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9/20/2014

Mike Mignola's Hellboy Artist's Edition (Hellboy In Hell and Other Stories)

Script by Mike Mignola and John Byrne (for the earliest works), art by Mike Mignola, all material is ©Mike Mignola





Published by IDW in June 2014 (ISBN: 978-1631400032, AE #23, 12.5 x 17.3 inches or  31,5 x 44 cm, 125$ for 204 pages) this book is printed on thick mat paper and is the regular version of this edition (see also the end of this article).

One of the picture below is for size comparisons with Hellboy In Hell The Descent TPB.

IDW inhouse cardboard box

zoom of the box's sticker



Second and third of cover feature different illustrations. This edition has been designed by Randall Dahlk and edited by Scott Dunbier. The book doesn't feature any introduction. Below there's also a picture displaying the table of content of the first part of this book.

second of cover

third of cover





Of all the material include in this book, only three original pages have not been retrieved and are displayed here in plain B&W scans (others are of course color scans of the original art). This is not something that IDW has tried to hide as they have indicated the fact in their product description, and these three pages are also pinpointed in the book at the bottom of the page (Hellboy In Hell issue #2 page 16 for this first part). Notice that covers, back covers and variant covers are included.


zoom of the upper part of the page





left the B&W scanned page







The second part of this book contains early stories  including the 10-pages story from John Byrne’s Nextmen #21. Here is the table of contents for this part (B&W scanned pages are page 7 and 19 of The Corpse).





a double spread page






The additional material section runs on 7 pages, and also features its own detailed table of contents. The book finishes with Mike Mignola's bio.







Complementary information:

  • a variant edition (different cover) was produced for the SDCC 2014 convention (100 copies but I am not sure it was numbered):



  • a remarked signed edition limited to 125 copies (350$!) was issued in October 2014 with the same variant cover used for SDCC 2014. It features an exclusive remarqued panel by Mike Mignola.



  • Also, US Comic Bug library has held an event in the presence of Mike Mignola who was there to signed copies of the regular edition.



Finally this article gives me the opportunity to show off a little bit with my limited signed numbered Forbidden Planet bookplate sold with the regular Hellboy In Hell The Descent TPB:


limited to 250 copies


In addition to this article, and for more detailed insight about the reproduction quality, don't hesitate to read this Comic Book Daily review by Scott VanderPloeg.