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The Iron Shoes is a short story by Mike Mignola.

Publication History[]

In January of 1996, when it was decided to collect The Corpse, a new short story was needed to fill out the issue. The six-page story The Iron Shoes was created and Hellboy: The Corpse and the Iron Shoes was born. In August 1998, the story was collected in Hellboy – Volume 3: The Chained Coffin and Others. Mike Mignola described it as not an actual story but just a weird encounter.


The story opens with two Folklore experts, Edwin D. Wolf and Katherine Boggs, who state that in general iron is potent against fairies and other supernatural creatures, but that some, like Iron Shoes, are immune and actually use iron to their advantage. In Ireland, 1961, Hellboy enters a ruined tower and is attacked by Iron Shoes who leaps out a window. Hellboy catches his neck with a lasso, and is pulled out of the tower. Then he drags Iron Shoes to a nearby church. As the church bell tolls, Iron Shoes crumbles to dust leaving only his shoes behind. Hellboy leaves the shoes with the church's priest. The story ends with the shoes sitting next to a statue.

Story Chronology[]

The story takes place in 1961, the same year as The Hydra and the Lion. When collected in chronological order for the Hellboy omnibus editions, it was placed prior to The Hydra and the Lion.

The Corpse and "World's Greatest Paranormal Investigator" (CBG) occurred two years earlier. In 1962, Hellboy met with Cynthia Eden-Jones shortly before she died,[1] on April 15th Elizabeth Sherman was born in Kansas City, Kansas,[2] and on October 3rd Hellboy killed Black Annis, the cannibal hag[3] The Troll-Witch takes place two years later in 1963.




Noteworthy artifacts[]

  • Iron Shoes

Animated Version[]

A short animated version of The Iron Shoes was included on the DVD of Hellboy: Blood and Iron with the titular antagonist voiced by Dan Castellaneta.


  1. as revealed in The Chained Coffin
  2. as stated in Seed of Destruction #2 & Wake the Devil #3
  3. as seen in The Wild Hunt #4.
Hellboy Publication Order
Preceded by
The Chained Coffin
The Iron Shoes
Followed by
Wake the Devil
Hellboy Trade Paperback Order
Vol. 3 The Chained Coffin and Others
Preceded by
The Corpse
The Iron Shoes
Followed by
The Baba Yaga
Hellboy Story Chronology
Preceded by
Double Feature of Evil
The Iron Shoes
Followed by
The Hydra and the Lion