The Burning Hand is a five-issue miniseries that takes place early in the Lobster's career, in 1932.

Publication HistoryEdit

The miniseries was published from January to May 2012. The series featured covers by Dave Johnson and "Year of Monsters" variant covers by Mike Mignola for #1 and #4.


Part OneEdit

When a tribe of phantom Indians start scalping policemen, Hellboy's crime-fighting hero Lobster Johnson and his allies arrive to take on these foes and their gangster cronies!

Part TwoEdit

With a city swamped in dead gangsters with claws branded into their foreheads, mob boss Arnie Wald seeks the assistance of a deadly mystic and her strange partner to take down the vigilante known as Lobster Johnson.

Part ThreeEdit

A fiery menace is turning the city into an inferno, and only Lobster Johnson and his league of crime fighters can put an end to these paranormal horrors.

Part FourEdit

As dead gangsters bloody the floor of his secret hideout, crime fighter Lobster Johnson goes head to head with a powerful German undead—The Black Flame.

Part FiveEdit

Lobster Johnson blasts his way through an army of mad sewer cannibals in order to get to the greedy mob boss Arnie Wald.


Covers by Dave Johnson unless otherwise stated.

Lobster Johnson Publication Order
Preceded by
The Iron Prometheus
The Burning Hand
Followed by
Tony Masso's Finest Hour
Lobster Johnson Trade Paperback Order
Vol. 1 The Iron Prometheus Vol. 2 The Burning Hand Vol. 3 Satan Smells a Rat
Preceded by
The Iron Prometheus
The Burning Hand
Followed by
Caput Mortuum
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