First TRUE Hellboy's illustration: Dime press#4!!!!!!!!

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  • Sold Date: Jun 13, 2008
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Dime press #4: the first Hellboy's illustration!!!

"Dime Press" is an independent Italian comic book publisher: it produced a series of 22 comics on various Italian characters(Dylan Dog, Tex, Nathan Neverâe¦.)!!! It's a very rare Italian fanzine that featured for the first time in the world Hellboy!!!

In #4 of this fanzine protagonists are a famous Italian character(Nathan Never) and, for the first time in his first illustration, Hellboy ; cover was designed by Nicola Mari and the great Mike Mignola!!!

Dime press #4 has an estimated print of only 2.000 copies and was only available in Italy!!!Itâe(tm)s very rare to find itâe¦ opportunity for true comics collectors!!! Imagine its value when you cannot find a copy! I remind you that only 2000 copies are avaible(really even fewer because many copies have been lost or destroyed)!!!

Take this opportunity before itâe(tm)s too late...

A short time ago it was thought that,the first apperance of Hellboy was dated december 1993( Next Men #21 ). Recently in an interview Mike Mignola declared that the true first appearance of this hero was may 1993 in the very rare Dime Press #4 !!!

's the interview:

"The Dime Press , if it's the Italian Fanzine that I'm thinking of, is the first drawing of the Hellboy that more or less exists today (stone hand, etc)... The '91 drawing is the first time I used the name Hellboy, but hadn't yet thought of creating an actual series about the character...the character from '91 bears little resemblance to the modern version of Hellboy. Mike."

Order of appearance:

1- May 1993 FIRST Appearance of Hellboy : Dime Press #4 (the most rare of the fanzine)!!!Cover designed by Nicola Mari and Mike Mignola which shows Nathan Never and the first Hellboy!!!

2- August 1993 : San Diego Comic Con #2, first Hellboy American appearance and story;

3- December 1993 , appearance of Hellboy in a nationally released Comic Next Men #21 and the first color appearance of Hellboy in a nationally released comic.

Conditions : Near Mint!!!

It is really difficult to find this in very high grades !!

Look at the big and REAL photos below!!!


Mike Mignola is particularly noted for his highly distinctive style, which was once called "German expressionism meets Jack Kirby by Alan Moore, in an introduction to a collection of Mignola's Hellboy works .While Mignola has heavily influenced a new generation of comics artists since he began working on Hellboy, he was something of an odd man out in the superhero comics industry in the beginning of his career. Mignola's imagery stood in stark contrast to the style of his contemporaries. W others would draw muscular men and slim, well-endowed women, Mignola's characters were usually bulky and rough-looking, and more often than not defined by large shadowed areas rather than fine details. Mignola often takes the same approach to architecture, particularly in Hellboy , w he often sets the scenes in slowly dilapidating Victorian and Gothic surroundings. He also commonly draws machines that feature steampunk imagery. He has been described as "grouchy" by several who have worked with him.Mignola's stories are heavily influenced by, and have been dedicated to,H.P: Lovecraft , Jack Kirby ,Edgar Allan Poe , and other authors . Horror stories of the Weird Tales variety are another important influence . Writer Robert Bloch praised Hellboy as one of the most 'innovative and entertaining comics in recent years'. Hellboy stories have drawn on folklore from countries such as Russia , Ireland , Norway , Japan and Malay!!!

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On Jun-06-08 at 23:33:26 PDT, seller added the ...