Our Hellboy T-shirts depict a fictional character, created by writer-artist Mike Mignola. Before Hellboy was published independently at Dark Horse Comics, the concept was initially pitched to a board of directors for DC Comics, who loved it but didn't like the idea of it involving hell. As seen in "The Art of Hellboy," "the first drawing" of the character was a black and white illustration in which he wore a belt bearing the name Hellboy. This image appeared in a program for the Great Salt Lake Comic Con in 1991, therefore making the program the first publicly published drawing of Hellboy. A later incarnation of Hellboy appeared on the cover of Dime Press #4 (1993), an obscure Italian fanzine, followed by San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2 (1993) where he appeared as he is known today. Hellboy has since appeared in a number of eponymous miniseries and one-shots, as well as some crossovers. The character is a half-human, half-demon who fights for the U.S. government and himself against dark forces including Nazis and Baba Yaga, in a series of tales that have their roots in folklore, pulp magazines, vintage adventure and horror fiction. The comics were adapted into a 2004 film starring Ron Perlman, a 2008 film sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and two straight-to-DVD animated films, Hellboy: Sword of Storms and Hellboy: Blood and Iron.
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