The Mike Mignola's Hellboy series was first introduced, along with Hellboy himself, in San Diego Comic Con Comics #2, published August 1993. As the series has progressed, it has grown to include spin-offs all sharing continuity within the Hellboy Universe.
- see also: List of Hellboy stories
The first title, Hellboy, originally followed Hellboy's career as a part of the B.P.R.D., then later Hellboy went solo following the events of Conqueror Worm. The stories have increasingly focused on mythological themes and Hellboy's destiny within the supernatural world.
- see also: List of Abe Sapien stories
- see also: List of Lobster Johnson stories
Lobster Johnson focuses the pulp adventures of "The Lobster" and his crew as they fight against mad scientists, Nazis and supernatural foes.
- see also: List of B.P.R.D. stories
Following Hellboy's departure from the Bureau at the end of Conqueror Worm, B.P.R.D. was spun-off into its own line of comics. B.P.R.D. continued to follow the adventures of established characters like Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, Roger and Kate Corrigan, but has also introduced new characters like Johann Krauss, Ben Daimio and Panya, and even delves into the B.P.R.D.'s past.
- see also: List of Witchfinder stories
Witchfinder depicts the adventures of Occult Detective Sir Edward Grey.
Scott Allie and Mike Mignola have both mentioned the possibility of other series. The stories Baba Yaga's Feast and How Koshchei Became Deathless have remained uncollected because they do not fit with any of the current titles, although Scott Allie has stated there is a long term plan for them.
Sledgehammer 44 is a story that doesn't fit neatly into any established series. How it will be collected is largely unknown, but Mike Mignola has spoken of doing other World War II stories.
The upcoming Hellboy in Hell will be a departure for the Hellboy comics in that it will not be a miniseries or one-shot. Instead Hellboy in Hell will be an ongoing comic with irregular release dates starting its numbering at #1. What this means for the trade paperbacks remains to be seen, but it's possible it may become its own series with its own numbering much like B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth did.
Story Publication TimelineEdit
This chart records the first time a stories was published in the Hellboy Universe. It does not list every time a story was published, nor where the story was published. For that and other information see the articles on individual stories.
Titles with a "#" before the number denote actual issue numbers. Numbers without a "#" are part numbers, within some other larger publication.
Stories Out of ContinuityEdit
A number stories have featured Hellboy and related characters but are not a part of Hellboy continuity. Such stories include;
- Numerous Hellboy guest appearances in other comics including;
- John Byrne's Next Men #21 (Dec 1993)
- Danger Unlimited #4 (May 1994) a 2 panel cameo
- Savage Dragon #34-35 (Dec 1996, Feb 1997)
- Painkiller Jane/Hellboy (Aug 1998)
- Batman Hellboy Starman #1-2 (Jan-Feb 1999)
- The Goon #7 (Jun 2004)
- Ghost/Hellboy Special #1-2 (May-Jun 2005)
- Hellboy/Beasts of Burden: Sacrifice (Oct 2010)
- Hellboy Junior (Oct 1997, Oct-Nov 1999) showing the (mis)adventures of a Hellboy still in Hell before coming to earth
- The Astromagnet (2002) a short story created as a promo for Hellboy Sourcebook and Role Playing Game
- The Kabandha (Aug 2002) a short story printed in Hellboy Sourcebook and Role Playing Game
- Hellboy: Weird Tales #1-8 (Feb 2003 to Apr 2004, every two months) a collection of other writers' takes on Hellboy
- Hellboy Animated comics (Oct 2006-Dec 2007) further expanding the Hellboy Animated world
- Hellboy: The Golden Army (Jan 2008) a promotional tie-in for Hellboy II: The Golden Army
It is occasionally unclear whether a story should be considered in Canon. However, as a general rule, stories reprinted in a normal Hellboy or related Trade Paperback can safely be seen as within continuity, while those not reprinted, or reprinted in some other way can be assumed outside of continuity.
- ↑ Scott Allie stated that neither "The Astromagnet" nor "The Kabandha" are canon in the January B.P.R.D. member email