Plagues of Egypt
In the Book of Exodus the Plagues of Egypt are ten calamities inflicted on Egypt by Yahweh, the God of Israel, in order to force Pharaoh to allow the Israelites to depart from slavery. The plagues are "signs and marvels" given by the God of Israel to answer Pharaoh's taunt that he does not know Yahweh: "The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord." The many popular-level attempts to find natural explanations for the plagues have been dismissed by biblical scholars. There is no indication that the Israelites lived in Ancient Egypt, there is an universal consensus is that the Exodus story is best understood as myth; this is what the LORD says: By this you will know that I am the LORD: With the staff, in my hands I will strike the water of the Nile, it will be changed into blood. The fish in the Nile will die, the river will stink and the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water; this is what the great LORD says: Let that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will plague your whole country with frogs.
The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, into your ovens and kneading troughs; the frogs will go up on all your officials. "And the LORD said Stretch out thy rod, smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt." When Aaron stretched out his hand with the rod and struck the dust of the ground, lice came upon men and animals. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became lice; the fourth plague of Egypt was of creatures capable of harming people and livestock. The Torah emphasizes that the ‘arob only came against the Egyptians, that it did not affect the Israelites. Pharaoh promised to allow the Israelites' freedom. However, after the plague was gone, the LORD "hardened Pharaoh's heart", he refused to keep his promise; this is what the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them back, the hand of the LORD will bring a terrible plague on your livestock in the field—on your horses and donkeys and camels and on your cattle and sheep and goats.
The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Take handfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses toss it into the air in the presence of Pharaoh. It will become fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, festering boils will break out on men and animals throughout the land." This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me, or this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth. For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth, but I have raised you up for this purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. You still will not let them go. Therefore, at this time tomorrow I will send the worst hailstorm that has fallen on Egypt, from the day it was founded till now. Give an order now to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter, because the hail will fall on every man and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field, they will die.
The LORD sent thunder and hail, lightning flashed down to the ground. So the LORD rained hail on the land of Egypt, it was the worst storm in all the land of Egypt. This is what the LORD, the God of the Jews, says:'How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow, they will cover the face of the ground. They will devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree, growing in your fields, they will fill your houses and those of all your officials and all the Egyptians—something neither your fathers nor your forefathers have seen from the day they settled in this land till now. The LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness will spread over Egypt—darkness that can be felt." So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one could leave his place for three days; this is.
Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn of the slave girl, at her hand mill, all the firstborn of the cattle as well. There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has been or will be again." Before this final plague God commands Moses to tell the Israelites to mark a lamb's blood above their doors in order that Yahweh will pass over them. Pharaoh orders the Israelites to leave, taking whatever they want, asks Moses to bless him in the name of the Lord. Scholars are in broad agreement that the publication of the Torah took place in the mid-Persian period; the Book of Deuteronomy, composed in stages between the 7th and 6th centuries, mentions the "diseases of Egypt", but means something that afflicted the Israelites, not the Egyptians, never specifies the plagues. The
Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. The state's name, originates from the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake". With a population of about 10 million, Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area, is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River, its capital is Lansing, its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's largest metropolitan economies. Michigan is the only state to consist of two peninsulas; the Lower Peninsula is noted as shaped like a mitten. The Upper Peninsula is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan; the Mackinac Bridge connects the peninsulas. The state has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world, being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair; as a result, it is one of the leading U.
S. states for recreational boating. Michigan has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds. A person in the state is never more than six miles from a natural water source or more than 85 miles from a Great Lakes shoreline; the area was first occupied by a succession of Native American tribes over thousands of years. Inhabited by Natives, Métis, French explorers in the 17th century, it was claimed as part of New France colony. After France's defeat in the French and Indian War in 1762, the region came under British rule. Britain ceded this territory to the newly independent United States after Britain's defeat in the American Revolutionary War; the area was part of the larger Northwest Territory until 1800, when western Michigan became part of the Indiana Territory. Michigan Territory was formed in 1805, but some of the northern border with Canada was not agreed upon until after the War of 1812. Michigan was admitted into the Union in 1837 as a free one, it soon became an important center of industry and trade in the Great Lakes region and a popular immigrant destination in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Although Michigan developed a diverse economy, it is known as the center of the U. S. automotive industry, which developed as a major economic force in the early 20th century. It is home to the country's three major automobile companies. While sparsely populated, the Upper Peninsula is important for tourism thanks to its abundance of natural resources, while the Lower Peninsula is a center of manufacturing, agriculture and high-tech industry; when the first European explorers arrived, the most populous tribes were Algonquian peoples, which include the Anishinaabe groups of Ojibwe, Odaawaa/Odawa, the Boodewaadamii/Bodéwadmi. The three nations co-existed peacefully as part of a loose confederation called the Council of Three Fires; the Ojibwe, whose numbers are estimated to have been between 25,000 and 35,000, were the largest. The Ojibwe were established in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and northern and central Michigan, inhabited Ontario and southern Manitoba, Canada; the Ottawa lived south of the Straits of Mackinac in northern and southern Michigan, but in southern Ontario, northern Ohio and eastern Wisconsin.
The Potawatomi were in southern and western Michigan, in addition to northern and central Indiana, northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, southern Ontario. Other Algonquian tribes in Michigan, in the south and east, were the Mascouten, the Menominee, the Miami, the Sac, the Fox; the Wyandot were an Iroquoian-speaking people in this area. French voyageurs and coureurs des bois settled in Michigan in the 17th century; the first Europeans to reach what became Michigan were those of Étienne Brûlé's expedition in 1622. The first permanent European settlement was founded in 1668 on the site where Père Jacques Marquette established Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan as a base for Catholic missions. Missionaries in 1671–75 founded outlying stations at Saint Ignace and Marquette. Jesuit missionaries were well received by the area's Indian populations, with few difficulties or hostilities. In 1679, Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle built Fort Miami at present-day St. Joseph. In 1691, the French established a trading post and Fort St. Joseph along the St. Joseph River at the present-day city of Niles.
In 1701, French explorer and army officer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit or "Fort Pontchartrain on-the-Strait" on the strait, known as the Detroit River, between lakes Saint Clair and Erie. Cadillac had convinced King Louis XIV's chief minister, Louis Phélypeaux, Comte de Pontchartrain, that a permanent community there would strengthen French control over the upper Great Lakes and discourage British aspirations; the hundred soldiers and workers who accompanied Cadillac built a fort enclosing one arpent and named it Fort Pontchartrain. Cadillac's wife, Marie Thérèse Guyon, soon moved to Detroit, becoming one of the first European women to settle in what was considered the wilderness of Michigan; the town became a major fur-trading and shipping post. The Église de Saint-Anne was founded the same year. While the original building does not survive, the congregation remains active. Cadillac departed to serve as the French governor of Louisiana from 1710 to 1716.
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Michael Joseph Mignola is an American comics artist and writer best known for creating Hellboy for Dark Horse Comics, part of a shared universe of titles including B. P. R. D. Abe Sapien, Lobster Johnson and various spinoffs, he has created other supernatural and paranormal themed titles for Dark Horse including Baltimore, Joe Golem and The Amazing Screw-On Head. Mignola's film work includes Bram Stoker's Dracula, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Blade II, the 2004 adaptation of Hellboy, its 2008 sequel and 2019 reboot. Mignola was born in California, he began his career in 1980 by illustrating spots in The Comic Reader. His first published piece was in The Comic Reader a spot illustration of Red Sonja, his first published front cover was The Comic Reader #196 in November 1981. In 1982 he graduated from the California College of the Arts with a BFA in Illustration. In 1983 he worked as an inker at Marvel Comics on Daredevil and Power Man and Iron Fist and on titles such as The Incredible Hulk, Alpha Flight, the Rocket Raccoon limited series.
In 1987, he began working for DC Comics as well. He drew World of Krypton limited series. With writer Jim Starlin, Mignola produced the Cosmic Odyssey miniseries in 1988. Mignola drew covers for several Batman stories, including "Batman: A Death in the Family" and "Dark Knight, Dark City". Writer Brian Augustyn and Mignola crafted the Gotham by Gaslight one-shot in 1989. Through the early 1990s Mignola worked on covers and backup features for various DC and Marvel Comics, he collaborated twice with writer Howard Chaykin. In 1990-1991, they produced the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser limited series for Epic Comics, with inker Al Williamson; this was followed with the Ironwolf: Fires of the Revolution graphic novel in 1992. Prior to 1994 Mignola had done work-for-hire illustration; that year, Dark Horse Comics released Hellboy: Seed of Mignola's creator-owned project. Though he wrote the story himself, it was scripted by John Byrne; the next Hellboy story, The Wolves of Saint August, was written and drawn by Mike Mignola.
Since all Hellboy stories have been written by Mike Mignola with the exception of They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships, co-written by Joshua Dysart. Makoma was the first Hellboy story not drawn by Mignola. Corben would return to draw many flashback stories for the series. Other artists have had a hand in drawing flashback stories including Jason Shawn Alexander, Kevin Nowlan and Scott Hampton. In 2007, following after 2005's The Island, British artist Duncan Fegredo took over art duties on the ongoing story arc of Hellboy from Darkness Calls onwards. Mike Mignola returned as the full-time artist for Hellboy in 2012 for the ongoing series, Hellboy in Hell; the series is published sporadically, but multiple-issue stories are monthly. In 1998 the first Hellboy spin-off, Abe Sapien, was launched, it was not written by Mike Mignola. Abe Sapien did not take off properly until a decade in 2008's The Drowning. Since it has had several short stories and beginning in 2013 it became an ongoing series with Scott Allie as the lead writer with Mignola.
Lobster Johnson was the next spin-off. The series got its own title in 2007's Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus, it returned again with the miniseries The Burning Hand followed by various short stories. B. P. R. D. was the third spin-off, but it was the first one, conceived to be more than just a one-off side story, but rather a series of stories. It began with 2002's Hollow Earth, which continued on from Hellboy: Conqueror Worm. Beyond that followed a series of short stories designed to explore what the B. P. R. D. Series could be. 2004's Plague of Frogs was the story that solidified what the series was, would set the direction for future books to come, so much so that the first major story cycle is collected in omnibus editions titled B. P. R. D.: Plague of Frogs. A vast majority of the stories in this era were co-written with John Arcudi and drawn by Guy Davis. B. P. R. D.: Hell on Earth is the main series continuing after the catastrophic events at the conclusion of the Plague of Frogs cycle. Guy Davis left the series in 2011 with the conclusion of Hell on Earth: Gods.
Tyler Crook became the new ongoing artist beginning with Hell on Earth: Monsters, but he is joined by several regular artists, most notably James Harren and Laurence Campbell. Continuing on where Hell on Earth left off, The Devil You Know is written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie with Laurence Campbell serving as the regular artist. Sir Edward Grey, Witchfinder began with a teaser story in 2008's MySpace Dark Horse Presents #16, followed by a full miniseries in 2009, it follows the stories of Sir Edward, agent of Queen Victoria. The Hellboy Universe includes numerous spin-offs that only span a single book: Sledgehammer 44: Set in World War II, this series is about the Epimetheus Vril Energy Suit created by Doctor Helena Gallargas. Frankenstein Underground: Set in 1956, this series follows the Frankenstein monster as he ventures into the Pellucidar-like Hollow Earth. Rise of the Black Flame: Set in 1923, this series explores how Raimund Diestel became the Black Flame; the Visitor: How & Why He Stayed: This series follows the life of an alien visitor set to kill the infant Hellboy in 1944.
Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon: Set in 1941, this series follows Trevor Bruttenholm as he becomes a agent for the allied forces in World war II. Koshchei the Deathless: Hellboy and Koshchei sit in a pub
The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition known as the Spanish Inquisition, was established in 1478 by Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. It was intended to maintain Catholic orthodoxy in their kingdoms and to replace the Medieval Inquisition, under Papal control, it became the most substantive of the three different manifestations of the wider Catholic Inquisition along with the Roman Inquisition and Portuguese Inquisition. The "Spanish Inquisition" may be defined broadly, operating in Spain and in all Spanish colonies and territories, which included the Canary Islands, the Spanish Netherlands, the Kingdom of Naples, all Spanish possessions in North and South America. According to modern estimates, around 150,000 were prosecuted for various offenses during the three centuries of duration of the Spanish Inquisition, out of which between 3,000 and 5,000 were executed; the Inquisition was intended to identify heretics among those who converted from Judaism and Islam to Catholicism.
The regulation of the faith of newly converted Catholics was intensified after the royal decrees issued in 1492 and 1502 ordering Jews and Muslims to convert to Catholicism or leave Castile. The Inquisition was not definitively abolished until 1834, during the reign of Isabella II, after a period of declining influence in the preceding century; the Spanish Inquisition is cited in popular literature and history as an example of religious intolerance and repression. Some historians have come to conclude that many of the charges levied against the Inquisition are exaggerated, are a result of the Black Legend produced by political and religious enemies of Spain England; the Inquisition was created through papal bull, Ad Abolendam, issued at the end of the 12th century by Pope Lucius III to combat the Albigensian heresy in southern France. There were a large number of tribunals of the Papal Inquisition in various European kingdoms during the Middle Ages through different diplomatic and political means.
In the Kingdom of Aragon, a tribunal of the Papal Inquisition was established by the statute of Excommunicamus of Pope Gregory IX, in 1232, during the era of the Albigensian heresy, as a condition for peace with Aragon. The Inquisition was ill-received by the Aragonese, which led to prohibitions against insults or attacks on it. Rome was concerned about the'heretical' influence of the Iberian peninsula's large Muslim and Jewish population on the Catholic, it pressed the kingdoms to accept the Papal Inquisition after Aragon. Navarra conceded in the 13th century and Portugal by the end of the 14th, however its'Roman Inquisition' was famously inactive. Castile refused trusting on its prominent position in Europe and its military power to keep the Pope's interventionism in check. By the end of the Middle Ages, due to distance and voluntary compliance, Castile due to resistance and power, were the only Western European kingdoms to resist establishment of the Inquisition in their realms. Although Raymond of Penyafort was not an inquisitor, as a canon lawyer and the king's advisor, James I of Aragon, had consulted him on questions of law regarding the practices of the Inquisition in the king's domains.
"...he lawyer's deep sense of justice and equity, combined with the worthy Dominican's sense of compassion, allowed him to steer clear of the excesses that were found elsewhere in the formative years of the inquisitions into heresy."Despite its early implantation, the Papal inquisition was resisted within the crown of Aragon by both population and monarchs. With time, its importance was diluted, and, by the middle of the fifteenth century, it was forgotten although still there according to the law. Regarding the living conditions of minorities, the kings of Aragon and other monarchies imposed some discriminatory taxation of religious minorities, so false conversions were a way of tax evasion. In addition to said discriminatory legislation, Aragon had laws targeted at protecting minorities. For example, crusades attacking Jewish or Muslim subjects of the King of Aragon while on their way to fight in the reconquest were punished with death by hanging. Up to the 14th century, the census and weddings records show an absolute lack of concern with avoiding intermarriage or blood mixture.
Said laws were now common in most of central Europe. Both the Roman Inquisition and neighbouring Christian powers showed discomfort with Aragonese law and lack of concern with ethnicity, but to little effect. High-ranking officials of Jewish religion were not as common as in Castile, but were not unheard of either. Abraham Zacuto was a professor in the university of Cartagena. Vidal Astori was the royal silversmith for Ferdinand II of Aragon and conducted business in his name, and King Ferdinand himself was said to have Jewish ancestry on his mother's side. There was never a tribunal of the Papal Inquisition in Castile, nor any inquisition during the Middle Ages. Members of the episcopate were charged with surveillance of the faithful and punishment of transgressors, always under the direction of the king. During the Middle Ages, in Castile, little to no attention was paid to heresy by the Catholic ruling class, or by the population. Castile didn´t see proliferation of anti-Jew pamphlets like England and France did during the 13th and 14th century, those who have been found had modified, somehow watered down versions form the original stories.
Jews and Muslims were tolerated and allowed to follow their traditional customs in domestic matters. The legislation regarding Muslims and Jews in Castilian territory varied becoming m
Karl Ruprect Kroenen
Karl Ruprect Kroenen is a fictional supervillain in the Hellboy comic book series, created by Mike Mignola. In the comics, Kroenen was a unremarkable Nazi SS scientist, whose most distinguishing characteristic was that he always wore a gas mask and protective bodysuit, which Mignola attributes to a disfiguring accident of some kind. Director Guillermo del Toro created a expanded biography for the character, to appear as a supervillain in the 2004 film adaptation. A German scientist working for the Nazis, a member of the Thule Society, Dr. Kroenen became one of the top scientists for Project Ragna Rok, a close disciple of Grigori Rasputin, along with Ilsa Haupstein and Leopold Kurtz, he was present with Rasputin at the secret ritual in Scotland. Kroenen and Kurtz were frozen inside a secret Nazi base, until they were resuscitated by industrialist Roderick Zinco, acting on Rasputin's orders. Kroenen resumed work on several of his former projects, including making an "Apocalypse Army" by combining corpses with robotics.
He convinced Zinco to retrieve the head of his colleague, Herman von Klempt, from South America. Kroenen retained an affection for his colleague, though Rasputin had rejected Klempt as unsuitable for Ragna Rok; when Klempt's head was re-animated, he tried to convince Kroenen to abandon Rasputin's plan to awaken the Ogdru Jahad - and instead to use the Army to retrieve Klempt's work in South America. Overhearing, Kurtz became furious and attacked Klempt's head, screaming, "Rasputin is master!" In a panic, Kroenen killed Kurtz. When their plan failed, an enraged Rasputin struck Zinco, blinded. Wandering around, Zinco accidentally pressed a self-destruct button in the base, destroying it and taking Kroenen with it.. Karl Ruprecht Kroenen was born in Munich, Germany in 1897. A musical prodigy with angelic features and blonde hair, young Kroenen toured the capitals of Europe singing opera until his voice deepened with the onset of puberty, thereby ending his career. From a early age, he demonstrated symptoms of masochism, whipping himself with a fresh branch of oak each day, finding pleasure in the pain.
As a teenager, he developed an extreme form of body dysmorphic disorder. In his obsession with physical perfection, he conducted brutal experiments on his own body, including surgically removing his own eyelids and his toe- and finger nails, he designed a tight-fitting gas mask to filter out germs, which he wore permanently. He became quite adept with mechanical devices, believing that fusing mechanical constructs with living bodies would help create perfection. One of his early inventions was a clockwork nightingale. In 1930, he met the resurrected Rasputin for the first time. Obsessed with purity, Kroenen became Rasputin’s most loyal disciple, he subsequently joined the Nazi Party, rose through the ranks, joining the Schutzstaffel in 1933 and achieving the rank of Obersturmbannführer. He was awarded the Iron Cross for services to the Third Reich, including a tour of duty as commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, where he served with distinction. Kroenen became head of a group of German aristocrats obsessed with the occult.
He helped them to spearhead Project Ragna Rok, engineering the portal generator that would conjure the Scarlet Beast, Hellboy, in October 1944. A masterful fencer, he became renowned for his swordsmanship and created his own signature swords; when Allied Forces stormed the island off the coast of Scotland where Project Ragna Rok took place, Kroenen killed several of the American soldiers attacking the base, but was distracted by a grenade thrown under the portal device by a young Professor Trevor Bruttenholm. Kroenen tried to retrieve the grenade, but his left hand was blown off, a length of concrete reinforcing rod impaled him through the chest, severing his spine. Shortly thereafter, he disappeared. After his disappearance, in 1956, an unmarked grave in Romania was found. Dental records identified the remains as those of Kroenen. However, Kroenen reappeared in 2004. Thanks to the inexplicable powers of science and black magic, Kroenen "repaired" himself with a prosthetic mechanical hand, a steel rod replacing the broken part of his spine and a clockwork heart, operated by a wind-up key implanted in his chest.
By cranking the key, he reflexes. After long decades, the blood in his veins dried up leaving only dust, rendering him invulnerable to gunshot wounds, he could turn the key to "switch off" his body, remaining in a dormant state and appearing dead, until he was reanimated. He used this deceptive technique to infiltrate the BPRD headquarters. After critically wounding BPRD Agent Clay, he faked his own death and lay beside Clay, they were both taken into the headquarters. Once inside, Kroenen drew Rasputin there, killed the now elderly Professor Bruttenholm, before disappearing with Rasputin; the BPRD tracked Rasputin to his own mausoleum beneath Moscow. Hellboy avenged Bruttenholm's death by throwing Kroenen into an impalement trap — a spiked pit hidden beneath a trapdoor. Skewered on the stakes, Kroenen was crushed; the damage done to him was more than Kroenen could survive. Kroenen's smashed gas mask appeared in a display case at the BPRD in Hellboy II: The Golden Army. I
Herman von Klempt
Herman von Klempt is a fictional supervillain created by writer/artist Mike Mignola for the Dark Horse Comics series Hellboy. He first appeared in the Comics Buyer's Guide. A German scientist, von Klempt was a close colleague of Karl Ruprecht Kroenen at university. Although the two men shared similar ideas, Von Klempt was not, like Kroenen, recruited by Rasputin as a disciple. Von Klempt was assigned to other Nazi projects. During the Second World War, during the final years, when Germany faced defeat, Adolf Hitler launched a series of what the Allies called "Doomsday Projects," attempts to combine science with black magic. Among these was Project Vampir Sturm; the Nazi Space Program was initiated in or around 1939, when German scientists managed to make contact with non-corporeal beings in outer space. These beings promised that, if a human shell was sent into space to provide a host for them, it would return to Earth powerful enough to destroy the Nazis' enemies; the Nazis prepared to launch into space the remains of Dr. Ernst Oeming, a German physicist referred to as the "Nazi Einstein,", assassinated by a car bomb earlier that year.
The launch platform was Hunte Castle in Austria. On the night of March 20, 1939, the date Oeming's body was to be launched, the American hero Lobster Johnson led a group of American troops in an attack on Hunte Castle. In a state of panic, the Nazis launched Oeming's ship. Although the rocket cleared the castle and made it into space, the explosion resulted in the immediate incineration of everyone inside the castle except one man: Herman von Klempt. Although most of his body was destroyed, his head was kept alive in a jar, attached to a robotic body. Von Klempt created what he called a Kriegsaffe, a sort of Frankenstein's monster-like ape, to be his henchman. At some point he had a swastika tattooed to his forehead. In 1946 Von Klempt was working for the Vampir Sturm project, he was confronted by Prof. Bruttenholm, young at the time, set two of his Kriegaffen upon him. Von Klempt's head was attached to a set of mechanical spider legs that allowed him to move about on his own. Bruttenholm defeated the large Apes as they battled in a rocket that had launched from the ground and managed to push Von Klempt out, who fell to the ground.
Von Klempt escaped Europe after the war and retreated to a base in the jungle near Macapá, where he began working on other projects. It was there in 1959 that he was confronted by Hellboy, investigating the disappearance of peasant girls in the area. In the fight that ensued, Hellboy defeated von Klempt and his Kriegsaffe, "Brutus". Von Klempt's inert head would not be seen for decades. Von Klempt's old friend and colleague, had placed himself in suspended animation with Ilsa Haupstein and Leopold Kurtz, two other members of the Ragna Rok Project. Asleep in a Norwegian castle, they were awoken in 1994 by Roderick Zinco, with the intent of carrying out the deceased Rasputin's agenda. Secretly, Kroenen sent Zinco to Brazil to retrieve von Klempt's head. After being revived, von Klempt tried to convince Kroenen to abandon Rasputin's plan to awaken the Ogdru Jahad, instead use Zinco's resources to retrieve von Klempt's projects in South America, which he promised could let them rule the world. Overhearing, Kurtz began attacking von Klempt's head, Kroenen killed Kurtz in a panic.
Furious at von Klempt and Kroenen, Rasputin's ghost blinded Zinco, who accidentally set off an explosion that destroyed the castle. Somehow surviving the castle's detonation, von Klempt's head retreated to a secret laboratory under a graveyard in Germany. There he began work on his Kriegaffe #10, but was stricken with despair over the endless failures of his life and the loss of his purpose: Hitler's Third Reich had collapsed, as had all his plans for world domination. In this moment of weakness, he was contacted by Rasputin's ghost, whom von Klempt mistakenly believed to be the Angel of Death. Rasputin reminded von Klempt of the Nazi Space Project, showed him the destruction that would be unleashed if Dr. Oeming's capsule could be returned to Earth, the thing that now inhabited his body was released. Von Klempt given purpose - to watch the destruction of the world - returned after sixty years to Hunte Castle. Secretly, Rasputin's aim was still the same: once the world had been overtaken, the Ogdru Hem would be released from their prisons, they would, in turn, release the Ogdru Jahad, who would reduce the world to ashes.
Von Klempt contacted Inger. Believing that they were unlocking a power that would help them rule the world, Inger helped her grandfather to restore the equipment at Hunte Castle and recall Dr. Oeming's capsule to Earth. A gigantic creature called. Spewing a noxious gas, the worm turned von Klempt's human agents into frog-men devoured them to feed its insatiable hunger. Only quick intervention by Hellboy and Roger the Homunculus, aided by the ghost of Lobster Johnson, managed to halt the worm's march. Von Klempt was pulled off of a cliff by Roger. Herman von Klempt and several of his Kriegaffen are the main antagonists of the video game Hellboy: The Science of Evil voiced by renowned German actor Jürgen Prochnow. In thi
Hellboy: The Crooked Man and Others
Hellboy: The Crooked Man and Others is the tenth collected edition of Mike Mignola's comic book series Hellboy, collecting Hellboy: The Crooked Man #1-3, Hellboy: In the Chapel of Moloch, Hellboy: They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships and the story "The Mole" from "Free Comic Book Day 2008: Hellboy." The collected edition features an introduction by Gahan Wilson. As with Hellboy stories it was published by Dark Horse Comics; the Crooked Man, scripted by Mignola with art by Richard Corben, was first published from July 2008 through September 2008 as issues 1-3 of an eponymous limited series. The issues were numbered 33 through 35 of the overarching Hellboy series. Wandering in the Appalachian mountains in 1958, Hellboy encounters Tom Ferrell, a native of the region returning for the first time in decades to atone for his youthful initiation as a witch. Ferrell has never practiced magic but carries a "witch-bone" which has gotten him safely through his travels and his service in World War II, they befriend Cora Fisher, a witch driven to magic by personal tragedy, encounter Effie Kolb, the youthful-appearing witch who first initiated Tom, who brings Tom his dying father who she has ridden to death transformed into a horse by a magic bridle.
Tom resolves to take the corpse of his father to a church up in "The Hurricaine," a part of the mountain dominated by "The Crooked Man," an eighteenth-century miser and war profiteer named Jeremiah Witkins hanged for his crimes but sent back from Hell to be the region's own version of the Devil. Tom invites along Hellboy and Cora whose soul he hopes to save from the Crooked Man - "It's too late for me. He's gonna have me -- but if I can do right by her and my pa -- I guess I will a done somethin." Tom and Hellboy discuss the burden Hellboy is carrying that must be many times worse than Tom's but which he hasn't started to feel yet. They try to take Cora through a region of coal mines but since a 1902 collapse the mines had been infested with deformed cannibal witches descended from the Roanoke colony. Cora can hear the witches calling her. Tom tells Cora they're safe while it's daylight but in the Hurricane they're "on the devil's time" and night falls immediately. Cora explodes into a shower of small demonic animals from whom Tom and Hellboy are only saved by Tom's first use of his witch-bone.
They arrive at the church to find Cora's ghost waiting for them, the church's pastor, blind Reverend Watts, who tries to persuade Tom that whatever he's done he can still be saved. Effie and the region's witches surround the church grounds which they cannot enter, calling to Ferrell to join them; the Crooked Man arrives. There is a brief interlude how-to page where a witch named Grammy Oakum and her cat familiar instruct the reader on how to create witchball projectiles for cursing enemies and in the process damning oneself to Hell. Back at the church Witkins calls in demanding Tom pay him his debt. Reverend Watts confronts Witkins and is tempted with piles of gold for rebuilding his church, with the return of his youth and his sight. Witkins sends the coffins of the graveyard's more evil residents hurtling into the church, some of them young women restored to beauty to torment Watts further. Watts prays to be made old and blind again; the Crooked Man reminds Hellboy of his demonic origins: "Be a sport, reach over there and snap Tom's neck for me.
Fetch me that lucky bone of his, come on outta there. We'll have a good ol time!" Learning that the bone is what Witkins is after, Watts takes Tom's hand containing the bone and squeezes the holy spirit into it - they burn a cross onto the blade of a shovel and give it to Hellboy who dispatches Witkins with it. The witches go fleeing, in the morning with Tom's father buried in the churchyard and Hellboy go up to Wikins' mansion to finish him off. Witkins - appearing in his true form as a monstrous, demonic crab creature - sits clutching the souls of his victims which appear as gold coins in jars. Tom tosses him his witchbone which sends him and his victims' souls to Hell. Emerging from the house they see Effie, now a feeble old woman after Witkins' sorcery was removed from her. Ignoring her pleas for mercy, Tom puts the magic bridle on her, turning her into a horse, on whose side they paint the words "BEWARE! I AM A WITCH!" "They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships", written by Mignola and Josh Dysart with art by Jason Shawn Alexander, was published by Dark Horse in 2007 for limited free distribution to promote Konami's Hellboy: The Science of Evil video game.
The story pits Abe Sapien against the ghost of the pirate Blackbeard. The title is from Psalm 107: "They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters/These see the works of the LORD, his wonders in the deep." Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1986 - Marc Arrow, a waterfront fortune teller, finds a truncated skull in an antique shop when the cabinet containing it spontaneously topples over - touching it brings him his first legitimate psychic vision and so he kills the proprietor with a handy sextant and steals it. A month the BPRD are staking out North Carolina's Ocracoke Island, the antique dealer's ghost having tipped them off to the theft of what they realize is the skull of the legendary pirate. A walkie-talkie carrying Abe Sapien encounters a robed figure sitting on the beach which legend has haunted by Blackbeard's headless body, while in a motorboat approaching the beach a local historian fills Hellboy in on the known history of Blackbeard's death and of his skull, passed down from owner to owner as a macabre drinking goblet.
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