Saturday, March 23rd is Hellboy Day—an exciting event taking place at comic book shops to commemorate the 25th anniversary of legendary comic book creator Mike Mignola's most famous creation, Hellboy! Fans can look forward to free special reprint Hellboy comic books, plus cool buttons, bookmarks, tattoos and more! Your local comic book shop will also have new Hellboy comics and merchandise available for the first time! Check with your local shop for all their Hellboy Day event plans and details! (see a list of participating shops here.)
In 1994, Dark Horse Comics published the debut issue of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction and introduced comic book readers to the Right Hand of Doom, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and one of the most iconic comic book characters—and universes—of all time. For 2019’s Hellboy Day celebration, Dark Horse will publish a 25th anniversary edition of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction issue #1, featuring a new cover by Mignola and colorist Dave Stewart, which will be given away for free at participating comic book shops"
"When I created Hellboy way back when I never imagined he would be around long enough to celebrate a 25th anniversary," said Mike Mignola. "I'm grateful to the writers, artists, colorists and letterers who've joined me in telling Hellboy stories for all these years. And, of course, so grateful to the fans. This thing could not exist without their support and it's a pleasure every time I get to go out to meet them." Mike Mignola will make a special appearance at a Hellboy Day signing at Earth 2 Comics in Sherman Oaks in Los Angeles on March 23.
Dark Horse has created a series of Hellboy Day promotional materials that fans can pick up, including a Hellboy Tattoo Sheet, a Right Hand of Doom bookmark, and a special Hellboy double-sided poster, featuring the Mignolaverse timeline that debuted at New York Comic Con.
For nearly 25 years, Mignola and a host of celebrated writers and artists have chronicled the adventures of Hellboy facing his supposed destiny as Beast of the Apocalypse, and explored the mysterious backstories of B.P.R.D. agents including Professor Trevor Bruttenholm and Abe Sapien. Hellboy's adventures have appeared in what are known as the Mignolaverse—the strange, shared universe of comic books and graphic novels, comprised of acclaimed titles including Hellboy & the B.P.R,D., Abe Sapien, B.P.R.D., Crimson Lotus, Frankenstein Underground, Lobster Johnson, The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed and Witchfinder. Hellboy has appeared in graphic novels and comic books, prose novels and short story collections, two animated features, two live action films, toy lines and all manner of merchandise.
Neil Marshall's forthcoming Hellboy film starring David Harbour, Sasha Lane, Ian McShane, Penelope Mitchell, and Milla Jovovich will be released by Lionsgate on April 12, 2019.
For more information about the Mignolaverse comic books and graphic novels, as well as announcements of Dark Horse Comics' plans for 2019 to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of the first Hellboy comic book, Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, follow the company on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Dark Horse Official Mignolaverse Timeline - Click for Full-Sized Image