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Another Look at an Original Mike Mignola Hellboy Drawing

Posted on 09 August 2013 by admin

All big Hellboy fans know how Mike Mignola’s first drawing of Hellboy came from the first Great Salt Lake Comic Con program in 1991.

Original mike mignola hellboyGreat Salt Lake Comic Con 1991 Program Guide

It resembles very little to how Hellboy appears now but still really cool. The big connection is the name Hellboy written on the belt buckle as well as his broken horns. It doesn’t even feature Hellboy’s trademark Right Hand of Doom. But still, this is the first seed that was planted in Mike Mignola’s mind that eventually led to become the most significant comic book character to come to comic books in the last twenty years. The program guide the drawing appeared in is extremely rare and only one copy has ever appeared on ebay that I know of. It has become the holy grail of collectables to Hellboy fans.

What few people have seen is a commission local comic store owner got from Mike at the same con.

Original Mike Mignola Hellboy 1991 commission

It featured the same Hellboy character that appeared in the program guide as well as someone named Dr. Volts. Dr. Volts was a character the comic book store owner created and named his store after. I was able to get a scan of it recently and thought Hellboy fans would get a kick out of seeing another rare 1991 Hellboy drawing.

Also of note is the look of Dr. Volts came from Jon J. Muth whose drawing of the character is still used as the store’s logo to this day.

Dr. Volts logo

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Episode #164 – Taken Back to Comics

Posted on 24 October 2012 by admin

Fight for Comics Episode #164 - Taken Back to Comics

Sean Leslie may be physically absent from this weeks episode but his spirit haunts the warriors. Jonas and Bryton can’t escape their newfound obsession with Liam Neeson, and Sean Black officially gives his endorsement to the new hit CW show Arrow. A whole bag of comics are reviewed and it’s all wrapped up with a trivia contest that’ll blow your socks right off.

Also don’t forget to check out our awesome Kickstarter project for your chance to get a hold of Fight for Comics t-shirts and stickers.

Books reviewed include:

AVX: Consequences #2 (Marvel Comics)

Written by Kieron Gillen; Art by Tom Raney

Justice League #13 (DC Comics)

Written by Geoff Johns; Art by Tony Daniel, Brad Walker, Richard Friend, Andrew Hennessey, BATT

Before Watchmen: Minutemen #4 (DC Comics)

Written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke

Marvel Zombies Halloween #1 (Marvel Comics)

Written by Fred Van Lente; Art by Alessandro Vitti

B.P.R.D.: 1948 #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

Written by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi; Art by Max Fiumara

Hawkeye #3 (Marvel Comics)

Written by Matt Fraction; Art by David Aja

Catwoman #13 (DC Comics)

Written by Ann Nocenti; Art by Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona

Wolverine and the X-Men #18 (Marvel Comics)

Written by Jason Aaron; Art by Jorge Molina

New Avengers #31 (Marvel Comics)

Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Art by Michael Gaydos

Arrow S1:EP2

Walking Dead S3:EP2

Fight for Comics Trivia:
Locke & Key: Clockworks #1 signed by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez, Sixth Gun #1 signed by Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt, American Vampire #1-3 signed by Rafael Albuquerque, Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest #1 & 2 signed by Mike Mignola.

Locke & Key: Clockworks #1 The Sixth Gun #1 American Vampire #1 American Vampire #2 American Vampire #3 Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest #1 Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest #2

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Episode #131 – President’s Day Spectacular

Posted on 21 February 2012 by admin

Fight for Comics Episode #131

The Warriors return with a podcast of presidential proportions.

Books reviewed:

Peter Panzerfaust #1 (Image Comics)
Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe; Art by Tyler Jenkins

B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth – The Long Death #1 (Dark Horse Comics)
Written by Mike Mignola & John Arcudi; Art by James Harren

The Brave and The Bold #198 (DC Comics)
Written by Mike W. Barr; Art by Jim Aparo, Chuck Patton & Rick Hoberg

Batman #6 (DC Comics)
Written by Scott Snyder; Art by Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion

Animal Man #6 (DC Comics)
Written by Jeff Lemire; Art by Travel Foreman, Jeffrey Huet & John Paul Leon

Daredevil #9 (Marvel Comics)
Written by Mark Waid; Art by Paolo Rivera

Prophet #21 (Image Comics)
Written by Brandon Graham; Art by Simon Roy

Supergirl #6 (DC Comics)
Written by Michael Green & Mike Johnson; Art by Mahmud Asrar

Baltimore: The Cursed Bells (Dark Horse Comics)
Written by Mike Mignola& Christopher Golden; Art by Ben Stenbeck

Trivia Contest: Afrodisiac hardcover and Rambo 3.5 by Jim Rugg.

Fight for Comics Afrodisiac Rambo 3.5 Fight for Comics

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Episode #116 – Dracula Pajama Party

Posted on 26 October 2011 by admin

Dracula Pajama Party

The Warriors get into the Halloween spirit by talking about their favorite spooky titles and discussing a top 10 scariest villains list. Happy Halloween indeed!

Books also reviewed include:

Resurrection Man #2 (DC Comics)
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning; Art by Fernando Dagnino

Batman #2 (DC Comics)
Written by Scott Snyder; Art by Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion

Batgirl #2 (DC Comics)
Written by Gail Simone; Art by Ardian Syaf & Vincente Cifuentes

Trivia Contest:
B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess #1-5 signed by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Guy Davis, and Dave Stewart
Abe Sapien: The Haunted Boy #1 signed by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and Patrick Davis
Hellboy II: The Golden Army signed by Mike Mignola

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Quick Takes

Posted on 31 August 2011 by admin

Spider-Island: Cloak & Dagger #1

Spider-Island: Cloak & Dagger #1

Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Emma Rios
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $2.99

Nick Spencer seems to be jumping all over the Marvel Universe with titles like Iron Man 2.0, Secret Avengers, and now Cloak & Dagger. He is either wanting to write many different characters or he just wants to dip his toe in the Marvel Universe before he jumps in head first. Either way, Cloak & Dagger has been my favorite book he has done at Marvel so far.

Having left the X-Men, Cloak and Dagger find themsleves back in every day problems. The chapel they live in is getting demolished and they don’t know where to go. Next thing they know New York is being infested with people with Spider-Man powers. After helping out the Avengers for all of three pages, Cloak asks Dagger why she is leaving the battle. Luckily Dagger seems to care as much as the readers do that this series takes place in a big Marvel event. She replies that Cage and others are on top of it and thankfully that seems to be the end of the titles tie-in to Spider Island. Not that Spider Island is going to be a bad event, it just seems unnecessary for Cloak and Dagger to involved and the big Spider-Island logo on the front is only there to help sales. For the rest of the issue Cloak and Dagger begin to show trust issues with each other which seems will be the meat of the story for the remaining story. But don’t worry. A villain pops up towards the end which will surely lead to more action later on.

Nick Spencer is one of the few writers to write Cloak with a personality. The banter that goes on between him and Dagger will keep you laughing. When the Avengers ask for their help Cloak wonders why everyone only talks to Dagger. And Dagger is not impressed when Cloak puts a billboard with their picture on Times Square to try and advertise themselves as heroes. The exchange and playful banter between the two is what makes this issue so enjoyable. Emma Rios’s artwork is really good. Her artwork is a huge departure from Mark Brooks cheesecake style we got the last time we saw Cloak and Dagger and it is all the better for it.

Spencer really understands these characters and they are the most interesting I have ever seen them. Thankfully Spencer doesn’t feel obligated to put them front and center in Marvel’s Spider-Island event. Let’s hope the next two remaining issues are half as good as this one and it leads to a Cloak & Dagger ongoing.

Review by Sean Leslie

Mystic #1 Crossgen/Marvel

Mystic #1

Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Pencils: David López
Inks: Álvaro López
Publisher: Crossgen/Marvel
Price: $2.99

I have never read any Crossgen books back when Crossgen was a publisher really trying to get their foot in the door to a really competitive industry. That being said I really had no idea what to expect when Marvel announced plans to start publishing some of the Crossgen after Disney bought Crossgen back in 2004. Does Mystic continue from where it left off? Is the title going to be more of a reboot? I have no idea. But it doesn’t matter since I had no ties to the earlier story. But what did matter was if I was going to like a reserected book from a company that fell apart. Luckily, I was delighted with what G. Willow Wilson and David López gave us with issue #1.

The story follows two orphans, Giselle and Geneviere, who live in an orphanage in the slums of Hyperion. They are best friends and both always dream of the day they will be free of the orphanage. Both seek a refuge in the royal palace after escaping some mischief. While in the palace they come upon the Choosing Ceremony where the High Artisan picks ten worthy young men and women to be his apprentices. After getting a question right that no one else is able to answer Giselle is chosen to be an apprentice.

While it might be part Annie and part Harry Potter, G. Willow Wilson’s writes these characters in a way that you feel how close they are from page one. How close Giselle and Geneviere will remain friends now that destiny has led them down different paths is not yet determined, but readers will be more than interested to watch it unfold in this high fantasy series set in a Steampunk era. I have always loved how well David López’s draws women. He does not over emphasize a characters sex appeal on every panel like so many artists fall victim of on todays stands. Instead he draws characters with huge emotion and life which makes them leap off of the page.

Ever since Vertigo’s series Air ended I have been itching to get a regular dose of Wilson’s writing. Thankfully this issue delivers and I can’t wait to see what is next.

Review by Sean Leslie

Hellboy: Buster Oakley Gets His Wish

Hellboy: Buster Oakley Gets His Wish (one-shot)

Writer: Mike Mignola
Artist: Kevin Nolan
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $3.50

Did I honestly just read a story where Mignola stooped to aliens probing Hellboy’s ass joke? Hellboy has always been quality and I have never been let down by an issue…until now.

Hellboy is one of those books where it can be really dark and heavy for a few issues and then a one-shot will come out that is totally light and silly and still make it work. I understand this issue was supposed to be light and fun and I did appreciate the man with a cow head helping Hellboy overcome the aliens, but this seemed like an 8-page story stretched out to be 22 pages. I also really didn’t care for the art. I have always been a big fan of Kevin Nolan but here his style is too clean for Hellboy. I didn’t care for him coloring the issue as well. Too bright a palette. Dave Stewart was missed.

Review by Sean Leslie

Hellboy: Being Human

Hellboy: Being Human (one-shot)

Writer: Mike Mignola
Artist: Richard Corben
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $3.50

The last issue of Hellboy, Hellboy: Buster Oakley Gets His Wish, I had my first disappointment with the title and thought it was a huge misstep. Well Mignola must have heard my cries because he not only went a full 180° with his writing from last issue, but he just put out one of my top favorite Hellboy stories with Being Human.

The story is an older tale back when Hellboy was still in the B.P.R.D.. Hellboy is tasked with taking Roger out on his first mission which includes investigating a witch and her zombie playing host to a dinner party full of corpses. Being his first mission, Roger is hesitant and is still trying to find his place in the world. Mignola writes Roger’s innocence and vulnerability perfectly. I was laughing out loud when the zombie starts attacking Roger and he keeps talking to the zombie very politely and trying to reason with the guy. Then the ending Roger is presented with a moral choice that is shocking and so perfectly executed I can do nothing but stand up and applaud.

Richard Corben being a guest artist on an issue is always worth the price of the book alone. And Corben delivers not only the same expected quality but he does his best work on this issue. Hopefully Mignola will have many more issues for Corben to draw in the future.

This is one of the few instances in comics where right after I finished reading it, I turned it back and reread the issue again. This issue is already in my top favorite issues for the year.

Review by Sean Leslie

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Episode #83 – The Warriors Wing It

Posted on 25 January 2011 by admin

In the latest episode of Wednesday Warriors they throw the script right out the window and go full force into “winging it” territory.

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Gods #1
(Dark Horse Comics)
Written by Mike Mignola & John Arcudi; Art by Guy Davis

The Chill
(Vertigo Crime)
Written by Jason Starr; Art by Mick Bertilorenzi

Infinite Vacation #1 (Image Comics)
Written by Nick Spencer; Art by Christian Ward

Superboy #3 (DC Comics)
Written by Jeff Lemire; Art by Pier Nicola Gallo

Hulk#28 (Marvel Comics)
Written by Jeff Parker; Art by Gabriel Hardman

Ultimate Captain America#1 (Marvel Comics)
Written by Jason Aaron; Art by Ron Garney

Memoir (Image Comics)
Written by Ben McCool; Art by Nikki Cook

Trivia – Fantastic Four #554 signed by Bryan Hitch .

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