Hellboy: Del Toro’s films vs the Comics

The new Hellboy movie is fast approaching (out Thursday night) and we here at ODPH couldn’t be more excited! Our panel attended the Hellboy New York Comic Con (NYCC) panel this past year & honestly couldn’t stop talking about how great the new film looked!

Hellboy is probably one of the most successful indie comic characters ever, making his debut in March 1994 from Dark Horse Comics by author & artist Mike Mignola. Like most popular literary characters, he is getting big screen debut, or Hellboy’s case, second big screen debut.

Most of you are probably aware that in 2004 and 2008, director Guillermo del Toro gave us Hellboy and Hellboy: The Golden Army starring Ron Perlman as Big Red himself. While Golden Army was a stand alone story that is not based on a comic, the first Del Toro movie is based on the first volume of Mike Mignola’s comic, Seed of Destruction.

Both comic and movie explain the origin of Hellboy, how Hellboy was summoned by Rasputin during a Nazi experiment and how Hellboy was brought into this world to help bring forth a cosmic entity that would bring about the end of the world. There were a few changes made from the book to the movie. Professor Broom, for instances, dies in the first issue of the comic, whereas in the movie he is around until the halfway point until he is killed by an undead Nazi swordsman.

Hellboy also is different. In the movie, he is quippy, a lack for following protocol, and is also a secret from the world. In the comics, he isn’t quippy and takes his role as an occult detective pretty seriously. He is also known to the world and is not a secret. I don’t really care for that change as both media’s are entertaining. In both versions, one thing that is shown is how despite being a demon from Hell, Big Red cares deeply for his friends and will go to great lengths to keep them safe.

I’m curious to see how David Harbour’s portrayal of Hellboy will be like. From the trailers, it seems he is going to be quippy like Perlman, maybe a little more snarky, but just as badass. For those of you want to cram in the comic before the new movie, look for Hellboy: The Wild Hunt, which serves as the source material for this film and if you want to start from the beginning with Del Toro’s material, look for Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction.

Let us know what you think of the new Hellboy, or the old. Until next time, Signal Out!