Mike Mignola’s Hellboy instantly became one of the most recognizable characters in comics upon his debut in 1993. The varieties of “Hellboy” series are a fixture in the Dark Horse publishing line with the characters adventures as well as spin-off series. At this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con (July 24-27), Mignola’s devilish creation leads Dark Horse’s SDCC exclusives with three different takes on the character.
Each one of these items will be available exclusively along with all of Dark Horse’s other exclusives at SDCC Booth #2615. Each item has limited availability and will be featured in the Dark Horse showroom floor.
To get the full Mignola “Hellboy” effect fans will want to get the “Hellboy in Hell, Volume 1: The Descent San Diego Comic-Con International Exclusive Hardcover.” This is an edition to match Dark Horse’s incredible Libarary Edition collections. The story follows Hellboy after he has died and now he is in Hell. Limited to 1,400 copies for $50 each this book is a must have for Hellboy fans.
In 2013, Dark Horse launched an all-new take on the demon from Hell; “Itty Bitty Hellboy” became a sensation from creators Art Balthazar and Franco. The duo who introduced a Sunday Comics feel with their “Tiny Titans” series bring their humor and charm to Dark Horse’s premiere heavy weight. At San Diego Comic-Con the first five issues of the series are collected in “Itty Bitty Hellboy Convention Exclusive Hardcover.” Limited to 1,000 copies for $20.00 each this is going to move fast.
Since Balthazar and Franco made Hellboy look so cuddly in the pages of “Itty Bitty Hellboy” Dark Horse is taking it further with the “Itty Bitty Hellboy Plush: 2014 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive.” This cozy friend wears a SDCC t-shirt and for $15 one of these 500 little guys is yours.
But Dark Horse does not end with Hellboy. Some of the publisher’s other titles are receiving the San Diego Comic-Con 2014 exclusive treatment.
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 #5 San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Variant Cover” is limited to 1,000 copied for $5 each. The story by Christos Gage, Nicholas Brenda, and Rebekah Isaacs features Buffy battling Dracula to save Xander.
2014 also marks the last “Star Wars” comic book appearance as part of the Dark Horse Comics line, to send the comic-line out with a bang Dark Horse is releasing the exclusive variant to “Star Wars: Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir” #1 with cover by Chris Scalf. This series picks up on the events of the “Clone Wars” TV series.
One of the newest lines from Dark Horse is the “Project Black Sky” superhero comics. The series that got them started is “Captain Midnight.” For the SDCC 2014 Exclusive Dark Horse has taken the first two volumes of the series and placed them inside a beautiful slipcase making an excellent keepsake. Only 400 are available for $20 each.
“EVE: Source Limited Edition” is a 200 page hardcover published by Dark Horse in close collaboration with EVE and DUST 514 creative teams. The Limited Edition contains: A beautiful black clamshell protective box with an embossed silver logo, two lithographs by EVE artists Borkur Eiriksson and Georg Hilmarsson in a protective sleeve, an anodized aluminum commemorative and numbered plaque embedded in the protective box, a unique CCP “source” code redeemable on the EVE Account Management site (https://secure.eveonline.com/). The book is $90 and limited to 1,400 copies.
Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo turns 30 this year. To commemorate Dark Horse is releasing and 18’x20’ “Usagi Yojimbo San Diego Comic-Con International Exclusive Lithograph.” 300 of these will be available signed by Sakai for $20 each.
Sakai also did a variant cover for “The Witcher” #1 that will only be available at SDCC. The series is a canocial continuation of “The Witcher” video games. The proceeds from this special variant will go to the benefit of Stan and Sharon Sakai.