This article is about the fictional comics character. For other uses, see Hellboy (disambiguation).
Hellboy is a fictional superhero created by writer-artist Mike Mignola. The character first appeared in San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2 (August 1993), and has since appeared in various eponymous miniseries, one-shots and intercompany crossovers. The character has been adapted into two live-action feature films in 2004 and 2008 that starred Ron Perlman in the title role, and two straight-to-DVD animated films, as well as three video games – Asylum Seeker, The Science of Evil, and as a playable character in Injustice 2. A film reboot starring David Harbour is set for release in 2019.
Hellboy, by Mike Mignola.
Dark Horse Comics
Dime Press #4 (March 1993): first Hellboy prototype appearance, cover only
San Diego Comic Con Comics #2 (August 1993): first full Hellboy appearance, black & white only
Next Men #21 (December 1993): first appearance in a regularly published title, 1st color appearance
Anung un Rama
Place of origin
East Bromwich, UK
World Destroyer, Great Beast, Beast of the Apocalypse, Right Hand of Doom, Son of the Fallen One, Brother Red, Red, Man-Beast, Mane
Superhuman strength and endurance
Extensive knowledge of the supernatural
Right Hand of Doom (which serves as the key to the End of the World)
Innate capability to comprehend magical languages
Immunity to fire and lightning
A well-meaning half-demon whose true name is Anung Un Rama (“and upon his brow is set a crown of flame”), Hellboy was summoned from Hell to Earth as a baby on October 5th (given as his birth date by Mike Mignola) by Nazi occultists (spawning his hatred for the Third Reich). He was discovered by the Allied Forces; amongst them, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, who formed the United States Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.). In time, Hellboy grew to be a large, red-skinned adult with a tail, horns (which he files off, leaving behind circular stumps on his forehead), cloven hooves for feet, and an oversized right hand made of stone (the “Right Hand of Doom”). He has been described as smelling of dry-roasted peanuts. Although a bit gruff, he shows none of the malevolence thoug