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Here’s What Will Prepare You For the Hellboy Reboot

Well, can anybody really claim to be truly prepared for a rebooted Hellboy? In an age of edgy comics and dark anti-heroes, Hellboy stands head and horns above the rest. You have to admit it’s a riotous inspiration for a comic story…

Hellboy’s backstory is that he was created as a result of Nazi occultist experiments during WWII, with an assist from the mad Russian monk Grigori Rasputin. Just to note: There actually was some real-life interest in occult mysticism among both Germans and Russians as part of their respective plans for world conquest, albeit not in alliance (not that Rasputin would have represented the best interests of official Russian policy anyway). Rasputin’s chief legacy would be as the subject of the grooviest song ever recorded by the group Boney M.

But instead (spoilers) Nazis lost WWII and the adorable demon baby Hellboy instead fell into the custody of the United States via the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. While this bureau is fictional, there are also departments of the U.S. bureaucracy which have concerned themselves with paranormal research in the past. Their biggest legacy was probably to write astrology columns for Ronald Reagan during his last term.

Hellboy eventually parts ways with his government caretakers and wanders the Earth on his own adventures. If you haven’t twigged by now, Hellboy is a series that loves to play with the shadowy mythology lurking in the corners of world history and ancient conspiracy theories. It’s hard to follow the story sometimes unless you’re read up on your Robert Anton Wilson, to say nothing of your Anton LaVey, since the Hellboy takes pages out of real-life demonology lore.

Hellboy’s adaptation to film began in 2004 with the talents of Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman, two heavy-weight names which brought notice to the franchise. The reboot, working title Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, was announced recently and is scheduled to come out 2019. While director Neil Marshall and lead actor David Harbour have some mighty big cloven hooves to fill, the announcement of Miss Multipass herself, Milla Jovovich, as the primary antagonist has provoked intrigue once again.

Here’s our selection of merch to stock up on for Hellboy franchise fans

Hellboy Omnibus Volume 1: Seed of Destruction

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AuthorMike Mignola; John Byrne
Catalog Number ListCatalog Number List Element: XM-1506706665
CreatorMike Mignola; Mark Chiarello; Dave Stewart
EAN ListEAN List Element: 9781506706665
Item DimensionsHeight: 1016; Length: 667; Weight: 185; Width: 69
LabelDark Horse Books
ManufacturerDark Horse Books
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages368
Package DimensionsHeight: 80; Length: 1020; Weight: 155; Width: 660
Package Quantity1
Product GroupBook
Product Type NameABIS_BOOK
Publication Date2018-05-22
PublisherDark Horse Books
Release Date2018-05-22
StudioDark Horse Books
TitleHellboy Omnibus Volume 1: Seed of Destruction

Get caught up on your Hellboy lore with this 300-page graphic novel compiling the first three years of Hellboy stories by Mike Mignola. Working under his self-founded comics label Dark Horse Comics, Mignola began in the late 1980s to produce the legend we know today. If you missed this obscure West Coast publication when it first came out (as most everyone did), now’s your chance to find out what you’ve missed.

Hellboy, Vol. 2: Wake the Devil

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  • Dark Horse Books

Another graphic novel offering, Hellboy Volume 2: Wake the Devil is a compendium of the continued story of the Hellboy franchise. From here you can watch the mythos take shape, including some concept art, a letter from Mike Mignola to the fans thanking them for their encouragement, and an introduction by comics legend Alan Moore.

Dark Horse Deluxe Hellboy & The B.P.R.D. Lunchbox

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  • Features both of Mike Mignola's famous creations
  • Measures 8" By 7" By 3 3/4"
  • Features classic Mike Mignola artwork

Well, lunchboxes are almost obligatory with comic franchises nowadays. The “BPRD” is the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, naturally, and this box features the striking art of Mignola. A worthy addition to your collector’s shelf, but sure to get an eyebrow out of your coworkers should you actually transport munchies in it!

Hellboy Right Hand of Doom Ceramic Money Bank Lootcrate Exclusive by Zak Designs

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  • Would you ever steal from Hellboy? Of course not!
  • This 6-inch Right Hand of Doom ceramic bank will keep your change safe or just look good on your desk or shelf.
  • Made exclusively for Loot Crate by Zak Designs.
  • Officially licensed.

Probably the most famous glove in all of comics right after Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet is Hellboy’s Right Hand of Doom. Inherited from Anum and Azzael, the stone hand is described by Hellboy himself as being able to “smash up things real good.” With an artifact this precious, you might as well keep your money in it since you don’t want either of them falling into the wrong hands.

Hellboy Comic Hellboy with Jacket Pop Vinyl Figure Chase Variant and (Bundled with PROTECTOR CASE)

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EAN ListEAN List Element: 0708556780680
Item DimensionsHeight: 360; Length: 670; Weight: 46; Width: 470
LanguagesName: English; Type: Unknown
Manufacturer Minimum Age36
Package DimensionsHeight: 358; Length: 669; Weight: 46; Width: 469
Part Numberunknown
Product GroupToy
Product Type NameTOYS_AND_GAMES
Size3.75 inches
TitleHellboy Comic Hellboy with Jacket Pop Vinyl Figure Chase Variant and (Bundled with PROTECTOR CASE)
UPC ListUPC List Element: 708556780680

Here’s the obligatory Funko Pop figure. This is an interesting design, because it’s showing Hellboy in full demon form, with his horn-buds out, which is when he’s at his most dangerous. This figure has him in a lab coat, with his stone fist and gun, plus all the magic-charm doodads on his belt.

Hellboy Movie Version Deluxe Action Figure by Gentle Giant

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  • Gentle Giant Studios produced this line of action figures based on the Hellboy series
  • 7 1/2" tall
  • 32 points of articulation
  • Sculpted in amazing detail, perfectly capturing the Hellboy image

For our fans of fully poseable figures, this faithful adaptation of Hellboy from the big screen to figure form packs plenty of sculpted detail into a seven-and-a-half-inch figure. Comes complete with figure accessories.

Hellboy II The Golden Army Hellboy Action Figure with Samaritan & Big Baby

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EAN ListEAN List Element: 0696198150629
Item DimensionsHeight: 220; Length: 1150; Weight: 65; Width: 728
LabelMezco Toyz
LanguagesName: English; Type: Unknown
ManufacturerMezco Toyz
Manufacturer Minimum Age204
Package DimensionsHeight: 220; Length: 1150; Weight: 90; Width: 730
Package Quantity1
Part Number15062
Product GroupToy
Product Type NameTOYS_AND_GAMES
PublisherMezco Toyz
Size7 inches
StudioMezco Toyz
TitleHellboy II The Golden Army Hellboy Action Figure with Samaritan & Big Baby
UPC ListUPC List Element: 696198150629

While we all have high hopes for the reboot, the best-loved film in the franchise so far is hands-down Hellboy II: The Golden Army. So for diehard Ron Perlman fans who accept no substitutes, this is the figure to chase. Hey, you can’t say no to that face!