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The Vârcolac
The Varcolac
Title Hellboy: The Vârcolac
Story by Mike Mignola
Art by Mike Mignola
Colors by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Pat Brosseau
Edited by Scott Allie
Originally Published in Dark Horse Extra #14-19
Date Published July 1999 - January 2000
Collected in Hellboy 4: The Right Hand of Doom

Publication HistoryEdit

"The Vârcolac" originally ran as six one page installments as a part of Dark Horse Extra #14-19, published between July 1999 and January 2000. This original version was in Sunday-newspaper-strip format. When the story was collected, Mignola decided to completely redraw the story so that it would be in standard comic format. The resulting 11 page story was published as part of Hellboy: vol. 4 The Right Hand of Doom in April 2000. The original version of the story was later reprinted in The Art of Hellboy in March 2003.

SynopsisEdit

Hellboy is in Yorkshire in 1982. He stands over a dead body, two bloody spots on its neck. Hellboy enters a rundown house nearby, finds the coffin of Countess Ilona Kakosy, and stake in hand prepares to impale the vampire. However, just at that moment the floor gives out, and Hellboy plunges to the depths below. He lands before a group of coffins and a large group of ghouls grab Hellboy. Hellboy is pulled to the surface and an enormous winged figure is seen in the distance, the Vârcolac. Ilona describes the Vârcolac, and it scoops Hellboy up in its massive hand. At that moment Hellboy wakes up, the entire affair an illusion, a trick played by the Countess. Hellboy impales Ilona ending the story.

Hellboy Publication Order
Preceded by
The Right Hand of Doom
The Vârcolac
Followed by
Goodbye Mister Tod
Hellboy Trade Paperback Order
Vol. 4 The Right Hand of Doom
Preceded by
Goodbye Mister Tod
The Vârcolac
Followed by
The Right Hand of Doom
Hellboy Story Chronology
Preceded by
Goodbye Mister Tod
The Vârcolac
Same time as
Hellboy in Mexico
The Vampire of Prague
Followed by
The Bride of Hell
The Whittier Legacy

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