Saturday, May 17, 2008

Everything you wanted to know about Hellboy, but were afraid to ask

From Wikipedia:  Hellboy is a demon whose true name is Anung un Rama, Hellboy was brought to Earth as an infant by Nazi occultists. He was rescued by the Allied Forces, and raised by the U.S.A.'s Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD). Hellboy grew up to be a large, red-skinned demon with a tail, horns (which he filed off, leaving behind the signature circular stumps on his forehead), and an oversized right hand made of stone. In the introduction to Odd Jobs he is described as smelling of dry-roasted peanuts. Although a bit gruff, he shows none of the malevolence thought to be intrinsic to demons, and works with other strange creatures in the BPRD. Hellboy has been dubbed as the "World's Greatest Paranormal Investigator".

Hellboy's adventures span from the 1940s to the present day, and involve investigations into the paranormal, including sorcery, Nazi occultism, the Thule Society, hollow earth explorers, werewolves, vampires, and ghosts. Of particular note is the recurring machinations of the Ogdru Jahad, malevolent deities akin to Lovecraft's Old Gods, and the relic adorning Hellboy's arm known as "the Right Hand of Doom," an artifact that is key to their release.
Much in the same vein as fellow comic book superheroes Daredevil, Batman, Blade, and Wolverine, Hellboy is a hero constantly haunted by the knowledge of his past. In "Wake The Devil", the second graphic novel, he says of his past, "I like not knowing. I've gotten by for fifty-two years with not knowing. I sleep good not knowing."

Hellboy II: The Golden Army synopsis:
After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it's up to the planet's toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it's time to call in Hellboy.
This is my personalized Hellboy sketch, drawn by creator Mike Mignola.  My friend Bill Galvan got this for me at the 2008 Comic Convention, and is a highly prized piece in my small, but growing collection of geek art/collectibles.  Bill is an artist in Salt Lake City, Utah and works on both Archie comics, and The Simpsons comics as well as 3d art.  Check out his work at
More artwork by Mike Mignola
Hellboy as Futurama characters by Matt Groening

Young Hellboy found here
This isn't the official version of the poster, but I love the look of it.
Hellboy drawn as Popeye.

The official Poster for Hellboy II.  I really like the tagline: "Believe it or not, he's the good guy"

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