Mike Mignola

Comic Book Artist

Mike Mignola was born in Berkeley, California, United States on September 16th, 1960 and is the Comic Book Artist. At the age of 63, Mike Mignola biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
September 16, 1960
United States
Place of Birth
Berkeley, California, United States
63 years old
Zodiac Sign
Artist, Comics Artist, Novelist, Screenwriter
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Mike Mignola Career

Mignola was born in Berkeley, California. He began his career in 1980 by illustrating spots in The Comic Reader. His first published piece was in The Comic Reader #183, a spot illustration of Red Sonja (pg. 9). His first published front cover was The Comic Reader #196 in November 1981. In 1982 he graduated from the California College of the Arts with a BFA in Illustration.

In 1983 he worked as an inker at Marvel Comics on Daredevil and Power Man and Iron Fist and later became the penciler on titles such as The Incredible Hulk, Alpha Flight, and the Rocket Raccoon limited series.

In 1987, he began working for DC Comics as well. He drew the Phantom Stranger and World of Krypton limited series. With writer Jim Starlin, Mignola produced the Cosmic Odyssey miniseries in 1988. Mignola drew covers for several Batman stories, including "Batman: A Death in the Family" and "Dark Knight, Dark City". Writer Brian Augustyn and Mignola crafted the Gotham by Gaslight one-shot in 1989.

In an early 2000s interview, Mignola was asked if his 1988 cover art and cover text for Batman #428 anticipated the telephone vote for the death of the second Robin (Jason Todd). Mignola replied:

When asked if fans continued to question him about that cover, he replied, "You know, it does crop up. When people talk about my career, that is one of the covers that a lot of people kind of go back to. I wish I had something profound to say about it. But at the time, it was just another job." In contrast, Mignola did not address his cover illustration of the Joker, and the accompanying cover text, for Batman #429. His visual depiction of the Joker anticipated prospective advertisements for his work in Gotham by Gaslight, yet his cover text still adhered to the "Death in the Family" storyline. This Elseworlds Joker is only briefly discussed in Gotham by Gaslight as a man who married ten wealthy widows, poisoned all ten with strychnine, and then ingested the poison himself when police attempted an arrest, resulting in partial facial paralysis. Mignola included a black-and-white police sketch in Gotham by Gaslight that did not replicate his Batman #429 cover art, choosing instead to root that Elseworlds incarnation of the Joker in Conrad Veidt's 1928 portrayal of Gwynplaine for The Man Who Laughs. A scene from Tim Burton's Batman, released in June 1989 (United States), additionally featured Jack Nicholson's Joker in a top hat, but without a monocle. Two years later, Jack Shaheen published an assessment of Islamophobia pervasive in Jim Starlin's plot and Jim Aparo's interior pencils for "Death in the Family," particularly Batman #429, which prompted debates over Mignola's intentions.

Through the early 1990s Mignola worked on covers and backup features for various DC and Marvel Comics. He collaborated twice with writer Howard Chaykin. In 1990–1991, they produced the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser limited series for Epic Comics, with inker Al Williamson. This was followed with the Ironwolf: Fires of the Revolution graphic novel in 1992.

Prior to 1994 Mignola's career had been spent doing work-for-hire illustration for corporate publishers. That year, Dark Horse Comics released Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, Mignola's creator-owned project. Though he wrote the story himself, it was scripted by John Byrne. The next Hellboy story, The Wolves of Saint August, was completely written and drawn by Mignola. Since then all Hellboy stories have been written solely by Mignola with the exception of They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships, which was co-written by Joshua Dysart.

Makoma (2006) was the first Hellboy story not drawn by Mignola, featuring the art of Richard Corben. Corben would return to draw many flashback stories for the series. Other artists have also had a hand in drawing flashback stories including Jason Shawn Alexander, Kevin Nowlan and Scott Hampton. In 2007, following after 2005's The Island, British artist Duncan Fegredo took over art duties on the ongoing story arc of Hellboy from Darkness Calls onwards.

Mike Mignola returned as the full-time artist for Hellboy in 2012 for the series' conclusion, Hellboy in Hell.

In 1998 the first Hellboy spinoff, Abe Sapien, was launched. It was not written by Mike Mignola, but it did feature his Hellboy short story "Heads" as a back-up. Abe Sapien did not take off properly until a decade later in 2008's The Drowning. Since then it has had several short stories and beginning in 2013 it became an ongoing series with Scott Allie as the lead writer with Mignola.

Lobster Johnson was the next spinoff, debuting as a back-up feature in 1999's Box Full of Evil. The series got its own title later in 2007's Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus. It returned again with the miniseries The Burning Hand in 2012, followed by various short stories.

B.P.R.D. was the third spinoff, but it was the first one which was conceived to be more than just a one-off side story, but rather a series of stories. It began with 2002's Hollow Earth, which continued on from Hellboy: Conqueror Worm. Beyond that followed a series of short stories designed to explore what the B.P.R.D. series could be. 2004's Plague of Frogs was the story that solidified what the series was, and would set the direction for future books to come, so much so that the first major story cycle is collected in omnibus editions titled B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs. A vast majority of the stories in this era were co-written with John Arcudi and drawn by Guy Davis.

B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth is the main series continuing after the catastrophic events at the conclusion of the Plague of Frogs cycle. Guy Davis left the series in 2011 with the conclusion of Hell on Earth: Gods. Tyler Crook became the new ongoing artist beginning with Hell on Earth: Monsters, but he is joined by several regular artists, most notably James Harren and Laurence Campbell.

Continuing where Hell on Earth left off, The Devil You Know is written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie with Laurence Campbell serving as the regular artist.

Sir Edward Grey, Witchfinder (more commonly known simply as "Witchfinder") began with a teaser story in 2008's MySpace Dark Horse Presents #16, followed by a full miniseries in 2009. It follows the stories of the occult investigator, Sir Edward, agent of Queen Victoria.

The Frankenstein began with Frankenstein Underground in 2015. Set in 1956, this miniseries follows Frankenstein (in the Hellboy Universe, the Frankenstein monster takes his father's name) as he ventures into the Pellucidar-like Hollow Earth. This also canonized Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. The series was further expanded in 2020 with Frankenstein Undone, a direct sequel to Shelley's novel.

The Hellboy Universe also includes numerous spinoffs that only span a single book:

Baltimore began with a 2007 illustrated novel, and continued as a comic book series. It was created by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden.

Like Baltimore, Joe Golem: Occult Detective began as an illustrated prose novel (2012's Joe Golem and the Drowning City) and later continued as a comic book series. It was created by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden and exists in a shared universe with Baltimore called "The Outerverse".


Mike Mignola Awards
  • 1995:
    • Won "Best Writer/Artist" Eisner Award, for Hellboy: Seed of Destruction
    • Won "Best Graphic Album: Reprint" Eisner Award, for Hellboy: Seed of Destruction
    • Won "Best Artist" Harvey Awards
    • Won "Best Achievement by an Inker" Don Thompson Award
  • 1996:
    • Won "Best Artist" Harvey Awards
    • Won "Best Graphic Album of Previously Released Material" Harvey Awards, for Hellboy: The Wolves of Saint August
  • 1997:
    • Won "Best Writer/Artist" Eisner Award, for Hellboy: Wake the Devil
  • 1998:
    • Won "Best Writer/Artist" Eisner Award, for Hellboy: Almost Colossus, Hellboy Christmas Special and Hellboy Jr. Halloween Special
  • 2000:
    • Won "Best Artist" Harvey Award, for Hellboy: Box Full of Evil
  • 2002:
    • Won "Best Finite Series/Limited Series" Eisner Award, for Hellboy: Conqueror Worm
  • 2003:
    • Won "Best Humor Publication" Eisner Award, for The Amazing Screw-On Head
    • Won "Best Short Story" Eisner Award, for "The Magician and the Snake"
  • 2004:
    • Won "Favourite Comics Writer/Artist" Eagle Award
    • Won "Best Comics-Related Book" Eisner Award, for The Art of Hellboy
    • Received "Inkpot Award"
  • 2006:
    • Won "Favourite Comics Writer/Artist" Eagle Award
  • 2007:
    • Won "Roll of Honour" Eagle Award
    • Won "Favourite Colour Comicbook – American" Eagle Award, for Hellboy: Darkness Calls
  • 2008
    • Won "Best Cover Artist" Harvey Awards
    • Won "Award for Favourite Colour Comicbook – American" Eagle Award
    • Won "Roll of Honor" Eagle Awards
    • Won "Best Horror Comic Book" Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, for Hellboy: In the Chapel of Moloch
  • 2009
    • Won "Best Finite Series/Limited Series" Eisner Award, for Hellboy: The Crooked Man
    • Won "Best Graphic Album: Reprint" Eisner Award, for Hellboy Library Edition, vols. 1 and 2
    • Won "Best Publication Design" Eisner Award, for Hellboy Library Edition, vols. 1 and 2
    • Won "All-in-One Award" Inkwell Awards
  • 2010
    • Won "Best Cover Artist" Harvey Awards, for Hellboy: Bride of Hell
  • 2011
    • Won "Favorite Writer/Artist" Eagle Award
    • Won "Favorite Artist:Inks" Eagle Award
    • Won "Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)" Eisner Award, for Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil
  • 2019
    • Harvey Awards Hall of Fame inductee.
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