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There are many different Hells, in many different comics, in many different Universes, but you can think of this as the place where each and everyone of them, including Hel and Hades are collected, and broken down for you by universe, than by series.


Acheron, Cocytus, Lethe, Phlegethon, Styx, Tartarus,

Limbo, Purgatory,

NOTE: Characters that are spoken of as going to Hell, or who rule/live in Hell-like dimensions (such as Hel, or the Brimstone Dimension) are not listed, only those who have been in Hell within a comic book.

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Promethea (1999-2005)

One of the primary villain groups in the Promethea series are the Demons of the Goetia who all inhabit the multiple-personality disordered Mayor Sonny Baskerville in classic "Legion" style. However, while they are in his mind, they are still in Hell.

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • King Asmoday

Antarctica Press

Warrior Nun Areala (1994-2006)

Nemesis and sometimes ally of Warrior Nun Areala is Lillith, the Demon Princess who rules over her own corner of Hell.

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Lillith, the Demon Princess
  • Shotgun Mary
  • Tomorrow Man

Avatar Press

Pandora (1997-2007)

Pandora frequently visits Hell because many demons reside there. It is her job to sent the demons back to Pandora's Box.

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Beset
  • Pandora
  • Widow
  • Vulcan

Chaos! Comics

Evil Ernie: Revenge (1994-1995)

Lady Death's earthly beginnings as Hope came to an end when she was taken to Hell by demons to save herself from burning at the stake. From there she charge Evil Ernie to to commit murder in her name and to fill her Endless Graveyard with the souls of all the living. Purgatori was taken to hell by Lucifer at her own request. Ernie visits Hell in his dreams and the dreams of others so technically never goes to hell itself as far as has been shown in print.

List of Inhabitants and Visitors:

  • Mary Young
  • Lady Death
  • Purgatori

Lady Death (1994-2000)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Asteroth
  • Cremator
  • Demonica
  • Diabolica
  • Evil Ernie
  • Galilean
  • Genocide
  • Lady Death
  • Lady Demon
  • Leviatha
  • Lucifer
  • Malady
  • Matthias
  • Michael
  • Pagan
  • Purgatori
  • Santa Gloria
  • Seance
  • Shrill
  • Sinestra
  • Uriel

Purgatori: (1996-2000)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors:

  • Anger
  • Gluttony
  • Greed
  • Hate
  • Lucifer
  • Lust
  • Pride
  • Purgatori
  • Sloth


Note: Vertigo is listed here because some of the books under its imprint use some variation of the DCU Hell, however, Wildstorm is in its own section as it is an imprint independent of DC.

Swamp Thing (1982-1996)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Great Evil Beast
  • Swamp Thing
  • Deadman
  • Doctor Fate
  • Phantom Stranger
  • Etrigan
  • Abby Holland
  • Anton Arcane
  • Judith
  • The Spectre
  • General Sunderland
  • Nergal

Swamp Thing Annual (1985-1993)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Anton Arcane
  • Etrigan the Demon
  • General Sunderland
  • Phantom Stranger
  • Swamp Thing

Secret Origins (1986-1990)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors:

  • Lucifer Morningstar
  • Azazel
  • Belial

Hellblazer (1988-ongoing)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors:

  • Blathoxi
  • John Constantine
  • Astra Logue
  • Nergal
  • Agony
  • Ecstasy
  • The First of the Fallen
  • Triskele
  • Chantinelle
  • Lucifer Morningstar
  • Cedella
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Rick the Vic
  • Kathy George
  • Troy Grenzer
  • Phoebe Clifton-Avery
  • Buer
  • Thomas Constan tine
  • Rosacarnis
  • Adam Constantine
  • Saul Constantine
  • Maria Constantine
  • Cheryl Masters
  • Tony Masters
  • Demon John

The Sandman (1989-1996)

"Once upon a time, there was a place that wasn't a place. It had many names: Avernus, Gehenna, Tartarus, Hades, Abaddon, Sheol... It was an inferno of pain and flame and ice, where every nightmare had come true long since. It was not considered a pleasant place by the majority of its inhabitants; however being dead, and being there (as they imagined) against their will, their opinions counted for little. And indeed, had Hell been pleasant, they would have felt cheated: they were there for pain, for suffering, for torment. Which they received in abundance. The other inhabitants of this place were not dead; however, neither were they alive, in any biological sense of the word. Humanity called them demons without understanding what it had named. There was little that demonkind had in common with the legions of damned souls with whom they shared the infernal marches. However, they were all agreed on one thing. This was as bad as it got. It couldn't get any worse." -Excerpt taken from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman #22.

This series is where the Hell that became famous throughout DC and Vertigo comics of the 90's began, in issue 4 of the Sandman, Dream is forced to go to Hell to retrieve his helm. It is that Hell which was continuously used through many comics, usually just cameo appearances, until it met its end in Lucifer. The Hell was a place of many wonders, from the forest of suicides, to the cells where those cursed by the "gods" were kept. From the demons that lived within it, to the Damned that were tormented forever, it was quite a complicated place.

Another thing about this Hell is there was an entire monarchy, and unlike it most universes, Lucifer/Satan/The Devil was not the sole ruler of Hell, yes he was one of them, but it was a Triumvirate and Azazel and Belial ruled at his sides, splitting the kingdom in three. Eventually in the series however, Lucifer grows tired of ruling over Hell and retires, emptying the realm and passing on the key to Dream who then is met with numerous contenders for the possession of the Key. In the final end he is forced to give it to Duma and Remiel by order of Yahweh and the two angels are left to rule over it, though they try to distance themselves from the scum that inhabits the realm. This is the Hell that is further established in Sandman's spin-off, Lucifer (see below).

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Lucifer Morningstar
  • Dream
  • Duma
  • Remiel
  • Nada
  • Etrigan
  • Choronzon
  • Azazel
  • Belial

The Books of Magic (1990)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Tim Hunter
  • Doctor Occult

The Demon (1990-1995)

  • Etrigan
  • Lucifer Morningstar
  • Beelzebub
  • Merlin
  • Belial
  • Morax

Kid Eternity (1991)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Kid Eternity
  • Jerry Sullivan
  • Mr. Keeper

The Spectre (1992-1998)

Shathan: Lord of Lies

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Spectre
  • Duma
  • Remiel
  • Shathan

The Phantom Stranger (1993)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Phantom Stranger
  • Naamah
  • Ashe

Starman (1994-2001)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Jack Knight
  • The Shade
  • Matt O'Dare
  • Demon of the Poster

The Books of Magic (1994-2000)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Molly
  • Crimple
  • Vuall
  • Tanger
  • Lacewing
  • Leatherwing
  • Happy
  • Tim Hunter
  • Toll
  • Barbatos
  • Brother Hugh

House of Secrets (1996-1998)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Rain Harper
  • Amazing Zandar
  • Erik Rylander
  • Peeters

Preacher Special: Saint of Killers (1996)

When we first see this Hell it is being run by two down-and-out "deities" playing poker, The Devil and The Angel of Death. Things take a turn for the worse when the burning fires of Hell die out and in their place comes a cold, harsh winter...the Saint's hatred-filled soul had just entered the Gates. The Devil couldn't allow this to stand and he went to the Saint, he whipped the Saint for hours and hours, trying to beat the hatred out of his soul but to no avail, the Saint couldn't stop hating and so Hell was temporarily out of order. The Angel of Death came to a solution, and had his sword melted down into guns and the Saint became the new Angel of Death and as he left Hell, the inferno returned. The Devil shouted his relief (and insulted the Saint) only to get shot through the head, leaving this restored Hell without a devil to watch over it. How this impacted the realm was never shown.

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • The Devil
  • Saint of Killers
  • The Angel of Death

Sandman Presents: Lucifer (1999)

Spinning out of The Sandman, Hell is briefly glimpsed in this bridge between The Sandman and Lucifer but merely as a place Lucifer goes to gain unrelated information from the new Keyholder, Duma.

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Lucifer
  • Duma
  • Remiel

Lucifer (2000-2006)

In Lucifer we pick up where things left off in The Sandman, with Remiel and Duma ruling over Hell and Remiel is shown to quickly be tainted by the whole experience and often tries to manipulate events to kill Lucifer. However, things begin to change in Hell when a faction of demons believe if they could get Lucifer to return, he would save them and return the dominion to its former glory. Lucifer does not take kindly to their trying to manipulate him and destroys them and their efforts but events were set in motion and one of the Damned slowly gains status in Hell, Christopher Rudd. Due to the chaotic events brought about by Yahweh abandoning the universe, Hell is met with major re-working and Rudd becomes the new possessor of the Key to Hell and creates his own Army of the Damned with intent to take down Heaven. But in the end, another army goes after Heaven and Hell is forced to come to their aid. Eventually Christopher Rudd is granted forgiveness for his sins, Hell is dissolved and things are left open to interpretation in how things are recreated in the new universe under its new god, Elaine.

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Duma
  • Remiel
  • Lucifer
  • Noema
  • Jill Presto
  • Elaine Belloc
  • Mazikeen
  • Berim
  • Christopher Rudd
  • Lady Lys
  • Lord Arux
  • Duke Seviram
  • Amenadiel
  • Garamas
  • Gyges
  • Effrul
  • Charlie Gilmour
  • Brosag
  • Sisyphus
  • Duke Cloy
  • Duke Durovallis
  • Virtus
  • Susano

Swamp Thing (2004-2006)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Josephine
  • Anton Arcane
  • Brother Walker
  • Worm

Constantine - The Official Movie Adaption (2005)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • John Constantine

House of Mystery (2008-ongoing)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Peter Keele
  • Strawberry Keele
  • Keele

Reign in Hell (2008-2009)

  • Provinces of the Infernal Dominion in Reign in Hell:
  • Eighth: Err
  • Seventh: Labyrinth
  • Sixth: Ament
  • Fifth: Internecia
  • Fourth: Praetori
  • Third: The Gull
  • Second: The Odium
  • First: Pandemonia

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Neron
  • Lord Satanus
  • Lady Blaze
  • Asmodel
  • Belial
  • Zauriel
  • Zatara
  • Lilith
  • Blue Devil
  • Sargon the Sorcerer
  • Zatanna
  • Nightshade
  • The Creeper
  • Ragman
  • Enchantress
  • Etrigan
  • Dr. Fate
  • Lobo

Dark Entries (2009)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • John Constantine
  • Akiko
  • Alice
  • Jude
  • Steph
  • Tom
  • Ishmael
  • Matthew Keene
  • Bianca
  • Brian McArthur

Eros Comix

Alraune (2001)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Belial
  • Dinah
  • Magdalena

Heavy Metal

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (2012-X)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Adam Cahill
  • Jesse Grace

Image Comics

Spawn (1992-X)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Spawn
  • Billy Kincaid
  • Malebolgia

Marvel Comics

Ghost Rider: The Road to Damnation (2005-2006)

  • Ghost Rider

West Coast Avengers #14-15 (1986)

West Coast Avengers travel to Hell with the help of Hellstorm and Hellcat to save kidnapped Tigra and Hank Pym from Allatou. They end up on a boat on River of Death that leads to Land Within, what then is revealed to be part of hell. Master Pandemonium followed them to seek his missing soul pieces.

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Tigra
  • Mockingbird
  • Hawkeye
  • Hank Pym
  • Hellstorm
  • Hellcat
  • Wonder Man
  • Iron Man
  • Master Pandemonium
  • Allatou

Slingers #10-12 (1999)

Slingers are pulled to hell to fight Mephisto for Black Marvel's soul.

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Mephisto
  • Black Marvel
  • Prodigy
  • Dusk
  • Ricochet
  • Hornet

Marvel Divas (2009)

Photon, Firestar and Black Cat go to hell to save Hellcat from Hellstorm.

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Hellcat
  • Black Cat
  • Firestar
  • Photon
  • Hellstorm

Nickel Editions

Requiem: Vampire Knight (2000-2009)

Here hell is another form of afterlife, every one won't end up here, but most of people do. It is mirror image of earth. There are several races here, depending on what they did in life. Vampires were cold blooded killers; Centaurs were rapists; Lamias were murder victims; Werewolves were religious fanatics full of hate; Architects were scientist who built weapons; Zombies were ordinary people who were too afraid to do anything with their lives; Ghouls were people who did evil but believed to do good. There were also some demons there.

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Requiem
  • Claudia
  • Lord Mortis
  • Thurim
  • Mother Terror
  • Otto Von Todt
  • Lord Cryptos

Claudia: Vampire Knight (2004-2009)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Claudia


2000 AD (1977-X)

Hell is the setting for 2000 AD's newest thrill, Necrophim.

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Lucifer
  • Uriel
  • Valion
  • Neboron
  • Cythea
  • Hyrokkin

Top Cow

Inferno: Hellbound (2001-2002)

A group of criminals are recruited by military to enter the gates of hell in Jerusalem to retrieve a key that closes it. Why criminals? Because an innocent can't enter hell and survive. Mr Black however has his own agenda.

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • John Francis Dante
  • Grace

The Darkness Vol 2 ( 2002-2005)

Jackie remembers pieces of his time in hell.

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Jackie Estacado

Universe (2001-2002)

Hell is only place one can go after life on earth, it's just the natural stage of order. There human souls are currency, harvested and sold as seen fit by it's inhabitants. There is artifact named Rapture that can release ones soul from hell if given hope.

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Jackie Estacado
  • Mr. Black
  • Nick
  • Conductor
  • Thomas Judge

Vampirella / Witchblade (2004)

Vampirella and Sara Pezzini are pulled to hell. Battle is fought to keep Vampirella from being wed to son of Satan.

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Sara Pezzini
  • Vampirella
  • Witchblade


Dante's Inferno (2010)

List of Rulers, Inhabitants and Visitors

  • Lord Alighiero
  • Antony
  • Beatrice Portinari
  • Lady Bella
  • Cerberus
  • Charon
  • Cleopatra
  • Dante Alighieri
  • False Bishop
  • Francesco Portinari
  • Geryon
  • Lucifer
  • Malacoda
  • Minotaur
  • Minos
  • Nimrod
  • Ephialtes
  • Antaeus
  • Saladin
  • Virgil