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This article deals with Dark Horse Hellboy material published in oversized hardcover canvas books ( 12 x 9 inches or 31 x 23 cm) on thick glossy paper, with a bookmark ribbon (see also the end of this article).
In chronological apearance, we have The Art of Hellboy, published in March 2003 (ISBN: 1-56971-910-1, cover price 49.95$, 199 pages):
In accordance to its name, the book contains many art and sketches from its author (B&W or color), as well as a story "The Vârcolac" previously published in the newspaper-format Dark Horse Extra (plus "Pancakes" in B&W layouts form). Here are the second of cover (sharing the same illustration with the third of cover), title and opening pages.
The book opens with a 4 pages introduction by Scott Allie.
Mainly, the book displays almost 200 pages of color art, B&W sketches and layouts, virgin covers etc..
Below is a one page promotional strip produced for Diamond Comics Distribution before the first five issues miniseries.
Dark Horse Hellboy Library Edition as of October 2017: