Public Domain Hero-A-Day: BLACK SATAN

I’m still off by a day finishing off these characters- ah well, that’s the way it goes. I’m catching up though! By tomorrow I’ll have Jan. 6th’s KID TYRANT and  Jan. 7th’s done. I’m thinking of going with either PHANTASMO, MAGNO or BLUE TRACER, not sure yet. Let me introduce you to BLACK SATAN!

Created by Charles Sultan for YANKEE COMICS #1 (published by the Harry Chesler company)- Black Satan only appeared one time. Too bad.

Quoting his entry on the Pdsh Wikia:

“Black Satan was a district attorney [named Howard Flynn ] during the day, but at night, he became the Black Satan to fight against crime. He had no powers, but he did carry a special gun that could blind his foes temporarily.”

So Howard goes out at night slappin’ those criminals silly in a costume eerily similar to that of AMERICOMANDO or MR. AMERICA.  The gun-device that blinds his foes comes up again in the silver age of Charlton comics with their 2nd revival of BLUE BEETLE. Many interesting bits and details considering Black Satan was abandoned by its readers and publisher after only one appearance! He wasn’t a prolific character, but he had a kind of swagger and panache that resonates with me. Plus, seriously, any superhero with Satan in his name is definitely cool.

Now on to my drawings. On the left is old Howard- pretty much as he comes(click the image for full size). There are a few minor changes- I gave him a Zoot Suit gold chain and watch, no clue why. also some inverted pentagrams and, finally, a complete redesign of his pistol. i made it bigger- deco-styled and gave the projector lens an inverted pentagram, too. My thinking is the weird ray that blinded enemies might bedazzle them with a vision of a pentagram! Cool right? On the right, you can see more additions. I thought he needs horns and facial hair. Gives him a bit more “Satan-y” appearance.

Now for my last variation. I decided to take some liberties with his colors- Now Black Satan is actually BLACK, or at least allot more-so. this is the version I like best color-wise- although I think I like version 2 as well.

FYI-you can download a .cbr format scan of Yankee Comics #1 and the sole appearance of Black Satan here.

4 Replies to “Public Domain Hero-A-Day: BLACK SATAN”

  1. I like this guy. Being the D.A. at day means he wouldn’t bring down the villain without ample evidence to convict him later. This could make for good story telling as he would be torn between his ethics and the continued heinous crimes being committed. As D.A. his method of evidence gathering would be under suspicion as well. I like version 3 as well but think v. 2 would look better set against the night time city background.

  2. I just wanted to say that I like your style man, I also wanted to ask you if you have FACEBOOK and if I could add you up, My name in facebook is Luis A Hernandez Pardo, I have a group there about public domain superheroes and an artist myself would love to share your PD heroes with the group and anybody else interested is welcome

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