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Every day in November we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!
Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).
Today’s list is the Greatest Mike Mignola Stories Ever Told!
Sorry for the delay! It appears as though people’s favorite Hellboy stories are an extremely personal thing, as while a couple of stories certainly stood out, votes-wise, the back end of the list could essentially be considered a six-way tie, with a plethora of Hellboy stories all getting essentially the same amount of support – just not quite enough to make the Top Ten. So if you’re sad that your favorite Hellboy story did not make the list, don’t worry, it almost certainly came VERY close to making it.
10. Hellboy: Seed of Destruction
This is the first Hellboy mini-series, plotted and drawn by Mignola and scripted by John Byrne. This introduces us to the offbeat mixture of horror and action that would become a trademark of Hellboy comics for years to come.
9. Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #54 “Sanctum”
Perhaps the most notable precursor to his work on Hellboy, this one-off issue, co=plotted and drawn by Mignola and co-plotted and scripted by Dan Raspler, sees Batman face off against a bad guy and experience visions of demons…or are they MORE than just visions? A stunning artistic achievement from Mignola. One of the best looking Batman stories you’ll ever see.
8. Hellboy: The Crooked Man
This spooky tale of witches and devils in the Applachian mountains was written by Mignola and drawn by horror comic book legend Richard Corben. Hellboy teams up with a local man who has personal experience with the machinations of the devil (known in the mountains as “The Crooked Man”) to take the devil down.
7. Hellboy: The Fury
Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo combine to tell a story that is essentially the culmination of years of Hellboy plots. This is pretty much a sprawling battle series, told with stunning artwork from Fegredo and a riveting story from Mignola.
6. Hellboy: Wolves of Saint August
This grim tale shows Hellboy and newly introduced BPRD agent Kate Corrigan investigating the gruesome death of a priest friend of Hellboy’s and the seemingly missing town of St. August. It is a darkly beautiful story by Mignola, especially in his artwork for the story (which originally appeared in Dark Horse Presents).
5. Hellboy: Wake the Devil
One of the most sprawling Hellboy adventures, this series (written and drawn by Mignola) is about the machinations of revived Nazi scientists to resurrect a vampire. Naturally, Hellboy and the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense do not want that to happen.
4. Gotham by Gaslight: An Alternative History of the Batman
The first of what would become a whole line of Elseworlds comics, this graphic novel was written by Brian Augustyn and drawn by Mignola and inker P. Craig Russell. It is, simply put, Victorian Batman hunting down Jack the Ripper. It is quite well done.
3. Hellboy: Conqueror Worm
This excellent adventure mini-series is about what happens when a Nazi space capsule returns to earth 60 years later, carrying something…sinister within. Written and drawn by Mignola, this story also gives us our first real look at Lobster Johnson, later a major part of the Hellboy mythos.
2. Hellboy: The Corpse
This one-off story, written and drawn by Mignola, is a wonderful introduction to the world of Hellboy (which I presume is why they released it as a special 25 cent comic back when the movie came out). It tells the stoy of an Irish baby in 1959 who is kidnapped by fairies and Hellboy must return a corpse to its grave to return the child to her family. Seemingly a minor tale, continuity-wise, this story eventually became quite important (especially when the child grows up to become a major part of Hellboy lore).
1. The Amazing Screw-On Head
One of the best one-shot comics of all-time, The Amazing Screw On-Head is the tale of a special agent for President Lincoln who specializes in the occult. He is literally a screw-on head. He just screws his head on to bodies to suit whatever his purpose is at the time. Written and drawn by Mignola, this outlandishly amusing story is an amazing comic book.
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