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    A strictly chronological reading order including all short stories, graphic novels, and the few canon novels, I think, works as such:


    Broken Vessels
    How Koshchei Became Deathless, Parts 1-2
    Baba Yaga’s Feast
    The Burial of Katharine Baker
    The Calm Before the Storm
    Witchfinder - Murderous Intent
    Witchfinder - In the Service of Angels #1-5
    Witchfinder - Lost and Gone Forever #1-5
    Witchfinder - Beware the Ape
    Witchfinder - The Mysteries of Unland #1-5
    Witchfinder - City of the Dead #1-5
    Witchfinder - The Gates of Heaven #1-5
    Witchfinder - The Great Blizzard
    Rise of the Black Flame #1-5
    Lobster Johnson - The Burning Hand #1-5
    Lobster Johnson - Caput Mortuum
    Lobster Johnson - Satan Smells a Rat
    Lobster Johnson - Tony Masso’s Finest Hour
    Lobster Johnson - A Scent of Lotus #1-2
    Lobster Johnson - The Prayer of Neferu
    Lobster Johnson - Get the Lobster #1-5
    Lobster Johnson - A Chain Forged in Life
    Lobster Johnson - The Glass Mantis
    Lobster Johnson - Garden of Bones
    Lobster Johnson - Mangekyo
    Lobster Johnson - The Forgotten Man
    Lobster Johnson - Metal Monsters of Midtown #1-3
    Lobster Johnson - The Pirate’s Ghost #1-3
    Lobster Johnson - The Iron Prometheus #1-5
    Lobster Johnson - Kung Pao Lobster (this may not be canon)
    Lobster Johnson - The Killer in My Skull
    BPRD - And What Shall I Find There?
    BPRD - Bishop Olek’s Devil
    Rasputin - The Voice of the Dragon #1-5
    Sledgehammer 44 #1-2
    Sledgehammer 44 - Lightning War #1-3
    BPRD - 1946 #1-5
    Hellboy - Pancakes
    BPRD - 1947 #1-5
    BPRD - 1948 #1-5
    BPRD - Vampire #1-5
    Hellboy - The Midnight Circus
    Hellboy - The Other Side of Summer (prose short story)
    Hellboy and the BPRD - 1952 #1-5
    Hellboy and the BPRD - 1953: The Witch Tree & Rawhead and Bloody Bones
    Hellboy and the BPRD - 1953: The Phantom Hand & The Kelpie
    Hellboy and the BPRD - 1953: Wandering Souls
    Hellboy and the BPRD - 1953: Beyond the Fences #1-3
    Hellboy and the BPRD - 1954: Black Sun #1-2
    Hellboy and the BPRD - 1954: The Unreasoning Beast
    Hellboy - The Nature of the Beast
    The Visitor - How and Why He Stayed #1
    Hellboy and the BPRD - 1954: Ghost Moon #1-2
    Hellboy - The Mirror
    Hellboy and the BPRD - 1955: Secret Nature
    Hellboy and the BPRD - 1955: Occult Intelligence #1-3
    Hellboy and the BPRD - 1955: Burning Season
    Hellboy - King Vold
    Hellboy - House of the Living Dead
    Frankenstein Underground #1-5
    Hellboy Gets Married, Parts 1-2
    Hellboy - The Coffin Man
    Hellboy - The Coffin Man 2: The Rematch
    Hellboy versus the Aztec Mummy
    Hellboy - Penanggalan
    Hellboy - The Crooked Man #1-3
    Hellboy - The Corpse
    Hellboy - World’s Greatest Paranormal Investigator (short story from Comic Buyer’s Guide #1070)
    Hellboy - Double Feature or Evil
    Hellboy - Return of the Lambton Worm
    Hellboy - The Hydra and the Lion
    Hellboy - The Iron Shoes
    Hellboy - God Rest Ye Merry
    Hellboy - The Troll-Witch
    Hellboy - The Baba Yaga
    The Visitor - How and Why He Stayed #2
    Hellboy - The Sleeping and the Dead #1-2
    Hellboy - Heads
    Hellboy - Krampusnacht
    Hellboy - Mood Swings
    BPRD - The Dead Remembered #1-3
    The Visitor - How and Why He Stayed #3
    Hellboy - Goodbye, Mister Tod
    Hellboy - The Last Witch of Fairfield
    Abe Sapien - The Drowning #1-5
    BPRD - Casualties
    Abe Sapien - The Haunted Boy
    Hellboy - The Vampire of Prague
    Hellboy - The Varcolac
    Hellboy in Mexico (most of this occurs in past but the framing sequence occurs here)
    Abe Sapien #8
    Abe Sapien #30
    Abe Sapien - The Abyssal Plain #1-2
    Abe Sapien - The Devil Does Not Jest #1-2
    Hellboy - The Whittier Legacy
    Hellboy - Buster Oakley Gets His Wish
    Hellboy - The Bride of Hell
    Hellboy - They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships
    Hellboy - The Lost Army (Novel)
    Hellboy - A Christmas Underground
    Hellboy - Dr. Carp’s Experiment
    Hellboy - The Dragon Pool (Novel)
    Hellboy - The Ghoul
    Abe Sapien #23
    Hellboy - In the Chapel of Moloch
    The Visitor - How and Why He Stayed #4
    Abe Sapien - Drums of the Dead
    Hellboy - Makoma #1-2
    Hellboy - Seed of Destruction #1-4
    Hellboy - World’s Greatest Paranormal Investigator (SDCC Comics #2 short story)
    Hellboy - The Chained Coffin
    Abe Sapien - Subconscious
    Hellboy - The Wolves of Saint August
    Hellboy - Hi, My Name’s Hellboy
    Hellboy - Wake the Devil #1-5 & Epilogue (exclusive to TPB)
    Hellboy - Almost Colossus
    Abe Sapien - Abe Sapien versus Science
    Hellboy - The Bones of Giants (Novel)
    Hellboy - The Nuckelavee (prose short story - unsure of exact placement)
    Hellboy - The Right Hand of Doom
    Hellboy - Box Full of Evil #1-2 & Epilogue (exclusive to TPB)
    Hellboy - Being Human
    Hellboy - The Promised Smile (prose short story - unsure of exact placement)
    Hellboy - Conqueror Worm #1-4 & Epilogue (exclusive to TPB)
    The Visitor - How and Why He Stayed #5
    BPRD - The Ectoplasmic Man
    BPRD (teaser from Dark Horse Extra #42-44)
    BPRD - Hollow Earth #1-3
    Hellboy - The Third Wish #1-2
    BPRD - The Soul of Venice
    BPRD - Dark Waters
    BPRD - Night Train
    BPRD - There’s Something Under My Bed
    BPRD - Another Day at the Office
    BPRD - Plague of Frogs #1-5
    BPRD - Born Again
    BPRD - The Dead #1-5
    Hellboy - The Island #1-2 & Epilogue (exclusive to TPB)
    Hellboy - Into the Silent Sea
    BPRD - War on Frogs #2
    BPRD - War on Frogs #1
    Abe Sapien #15
    BPRD - Revival, Parts 1-2
    BPRD - The Black Flame #1-6
    BPRD - War on Frogs #4
    BPRD - The Universal Machine #1-5
    BPRD - War on Frogs #3
    BPRD - Garden of Souls #1-5
    BPRD - Killing Ground #1-5
    BPRD - Out of Reach
    Hellboy - The Mole
    Hellboy - Darkness Calls #1-6 & Epilogues 1-2 (exclusive to TPB)
    BPRD - The Warning #1-5
    BPRD - The Black Goddess #1-5
    BPRD - King of Fear #1-5
    Hellboy - The Wild Hunt #1-8
    The True History of Lobster Johnson
    BPRD - Hell on Earth: New World #1-5
    BPRD - Hell on Earth: Seattle
    BPRD - Hell on Earth: Gods #1-3
    BPRD - Hell on Earth: Monsters #1-2
    Hellboy - The Storm #1-3
    Hellboy - The Fury #1-3 & Epilogue (exclusive to TPB)
    Hellboy in Hell #1-4
    BPRD - Hell on Earth: Russia #1-5
    BPRD - Hell on Earth: An Unmarked Grave
    BPRD - Hell on Earth: The Devil’s Engine #1-3
    BPRD - Hell on Earth: The Long Death #1-3
    BPRD - Hell on Earth: The Transformation of JH O’Donnell
    BPRD - Hell on Earth: The Pickens County Horror #1-2
    BPRD - Hell on Earth: Exorcism #1-2
    BPRD - Hell on Earth #103-104
    BPRD - Hell on Earth: The Return of the Master #1-5
    BPRD - Hell on Earth #107-109
    BPRD - Hell on Earth #105-106
    Abe Sapien #1-7
    Hellboy in Hell #5
    BPRD - Hell on Earth #110-114
    Abe Sapien #9-11
    BPRD - Hell on Earth #115-119
    Abe Sapien #12-14
    Abe Sapien #16-22
    Hellboy in Hell #6 & Prologue (exclusive to TPB)
    Abe Sapien #24-26
    BPRD - Hell on Earth #120-123
    Abe Sapien #28-29
    BPRD - Hell on Earth #124-129
    Abe Sapien #31
    BPRD - Hell on Earth #130-132
    Hellboy in Hell #7-8
    BPRD - Hell on Earth #133-134
    Hellboy in Hell - The Exorcist of Vorsk
    Abe Sapien #32-33
    BPRD - Hell on Earth #135-139
    Hellboy in Hell #9
    BPRD - Hell on Earth #140-142
    Abe Sapien #34-35
    Hellboy in Hell #10
    BPRD - Hell on Earth #143-147
    Abe Sapien #36
    Koshchei the Deathless #1-6
    BPRD - The Devil You Know #1-6
    Abe Sapien #27
    BPRD - The Devil You Know #7-10


    That should be correct, though I may be wrong with some placements. And that’s only if you want to take the extremely detailed chronological approach. The placements don’t account for flashbacks, of course, but the present day events of those stories occur more or less in this order.

    Again, if it’s your first time reading it I wouldn’t necessarily recommend doing it chronologically as some of the earlier stuff can spoil the stuff that comes later, but I’ve done chronological re-reads and it works quite well, especially the overall mythology and character growth/arcs.

    Some placements may be wrong so if so please let me know so I can adjust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIrishBAlbyBat View Post
    Some placements may be wrong so if so please let me know so I can adjust.
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    Just so you know, Abe Sapien #27 occurs during B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know #7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by middenway View Post
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    Just so you know, Abe Sapien #27 occurs during B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know #7.
    end of spoilers
    Ah! I’d totally overlooked that! Thanks for heads up! I guess this means Abe Sapien #27 occurs after issues #28-36 then. Well, the framing sequence of AS #27, since most of the issue is a flashback.

    Just picked up the Hellboy - An Assortment of Horrors anthology, and see that The Other Side of Summer occurs in July, 1950... though the other canon story The Promised Smile isn’t specifically dated, given it has to occur before Hellboy left the BPRD at end of Conqueror Worm, and given that Morrow is portrayed as still looking in his thirties or forties in BPRD-TDYK #7, I’m assuming it was set sometime in the late 1990’s, or 2000-2001 (think CW is set in 2001). Given the present day BPRD-TDYK arc is set in October 2016, that leaves a span of 15-20 years or so. That works, as Morrow was an insecure rookie in The Promised Smile, and could see him being in his early or mid 20’s in that tale, with him in his late 30’s/early 40’s in TDYK #7.

    Then again I’m probably overthinking it but the Hellboy timeline I’m working on requires such attention to detail.
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    While a perusing request might be useful and I figure Biodiversity completes an incredible activity spreading that out, I not even once longed for such a rundown while perusing the funnies as they were distributed, it's fun enough for me to make sense of the arrangement of occasions sequentially subsequent to understanding them as they were discharged...








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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward1122 View Post
    While a perusing request might be useful and I figure Biodiversity completes an incredible activity spreading that out, I not even once longed for such a rundown while perusing the funnies as they were distributed, it's fun enough for me to make sense of the arrangement of occasions sequentially subsequent to understanding them as they were discharged...
    Unless you’re in a slaughterhouse. Or that tiny world ride.
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