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Goodbye Mister Tod

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Written by Mike Mignola
Illustrated by Mike Mignola
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Pat Brosseau
Edited by Scott Allie
Originally Published in Gary Gianni's MonsterMen
Date Published August 1999
— COLLECTED IN —
Trade Paperback Hellboy – Volume 4: The Right Hand of Doom
Omnibus Edition Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories – Volume 2
Library Edition Hellboy – Volume 2

Publication HistoryEdit

Goodbye Mister Tod was first published as a backup story in Gary Gianni's MonsterMen in August 1999. The story was later reprinted in Hellboy – Volume 4: The Right Hand of Doom in April 2000.

SynopsisEdit

In 1979, Hellboy travels to Portland, Oregon. Mary Ann Glozek, assistant to Mr. Tod, called the B.P.R.D. for help. A few years before Hellboy had seen Mr. Tod, a physical medium, perform. However, Mr. Tod had fallen on hard times, and had started using drugs to help him get into trances. This time he contacted not the regular spirit world, but something else entirely in the form of a tentacled being that partial manifests from Mr. Tod's ectoplasm. Hellboy burns Arbutus, a herb used to chase away evil, but not before the creature grabs Hellboy. The Creature and Hellboy are sucked back into the body of Mr. Tod. Mr. Tod's body swells up and shatters, leaving Hellboy standing.

Connections to Other StoriesEdit

In Conqueror Worm #2, we learn that the creature in this story is of the same species as the Conqueror Worm. This would make the creature one of the Ogdru Hem.

When Hellboy mentions that he had seen Mr. Tod's act, we see the ectoplasmic form of a woman with her hair covered. An identical figure appears in Sir Edward Grey, Witchfinder: In the Service of Angels #2. While it is not known whether this is in fact the same spirit, it is the same type of seance, utilizing a spirit guide. This is a different method than say Johann Kraus who would project himself into the spirit world.

Hellboy Publication Order
Preceded by
The Vârcolac
Goodbye Mister Tod
Followed by
Box Full of Evil
Pancakes
Hellboy Trade Paperback Order
Vol. 4 The Right Hand of Doom
Preceded by
Heads
Goodbye Mister Tod
Followed by
The Vârcolac
Hellboy Story Chronology
Preceded by
Heads
Goodbye Mister Tod
Followed by
Hellboy in Mexico
The Vampire of Prague
The Vârcolac

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