Diehard fans have probably already seen this, but with a brand new Hellboy movie coming next year, now seems like a good time to revisit the big guy’s origin story.
Artist Mike Mignola is the man responsible for creating Hellboy, the character first appearing in August 1993’s San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2. Of course, it was Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman who introduced the bright red half-demon to a whole new audience with their two-film series, but Hellboy is Mignola’s baby no matter how you slice it.
With a new film on the horizon – “Stranger Things” star David Harbour is taking over the role – Mignola took to Twitter today to share his very first Hellboy drawing.
Via Wikipedia, “Hellboy originated with a drawing Mike Mignola did at a comic book convention of a demon with the name HELLBOY written on his belt. The demon itself bears virtually no resemblance to Hellboy, and Mignola had no intention of doing anything serious with the concept, but later decided he liked the name.”
This was the first drawing of Hellboy. pic.twitter.com/Njto2eR1aX
— Mike Mignola (@artofmmignola) January 11, 2018
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