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The Scariest Comic Books of All-Time! – The Wolves of Saint August

A reader named Chris S. suggested that I devote October to the scariest comic books of all-time, as suggested by you readers out there! Sounds like a plan to me! So all October-long, I’ll be featuring 31 comic book tales of terror, based on YOUR suggestions! So e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com your scary suggestions! Here is an archive of all the comics featured so far!

My pal Stony e-mailed me his suggestion, Hellboy: The Wolves of Saint August, the first Helboy story that Mike Mignola wrote all on his own. It originally appeared in Dark Horse Presents in 1994 and then was collected (with some additional pages) by Mignola into a trade paperback in 1995 (and then later re-collected into a larger trade paperback later on).

Enjoy!

This story was the first appearance of Father Kelly, an old associate of Hellboy’s. Kelly becomes the new priest for a small town in Europe. When Kelly attempts to re-open a town chapel…well…things go poorly…

This is the first appearance of Dr. Kate Corrigan, one of the most famous members of the B.P.R.D. This is Kate’s first field mission. She discovers a secret about the town when she and Hellboy go to investigate…

The pair get sucked into this town filled with ghosts, and then they meet up with a number of spirits, including (much to Hellboy’s dismay), the spirit of Father Kelly!

Spoooooky.

Pick up Hellboy: vol. 3 The Chained Coffin and Others to see what happens next! It is very cool stuff.

Besides the amazing Mignola artwork, Stony suggested this tale because he felt that “Mignola uses a rich backstory of European folklore, tragedy and the inflexibility of doctrine to build up a slow, creeping sense of dread in this tale of true terror. “

11 Comments

One of my favorite Hellboy stories…the beats behind Kate’s first ghost early on in the story is just tremendous.

Tom Fitzpatrick

October 5, 2011 at 5:26 am

I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s other scary/spooky Hellboy mentions this month.

That series is chock full of chilling/eerie/scary/spooky horror stories!!! ;-)

Cool and creepy, but nowhere as cool and creepy as the Crooked Man. Corben’s art when we first see the Crooked Man is the ONLY comic image that has unsettled me. Plus it’s set in America, an oddity for a Hellboy story. That just makes it even creepier. I hope to see it on this list.

nice was hoping maybe a hellboy story like the wolves or two would show up on this list. love how hellboy tells will i do not care what you are now free the spirits.

@Mike H.:

I totally agree with you. I’m a huge Hellboy/Mignola fan, but for sheer fear-factor, Crooked Man was just plain disturbing, by far the “scariest” Hellboy story ever.

Damn… that was quick!

Mike Mignola is my number one favorite comic creator. He got me back into comics with Hellboy when I was in my late teens. This story is one of my favorites and is absolutely spooky, but I’m going to second the opinion that The Crooked Man is certainly a more disturbing and creepy Hellboy story.

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I’m surprised you didn’t post the picture from this story of Kate seeing the little girl who turned into a wolf. It’s probably the most disturbing moment in a Hellboy comic and one that has always stuck with me. That and the armed monkey (“He’s got a gun!!”)

Googam son of Goom

October 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Crooked Man….Perfect for this time of year.

you can get the original DHP’s with this story for cheap. ‘sworth it.

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