DHP Ann 99
Written by Mike Mignola
Illustrated by Mike Mignola
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Pat Brosseau
Edited by Scott Allie
Originally Published in Dark Horse Presents Annual 1999
Date Published August 1999
Trade Paperback Hellboy – Volume 4: The Right Hand of Doom
Omnibus Edition Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories – Volume 1
Library Edition Hellboy – Volume 2

A young Hellboy eats pancakes.

Publication HistoryEdit

Pancakes was published in black and white, as part of the Dark Horse Presents Annual 1999, in August 1999. The two page story was reprinted in color in Hellboy: vol. 4 The Right Hand of Doom.


In 1947, a young Hellboy is called in for breakfast. He wants noodles, but is told he can only have pancakes. Hellboy does not want to eat pancakes, but tries one bite. Hellboy loves Pancakes. In Pandemoniumm, capital of Hell, the Demons wail. Three demon lords, Astaroth, Mammon and Haborym, comment that now that Hellboy has eaten pancakes, he will never come back to hell.

Story ChronologyEdit

This story takes place in 1947. Based on the fact that Hellboy asks for pancakes in B.P.R.D.: 1947 #4, Pancakes must take place before 1947.

Connections to Other StoriesEdit

In some ways this story is just a quick gag. However, this is the first appearance of the demon Astaroth, who will make minor but significant appearances in Box Full of Evil and The Wild Hunt. Further, the idea of Hellboy's refusal to serve hell is a continuing theme in the series.

Hellboy Publication Order
Preceded by
Goodbye Mister Tod
Same time as
Box Full of Evil
Followed by
The Nature of the Beast
Hellboy Trade Paperback Order
Vol. 3 The Chained Coffin and Others Vol. 4 The Right Hand of Doom
Preceded by
Almost Colossus
Followed by
The Nature of the Beast
Hellboy Story Chronology
Preceded by
Followed by
The Midnight Circus