CAL McDONALD is another eye chasing things that go bump in the night, a sort of unlicensed private occult detective who appears in a string of novels and decidedly adult comic books by Steve Niles. With his zombie traveling companion Mo'lock by his side, Cal takes on assorted creeps, ghouls and other monsters.
What makes the series stand out is creator Steve Nile's full-tilt embrace of the horror genre in all its bloody, gory glory. Cal's world is nasty and violent, full of vermin and eyeball-gouging and flesh-chomping zombies who really sink their teeth in.
Cal's pretty much your typical comic book private eye -- the usual almost-parody: a hard-drinking, chain-smoking, foul-mouthed, and excessively violent son of a bitch who's haunted by tragic events in his past. Only difference is that he sees dead people... and then he blows them away.
"Cal is written in a sparse, gruff first-person narrative which is a nod to writers like Chandler and Hammett who are huge influences on me," explains the author. "I kind of think of Cal McDonald as the screwed-up cousin of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, but now that it's 2003 and the tough talk and hard-drinking just ain't hard enough so Cal is a total fuck-up, a drunk, a pill-popping fool and an ex-junkie. It's not gratuitous, or a lame attempt to be shocking. This is how the character has tried to deal with his life, with the horrors he sees on a daily basis."
He's the star behind a cult comic, the face that powered hit films, games and many comic books. But who is Hellboy? Read on to learn more about this "demon for good".
Summoned to fight...
Hellboy was summoned as part of a Nazi study into the occult during the Second World War. They hoped the result would be a weapon that would turn the tide of the war in the Axis’ favor, but instead the red horned demon fell into Allied hands. From that moment the demon, coined Hellboy, was nurtured by the US Air Force and became the backbone of the BPRD – the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense – and fighting in the defense of mankind and the forces of good.
Honey West is a fictional character created by Gloria and Forest Fickling under the pseudonym "G.G. Fickling", and appearing in eleven mystery novels by the duo.
The character is notable as being one of the first female private detectives in popular fiction. She first appeared in the 1957 book This Girl for Hire and would appear in 10 novels before being retired in the mid-60s with two comeback novels in 1971.
Gold Key Comics released a one-shot Honey West comic book in June 1966. In August 2010, Moonstone Books began a Honey West comic book series, written by Trina Robbins with art by Cynthia Martin then Elaine Lee and Ronn Sutton.
Ashley J. "Ash" Williams is the protagonist in the Evil Dead horror film franchise, played by Bruce Campbell, and created by director Sam Raimi. Throughout the series, Ash has to face off against his loved ones inside an abandoned cabin as they are possessed by "deadites", the evil souls of the dead. He was named the 24th greatest movie character of all time by Empire Magazine.
Army of Darkness comics are based on the film of the same name published originally by Dark Horse Comics, and later by Dynamite Entertainment who initially published them through Devil's Due Publishing.
The stories follow the adventures of the Evil Dead series, Ash Williams, and has included a number of crossovers with a wide variety of characters such as, Marvel Zombies, Darkman, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Xena, Danger Girl and even Barack Obama.
Elric of Melniboné is a fictional character created by Michael Moorcock , and the antihero of a series of sword and sorcery stories centering in an alternate Earth. The proper name and title of the character is Elric VIII, 428th Emperor of Melniboné. Later novels by Moorcock mark Elric as a facet of the Eternal Champion.
Elric first appeared in print in Moorcock’s novella, "The Dreaming City" (Science Fantasy #47, June 1961); subsequent novellas were reformatted as the novel Stormbringer (1965), but his first appearance in an original novel wasn't until 1973 in Elric of Melniboné. Moorcock's albinistic character is one of the better known in fantasy literature, having crossed over into multimedia, such as comics and film, though efforts towards the latter stalled over the years. The novels have been continuously in print since the 1970s.
The man who would become known as Vic Sage was born as Charles Victor Szasz, an orphan who was raised in a Hub City orphanage, where he gained a reputation as a troublemaker. Because of his behaviour and defiant nature he was frequently beaten by the nuns who ran the orphanage, and often victimized by the other children. When he was old enough he left the orphanage for college, where he studied journalism. He found work as a reporter, but was dissatisfied with his life and had trouble controlling his violent tendencies. Sometime later he met Aristotle Rodor, who helped him channel his anger and aggression into a new, heroic persona: The Question .
An Objectivist reporter / vigilante. A zen humanist protector of a decaying city. An urban shaman tapping into the spiritual frequencies of the city. A conspiracy theorist on a team of almost-gods. A lesbian Latina former police detective.
For a character mostly recognizable by a lack of, the Question sure has had a number of different faces. But much of the appeal of the character exists in all interpretations -- he's a regular guy, driven by person convictions, to eliminate the negative things from his world. In many ways, the Question was invented, and through most of his incarnations is intended, to be a role-model for the reader.
Abraham "Abe" Sapien (born Langdon Everett Caul) is a fictional character in the comic book series Hellboy, created by Mike Mignola. He takes his name from "Icthyo sapiens," the fanciful species designation chosen for him by his colleagues in the 19th-century Oannes Club, and from Abraham Lincoln, on whose assassination date the Oannes Club abandoned Abe's body, leaving only a cryptic note as explanation, in a suspended animation tank beneath a Washington D.C. hospital. He is occasionally referred to as a fishman or merman.As well as regular appearances in Hellboy and B.P.R.D., Sapien has also starred in his own one-shot comic, Abe Sapien: Drums of the Dead by Brian McDonald and Derek Thompson, and the mini-series Abe Sapien: The Drowning by Mike Mignola.
Lobster Johnson is a fictional character featured in the Hellboy and Bureau For Paranormal Research and Defense comic books published by Dark Horse Comics (B.P.R.D ). He was created by Mike Mignola .
Within the Hellboy universe, Lobster Johnson was a vigilante who worked in secret in New York City during the 1930s. Although the public believes that The Lobster was only the hero of pulp serials and comics, he was a real man who faced gangsters as well as paranormal threats. The Lobster had a reputation for violence, such as killing mobsters and burning his trademark lobster claw symbol into their foreheads with the palm of his gloved hand. This behavior was similar to the Marvel UK pulp character Night Raven, and the pulp magazine hero The Spider.