Lobster Johnson is a line of comic books about the character The Lobster. It is a spin-off of the Hellboy series.

Publication History[edit | edit source]

The Lobster Johnson series made its debut with a short backup story, The Killer in My Skull, in Hellboy: Box Full of Evil #1. This story would later be collected in the first volume of the B.P.R.D. trades.

In September 2007, the Lobster Johnson debuted its first full miniseries, The Iron Prometheus, written by Mike Mignola with art by Jason Armstrong. Set in 1937, this story explored Memnan Saa, setting up plot elements for B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess.

In January 2012, Lobster Johnson returned for The Burning Hand, a five-issue miniseries that takes place in 1932 at the beginning of the Lobster's career. John Arcudi became the ongoing writer for the series with this title, saying that future Lobster Johnson stories would continue chronologically from that point. This is mostly true, although the one-shot stories often jump back and forth as much as a year. However, they are collected chronologically in the trade paperback collections.

The Burning Hand also saw Tonci Zonjic join Lobster Johnson as the primary artist on the series. He draws most of the longer arcs, while guest artists usually draw the one-shot stories.

A full list of Lobster Johnson stories can be found here: List of Lobster Johnson stories

Numbering[edit | edit source]

Although Lobster Johnson has been released as a series of miniseries and one-shots, in addition to numbers within a given miniseries, it also has an ongoing numbering system on the inside cover for the series overall.

  1. The Iron Prometheus #1
  2. The Iron Prometheus #2
  3. The Iron Prometheus #3
  4. The Iron Prometheus #4
  5. The Iron Prometheus #5
  6. The Burning Hand #1
  7. The Burning Hand #2
  8. The Burning Hand #3
  9. The Burning Hand #4
  10. The Burning Hand #5
  11. The Prayer of Neferu
  12. Caput Mortuum
  13. Satan Smells a Rat
  14. A Scent of Lotus #1
  15. A Scent of Lotus #2
  16. Get the Lobster #1
  17. Get the Lobster #2
  18. Get the Lobster #3
  19. Get the Lobster #4
  20. Get the Lobster #5
  21. A Chain Forged in Life
  22. The Glass Mantis
  23. The Forgotten Man
  24. Metal Monsters of Midtown #1
  25. Metal Monsters of Midtown #2
  26. Metal Monsters of Midtown #3
  27. Garden of Bones
  28. The Pirate's Ghost #1
  29. The Pirate's Ghost #2
  30. The Pirate's Ghost #3
  31. Mangekyō

Collections[edit | edit source]

Trade Paperbacks[edit | edit source]

see also Lobster Johnson Trade Paperback Collections

All in-continuity Lobster Johnson stories are collected into trade paperbacks eventually. So far there have been six volumes.

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