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).
Here is Hellboy In Hell (which is also refers as volume 7 of the Libray Edition collection) published in October 2017 (ISBN 978-1-50670-363-3, cover price $49.99, 423 pages). As well as the original comics and their virgin respective covers, the books come also with sketches, alternative drawings, comments by the author(s), unpublished bits and pieces among many other cool stuffs. All the books from the Library Edition collection, apart The Art of Hellboy, share the same second and third of cover (same illustration on both).
|sewn binding, the book was printed in China|
This volume divided in two parts collects for the first part:
- Hellboy In Hell issues #1 to #10
The second part collects two shorts stories:
- The Magician and the Snakes (with Katie Mignola, originally published in 2002 in Maverick: Happy Endings anthology, and then reprinted in The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects 2010 TPB)
- The Exorcist Of Vorsk (with Todd Mignola, from 2015 Dark Horse Presents Vol 3 #16)
The book opens with the usual Scott Allie introduction, and of course Mike Mignola is in charge of the afterword.
Virgin covers for issue #5 and #7 open the Hellboy In Hell section, that also features a brief recap. Notice that the 3 pages prologue originally included in issue #1 is now printed at the very end of this library edition. Back covers or original floppy are used as chapter break.
|left hand side, virgin cover for issue #5|
|left hand side, virgin cover for issue #7|
The two short stories are printed between Mike Mignola's afterword and the 70 pages long comprehensive sketchbook gallery (with notes by Mike Mignola).
I own the first Hellboy In Hell TPB (The Descent) and it also features a sketchbook section that shares some common art pieces with this library edition. However it was only 19 pages long so the library edition clearly includes an extended section with exclusive material.
Covers for issues #1 (including alternative covers), 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 are reproduced in their virgin form after the sketchbook section, as well as virgin cover for The Descent and The Death Card trades, and cover from DHP Vol 3 #16.
|left hand side virgin cover for issue #1, right hand side virgin cover for issue #2|
|virgin cover for issue #6|
|virgin alternative covers for issue #1|
|virgin cover for The Death Card|
|left hand side virgin cover for DHP Vol 3 #16, right hand side first page of Hellboy In Hell issue #1 prologue|
Dark Horse Hellboy Library Edition as of October 2017: