Written by Mike Mignola & Joshua Dysart
Artwork by Gabriel Bá & Fabio Moon
Colors by Dave Stewart
Chef’s Note: This scene shows us Hellboy’s continued pursuit of the perfection that is pancakes after his first revelatory encounter with them. For my own specific branch of academia (comic book food archaeology), this scene is also of particular interest as it shows our hero not only eating food but reading a comic book while doing so! What more could I ask for? Perhaps it should be the new header for the site?
Chef’s Note: While I know that the B.P.R.D. does not “officially” exist*, you can tell from the jackets depicted here that this is a U.S. Air Force base. I have not been able to locate anything related to a “Pancake Detail” among the USAF’s various badges or insignia. That said, this scene is also from 1947, so perhaps they simply don’t offer it anymore.
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (absolved from their sins). A bell would be rung to call people to confession. This came to be called the “Pancake Bell” and is still rung today….
Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.