A Christmas Underground

Hellboy Christmas Special
Written by Mike Mignola
Illustrated by Mike Mignola
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Pat Brosseau
Edited by Scott Allie
Originally Published in Hellboy: Christmas Special
Internal Numbering Hellboy #14
Date Published December 1997
Trade Paperback Hellboy – Volume 3: The Chained Coffin and Others
Omnibus Edition Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories – Volume 2
Library Edition Hellboy – Volume 2

Publication HistoryEdit

A Christmas Underground was first published in December 1997, as part of Hellboy: Christmas Special. This Special included work by other writers and artists connected by the themes of Christmas and ghosts. In addition to A Christmas Underground the Special included Ernie's Holiday Ditty by Steve Purcell; A Strange Story by Gary Gianni; Christmas by Geof Darrow; Toybox by Steve Purcell; Corpus Monstrum in A Gift for the Wicked by Gary Gianni; and Further Reading by Mike Mignola. The story was reprinted in Hellboy – Volume 3: The Chained Coffin and Others in August 1998.


Hellboy visits a dying woman in England on Christmas Eve 1989. He learns that the woman's daughter Annie disappeared five years ago, and agrees to give Annie a Christmas present from her mother. It is shown that she delusionally thinks that Hellboy is Santa. Hellboy enters an old grave nearby, and enters a hidden mansion. Annie is there and explains that she followed a mouse with silver eyes into a hole, and married the prince it became there. As her family die, they come to live with her. Annie cannot remember what Christmas is, but Hellboy gives Annie her mother's present, a cross necklace. The ring on her finger unwinds and becomes a lizard, thus breaking the "prince's" hold over Annie. Hellboy fights the now ghoulish family members, and the "prince" himself, a large mouse-like monster. Annie's spirit visits her mother as she dies, and the house burns down.

Story ChronologyEdit

The story takes place on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1989.

Hellboy Publication Order
Preceded by
Almost Colossus
A Christmas Underground
Followed by
Hellboy Trade Paperback Order
Vol. 3 The Chained Coffin and Others
Preceded by
The Baba Yaga
A Christmas Underground
Followed by
The Chained Coffin
Hellboy Story Chronology
Preceded by
They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships
A Christmas Underground
Followed by
Dr. Carp's Experiment