Mike Mignola was born on September 16, 1960, in Berkeley California. At a very young age, he began learning the craft of illustrations. In 1982 after going to college he would graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree that specializes in illustrations.
The 1980’s began Mike Mignola
In 1983 he began working for Marvel Comics as an inker for many of their comic book characters.
In 1987 his talents wouldn’t go unnoticed and he began working for Marvel’s counterpart, DC Comics. While there he would be given the chance to draw iconic covers such as Batman “A Death in the Family”, Dark Knight, and Dark City. I don’t need to tell you that these books been ranked among some of the greatest stories ever told.
In 1992 Mignola worked as an illustrator for the Francis Ford Coppola movie, Bram Stokers. But that wasn’t the high point for Mignola.
After successfully working for both Marvel and DC, the tides were about to change. The year was 1993, the venue was San Diego Comic Con #2 and the world was about to be introduced to another Hellish character.
After witnessing the meteoric rise of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn, Mike Mignola released, to much fanfare, the now iconic Hellboy.
With the success of Hellboy, they began to do spin-off stories that included characters like 1998’s Abe Sapien.
Along came the 2000’s
In 2004 Mike Mignola’s Hellboy was made into a live-action film. The film was directed by Guillermo del Toro and was received well enough to initiate a sequel. The sequel, aptly titled, “Hellboy 2: The Golden Army” was as successful as its predecessor.
From there, the character has been made into animated films and continued its popularity in comics. Above that, character should like Lobster Johnson have been spun off into their own miniseries.
Finally, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence or B.P.R.D was the third spin-off to come from the Hellboy stories. This particular story follows the Government and their findings of paranormal activities.
Now celebrating 25 years and the recent news of a reboot, Hellboy and its properties shown no signs of slowing down. If you want to read about my thoughts for the reboot, click here.
Mike Mignola has done what few creators have done and branched out from the shadow cast by the big two companies. The path that he has paved cannot be understated and I highly recommend that you check out his work.