The Hellboy NFTs are surfacing online, made without the consent of his publishing company Dark Horse Comics and creator Mike Mignola.
Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola is warning fans against unauthorized NFTs featuring the demonic character.
“Just so everyone knows,” the writer-artist wrote on Twitter, “There are HELLBOY NFTs that are not authorized and were made without our own or [Dark Horse Comics’] So consent the buyer, beware. Mignola’s post is the latest example of designer issues with NFTs, which has become a growing problem as the digital NFT market grows and gains popularity.
Just so everyone knows. There are HELLBOY NFTs that are not licensed and were made without our own or @DarkHorseComics consent therefore the buyer is wary.
– Mike Mignola (@artofmmignola) 20 December 2021
More recently, in the comic book realm, artist Liam Sharp’s work on the DeviantArt website was stolen as NFT, something he was alerted to by the platform’s DeviantArt Protect warranties stalking this form of digital piracy. As a result, the artist announced on Twitter that he would close his page to put an end to the problem, as the reports he made to the appropriate parties have been “systematically ignored”. For Mignola, while he doesn’t specify where the Hellboy NFTs came from or how they’re distributed, the issue revolves around a character he built almost 30 years ago.
While his first definitive appearance is questionable, Hellboy was created by Mignola in 1993 under comic book publisher Dark Horse Comics, known for properties like The Umbrella Academy and Black hammer. Black Horse tweeted quote Mignola’s Twitter statement saying, “Please be aware: not all NFT Hellboys you might meet are licensed by [Mike Mignola] or by Dark Horse Comics, “clarifying that not all NFTs featuring the” World’s Greatest Paranormal Investigator “currently are officially licensed by the publisher or creator. Based on other legal battles ongoing, both might need to consent to any NFT distribution for Hellboy, being that director Quentin Tarantino was sued by Miramax for his own NFT release of invisible content from the cult classic pulp Fiction.
Speaking of the movies, Hellboy didn’t limit himself to the single page of the comics. The character’s popularity increased even more after appearing in three feature films – Hellboy (2004), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) and Hellboy (2019) – with the first two films directed by actor Ron Perlman and the third reboot starring Strange things‘David Harbor. Additionally, the character received animation, video game, and novel adaptations written in the 2000s, with one of his most recent adaptations being a DLC character for the fighting game. Injustice 2, based on DC Comics.
Whether the NFTs referenced by Mignola and Dark Horse relate only to the appearances and comic book art of the character, or also the adaptations of the series and the character, is unclear. Since Mignola’s advice is to buyers to “beware” of the digital sale of any Hellboy-Related to NFTs, you might want to take a closer look if you see any featuring the best of the BRPD.
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