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First appearance of Hellboy
It appears that Hellboy is back in the news again. It seems that Guillermo del Toro, director of the first two Hellboy movies, took to Twitter and created a poll to see if fans wanted to see a third installment of the film franchise. It would appear that the answer was a resounding yes. He stated on Jan. 18th, that if he got more that 100,000 votes, he would have a sit down with actor Ron Perlman and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and discuss the possibility of making that film happen. Well, del Toro's 24 hour poll received over 130,000 total votes, with 32% say yes to the sequel, and 68% saying Hell Yes!
I'm sure there will be some controversy with me saying that San Diego Comic Con Comics #2 is the first appearance of Hellboy. I'll get to that in a minute, but first let me tell you exactly what SDCC Comics are all about.
|Early Hellboy concepts|
|Dime Press #4|
Jump forward a couple of years to May of 1993. In the Italian comic Dime Press #4, you can see that his character has been further refined. This prototype of Hellboy isn't featured in any story, but only appears on the cover, and even though this version is much closer to the final version, his skin is blue and not the signature red color and he is lacking his long trench coat. Mignola even claims that this is just a prototype, and not the actual first appearance of Hellboy. It would only be a few months later that we would welcome his actual 1st appearance.
|From San Diego Comic Con Comics #2|
There have been 417 copies graded by CGC thus far. According to Recalled Comics, there were only about 1500 copies produced. Most of the copies that are in CGC's census are nice high grade copies. The lowest graded copy is a Signature Series 6.5 F+, and tops out at 9.8 NM/M with 119 copies. In fact, most of the already graded copies are in the 9.6 NM+ to 9.8 NM/M range, so there's no shortage of high grade copies out there. I also want to note that CGC recognizes this as the first appearance of Hellboy as well.
|Value of San Diego Comic Con|
Comics #2 on GoCollect
Either way, if a new movie gets confirmed, you can expect to see prices for both of these comics get another little boost in demand. I'm not saying that you'll get rich, but you could pull out a small profit to help fund that next comic that is on your want list.
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