Photo of Mike Mignola

Mike Mignola

- Biography -

After graduating from the California College of the Arts in 1982, Mike Mignola moved to New York City and started work at Marvel Comics as an inker. He would later do work for DC Comics and Topps Comics before moving to Dark Horse Comics in 1993.

In 1993, Mike Mignola created the character Hellboy: A tough as nails working stiff adopted demon with a stone right arm who investigates supernatural events for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Mignola writes the series himself, combining pulp fiction, horror, and folklore. Hellboy has continued to appear in comics for over twenty years, has spawned numerous spin-offs and adaptations, and has garnered many awards.

Mike Mignola has done concept art for several films and productions. He designed the appearance of super-villain Mr. Freeze for Batman: The Animated Series. The first appearance of the character in the animated series was in the 1992 episode Heart of Ice. Mignola was a visual consultant on Blade II and the Hellboy movies.

Some of Mike Mignola's comic creations have been made into films. Sci-Fi Channel released a pilot episode for an animated The Amazing Screw-On Head series in 2006. Hellboy: Sword of Storms, a direct-to-video animated film, was released in 2006. A second animated film, Hellboy: Blood and Iron was released in 2007. The visual style of the animated films was based on artist Sean Galloway.

In 2016, Mike Mignola received the Grand Master Award at Spectrum 23.

- Characters -


Hellboy: the world's greatest paranormal investigator. He was summoned by Grigori Rasputin and Nazi occultists in a 1944 ritual but Allied forces intervened. His adoption by Professor Bruttenholm lead to the creation of the B.P.R.D. He's foiled frog monsters, mechanical apes, a flying head in a jar, and plenty of creatures from myth and folklore.

The character first appeared in a 1993 convention sketch. The first comic series, Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, was published in 1994.

- More Characters -

Sir Edward Grey, Witchfinder

Edward Grey was a Victorian era occult investigator. After successfully dealing with a haunting in the Tower of London, Grey accepted an offer from Queen Victoria to be an agent of the crown. Later he would become a Knight of the Realm after foiling an assassination attempt on the Queen by three witches.

The character had appearances in the Hellboy universe as early as Hellboy: Wake The Devil, and in 2009 Dark Horse Comics published the first of the ongoing series: Witchfinder: City of the Dead.

- Other Works -

  • Batman illustration.

    Gotham by Gaslight

    Feb. 1989

    Written by Brian Augustyn and penciled by Mike Mignola, Gotham by Gaslight depicts a Victorian era Batman on the trail of Jack the Ripper. The one-shot led to the creation of the Elseworlds imprint and is considered the first official Elseworlds title.

  • Cover from Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser

    Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser

    Oct. 1990

    In 1990, Marvel's Epic Comics released a comic adaptation of Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. The four-part series was written by Howard Chaykin with pencils by Mike Mignola and inks by Al Williamson.

  • Inked work from Bram Stoker's Dracula.

    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Oct. 1992

    Topps Comics released a comic adaptation illustrated by Mike Mignola and scripted by Roy Thomas.

  • Cover from Alien: Salvation

    Alien: Salvation

    Nov. 1993

    Dark Horse Comics published the one-shot comic Alien: Salvation. Written by Dave Gibbons, with pencils by Mike Mignola and inks by Kevin Nowlan.

  • Inked cover from Hellboy: Seed of Destruction

    Hellboy: Seed of Destruction

    Mar. 1994

    Dark Horse Comics publishes the first Hellboy series Hellboy: Seed of Destruction. Mignola received an Eisner award for the series.

  • Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham cover.

    Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham

    Nov. 2000

    Published by DC Comics' Elseworlds and written by Mignola and Richard Pace, this story reimagines Batman as a pulp vigilante in the Twenties. It features a Lovecraftian threat and atmosphere, along with several familiar Batman allies and villains. Mignola created the covers. Troy Nixey penciled the comic pages and Dennis Janke inked.

  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire concept art by Mike Mignola.

    Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    Jun. 2001

    Walt Disney Feature Animation hired Mike Mignola as a production designer for the film. His artistic style was a heavy influence.

  • Ron Perlman as Hellboy holding a box of kittens.


    Mar. 2004

    The live-action film, directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Ron Perlman as Hellboy, was a loose adaptation of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction. It included Hellboy's origin and featured several characters from the comics including Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, Grigori Rasputin, Karl Kroenen and Ilsa Haupstein.

  • Doug Jones as Abe Sapien and Jeffrey Tambor as Director Manning.

    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    Jul. 2008

    The sequel to the 2004 film, also directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Ron Perlman, was an original story by del Toro and Mignola. Johann Krauss also appeared.

Photo of Mike Mignola at a drawing desk.

- Books -

Cover of Joe Golem and the Drowning City

Mike Mignola has created several books with Christopher Golden.

  • Hellboy: Bones of Giants (2001)
  • Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier & the Vampire (2007)
  • Joe Golem and the Drowning City (2012)
  • Father Gaetano's Puppet Catechism: A Novella (2012)

- Collaborators -