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Itty Bitty Hellboy #1
June 18th, 2014 by Rusty

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Itty Bitty Hellboy #1 cover

Itty Bitty Hellboy #1

Date: April 2014
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $1.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus Itty Bitty Letters and ads
Writers: Art Baltazar & Franco
Artist: Art Baltazar
Notable Notes: The tiny red guy with the big hand playfully battles his cartoon-ish enemies!

Big Boxes Are Awesome!

Did you ever make a fort out of big boxes when you were little? (Do you still do it?) I did, and I loved it when my parents bought some new appliance because that meant we got a new fort for a while! The best one we ever got was a huge box from my mom’s shiny new Wurlitzer organ. It was big enough that we were able to cut kid sized doors and windows into it! Ah… what great memories. This comic book brought up all sorts of memories about the forts I used to build… and the ones I still make with my kids!


This debut issue of Itty Bitty Hellboy has 6 short stories in it. In the first one, titled “Enter: Itty Bitty Hellboy” Rasputin and his 2 friends finally meet the famed Hellboy while hiding out in their fort – a big dishwasher box! In the second one Hellboy is glee-fully smashing walnuts with his huge hand when Liz accidentally finds Roger’s underwear! The third story has Johann accidentally sneezing himself out of his containment suit while the gang tries to play baseball. In the fourth one Rasputin and his gang send Herman over to Hellboy’s fort to learn all about it – including box size! The next story shows how Liz tries to cure Johann’s cold – by feeding chicken soup into his container helmet – only to find that that creates more problems than it solves! And finally, the last story is about how Rasputin tries in vain to prove he is tougher than Hellboy, but gets his butt whooped by such varied items as a beach ball, Hellboy’s big hand, and poison ivy – ouch!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 4 stars – Not only did I really like these stories about rival kid gangs, but I also loved how the short stories were all connected by common threads. Well done!
  • Art: 5 stars – Yes the art was cartoon-ish and very much aimed at younger readers, but it perfectly matched the story and tone of the book, and that made it excellent!
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – A wonderfully fun book that was a joy to read. My young kids liked it too, so kudos to Dark Horse for making a very cool all-ages comic book!

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