I fell in love with Mike Mignola’s Hellboy the first time I laid my eyes on the comic – the artwork was so distinct and the protagonist so unique it was hard not to be drawn in. This beautiful art book is a comprehensive collection of sketches, cover art, posters, select panels and some unreleased artwork spanning more than 10 years of work from the comic.
Mike Mignola’s artwork is deceptively blocky and simple, but they convey so much detail and depth with minimal lines. A lot of course, have to do with his masterful use of light and shadows. Hellboy’s eye sockets are almost always shrouded in darkness by the shadows cast from his deep forehead and filed horns – if you pay close attention to the Hellboy films you will notice that they had to digitally fill in those shadows to give Hellboy that distinct, mysterious look we have come to associate him with.
(above) Absolutely adore the amusing backstory on Hellboy’s love for “Pamcakes.”
The copy I own is the out of print hard cover edition, definitely one of my favourite and treasured art books. The purchase link below is for the soft cover edition, but you can still find the hard cover version for sale from some sellers.
- Dimensions – 12.3 x 9.3 x 0.9 inches
- 200 pages
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