Hellboy '53

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

HELLBOY STUDIES (detail). 2015.
Ink and watercolor on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

I'm very excited to announce that I'll be penciling a 3-issue mini-series for Dark Horse, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953! My Dad will be providing the macabre inks, with that classic-Hellboy palette provided by the great Dave Stewart. The story will be co-written by Chris Roberson and Mike Mignola. Awesome!

How'd I get the gig? Last year, Mignola accepted my friend request on Facebook. How cool is that? As you may have heard, I've had my hands full lately (with a certain tiny lady), but I can't wait to get started. I'll show what I can, when I can, but for now you can take a peek at my character studies.

As for my own book, I know I keep pushing it back (I know), but I keep getting hard-to-turn-down offers. The good news is, I finished the official "treatment" and have sent it off to my trusted writer-friends (and anyone else who was misguided enough to offer their help).


  1. Thanks for sharing Mr. Paolo Rivera. Congratulations to you and your father, excellent work until now...

  2. Nope. And nope. Sorry! (and I always list my cons for the year in the sidebar... no more in 2015)

  3. So sad, one of my favorite pieces is a watercolor of Kirby's gray Hulk that you made for my son a few years back...

  4. I'm so excited for this!!! So many of my favorite creators on one project! I can't wait!!! you're gonna knock this out of the park! Those studies are fantastic. You always know how to get to the core of a character Paolo.

  5. Really cool news and I'm loving the studies. I think a thicker neck would make it look a bit more balanced but that might just be talking out my ass. Anyway, really looking forward to seeing your work on Hellboy!

    1. Thanks! I hear you on the neck. Had to figure out a way to make him look slightly younger... he'll be in his early 20s here, at least in human years.

    2. That's a good point. Though he was already fully matured by age 8 or something like that and if we look at how the art for "young" Hellboy has been handled by Mignola and Alex Maleev, he does look pretty much the same, but I can understand wanting to go with something to make a difference.

      I do think the color study does make him look younger even without the neck since he doesn't look as grizzled as for example Maleev did him. So I personally feel that a beefed up neck would improve the overall design without taking away the youth.

      But since you seem to already working on the comic I suppose all this won't really be making a difference about how to tackle the neck. I do hope you don't mind the feedback.

      Now don't take this as me putting down your opinion or anything like that and sorry for ranting but I just think it's an interesting discussion.


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