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Subj: Re: I got to disagree on Hellboy.
Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 at 12:36:12 am EDT (Viewed 23 times)
Reply Subj: Re: I got to disagree on Hellboy.
Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 at 05:31:55 pm EDT (Viewed 25 times)




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      I would count Hellboy. Hellboy The Fury issue 3 is issue 57 and says so in the book.

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        I think it's fair to discount every thing AFTER that like Hellboy In Hell and Hellboy and B.P.R.D. but there is a numbering scheme that is carried over from miniseries to miniseries and reflected on the introduction page consistently starting with The Wolves of Saint August as #5 (#1-4 were the Seed of destruction series) and concludes with The Fury issue #3 which was #57. Since the criteria was 50 I think Hellboy fits as the last regular issue of Hellboy was #57.



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    Superman's Pal was making a similar point. I guess we can go with that. Do you know if Hellboy was continually in publication pretty much monthly? I mean, they weren't taking six month breaks, were they?


Yeah it probably wasn't continually. The numbering in the Hellboy verse can get weird if you dwell on it.

For Hellboy a series of miniseries and one shots are included in the issue count. But there are plenty of other one shots and minis that aren't but they are still canon. Then there are one shots, minis and crossovers that aren't canon. Then there are all the spinoffs but their numbering is fairly consistent.


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      Dark Horse has that thing where a lot of franchises miniseries have an introductory page that tells you what number that issue in the miniseries is within the overall series. For example Conan the Slayer #12 is issue #149 in the overall Conan series. Off the top of my head everything Conan or Mike Mignola related follows that pattern at Dark Horse.



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    It's an interesting way to handle things. I actually like what Marvel has recently experimented with - though I don't know if they'll stick with it - which is to keep the sequential numbering but announce with a huge "#1" when a new arc begins. Seems like the best of both worlds. But of course the silly fans who think a genuine number one will be worth money some day are going to fail to pounce.


I think it works for Dark Horse because what is counted and what doesn't count doesn't seem arbitrary IMO. While Marvel's new renumbering doesn't seem consistent from character to character on what kind of stuff is and isn't counted towards the overall issue count.