Mignola’s first sketch features the blade-armed Bug Pokémon Scyther and the Rock/Water Pokémon Omastar. The second features Weezing, a Pokémon used by James of Team Rocket, and Slowbro. Other sketches include starter Pokemon Charmander and Bulbasaur, the melodic Jigglypuff, the serpentine Gyarados, Nidoqueen, Lickitung and Mew. As befitting Mignola’s style, there is a slightly creepy aspect to the drawings. All the Pokémon (excluding Omastar and Bulbasaur) have blank eyes, making them feel less like free and lively Pokémon and more like Lovecraftian monsters.
Pokémon is not the only franchise Mignola has applied his trademark style to. He’s also drawn several mascots from different cereals, as well as Skeletor from the Masters of the Universe franchise and Eric Powell’s The Goon.
Pokémon remains one of the most popular video game franchises in the world. The games have spawned several anime series, films and manga, including the live-action Detective Pikachu. The Kanto region, and the 151 Pokémon that dwell there, catapulted the series to the popularity it enjoys.
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola drew several Pokémon from the Kanto region in his trademark style.