PHILADELPHIA - It has been two decades since Mike Mignola created a horned, red-hued devilish beast with a penchant for cigars and a big gun.

Since that first appearance in Dark Horse Com-ics' "San Diego Comic-Con Comics" No. 2, his creation has become a top-seller for the publisher, been transformed into animation and spawned a pair of films starring Ron Perlman as Hellboy.

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Mignola thinks the character's appeal is that he talks like an everyman and that even though the stories are replete with monsters and more, it's not a classic super-hero style.

To mark the anniversary, Dark Horse will hold an international celebration March 22 of the character with signings and appearances by artists and others.

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