It was more than two decades back when Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy, adapted Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) in a miniseries that featured the same signature, visually distinctive art style that fans have come to enjoy from the comic book veteran. While the four-issue run ran out of print soon after for unknown reasons, a new publisher has now stepped in to rummage through the vault for modern-day readers.
IDW Entertainment and Mignola are coming together to re-release the series as a hardcover graphic novel that will feature all the collected works. There is already an official listing on Amazon for those interested in confirming an early order. The release, though, will take place on September 25, 2018.
“I cannot tell you what a relief it is to have this book back in print,” Mignola said in a statement. “People have been asking about this one for ages—more than any other book of mine—and I honestly didn’t think it was ever going to be possible to see an edition, but here it is. Thank you Scott Dunbier and IDW. No idea how you did it but very glad you did.
“I’m generally not a fan of my older work (pretty huge understatement there) but I think this one holds up. Despite the fact that I was doing a movie adaptation (which has its own unique set of problems), I think there is some nice drawing and storytelling in here. One of the very few older jobs I’m still pretty proud of.”
Bram Stoker’s Dracula was also the last major work from Mignola before he fully launched Hellboy. The original comic book series was published by Topps Comics in 1993 and involved legendary writer Roy Thomas. The first Hellboy prototype appearance happened just around the same time frame.