Dark Horse Comics is turning clock back all the way to 1957 for its next Hellboy event: a series of five one-shot comics written by the duo of Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson.
The idyllic decade of Howdy Doody and Leave it to Beaver takes on a dark edge in each issue, featuring front covers from Laurence Campbell and interior artwork from a host of different illustrators. Forbes Entertainment has an exclusive, five-page sneak peek at the debut issue (out this Wednesday), which was fully drawn by Campbell.
Set in Dayton, Ohio over the summer of ‘57, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957 — Family Ties finds Hellboy and fellow agent Susan Xiang on the hunt for a mass-produced demonic paperback of witchcraft and demonology by Gustvav Strobl. Their quest is put on the back-burner when a suburban housewife asks for their help with a malevolent and dangerous house guest who might be able to lead them straight to their goal.
Despite the wholesome way in which the decade is so often depicted within the context of pop culture, the ‘50s were more foreboding than one might think. It’s all thanks to the ever-looming threat of mutually assured destruction between the United States
“We’ve done some big, sprawling stories in the pages of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. over the years, so this time we wanted to slow things down a little and spend some quality time with a few of our favorite characters,” Roberson said in an official statement. “In each of these one-shots, Hellboy partners up with a different agent from the B.P.R.D. to investigate paranormal strangeness, and things are never quite what they initially appear to be.”
Check out the exclusive pages of Family Ties below:
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957 — Family Ties goes on sale this Wednesday, Sep. 15.
The subsequent one-shot, subtitled Forgotten Lives (featuring artwork by Stephen Green), goes on sale Wednesday, Nov. 24.
“Hellboy and Professor Trevor Bruttenholm are in New York investigating a spectral apparition,” Roberson teases of the second story. “But identifying just who the restless spirit belongs to proves difficult when they discover that the place where it has been seen is the potter’s field on Hart Island in the Bronx, a mass grave that is the final resting place of people who died in the city without a next of kin. Hellboy and the Professor’s search leads them to the legacies of the forgotten dead, and an auction for the personal effects of the destitute deceased holds unexpected secrets.”
The remaining stories (their release dates are TBD) are as follows:
- Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957— Fearful Symmetry (featuring art by Alison Sampson)
- Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957—Falling Sky (featuring art by Shawn Martinbrough)
- Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957— From Below (featuring art by Mike Norton)