(March 1994)

Dark Horse, 1994 Series
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Price
2.50 USD; 3.40 CAD
Pages
36
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dark Horse Comics, Inc.
Brand
Dark Horse Comics; Legend
Editing
Barbara Kesel
Color
Color (cover and interiors)
Dimensions
Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Limited Series

Issue Notes

1st issue of Hellboy. Printed in Canada.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Hellboy / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Mike Mignola (main; signed); Arthur Adams (inset)
Inks
Mike Mignola (main; signed); Arthur Adams (inset)
Colors
Mark Chiarello
Letters
Kevin Nowlan (logo); ?

Genre
adventure; horror-suspense
Characters
Hellboy; Monkeyman and O'Brien [Axwell Tiberius; Ann O'Brien] (inset)
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[Credits] (Table of Contents: 1)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Mike Mignola
Inks
Mike Mignola
Letters
Kevin Nowlan (logo); Mike Mignola ? (design); typeset

Characters
Hellboy
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Indexer Notes

The inside front cover has logo, credits, indicia, and frontispiece.

Seed of Destruction [Chapter One] (Table of Contents: 2)

Hellboy / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script
Mike Mignola (plot); John Byrne (words)
Pencils
Mike Mignola
Inks
Mike Mignola
Colors
Mark Chiarello
Letters
John Byrne; Mike Mignola (see Notes)

Genre
adventure; horror-suspense
Characters
Hellboy (part origin); 1st Sgt. George Whitman (introduction); The Torch of Liberty; Prof. Malcolm Frost (introduction); Prof. Trevor Bruttenholm [Broom] (introduction); Lady Cynthia Eden-Jones (introduction); Klaus Werner von Krupt (introduction); Prof. Dr. Karl Ruprect Kroenen (introduction); Grigori Rasputin (first appearance in Hellboy series); Leopold Kurtz (introduction); Ilsa Haupstein (introduction); Sven Olafsen (introduction; cameo; flashback); Dr. Tom Manning (introduction); Emma Cavendish (introduction)
Synopsis
1944: In East Bromwich, England, specialists from the British Paranormal Society have gathered at church ruins where Lady Cynthia Eden-Jones has sensed a disturbance in the ether. When a demon child appears in an explosion of flame, Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm dubs it Hellboy. 1994: Bruttenholm tells Hellboy about his recent expedition to the Arctic. Frogs then swarm into the office and Bruttenholm retreats from the room only to crash back into it dead. Hellboy battles and kills the froglike beast, then calls the head office of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense.
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Indexer Notes

Mignola drew balloons and sound effects; Byrne lettered the dialogue with font based on his hand lettering. Neither is credited. // The Nazi officers are identified on the final story page, presented as a dossier on Project Ragna Rok. Manning's first name is revealed in a future storyline. Emma Cavendish's identity is revealed next issue. // Hellboy first appeared in a story in San Diego Comic-Con Comics (Dark Horse, 1992 series) #2 (August 1993), given away at the convention, and was seen in John Byrne's Next Men (Dark Horse, 1992 series) #21 (December 1993) as a fictional character a few months before this miniseries was released.

[Afterword] (Table of Contents: 3)

Hellmail / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
John Byrne
Pencils
Mike Mignola
Inks
Mike Mignola
Letters
Mike Mignola ? (design); typeset

Who Are Monkeyman and O'Brien? [Chapter 1] (Table of Contents: 4)

Monkeyman and O'Brien / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Arthur Adams
Pencils
Arthur Adams
Inks
Arthur Adams
Colors
Matt Hollingsworth
Letters
L. Lois Buhalis

Genre
science fiction; adventure
Characters
Axwell Tiberius [Monkeyman] (see Notes); Ann O'Brien; Akiko Oki (introduction); Oniko O'Brien (introduction)
Synopsis
The daughters of "famous inventor and adventurer" Prof. William S. O'Brien, Ann and Oniko, argue in an underground lab at the San Francisco estate of their missing father. When a program is accidentally activated that opens a rift between dimensions, a suited humanoid figure and a severed ape head hurtle through as the sisters are caught in a blast of strange energy.
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Indexer Notes

Monkeyman and O'Brien appear as a duo on the splash page only. Tiberius is not seen out of his suit until Chapter 2 and is named in Chapter 3. The characters' first published appearance, like Hellboy's, was in San Diego Comic-Con Comics (Dark Horse, 1992 series) #2 (August 1993), although the events of this story predate the duo's exploits in that issue.

Experience the Power of John Byrne's Next Men (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Next Men / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Next Issue (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Hellboy / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

On Sale Now! Chaykin Power & Glory (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Power & Glory / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Hellboy
  2. 1. [Credits]
  3. 2. Seed of Destruction [Chapter One]
    Hellboy
  4. 3. [Afterword]
    Hellmail
  5. 4. Who Are Monkeyman and O'Brien? [Chapter 1]
    Monkeyman and O'Brien
  6. 5. Experience the Power of John Byrne's Next Men
    Next Men
  7. 6. Next Issue
    Hellboy
  8. 7. On Sale Now! Chaykin Power & Glory
    Power & Glory
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ken Austin
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Katy Hayhurst
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mark Gordon
  • Brian Saner Lamken
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Gregory Fischer
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