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    20 Years of Hellboy, Artist by Artist [Art Feature]

    By and | August 19th, 2013
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    Today, in case you’ve been under a rock all morning, is the 20th anniversary of the first appearance of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy. I think I speak for most of the Multiversity staff, when I say that Hellboy is one of the greatest characters in comics history; visually stunning, surprisingly funny, at times, touching. Part of what makes Hellboy such a great character is the consistently amazing Mignola artwork that usually accompanies his appearances. But that doesn’t tell the entire story.

    Below, you will find an example of Hellboy drawn by, what is to our best estimate, most of, if not all of, the artists to officially drawn Hellboy throughout comics. These include Hellboy books proper, B.P.R.D. issues, crossovers, “Hellboy Animated” pieces, “Hellboy Junior,” and more. I’m sure we forgot some, so please let us know in the comments. Until then, enjoy what is, at least to this lowly editor, a collection of some of the best artists ever assembled, drawing our big red pal.

    Note: The artists are presented alphabetically, not chronologically.

    Also, special thanks to our resident Mignola expert Mark Tweedale for helping source these images

    Jason Shawn Alexander

    Mike Allred

    Kia Asimiya

    Paul Azaceta

    Gabriel Ba

    Art Baltazar

    Hilary Barta

    Scott Benefiel

    John Byrne

    Jo Chen

    John Cassaday

    Frank Cho

    Dave Cooper

    Richard Corben

    Rick Cortes

    Tyler Crook

    Guy Davis

    Lee Edwards

    Duncan Fegredo

    Gary Fields

    Bob Fingerman

    Max Fiumara

    Sebastian Fiumara

    Francesco Francavilla

    Gary Gianni

    Scott Hampton

    James Harren

    Tony Harris

    Zach Howard

    Michael Kaluta

    Seung Kim

    Rick Lacy

    Fabio Laguna

    Roger Langridge

    Erik Larsen

    Jason Latour

    Rick Leonardi

    Steve Lieber

    Alex Maleev

    Jeff Matsuda

    Karl Moline

    Scott Morse

    Ovi Nedelcu

    Phil Noto

    Kevin Nowlan

    Steve Parkhouse

    Jason Pearson

    Eric Powell

    Steve Purcell

    Humberto Ramos

    P. Craig Russell

    Galen Showman

    Ryan Sook

    Jim Starlin

    Ben Stenbeck

    Dave Stevens

    Continued below

    Cameron Stewart

    Tad Stones

    William Stout

    Craig Thompson

    Jill Thompson

    Francisco Ruiz Velasco

    Andi Watson

    Simeon Wilkins

    J.H. Williams

    Bill Wray

    and Mike Mignola


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    Brian Salvatore

    Brian Salvatore is an editor, podcaster, reviewer, writer at large, and general task master at Multiversity. When not writing, he can be found playing music, hanging out with his daughter, or playing music with his daughter. He also has a dog named Lola, a rowboat, and once met Jimmy Carter. Feel free to email him about good beer, the New York Mets, or the best way to make Chicken Parmagiana (add a thin slice of prosciutto under the cheese).

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    Mark Tweedale

    Mark writes Haunted Trails and contributes to The Harrow County Observer. An animator and an eternal Tintin fan, he spends his free time reading comics, listening to film scores, and consuming only the best chocolate. You can find him on Twitter here.

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    • Stephen Wittmaak

      What? No Sean “Cheeks” Galloway?! 😉

    • w3stt0n

      Keep up the fantastic job!

    • Jamie Yost

      Look how far James Harren’s art has come!

      Does anyone know if Sam Keith has drawn Hellboy? That’s something I’d like to see.

    • Luke Parker

      There’s a few here i haven’t seen, there’s so many, i remember seeing a Frank Miller one before.

      • Jamie Yost

        He did an illustration that was featured in one of the very first trades.

        • Luke Parker

          Ahh, that’s it then. Those aren’t in the library editions. I think the only hellboy related book i’m missing is weird tales V1 or 2.

    • SO MUCH HELLBOY! fantastic, lets get that third movie made!

      • Stephen Wittmaak

        I talked to Mignola at Heroe’s Con last year and it doesn’t look like a third movie is going to happen , at least from his perspective. Now Joe Golem movie….:)

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