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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.

Publication LinesEdit

see also: List of Hellboy Universe stories
see also: Trade Paperback Collections

HellboyEdit

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.

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. It will have its own trade paperback line much like B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth does.

Abe SapienEdit

see also: List of Abe Sapien stories

This series follows Abe Sapien's solo adventures. The earliest Abe Sapien stories have been collected in the first volume of the B.P.R.D. trades.

Beginning with The Drowning, the series was released in its own line of trade paperbacks.

Lobster JohnsonEdit

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.

B.P.R.DEdit

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.

Sir Edward Grey, WitchfinderEdit

see also: List of Witchfinder stories

Witchfinder depicts the adventures of Occult Detective Sir Edward Grey.

Sledgehammer 44Edit

see also: List of Sledgehammer 44 stories

Beginning in 1944, Sledgehammer 44 follows the story of the second Vril Energy Suit, Epimetheus, and its various pilots.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.Edit

see also: List of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. stories

Scheduled to debut in December 2014, this series will kick off with 1952 when Hellboy goes on his first mission for the Bureau.

OthersEdit

Scott Allie and Mike Mignola have both mentioned the possibility of other series. There has been some talk of an new series debut in 2015, but nothing has been formally announced at this time.

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 by Month
Date Hellboy B.P.R.D. Abe
Sapien
Other Stories
1993 August Hellboy Promo #1
1994 March Seed of Destruction #1
April Seed of Destruction #2
May Seed of Destruction #3
Hellboy Promo #2
June Seed of Destruction #4
August The Wolves of Saint August 1
September The Wolves of Saint August 2
October The Wolves of Saint August 3
Hi, My Name's Hellboy
November The Wolves of Saint August 4
1995 March The Corpse 1
April The Corpse 2
May The Corpse 3
June The Corpse 4
July The Corpse 5
August The Corpse 6
The Chained Coffin
November The Wolves of Saint August
(Extended Version)
1996 January The Iron Shoes
June Wake the Devil #1
July Wake the Devil #2
August Wake the Devil #3
September Wake the Devil #4
October Wake the Devil #5
1997 June Wake the Devil
(Epilogue)
Almost Colossus #1
July Almost Colossus #2
December A Christmas Underground
1998 March Heads Drums of the Dead
August The Baba Yaga
Almost Colossus
(Extended Version)
The Right Hand of Doom
1999 July The Vârcolac 1
August The Vârcolac 2 LOBSTER JOHNSON:
The Killer in My Skull
Goodbye Mister Tod
Pancakes
Box Full of Evil #1
September The Vârcolac 3 Abe Sapien versus Science
Box Full of Evil #2
November The Vârcolac 4
December The Vârcolac 5
2000 January The Vârcolac 6
February The Nature of the Beast
April The Vârcolac
(Redrawn Version)
King Vold
Box Full of Evil
(Epilogue)
2001 May Conqueror Worm #1
June Conqueror Worm #2
July Conqueror Worm #3
August Conqueror Worm #4
December B.P.R.D. 1
2002 January Hollow Earth #1
B.P.R.D. 2
February Conqueror Worm
(Epilogue)
B.P.R.D. 3
April Hollow Earth #2
June Hollow Earth #3
July The Third Wish #1
August The Third Wish #2
2003 May The Soul of Venice
May Dark Waters
August Dr. Carp's Experiment
September Night Train
November There's Something Under My Bed
2004 March The Penanggalan Born Again
Plague of Frogs #1
April Plague of Frogs #2
May Plague of Frogs #3
June Plague of Frogs #4
July The Troll-Witch Plague of Frogs #5
August Another Day at the Office
November The Dead #1
December The Dead #2
2005 January The Dead #3
February The Dead #4
March The Dead #5
June The Ghoul
The Island #1
July The Island #2
August The Black Flame #1
September The Black Flame #2
October The Black Flame #3
November The Black Flame #4
December The Black Flame #5
2006 January The Black Flame #6
February Makoma #1
March Makoma #2
April The Universal Machine #1
May The Universal Machine #2
June The Universal Machine #3
July The Universal Machine #4
August The Island
(Epilogue)
The Universal Machine #5
December The Hydra and the Lion
2007 March Garden of Souls #1
April Garden of Souls #2
May Darkness Calls #1 Garden of Souls #3
Darkness Calls #2
June Darkness Calls #3 Garden of Souls #4
July Darkness Calls #4 Garden of Souls #5
August Darkness Calls #5 Killing Ground #1
They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships
September Killing Ground #2 LOBSTER JOHNSON:
The Iron Prometheus
#1
October The Vampire of Prague Killing Ground #3 LOBSTER JOHNSON:
The Iron Prometheus
#2
The Penanggalan
(Redrawn Page)
November Darkness Calls #6 Killing Ground #4 LOBSTER JOHNSON:
The Iron Prometheus
#3
December Killing Ground #5 LOBSTER JOHNSON:
The Iron Prometheus
#4
2008 January 1946 #1 LOBSTER JOHNSON:
The Iron Prometheus
#5
February 1946 #2 The Drowning #1
March 1946 #3 The Drowning #2
Revival 1
April 1946 #4 The Drowning #3
Revival 2
May Darkness Calls
(Epilogues)
1946 #5 The Drowning #4
Out of Reach
The Mole Bishop Olek's Devil
June War on Frogs #1 The Drowning #5
The Ectoplasmic Man
July The Crooked Man #1 The Warning #1
August The Crooked Man #2 The Warning #2
September The Crooked Man #3 The Warning #3
October In the Chapel of Moloch The Warning #4
November The Warning #5 WITCHFINDER:
Murderous Intent
December The Wild Hunt #1 War on Frogs #2
2009 January The Wild Hunt #2 The Black Goddess #1 How Koshchei Became Deathless 1
February The Wild Hunt #3 The Black Goddess #2 How Koshchei Became Deathless 2
March The Wild Hunt #4 The Black Goddess #3 Baba Yaga's Feast
April The Black Goddess #4
May The Black Goddess #5
June War on Frogs #3
And What Shall I Find There?
July 1947 #1 WITCHFINDER:
In the Service of Angels
 #1
August The Wild Hunt #5 1947 #2 WITCHFINDER:
In the Service of Angels
 #2
September The Wild Hunt #6 1947 #3 WITCHFINDER:
In the Service of Angels
 #3
October The Wild Hunt #7 1947 #4 The Haunted Boy WITCHFINDER:
In the Service of Angels
#4
The Burial of Katharine Baker
November The Wild Hunt #8 1947 #5 WITCHFINDER:
In the Service of Angels
 #5
December The Bride of Hell War on Frogs #4
2010 January King of Fear #1
February King of Fear #2
March King of Fear #3
April King of Fear #4
Revival
(Extended Version)
May Hellboy in Mexico King of Fear #5
June The Abyssal Plain #1
July The Storm #1 The Abyssal Plain #2
August The Storm #2 HELL ON EARTH:
New World
#1
September The Storm #3 HELL ON EARTH:
New World
#2
October The Whittier Legacy HELL ON EARTH:
New World
#3
November Double Feature of Evil HELL ON EARTH:
New World
#4
December The Sleeping and The Dead #1 HELL ON EARTH:
New World
#5
2011 January HELL ON EARTH:
Gods
#1
February The Sleeping and The Dead #2 HELL ON EARTH:
Gods
#2
WITCHFINDER:
Lost and Gone Forever
 #1
March HELL ON EARTH:
Gods
#3
WITCHFINDER:
Lost and Gone Forever
 #2
HELL ON EARTH:
Seattle
April Buster Oakley Gets His Wish The Dead Remembered #1 WITCHFINDER:
Lost and Gone Forever
 #3
May Being Human The Dead Remembered #2 WITCHFINDER:
Lost and Gone Forever
 #4
June The Fury #1 The Dead Remembered #3 WITCHFINDER:
Lost and Gone Forever
 #5
July The Fury #2 HELL ON EARTH:
Monsters
#1
Casualties
August The Fury #3 HELL ON EARTH:
Monsters
#2
September HELL ON EARTH:
Russia
#1
The Devil Does Not Jest #1
October HELL ON EARTH:
Russia
#2
The Devil Does Not Jest #2
November House of the Living Dead HELL ON EARTH:
Russia
#3
December Hellboy versus the Aztec Mummy HELL ON EARTH:
Russia
#4
2012 January HELL ON EARTH:
Russia
#5
LOBSTER JOHNSON:
The Burning Hand
#1
February HELL ON EARTH:
The Long Death
#1
LOBSTER JOHNSON:
The Burning Hand
#2
An Unmarked Grave LOBSTER JOHNSON:
Tony Masso's Finest Hour
March The Fury
(Epilogue)
HELL ON EARTH:
The Long Death
#2
LOBSTER JOHNSON:
The Burning Hand
#3
HELL ON EARTH:
The Pickens County Horror
#1
April HELL ON EARTH:
The Long Death
#3
LOBSTER JOHNSON:
The Burning Hand
#4
HELL ON EARTH:
The Pickens County Horror
#2
May HELL ON EARTH:
The Devil's Engine
#1
LOBSTER JOHNSON:
The Burning Hand
#5
HELL ON EARTH:
The Transformation of J.H. O'Donnell
June HELL ON EARTH:
The Devil's Engine
#2
HELL ON EARTH:
Exorcism
#1
July HELL ON EARTH:
The Devil's Engine
#3
HELL ON EARTH:
Exorcism
#2
August HELL ON EARTH:
The Return of the Master
#1
LOBSTER JOHNSON:
The Prayer of Neferu
September HELL ON EARTH:
The Return of the Master
#2
LOBSTER JOHNSON:
Caput Mortuum
October 1948 #1
HELL ON EARTH #100:
The Return of the Master
#3
November 1948 #2
HELL ON EARTH #101:
The Return of the Master
#4
December Hellboy in Hell #1 1948 #3
HELL ON EARTH #102:
The Return of the Master
#5
2013 January Hellboy in Hell #2 HELL ON EARTH #103:
The Abyss of Time
#1
1948 #4
February Hellboy in Hell #3 HELL ON EARTH #104:
The Abyss of Time
#2
1948 #5
March Hellboy in Hell #4 HELL ON EARTH #105:
A Cold Day in Hell
#1
Sledgehammer 44 #1
Vampire #1
April HELL ON EARTH #106:
A Cold Day in Hell
#2
ABE SAPIEN #1:
Dark and Terrible
#1
Sledgehammer 44 #2
Vampire #2
May HELL ON EARTH #107:
Wasteland
#1
ABE SAPIEN #2:
Dark and Terrible
#2
LOBSTER JOHNSON:
Satan Smells a Rat
Vampire #3
June HELL ON EARTH #108:
Wasteland
#2
ABE SAPIEN #3:
Dark and Terrible
#3
Vampire #4
July HELL ON EARTH #109:
Wasteland
#3
ABE SAPIEN #4:
The New Race of Man
#1
LOBSTER JOHNSON:
A Scent of Lotus
#1
Vampire #5
August HELL ON EARTH #110:
Lake of Fire
#1
ABE SAPIEN #5:
The New Race of Man
#2
LOBSTER JOHNSON:
A Scent of Lotus
#2
September HELL ON EARTH #111:
Lake of Fire
#2
October The Midnight Circus HELL ON EARTH #112:
Lake of Fire
#3
ABE SAPIEN #6:
The Shape of Things to Come
#1
November HELL ON EARTH #113:
Lake of Fire
#4
ABE SAPIEN #7:
The Shape of Things to Come
#2
SLEDGEHAMMER 44:
Lightning War
 #1
December HELLBOY IN HELL #5:
The Three Gold Whips
HELL ON EARTH #114:
Lake of Fire
#5
ABE SAPIEN #8
The Land of the Dead
SLEDGEHAMMER 44:
Lightning War
#2
Hellboy Gets Married 1
2014 January Hellboy Gets Married 2 HELL ON EARTH #115:
The Reign of the Black Flame
#1
ABE SAPIEN #9:
To the Last Man
#1
SLEDGEHAMMER 44:
Lightning War
 #3
February HELL ON EARTH #116:
The Reign of the Black Flame
#2
ABE SAPIEN #10:
To the Last Man
#2
LOBSTER JOHNSON:
Get the Lobster
#1
March The Coffin Man HELL ON EARTH #117:
The Reign of the Black Flame
#3
ABE SAPIEN #11:
To the Last Man
#3
LOBSTER JOHNSON:
Get the Lobster
#2
April HELL ON EARTH #118:
The Reign of the Black Flame
#4
LOBSTER JOHNSON:
Get the Lobster
#3
May HELLBOY IN HELL #6:
The Death Card
HELL ON EARTH #119:
The Reign of the Black Flame
#5
ABE SAPIEN #12:
The Garden
WITCHFINDER:
Beware the Ape
June HELL ON EARTH #120:
The Devil's Wings
#1
ABE SAPIEN #13:
The Healer
LOBSTER JOHNSON:
Get the Lobster
#4
WITCHFINDER:
The Mysteries of Unland
#1
July HELL ON EARTH #121:
The Devil's Wings
#2
ABE SAPIEN #14:
Visions, Dreams, and Fishin'
WITCHFINDER:
The Mysteries of Unland
#2
August HELL ON EARTH #122:
The Broken Equation
#1
ABE SAPIEN #15:
Lost Lives
LOBSTER JOHNSON:
Get the Lobster
#5
WITCHFINDER:
The Mysteries of Unland
#3
September HELL ON EARTH #123:
The Broken Equation
#2
ABE SAPIEN #16:
Sacred Places
#1
WITCHFINDER:
The Mysteries of Unland
#4
October HELL ON EARTH #124 ABE SAPIEN #17:
Sacred Places
#2
WITCHFINDER:
The Mysteries of Unland
#5
November HELL ON EARTH #125
December HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.:
1952
 #1
HELL ON EARTH #126 ABE SAPIEN #18:
A Darkness so Great
#1
2015 January HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.:
1952
 #2
HELL ON EARTH #127 ABE SAPIEN #19:
A Darkness so Great
#2
February HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.:
1952
 #3
HELL ON EARTH #128 ABE SAPIEN #20:
A Darkness so Great
#3
March HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.:
1952
 #4
HELL ON EARTH #129 ABE SAPIEN #21:
A Darkness so Great
#4
April HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.:
1952
 #5
ABE SAPIEN #22:
A Darkness so Great
#5

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[1]
  • 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.

NotesEdit

  1. Scott Allie stated that neither "The Astromagnet" nor "The Kabandha" are canon in the January B.P.R.D. member email

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