Mike Mignola's Hellboy In Hell and Other Stories Signed Numbered and Remarqued Artist's Edition

Script by Mike Mignola and John Byrne (for the earliest works), art by Mike Mignola, all material is ©Mike Mignola. For a complete list of all books reviewed in this blog, please visit the index page.

The regular editio of this book was originally published by IDW in June 2014 (ISBN: 978-1631400032, AE #23, 12.5 x 17.3 inches or  31,5 x 44 cm, 125$ for 204 pages).

The regular edition (that I don't own anymore) features different cover and back cover but the same spine:

cover of the regular edition

back cover of the regular edition

A variant edition (same illustration used for the cover of the signed remarqued edition) was produced for the SDCC 2014 convention (100 copies, probably not numbered):

My copy is one of the remarqued signed edition limited to 125 copies (same ISBN, 350$, mine being #86) that was issued in October 2014. It features an exclusive signature page with a 5.5 x 4.25 inches (11 x 14 cm) remarqued panel.

the remarqued panel
Comparing my own panel to the remarqued panels advertised on the IDW site (see below), it seems that each of the 125 copies has a unique illustration.

This book is printed on thick mat paper, and beside the signature page and covers, content of the three variant edition are identical. One of the picture below is for size comparisons with Hellboy In Hell The Descent TPB and the regular version.

IDW cardboeard box

detail of the sticker different from the regular edition (probably used also for the SDCC)

the box is also numbered

Second and third of cover feature different illustrations. This edition has been designed by Randall Dahlk and edited by Scott Dunbier. The book doesn't feature any introduction. Below there's also a picture displaying the table of content of the first part of this book.

second of cover

third of cover

Of all the material include in this book, only three original pages have not been retrieved and are displayed here in plain B&W scans (others are of course color scans of the original art). This is not something that IDW has tried to hide as they have indicated the fact in their product description, and these three pages are also pinpointed in the book at the bottom of the page (Hellboy In Hell issue #2 page 16 for this first part). Notice that covers, back covers and variant covers are included.

zoom of the upper part of the page

left the B&W scanned page

The second part of this book contains early stories  including the 10-pages story from John Byrne’s Nextmen #21. Here is the table of contents for this part (B&W scanned pages are page 7 and 19 of The Corpse).

a double spread page

The additional material section runs on 7 pages, and also features its own detailed table of contents. The book finishes with Mike Mignola's bio.

Complementary information:
The US based Comic Bug library has held an event in the presence of Mike Mignola who was there to signed copies of the regular edition.

Finally this article gives me the opportunity to show off a little bit with my limited signed numbered Forbidden Planet bookplate sold with the regular Hellboy In Hell The Descent TPB:

limited to 250 copies

A second printing of this Artist's Edition has been released in 2017 with a new exclusive cover:

On IDW's site, both 2014 and 2017 editions share the same content description, thus it can be safely assume that the 2017 edition is simply a reprint with a new cover.

In addition to this article, and for more detailed insight about the reproduction quality, don't hesitate to read this Comic Book Daily review by Scott VanderPloeg.

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