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Mike Mignola's Hellboy series was first introduced, along with Hellboy himself, in San Diego Comic Con Comics #2, published August 1993. As the series has progressed, it has grown to include numerous spin-offs all sharing continuity within the Hellboy Universe.

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see also: List of Hellboy Universe stories
see also: Trade Paperback Collections

Hellboy[]

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The first title, Hellboy, originally followed Hellboy's career as a part of the B.P.R.D., then later Hellboy's solo adventures following the events of Conqueror Worm. The stories increasingly focused on mythological themes and Hellboy's destiny within the supernatural world. Interspersed in the ongoing narrative were flashback stories, usually set before the events of Seed of Destruction in May 1994, which mostly functioned as standalone tales.

Hellboy in Hell[]

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see also: List of Hellboy in Hell stories

Hellboy in Hell was a departure for the Hellboy comics in that it was not a miniseries or one-shot, but rather an ongoing comic with irregular release dates starting its numbering at #1. It has its own trade paperback line much like B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth does, but it was a direct continuation of Hellboy and was collected in omnibus format under the Hellboy banner.

Abe Sapien[]

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see also: List of Abe Sapien stories

This series follows Abe Sapien's solo adventures. The earliest Abe Sapien stories have been collected in the first volume of the B.P.R.D. trades.

Beginning with The Drowning, the series was released in its own line of trade paperbacks. Volumes 3 to 8 cover the Dark and Terrible cycle, which runs parallel to the events of B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth.

Lobster Johnson[]

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see also: List of Lobster Johnson stories

Lobster Johnson focuses the pulp adventures of the Lobster and his crew as they fight against mad scientists, Nazis and supernatural foes in the 1930s. The series originally debuted with a short back-up story in Hellboy: Box Full of Evil #1 in 1999, though it didn't properly become a series until 2007's The Iron Prometheus.

B.P.R.D[]

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see also: List of B.P.R.D. stories

Following Hellboy's departure from the Bureau at the end of Conqueror Worm, B.P.R.D. was spun-off into its own line of comics. B.P.R.D. continued to follow the adventures of established characters like Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, Roger and Kate Corrigan, but has also introduced new characters like Johann Kraus, Ben Daimio and Panya, and even delves into the B.P.R.D.'s past. The series is largely divided into three cycles: Plague of Frogs, Hell on Earth, and The Devil You Know.

B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth[]

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A direct continuation of the Plague of Frogs story cycle in B.P.R.D., this was released as its own distinct series.

B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know[]

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see also: List of B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know stories

A direct continuation of B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth, this was released as its own distinct series and serves as a conclusion not only to B.P.R.D., but also Hellboy and Abe Sapien.

Sir Edward Grey: Witchfinder[]

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see also: List of Witchfinder stories

Witchfinder depicts the adventures of occult detective and agent for Queen Victoria, Sir Edward Grey.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.[]

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see also: List of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. stories

Kicking off in 1952, this series originally followed Hellboy's career at the B.P.R.D. chronologically. As the series progressed, it introduced more stories that jumped around the timeline.

Frankenstein[]

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see also: List of Frankenstein stories

This series began with the Frankenstein Underground miniseries, with the Frankenstein Monster as he appeared in Hellboy: House of the Living Dead as he journeyed into the Hollow Earth in the 1950s. The miniseries canonizes Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.

Koshchei[]

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In Koshchei the Deathless, Koshchei finds Hellboy in Hell, and tells him his tale. Ben Stenbeck has said this was originally a trilogy that became a single book. He also hinted that additional books may appear in the Koshchei series. Koshchei in Hell was announced for 2022 in the back of Sir Edward Grey: Acheron.

Young Hellboy[]

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see also: List of Young Hellboy stories

This series launched in 2021 with the miniseries The Hidden Land. It focuses on Hellboy's adventures with Professor Bruttenholm during the late 1940s.

The Sarah Jewell Mysteries[]

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see also: List of The Sarah Jewell Mysteries

This series began with The Longest Night, a short story in the Hellboy Winter Special (2019) before getting a full miniseries in 2021, The House of Lost Horizons.

The British Paranormal Society[]

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see also: List of The British Paranormal Society stories

This series began with Time Out of Mind, a four-issue miniseries.

One-shot Miniseries[]

Rather than being fully fledged series, these titles are limited to a single trade.

Sledgehammer 44[]

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see also: List of Sledgehammer 44 stories

Beginning in 1944, Sledgehammer 44 follows the story of the second Vril Energy Suit, Epimetheus, and its various pilots. This was originally intended to span multiple trades (as evidenced by the "1" on the book's spine), but as the story developed, it worked better as a single book and flashback elements in the B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth series.

Rise of the Black Flame[]

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Set in May, 1923, Rise of the Black Flame shows how the first Black Flame came to be. It also introduces Sarah Jewell, a member of The Silver Lantern Club and friend of Sir Edward Grey.

The Visitor: How & Why He Stayed[]

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This five-issue miniseries explores the story of the alien Hellboy met in Conqueror Worm from 1944 to 2001.

Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon[]

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Focused on Trevor Bruttenholm and Rasputin during World War II, this five-issue miniseries takes a closer look at "The Master." Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson have discussed the possibility that this may be the first in a series, but it was designed as a one-shot miniseries.

Crimson Lotus[]

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Agents Dai Jieh, Shengli, and Baolu are pursued by the Crimson Lotus in 1930s China.

The Sword of Hyperborea[]

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A miniseries that explores some of the people that have carried Ted Howards's Hyperborean Blade.


Castle Full of Blackbirds[]

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Following the events of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: The Return of Effie Kolb. Sara May Blackburn attends the Linton School for Girls.


Publication Timeline[]

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