Drums of the Dead
Written by Mike Mignola
Illustrated by Mike Mignola
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Pat Brosseau
Edited by Scott Allie
Originally Published in Abe Sapien: Drums of the Dead
Date Published March 1998
Trade Paperback Hellboy – Volume 4: The Right Hand of Doom
Omnibus Edition Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories – Volume 2
Library Edition Hellboy – Volume 2

Hellboy travels Japan, and deals with Demons.

Publication HistoryEdit

"Heads" was originally published as the backup to Abe Sapien: Drums of the Dead in March 1998. In April 2000, the story was collected in Hellboy – Volume 4: The Right Hand of Doom.


Hellboy is in Kyoto Japan in 1967. He sleeps on a road in the woods one night and is woken up by a local man. The man tells Hellboy it is too dangerous to sleep in the woods, and invites him home. Hellboy goes to sleep but wakes up only to find the bodies of the owner and his five guests sitting but without their heads. Hellboy ties the bodies to a stone and tosses them in a lake. Hellboy hears the flying heads as they learn their bodies have been taken. The heads attack Hellboy, but as the sun rises the heads are destroyed.

Sword of StormsEdit

A version of this story was incorporated into the animated film, Hellboy: Sword of Storms. This version is very similar to the comic, but takes place in modern times, and not in the 60s.

Hellboy Publication Order
Preceded by
A Christmas Underground
Followed by
The Baba Yaga
Hellboy Trade Paperback Order
Vol. 4 The Right Hand of Doom
Preceded by
King Vold
Followed by
Goodbye Mister Tod
Hellboy Story Chronology
Preceded by
The Sleeping and the Dead
Followed by
Goodbye Mister Tod