Hellboy (Dark Horse Comics)

Hellboy, American comic strip superhero created by writer and artist Mike Mignola. The character first appeared in San Diego Comic-Con Comics no. 2 (August 1993), published by Dark Horse Comics.

Summoned by Nazi cultists lead by Grigori Rasputin, Anung un Rama was destined to destroy the world by unleashing the Ogdru Jahad to spread darkness and chaos across existence.

The demon was supposed to be summoned off the shore of Scotland by Rasputin’s Project Ragna Rok, but instead appeared at a ruined church near East Bromwich, England where it was found with an extremely large rock arm by Allied troops, adopted by Trevor Bruttenholm, and named as Hellboy.

Over the years, Hellboy was granted honorary human status by the United Nations, and then raised by the U.S. Government as the lead agent in the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD), where he worked with Abe Sapien (an icthyo sapien), Liz Sherman (a pyrokinetic) and Roger (a large homunculus).

Hellboy is America’s first line of defense against occult menaces. Hellboy grew up to be a large, red-skinned demon with a tail, horns (which he filed off, leaving behind the signature circular stumps on his forehead), and an over-sized right hand made of stone.

Mike Mignola