Here’s what Hellboy could have looked like.

Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, first appearing in San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2, has been in the comics scene for nearly twenty-five years now. The milestone is impressive, especially for a non Marvel/DC entity and aside from Mignola’s impressive worldbuilding skills, much of the time-proven success can be attributed to the iconic look Mignola gifted the red-skinned, “Right Hand of Doom” flexing, half-demon character.

After two movies helmed by acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro (whose film The Shape of Water recently earned him “Best Director” and “Best Motion Picture” awards at The Golden Globes), and an upcoming reboot slated for 2019 starring David Harbour, Hellboy’s flame burns brighter than ever. But what if the character had hit the scene with a decidedly different look? Mike Mignola recently shared what he describes as “the first drawing ever of Hellboy” on his Twitter:

The drawing might be from a doodle done for kicks at a comic book convention but the differences are pretty glaring nonetheless; would Hellboy have made it as big as he did today if Mignola had stuck with this look? And where can we get our very own “Hellboy” championship belt as seen in the drawing? Sound off in the comments.

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