to the English Sect of Chasidm. In return, he wanted souls. In 1349, he lost a bet to Morgan Goth, who gambled his soul to survive a plague.

In modern times, he helped a young woman named Cynthia von Doom end the cruel reign of Baron Sabbat. The power granted to Cynthia wiped out all of the children in a village and Cynthia was killed. Years later, her son Victor von Doom, would become obsessed with releasing his mother soul from Hell. Each Midsummer's Eve, Doom and Mephisto's demon's would battle for Cynthia's soul. She was eventually freed with the help of Doctor Strange.

Mephisto became fascinated by earth's newly emerging super beings, especially the seemingly pure Silver Surfer. He met the Surfer soon after he arrived on earth and saw him as a challenge. Mephisto needs humanity to stay uneducated and savage, that way he can continue to populate Hell with their souls. The Surfer's mercy and nobility threatened to change that.

He battled Reed and Sue Richards after an exorcist named Elspeth Cromwell tried to exorcise the "demons" that gave them their power. Empowered by a dark mystical energy, Mephisto took all three souls, plus that of Franklin Richards. However, Franklin's huge mutant powers tore the demon apart.

Reborn from the evil inherent in humanity, Mephisto eventually regained the six shards of his soul. He went on to torment Thor and sought the valuable souls of the Scarlet Witch and the Invisible Woman.

"Hopes and Fears"

Spidey faced Mephisto one Christmas, after seeing what he thought was a shooting star falling toward Manhattan. He headed toward the site of impact and found a hole had been slammed into the earth and put a subway full of passengers in danger. After saving the travelers, Spider-Man fell even deeper into the hole and soon found himself in Hell. Spidey was greeted by Mephisto, who revealed that the meteor had really been an angel falling to earth. Not just any angel, but the living Spirit of Christmas. Spider-Man's appearance was unexpected, but welcome. Seeing a chance to make a wager, Mephisto offered Spidey a deal: if he could save the angel from his trap, Mephisto would set both of them free. If he failed, the angel died and the demon took Spider-Man's soul.

Guessing that the angel was a source of hope for humanity, Spider-Man agreed and flung himself into the steel jaws of the trap to held it open. The strength of the trap was too much, and it snapped shut killing the angel in a burst of feathers. Mephisto happily claimed Peter's soul, a small orb with a terrified face. He then returned the soul to Spidey's motionless body, claiming that he was irritating and not worth the effort. Mephisto then went to earth to see how he had filled humanity with despair and was stunned to see New Yorkers singing carols in the street. The angel then appeared to Mephisto, alive and well, told him that his existence is caused by mankind's joy and hope. The angel told Mephisto that even he showed mercy when he allowed Peters soul to return to his body. Mephisto returned to hell in a rage and Spider- Man was returned to earth and to his wife. (Marvel Holiday Special 1993)

"Lo, There Shall Come a Champion!"

At one point, the immortal being called the Beyonder threatened to erase Mephisto's realm and all of reality from existence and the demon devised a ruse to spare himself. They made a wager and the Beyonder chose a champion for each of them to battle in terms of morals and ethics. Beyonder chose the demon Zarathos, a spirit of vengeance whom hated Mephisto, for himself and Spider-Man to fight for Mephisto.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man learned of a plot to kill Wilson Fisk by a group of thugs. He pondered whether or not he should save the mobster's life when Zarathos appeared as the Green Goblin, warning him to stay away from Fisk, saying that he deserved to die. Zarathos also appeared to Peter as his parents, Gwen Stacy and Captain George Stacy, all telling him that he was a disappointment. The final blow came as the Spirit appeared as Ben Parker and told Peter that he could have used his power to become rich and famous. As the taunts weakened Spider-Man’s will to be good, the demon showed its true form. Confused by the strange events, Spider-Man still managed to defeat Zarathos and get to the scene of the attempted assassination of the Kingpin in time. In the end, Zarathos was returned to Hell and the Beyonder granted the universe the right to exist for another 24 hours. (Amazing Spider-Man #274)

“Infinity Gauntlet”

As Thanos cut a path of death across the universe, his ally, Mephisto, challenged him to remove all of the infinity stones except for power. He told Thanos that it would be a greater victory and be more impressive to Lady Death. Mephisto actually hoped that losing the stones would cause him to fail against the heroes. Thanos knew that the surviving heroes were coming for him and asked Lady Death to support him, which she refused. Thanos created Terraxia in his image as an ally. She went on to kill Iron Man and Spider-Man. (Infinity Gauntlet #1-#6)


After Norman Osborn framed Spider-Man for the murder of mobster Joey Z, Peter was forced to continue crime fighting in four separate identities: Ricochet, Prodigy, Dusk and Hornet. After his name was cleared and he went back to the webs, the four identities were taken by four teenagers. Led by an aged, obscure former superhero called the Black Marvel, the "Slingers" did what they could against New York crime. (Slingers #1-9)

When their benefactor, Dan Lyons, died in the hospital his soul was taken by Mephisto. Soon after, the group was meeting on a Times Square rooftop when the billboard behind them came to life. They were attacked by supersized superheroes, who dragged them into the billboard. They then arrived in Hell and were greeted by Mephisto. (Slingers #10)

The four of them were held in separate cages, alive but without their powers. Mephisto told them of how he had met Lyons, as he was waiting for death in his nursing facility. Lyons spent his days longing for his youth, when he could be a hero again. The demon made the expected bargain with him, returning his youth and strength to him. He also sent him the teenagers and the means to give them the powers of their namesakes. Lyons had betrayed them and nearly let them die, and had earned their hate. Mephisto was curious if such honorable young heroes would bring themselves to save the soul of the man that betrayed them. Their forgiveness would save the Black Marvel's soul. Ricochet was the least forgiving but his refusal didn't last long, as the demon sent them to different illusions. Prodigy tried and failed to save a young man from a burning building. Ricochet was sent to an arena, where his agility and avoidance of traps wowed the audience. That is, until the crowd began to throw rocks at him, knowing that he was secretly a mutant. Hornet fell through the sky and was attacked by countless crows, he vaporized them but still crashed to the ground. His suit of armor was destroyed, leaving him helpless and vulnerable with his palsied arm. Dusk appeared in a beautiful fairytale land, the place she imagined herself in when she was afraid as a child. She briefly felt safe but was attacked by white creatures that looked like her opposite.

The four members were then reunited, having been tested by Mephisto as individuals. Now that they had faced themselves, he wanted to see how they fought as a team against his demonic horde. (Slingers #11)

Mephisto very much enjoyed the range of emotions the four of them were experiencing: despair, spite, dread. That didnt last long, as Dusk unleashed a power that wiped out the horde. Mephisto opened a portal to New York for them, offering them the chance to escape but at the same time, the horde was advancing on Black Marvel's soul. The test was obvious: escape to freedom or save the man that betrayed them and risk staying in Hell. Ricochet and Prodigy were in favor of running for the portal, while Hornet immediately flew to save their former mentor. Dusk watched as Hornet was being buried in demons and as Ricochet threw one of his disks at the crystal encasing the Black Marvel's soul. It harmlessly bounced off of the crystal, to Mephisto's amusement.

Ricochet charged to the crystal, but Mephisto warned him that his energy would eventually expire while the demon's control would not. The group refused to play his game anymore. Looking back, they saw that the crystal had cracked and Dan Lyon's soul had been freed. They walked back to the portal, saying they were all free. As they left, Mephisto mused that they may have been noble today but everyone feels spite. Time would tell which direction they would choose. (Slingers #12)

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois"

Yet again, Mephisto's soul was shattered and rained down on earth in 666 pieces. The shards reanimated the recently dead, such as the Jack O'Lantern (Steven Levins). Jack O'Lantern formed an army of the dead in Sleepy Hollow, Illinois and was defeated by Ghost Rider. (Ghost Rider #8-#10)

"One More Day"

After reforming himself from the 666 pieces, Mephisto made an offer to a desperate Peter Parker. Peter's Aunt May had been shot by a sniper hired by Wilson Fisk and didn't have long to live. Peter begged help from Doctor Strange, Doctor Doom, Doctor Octopus, Reed Richards and others, but none could help. Despondent, he came across a woman who revealed herself to be Mephisto. In return for saving May's life, the demon wanted something from Peter. Not his soul. Souls that are claimed after saving someone's life spend eternity in torment, but still have a sense of happiness that their sacrifice is noble. Instead, he wanted Peter's marriage. Peter and Mary Jane's souls would forget that they were once united, except for a small part. That tiny fragment would scream out in loneliness forever, bringing much pleasure to the Lord of Hell.

MJ took the deal, and whispered something to the demon before the spell was cast. After the deed was done, Peter woke up and found his aunt happily making breakfast for him at her home (which was no longer burned by Charlie Weiderman). He and MJ had just broken up from a long term relationship (in everyone's minds) and Harry Osborn was alive again. He claimed that he had been in Europe. This seemed to surprise no one.

"One Moment In Time"

It turns out that Mephisto stopped the Parker marriage by altering a minor event in time. Shortly before the wedding, Spider-Man captured Electro after he escaped from an armored car. Spider-Man had originally foiled the heist and captured everyone involved, but after Mephisto's interference, one of the hired thugs escaped police custody and went on a rampage. Spider-Man again had to chase him down, which actually led to his momentary defeat by the overweight criminal. (Facepalm.) This made him late for the wedding, making MJ end their engagement. The petty thug returned years later, during the Superhuman Civil War, and tried to kill Anna Watson. MJ couldn't take all of the danger of people trying to hurt their loved ones and she left for California to pursue her acting career. It was there that she met and started dating Bobby Carr.

"Circle of Four"

Mephisto's estranged son, Blackheart, concocted a scheme to bring Hell to Earth in Las Vegas and have the Inferno sweep across the globe. However, the scheme was halted, but not ended, by Dr. Strange and Damian Hellstrom. Fighting in the affected area of Sin City was done by the Red Hulk, Ghost Rider, X-23 and Agent Venom (Flash Thompson)). Blackheart contacted his father to taunt him with his victory, but Mephisto was less than impressed that "a small bit of hell now touches a small bit of earth." Blackheart promised that he would rule all of the souls of earth and would torment his father for eternity. (Venom #13)

After Red Hulk, Venom, Ghost Rider and X-23 were killed by Blackheart's goons, they went to Hell and were treated to their perfect lives. Flash was made into the new Spider-Man, Hulk was named a hero to his country, Ghost Rider became the protector of her native Mexico and X-23 destroyed Weapon X with the help of Wolverine. Mephisto then turned their dreams upside down and had their perfect lives end with the death of loved ones. They then awoke from their hallucinations and realized they had died and gone to hell, and Mephisto explained that the torture of hades can be made worse by showing them their dreams. He offered to send them back to earth to defeat Blackheart if they promised to make a covenant with him. At some point on earth, they would owe him a favor that they could not refuse. They agreed. (Venom #13.3)

The four eventually defeated Blackheart by joining the Venom symbiote and the Spirit of Vengeance to the Red Hulk. Returned to Hell, Blackheart groveled to his father to be given another chance. Mephisto returned his son to a casino, as a bathroom washer for a burrito buffet. (Venom #13.4)

"Isnt It Bromantic?"

Deadpool was hired to kill Peter Parker after being led to believe that he had conducted some nasty experiments at Parker Industries. After "befriending" Spider-Man to learn more about Peter, he does kill Mr. Parker. After Peter arrives in Hell, he is met by a smug Mephisto, who told him that he is the architect of Peter's greatest failure. He wanted Peter to know that no matter how many or how great his victories, his soul will always feel empty. He will always be lonely. He was resuscitated by Deadpool, who learned that Peter was a good person. (Spider-Man/Deadpool #5)


Cover Date Appearance Information
Feb 1983 FB: Ghost Rider #77
Sep 1993 FB: Marvel Comics Presents #135 (Story 2)
Dec 1997 FB: Ghost Rider (Vol. 2) #92
Date TBD FB: Silver Surfer #8
Mar 1991 FB: Ghost Rider (Vol. 2) #11
Jul 1997 App: Flashback - Ghost Rider #Minus 1
Date TBD App: Silver Surfer #3
Date TBD App: Silver Surfer #8
Date TBD App: Silver Surfer #9
Sep 1970 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #180
Oct 1970 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #181
May 1970 App: Silver Surfer #16
Jun 1970 App: Silver Surfer #17
Oct 1972 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #204
Nov 1972 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #205
Feb 1975 BTS: Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #155
Mar 1975 BTS: Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #156
Apr 1975 App: Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #157
Jan 1977 App: Marvel Super Special #1 (Kiss Special)
Jul 1978 App: Avengers (Vol. 1) #173
Aug 1981 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #310
Year 1982 App: Thor (Vol. 1) Annual #10
Aug 1981 App: Defenders #98
Sep 1981 App: Defenders #99
Oct 1981 App: Defenders #100
Nov 1982 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #325
Jan 1983 App: Ghost Rider #76
Jun 1983 App: Ghost Rider #81
Jan 1977 App: Marvel Super Special #1 (Kiss Special)
Mar 1985 App: Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #276
Apr 1985 App: Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #277
Sep 1980 App: Doctor Strange (Vol. 2) #75
Year 1985 App: Thor (Vol. 1) Annual #13
Dec 1985 App: Secret Wars II #6
Jan 1986 App: Secret Wars II #7
Mar 1986 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #274
Mar 1986 App: Secret Wars II #9
Jun 1986 FB: West Coast Avengers #9
Dec 1986 FB: West Coast Avengers #15
Date TBD App: Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) Annual #20
Date TBD App: Daredevil (Vol.1) #266
Jul 1989 BTS: Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #5
Aug 1989 App: Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #6
Sep 1989 App: Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #7
Oct 1989 App: Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #8
Year 1989 App: Silver Surfer Annual #2 (Story 3)
Sep 1989 App: Daredevil (Vol.1) #270
Dec 1989 App: Avengers West Coast #52
Dec 1989 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #32
Date TBD App: Daredevil (Vol.1) #278
Date TBD App: Daredevil (Vol.1) #279
Date TBD App: Daredevil (Vol.1) #280
Date TBD App: Daredevil (Vol.1) #281
Date TBD App: Daredevil (Vol.1) #282
Feb 1991 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #429
Mar 1991 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #430
Nov 1992 FB, BTS: Thor (Vol. 1) #454
May 1991 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #432
Dec 1990 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #44
Jan 1991 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #45
Jun 1991 App: Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #30
Mar 1991 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #47
Date TBD BTS: Cloak & Dagger (Vol. 3) #14
Date TBD BTS: Cloak & Dagger (Vol. 3) #15
Feb 1991 BTS: Cloak & Dagger (Vol. 3) #16
Apr 1991 App: Cloak & Dagger (Vol. 3) #17
Jun 1991 App: Cloak & Dagger (Vol. 3) #18
Apr 1991 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #48
May 1991 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #49
Jul 1991 App: Quasar #24
Jul 1991 App: Infinity Gauntlet #1
Sep 1991 App: Quasar #26
Aug 1991 App: Infinity Gauntlet #2
Sep 1991 App: Infinity Gauntlet #3
Oct 1991 App: Infinity Gauntlet #4
Nov 1991 App: Infinity Gauntlet #5
Jun 1991 App: Sensational She-Hulk #28
Dec 1991 App: Hearts Of Darkness
Nov 1991 App: Ghost Rider (Vol. 2) #19
Jul 1992 App: Marvel Comics Presents #105 (Story 2)
Dec 1991 BTS: Thor (Vol. 1) #441
Jan 1992 BTS: Thor (Vol. 1) #442 (Story 1)
Jan 1992 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #442 (Story 2)
Jan 1992 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #443
Aug 1992 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #450
Sep 1992 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #451
Oct 1992 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #452
Nov 1992 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #453
Nov 1992 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #454
Dec 1992 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #455
Jun 1993 App: Wonder Man #22
Jul 1993 App: Wonder Man #23
Aug 1993 App: Wonder Man #24
Sep 1993 App: Wonder Man #25
Jun 1993 App: Infinity Crusade #1
Aug 1993 App: Infinity Crusade #3
Nov 1993 App: Infinity Crusade #6
Oct 1993 App: Avengers West Coast #99
Nov 1993 App: Avengers West Coast #100
Year 1994 BTS: Avengers (Vol. 1) Annual #23
Year 1994 BTS: Thor (Vol. 1) Annual #19
Jan 1994 App: Marvel Holiday Special 1993 (Story 1)
Feb 1993 App: Spirits Of Vengeance (Ghost Rider/Blaze) #7
Mar 1993 App: Spirits Of Vengeance (Ghost Rider/Blaze) #8
Apr 1993 App: Spirits Of Vengeance (Ghost Rider/Blaze) #9
Jul 1993 App: Ghost Rider (Vol. 2) #39
Nov 1994 App: Thunderstrike #14
Dec 1994 FB: Thunderstrike #15
Dec 1994 App: Thunderstrike #15
Sep 1994 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #96
Oct 1994 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #97
Nov 1994 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #98
Dec 1994 FB: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #99
Dec 1994 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #99
Jan 1995 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #100
Nov 1997 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #133
Jan 1998 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #135
Feb 1998 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #136
Mar 1998 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #137
Sep 1998 App: Nighthawk #1
Oct 1998 App: Nighthawk #2
Nov 1998 App: Nighthawk #3
Mar 1999 App: Daredevil (Vol.2) #5
Oct 1999 FB: Slingers #11
Sep 1999 App: Slingers #10
Oct 1999 App: Slingers #11
Nov 1999 App: Slingers #12
Dec 1999 App: Thor (Vol. 2) #18
Jan 2000 App: Thor (Vol. 2) #19
Year 2000 App: Thunderbolts Annual 2000
Nov 2001 App: Thor (Vol. 2) #41
 In: Characters
 Posted: 2008
 Staff: Dave Sippel (E-Mail)