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Book Title: Hellboy: House of The Living Dead|
Date of issue: November 8th 2011
ISBN 13: 9781595827579
The author of the book: Mike Mignola
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 310 KB
Edition: Dark Horse Books
Read full description of the books Hellboy: House of The Living Dead:In 1956, Hellboy was sent to Mexico to investigate a series of mass killings – he then disappeared for five months. The first part of Hellboy’s long “lost weekend” was covered in Hellboy in Mexico (a short story that appeared in The Bride of Hell and Others) where Hellboy teamed up with luchadores (masked Mexican wrestlers) to fight vampires; the story of what Hellboy did next in those five months continues in House of the Living Dead.
Hellboy is working as a luchador when he’s blackmailed into fighting a mad scientist’s champion: a Frankenstein’s monster! But that’s only the beginning of his crazy night: cue the Wolf Man and Dracula – it’s Hellboy vs the Universal Monsters in a south of the border smackdown!
House of the Living Dead is a loving homage to the cornball horror movies of yesteryear. Besides the Universal Monsters you’ve got the classic mad scientist and hunchbacked assistant in their lab full of tesla coils and a buxom damsel in distress. Mike Mignola gives them his own spin though with an unusually talkative Frankenstein’s monster, a Dracula cameo that’s more comedic than horrific, and, of course, the addition of the Mexican wrestling angle, all of which are great.
I love how the story can have poignant moments like Hellboy reflecting on his fallen luchador buddy as well as a tragic love story all set against the nutbar concept of Hellboy wrestling the Universal Monsters and the contrast doesn’t stand out as noticeable or awkward. That’s how amazing Mignola is as a writer. And that ending! Brilliant.
Richard Corben’s macabre art-style is perfectly suited to the Hellboy aesthetic and I loved his Frankenstein’s monster design, imbuing the character with a silent, melancholic air rather than being overtly menacing or gruesome.
The only downside is that it’s shorter than the average Hellboy volume at basically the length of a double-sized issue so it doesn’t feel like it should be its own book. Otherwise though House of the Living Dead is a really entertaining read even if it’s over a little too quickly.
Read information about the authorMike Mignola was born September 16, 1960 in Berkeley, California and grew up in nearby Oakland. His fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age (he doesn't remember why) and reading Dracula at age 13 introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore from which he has never recovered.
In 1982, hoping to find a way to draw monsters for a living, he moved to New York City and began working for Marvel Comics, first as a (very terrible) inker and then as an artist on comics like Rocket Raccoon, Alpha Flight and The Hulk. By the late 80s he had begun to develop his signature style (thin lines, clunky shapes and lots of black) and moved onto higher profile commercial projects like Cosmic Odyssey (1988) and Gotham by Gaslight (1989) for DC Comics, and the not-so-commercial Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser (1990) for Marvel. In 1992, he drew the comic book adaptation of the film Bram Stoker's Dracula for Topps Comics.
In 1993, Mike moved to Dark Horse comics and created Hellboy, a half-demon occult detective who may or may not be the Beast of the Apocalypse. While the first story line (Seed of Destruction, 1994) was co-written by John Byrne, Mike has continued writing the series himself. There are, at this moment, 13 Hellboy graphic novel collections (with more on the way), several spin-off titles (B.P.R.D., Lobster Johnson, Abe Sapien and Witchfinder), three anthologies of prose stories, several novels, two animated films and two live-action films staring Ron Perlman. Hellboy has earned numerous comic industry awards and is published in a great many countries.
Mike also created the award-winning comic book The Amazing Screw-on Head and has co-written two novels (Baltimore, or, the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire and Joe Golem and the Drowning City) with best-selling author Christopher Golden.
Mike worked (very briefly) with Francis Ford Coppola on his film Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), was a production designer on the Disney film Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) and was visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008). He lives somewhere in Southern California with his wife, daughter, a lot of books and a cat.
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