Comic book artist Mike Mignola created Hellboy, a well-meaning demon that has been described as smelling of dry-roasted peanuts, for Dark Horse Comics in 1994. Now of legal drinking age, Hellboy's been through a lot, and it shows. In his latest book series, Hellboy in Hell, the character has visibly aged. Mignola, who never thinks of himself as a writer even now, says that a lot of the dialogue he writes for his characters come from conversations he's having with himself. "He's so much me," Mignola says, "There's so much of me in that character."
Photo: Christine Mignola