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365 Reasons to Love Comics #67

So Captain America stubbed his toe, or something, and it’s the big news or whatever. I’m sure it was just a concerted effort from Marvel to distract from Mike Week, but I shan’t let it deter me!

Today, on day five: A Mike you love to love! It’ll be a hella good time.

3/8/07

67. Mike Mignola

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Mike Mignola has a stark, shadowy gothic style which was completely different from anyone who came before him, and most of those who have shown up since. Alan Moore apparently explained Mignola’s art as “German expressionism meets Jack Kirby,” and I’d have to agree with that. There’s a quiet, granite-carved power to his work. I’m not sure how to explain it, but I do know it’s some of the best and most unique art one can find in the comics medium.

When I first encountered Mike’s art, I didn’t like it. It really wasn’t my thing. But I grew to appreciate it, and then, finally, I understood. It’s great. It’s really great when he’s drawing Nazis, or monsters, or Nazi monsters. Or architecture.

Of course, he’s not just known for his art. He’s also a writer. In fact, he created fan-favorite Hellboy, surly demonic adventurer! He was, like, in a movie (which was terrible), and stuff. Buy the comics. Everyone loves the comics.

But, I know, you’re here for the art. And it sure is pretty to look at.

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And, of course, you gots to have your Mignola Powerpuff Girls:

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Be back tomorrow, same Mike-time, same Mike-channel. Not really. Different Mike-time/channel. But, you know, more Mike stuff.

27 Comments

Everyone knows Mike Mignola is awesome, but it’s still worth mentioning every now and then. This is one of my favorite pieces of his:

http://images.comicbookresources.com/previews/games/vs-marvel-dc/MikeMignolaFFF.jpg

More Rocket Raccoon, please! It’s one of those ideas and images that looks so good there is no way it can live up to expectations. I haven’t read it but I will pretend I have and forever treasure the memories.

Best Mignola? Other than Hellboy, Gotham by Gaslight. The first Elseworld and even with no monsters, no one sets the mood for dark Victorian maddness like Mignola. Also, his work on Ironwolf:Fires of the Revolution? HAUNTED me for 7 years until I could find the TPB. I often say that anyone can be a casual fan of mainstream stuff like the X-books and you can even graduate to the next level comics snob stuff like Sandman.

But you know who the truly, madly, deeply, love this stuff for the pure joy of it by this simple test.

Question: Mignola?

Answer: HELLZ YEAH.

Hellboy was pretty good, I thought. Apart from the slow bit where Hellboy mopes over to visit Liz.

Lol, I would also like to see some more Rocket Raccoon!

Bob Hasko
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Tom Fitzpatrick

March 8, 2007 at 8:07 pm

How about the “Chronicles of Corum,” a Moorcock adaptation from First Comics?

Now that was a classic.

Can somebody give me an authoritative pronunciation for his last name? I’ve been wondering for nearly 20 years now! “Mig-NO-la,” “Min-YO-la,” or what?

Whoa, Apodacapopolous, that picture is killer.

Mignola’s work is godly.

I’d love to see another Batman series from him. His Batman B&W statue is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen

Yes, Hellboy’s a great character, and Mignola’s a master of dark, moody atmospheric images. But, it should be noted, a lot of the time it looks like he’s using fog and shadows to avoid drawing ankles and feet. YOu know, kinda the way Liefeld uses rubble. Just sayin’, is all.

The Mad Monkey

March 9, 2007 at 3:18 am

Craig…it’s Min-Yo-La

Boy-howdy…
This Mike Week keeps getting better and better.

There can even be a tie-in with Mike Week…well…another tie-in…
Mike Esposito
Inker extraordinaire on the classic All-New Wonder Woman featuring that superfly pimp, I-Ching.
Yeah, baby…

Gee…
Now that I think of it, you could play “6 Degrees Of I-Ching”.
Kevin Bacon, eat your heart out.

When I first encountered Mike’s art, I didn’t like it. It really wasn’t my thing. But I grew to appreciate it, and then, finally, I understood. It’s great.

I hated his art at first – but this was back when he did a story in some anniversary issue of John Byrne’s Superman run (or there abouts). I saw a recent scan of that work and it really wasn’t a patch on what he does these days.

I started to warm to him on the Death in the Family covers and Cosmic Odyssey, but it was his adaptation of the Bram Stoker’s Dracula film that made me realise the guy’s genius.

I’m still not big on his writing, but his art these days is fantastic! (still not fond of that older work though)

I own half of that Rocket Raccoon mini series. It’s awful. But fun.

Marvel’s bringing RR back in the upcoming “Annihilation” thing.

The movie wasn’t tbe best one ever made, but I’d hardly say it was terrible. Parts of it were really different and new, it was a lot of fun and it was certainly watchable.

It was utterly dreadful except for one line, from the zombie dude: “If I had legs, I’d kick your ass.” I laughed for five minutes with that one. The rest suffered from stiff acting and wretched dialogue. Well, the prosthetics and makeup and creature-making were good, but I’m concerned about story.

I know he’s now famous for Hellboy, but I always loved his occasional work on Superman in the late 80s. The World of Krypton miniseries and the “Return to Krypton” issue of Superman were awesome– indeed I now look at his work on the character as a high-watermark for Superman generally.

As much as I love Hellboy, I think the world would be a better place if we got more Amazing Screw-On Head in one form or another someday. I loved the animated series pilot, but that one shot is like a 32 pages of everything I love about comics.

Oh Gods, we do need more Screw-On Head. The one-shot was very fun; the cartoon was even better, astonishingly, and became moving Mignola art. Awesome.

Mike Mignola’s work is fantastic! But when did he draw the Powerpuff Girls?

By the way, I have to disagree… the Hellboy movie was great.

“but I’m concerned about story”

When has Hellboy ever really been about story? There have been some good ones, but its essentially about Hellboy hitting things, and the movie succeded with that.

My first exposure to Mignola was through Cosmic Odyssey and his Wolverine GN, both of which I still love to this day. Mignola rocks.

“When has Hellboy ever really been about story? There have been some good ones, but its essentially about Hellboy hitting things, and the movie succeded with that.”

You’re moving the goalposts. Bill’s not talking about whether the movie was an accurate translation of the comics. He’s saying he found the movie lacking, as a movie.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

March 9, 2007 at 3:05 pm

There’s a cool Aliens story called Salvation by Mignola.

Well worth checking out – it’s set on a jungle planet and is just great.

“The movie wasn’t tbe best one ever made, but I’d hardly say it was terrible. Parts of it were really different and new, it was a lot of fun and it was certainly watchable.”

Man was it a bad film.
I didn’t really think you could go wrong with a Hellboy movie, at least for me, I like him, but aren’t overly attached to any part of his mythos or character, so I figured I’d be cool with any kind of take – and yet I resented every minute I spent watching that film.
Maybe if I was REALLY high I could get into it, but straight….
(WTF was with the nazi dude with the swords? He looked like he’d wandered in from a Troma production).

FunkyGreenJerusalem

March 9, 2007 at 3:06 pm

“As much as I love Hellboy, I think the world would be a better place if we got more Amazing Screw-On Head in one form or another someday. I loved the animated series pilot, but that one shot is like a 32 pages of everything I love about comics. ”

It was comic book heroin.

The portraits at the end had me in tears.

MoggIntellect

March 9, 2007 at 4:24 pm

I think there’s a difference between those who were fans of the comics before they saw the film and those who weren’t. I had never read the comics before and I really liked the film. I liked the characters; I liked the feel; I liked the story. To me, it was all good.

Bring back DHP!!!!!!!!!!!

The Kirbydotter

March 10, 2007 at 8:54 pm

I’ve been following his work since his start at Marvel.
He was an inker on Powerman and Iron Fist.

There is so much stuff he did that was good.

At Marvel he did a DOCTOR STRANGE AND DOCTOR DOOM hardcover graphic novel that was very nice. There was also the 4 issues of adaptations of few of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd And Gray Mouser stories.

I also liked the first few issues of Corum at First. First published Moorcock’s Hawkmoon and Elric, but Corum had the best art while Mignola was doing it.

COSMIC ODYSSEY made me realize that Mignola is among the very few artist who can do Kirby’s creation justice (along with Bruce Timm, Walter Simonson, Darwyn Cooke, John Byrne, John Romita Jr.). I would love for him to do a DEMON mini series or another New Gods project.

GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT, LEGEND OF THE DARK KNIGHT # 54 (which was the first thing Mignola wrote by himself I think), and BATMAN/HELLBOY/STARMAN were some of the best Batman special projects of the 90′s.

HELLBOY is a cool, fun and spooky series.
I just wish Mignola could do all the art.

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