The Baba Yaga

The Chained Coffin - The Baba Yaga
Written by Mike Mignola
Illustrated by Mike Mignola
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Pat Brosseau
Edited by Scott Allie
Originally Published in Hellboy – Volume 3: The Chained Coffin and Others
Date Published August 1998
Trade Paperback Hellboy – Volume 3: The Chained Coffin and Others
Omnibus Edition Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories – Volume 2
Library Edition Hellboy – Volume 2

The Baba Yaga tells Hellboy's first confrontation with the witch Baba Yaga. While these events were previously mentioned in Wake the Devil #4, they are presented here in full.

Publication HistoryEdit

The story was planned as early as 1994, and is mentioned in "Hi, My Name's Hellboy" (Oct 1994), though The Baba Yaga did not appear as planned.

Four years later, The Baba Yaga was drawn specifically for Hellboy – Volume 3: The Chained Coffin and Others, published in August 1998.


Hellboy travels to Russia in 1964, to put a stop to a series of child abductions. He goes to a cemetery where every year the Baba Yaga comes to count dead men's fingers. Hellboy fights Baba Yaga and shoot out her left eye. Baba Yaga is forced to leave our world, but she "can never die so long as Russia endures."

Story ChronologyEdit

This story takes place in March of 1964.[1] The Troll-Witch occurred one year earlier, and Heads three years later.


  1. The year is noted in the story itself, March is stated in Darkness Calls #2
Hellboy Publication Order
Preceded by
The Baba Yaga
Followed by
The Right Hand of Doom
Hellboy Trade Paperback Order
Vol. 3 The Chained Coffin and Others
Preceded by
The Iron Shoes
The Baba Yaga
Followed by
A Christmas Underground
Hellboy Story Chronology
Preceded by
The Troll-Witch
The Baba Yaga
Followed by
The Sleeping and the Dead