Halloween Week/Wednesday Comics: Hellboy hates tentacles!
October 28, 2009
If there was one threat that Mike Mignola’s paranormal (literally!) investigator is best equipped to fight, it would be…Nazi cyborg gorillas. If there were two things, it would be Nazi cyborg gorillas and giant tentacle monsters! Yes, Hellboy always seems right at home giving the big red smack down to our suckery friends. Granted, these betentacled creatures usually want to eat Hellboy, and the world, in that order, so I guess you really can’t blame him.
The comic depicted above (written and drawn by Mignola, of course) is the second issue of the original Hellboy mini-series. I won’t go into the plot here (Wikipedia has a concise synopsis), but the tentacle monster in question is Sadu-Hem, one of the 369 Ogdru Hem—spawn of the demonic Ogdru Jahad, who lie imprisoned in the heart of the abyss waiting for the day when they will devour the Earth. As you might surmise, Sadu-Hem is one of the bad guys.
Hellboy goes on to battle many foes, with and without tentacles, and his ongoing story is still being published by Dark Horse Comics. Hellboy vs. tentacles is a popular theme of Hellboy fan art, such as the awesome image below by Nick Derington (via Flickr).