2016’s already been a pretty interesting year for Hellboy with two new issues for the Hellboy in Hell series, a few updates in the ongoing B.R.P.D comic saga, and even some online slots games bearing the demon’s name.
And seeing as Mike Mignola’s comic book creation is now a multi-media franchise, it seems like the perfect time to have a look back over how Hellboy became one of our best-loved comic characters.
Mignola created Hellboy in the early 1990s as a demon who’s brought to Earth, but uses his powers for the forces of good in fighting Nazis, Baba Yaga and a range of malevolent foes.
Whilst Hellboy has similarities with the likes of Batman and Wolverine, it’s clear that he’s deeply different from the Marvel and DC Comics pack. That’s why the character found a perfect home alongside the likes of Frank Miller’s Sin City at Dark Horse Comics who, unlike DC Comics, didn’t have a problem with having a character with the word ‘hell’ in his name.
After a string of successful comics and spin-offs, Hellboy came to the attention of visionary film director Guillermo del Toro who created a pair of big budget feature films starring Ron Perlman as the big-hearted demon.
Although Perlman has quashed rumours of a third Hellboy movie, there’s been plenty of other ways for fans to catch up with Mignola’s demonic creation.
Despite middling reviews, the PlayStation and Xbox game, Hellboy: The Science of Evil, benefited from Del Toro and Mignola’s writing skills to deliver a pretty good game, and your favourite slot theme of all-time can be found at Betway whose Hellboy game provides a great casino outing for the character.
There’s also been a couple of great graphic novels released in recent years, and next year will see Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea following up previous successes like 2011’s Hellboy: House of the Living Dead and Hellboy: The Midnight Circus.
All of which have certainly helped the Hellboy creator, Mike Mignola, pick up plenty of awards from the likes of Eagle Comics as he continues in his bid to become one of the world’s favourite comic book creators.
But seeing as Mignola is showing reluctance about providing us with further Hellboy adventures, it looks like those online slots games could be one of our best chances of seeing this famous character in 2017.