Hellboy was originally conceived in 1991 by comic creator Mike Mignola, and appeared in various one-off stories and illustrations before his own title arrived in 1994. Despite his bright red, horned humanoid appearance, Hellboy is technically only half-demon, as the comics establish him to be the child of a Duke of Hell and a human witch. Born in Hell after his mother’s body was taken there by his biological father, Hellboy was summoned to Earth in 1944 as the result of a Nazi occult ritual led by the sorcerer Grigori Rasputin . In the comics, he appears in England, where American soldiers and Professor Trevor Bruttenholm are investigating Nazi activity.
Over time, it became clear that the young Hellboy was, despite his appearance, an apparently good soul, and in a matter of years he was recruited to become the world’s most effective paranormal investigator. Working with Bruttenholm as his mentor and surrogate father, Hellboy travels the world battling various paranormal threats.