World's Greatest Paranormal Investigator (CBG)

Written by Mike Mignola
John Byrne
Illustrated by Mike Mignola
Colored by Matt Hollingsworth
Originally Published in Comic Buyer's Guide #1070
Date Published May 1994
Trade Paperback Hellboy – Volume 1: Seed of Destruction
Omnibus Edition Hellboy – Volume 1: Seed of Destruction
Library Edition Hellboy – Volume 1

Publication HistoryEdit

This four-page story was first published as a black-and-white mini-comic in The Comic Buyer's Guide #1070. It was later reprinted in color in Hellboy – Volume 1: Seed of Destruction, October 1994.


Hellboy fights Herman von Klempt and his "kriegaffe" Brutus in von Klempt's laboratory. Hellboy saves the trapped woman, defeats von Klempt, and burns down the lab.

Story ChronologyEdit

The story itself does not give us any clues as to its chronology. However, in Conqueror Worm #2, we learn that Hellboy and von Klempt fought in Macapa, Brazil in 1959.

This is the same year as the events of The Corpse (1959), one year after The Penanggalan and The Crooked Man (1958), and two years before The Iron Shoes and The Hydra and the Lion (1961).

Hellboy Publication Order
Preceded by
Seed of Destruction
World's Greatest Paranormal Investigator (CBG)
Followed by
The Wolves of Saint August
Hellboy Trade Paperback Order
Vol. 1 Seed of Destruction Vol. 2 Wake the Devil
Preceded by
World's Greatest Paranormal Investigator (SDCC)
World's Greatest Paranormal Investigator (CBG)
Followed by
Wake the Devil
Hellboy Story Chronology
Preceded by
The Crooked Man
The Penanggalan
World's Greatest Paranormal Investigator (CBG)
Same time as
The Corpse
Followed by
Double Feature of Evil