March 2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of Mike Mignola’s career-defining release of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1. After the character’s somewhat humble beginnings as an eight-page feature in Dark Horse’s San Diego Comic Con Comics special, Seed of Destruction would begin the long life of the beloved “beast of the apocalypse.”
The Dark Horse Comic Collection at the Portland State University Library provides a unique legacy for Oregon’s premier comics company. Dark Horse Comics was founded in 1986 by PSU alumni Mike Richardson, Class of 1977, as an offshoot of his comic book retail chain, Pegasus Books (founded in 1980). Dark Horse has since grown to become the third largest American comics company. PSU alumni Neil Hankerson, Class of 1972, joined the company in 1987 and became its Executive Vice President. This major collection honors the importance of the comics format, while providing PSU students, faculty, and researchers access to these works. This gift provides copies of all materials produced by Dark Horse, resulting in a complete and preserved collection of the Dark Horse corpus. It is a unique research and browsing collection of comic books, graphic novels, collected editions, related books, statues, figures, and other materials.
In recognition of Hellboy's twentieth anniversary, the Library has created a display of Hellboy and other Dark Horse figures, along with a copy of the first Hellboy publication, Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1. Find the display near the News Book area on the Library's first floor. And browse some selected Dark Horse Comics with the New Books.
Hellboy and friends will be on display through Friday, April 18.