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The Amazing Screw-on Head and Other Curious Objects

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,997 ratings  ·  229 reviews
Mike Mignola has deservedly become one of the biggest names in comics for his creation of Hellboy. But when Mignola needs a short break from the Hellboy universe, he turns to diversions such as The Amazing Screw-On Head, winner of the Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication!

When Emperor Zombie threatens the safety of all life on earth, President Lincoln enlists the aid of
Hardcover, First Edition, 104 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Dark Horse (first published May 2002)
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Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
It's nice to see Mignolas humorous side.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-horse, comics
The Amazing Screw-on Head and Other Curious Objects is a collection of short stories written and drawn by Mike Mignola. They’re mostly fun, whacky one-shot tales, and if you’ve read Mignola’s other short stories, you pretty much know what to expect.

While this book isn’t a part of the Hellboy universe, one particular story here, The Magician and the Snake, is crucial to understanding Hellboy in Hell’s ending. Mignola’s seven year old daughter actually came up with the story itself, and he drew i
Orrin Grey
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mignola, comics, favorites
As sometimes happens when I get new Mike Mignola books, I'm having some difficulty articulating my feelings about this one. To say that it's the most perfect comic ever produced would probably be hyperbole of the worst sort, but it's also shockingly close to how I actually feel, so there you go.

First off, The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects represents the most new material written and drawn by Mignola that we've gotten in years. Plus, I hadn't read any of it prior to this release
Colin McKay Miller
I was neither amazed nor connected to Mike Mignola’s The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects.

Screw-On Head is a magical head that screws into different robotic bodies to go fight Emperor Zombie—an undead occultist who’s stolen an ancient manuscript. Sent by Abraham Lincoln, Screw-On Head is aided by his manservant, Mr. Groin, and his dog, er, Mr. Dog. If this all sounds rather nonsensical and somewhat like a bizarro bend on things, it’s because it is. Admittedly, I’m rarely a fan of
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I didn't get it. I guess some people like it and maybe they are Mike Mignola fans. I've never read anything by him and am kind of sorry I actually bought this one. I wish I had my money back. It was perfectly well drawn but it seemed clear that Mignola was just fooling around and tossing out whatever weird stuff came into his head. I guess it would be nice to indulge yourself that way. Or maybe there's a whole series of stories that set this collection up. I'm not aware of them. The only story t ...more
Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects is full of strange, absurdist steampunk horror stories. I was surprised at how many short stories were in here, as the graphic novel itself is relatively short. Each story felt brief because of it. Instead of getting a typical story structure (beginning, middle, and end), we are given snippets of things that seemed like they could have been pulled from a larger narrative. Sometimes it had a cool and poignant effect and other times it made the story ...more
I'm not quite sure how to describe these stories - one part King, one part Pratchett? It's quite amusing, actually enjoyed it better than I did the Hellboy that I've read. The title story is steampunk like and quite amusing, the other stories, including a varaition of Jack and the Beanstalk are quite beautiful.
Brandon St Mark
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun, whimsical, quick read. I don't have much to say about it. I liked the Wizard and the Snake story the most. I wouldn't mind if The Screw-On Head became its own major title in the Mignolaverse.
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Dec 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects by Mike Mignola

The Amazing Screw On Head was originally a one shot comic book printed by Darkhorse in 2002. It won the humor category of the Eisner Awards for Best Humor Publication in 2003. In this volume which includes several other stories with similar themes, Mike Mignola describes how he created the story based on the idea of a childrens toy robot with different bodies and a scew-on head. There are several new stories added to this volume.
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Enjoyable short anthology of stories that is a breeze to read. I found the stories odd and full of passion, definitely didn't feel like a side project for Mignola. I stumbled onto this one at the library and due to its size decided to read it today. The next 6 weeks will be full of travelling so I'm frantically pacing through my backlog so I'm not swamped on my return. This book fit nicely between a few chapters of Hidden Bodies and my DC catchup sessions. If you enjoy Hellboy and Mignolas key g ...more
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This collection of short stories is a lark by Mike Mignola. Underneath the dark & gloomy façade (typical of anything by Mignola) and the heavy inks, there is a humour in there that can't help but make you smile. The wacky titular story, in particular, is a blast. Screw-On Head is a great creation, and Emperor Zombie is a hoot, especially since he's a villain.
I can only hope there will be more Screw-On head adventures in the future.

Probably my all-time favourite Mignola book. A real treat.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, graphic-novel
A collection of vignettes by author and artist Mike Mignola - I was entertained by them but don't really have anything else to add.
Jul 12, 2014 rated it liked it
WTF did I just read? Anyway, the illustrations are beautiful... in a weird way, of course.

My favorite story would have to be The Magician and the Snake.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely short book. The hardcover is beautiful.
Emre Yavuz
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mignola is the Poe of our era.
Amazing book, amazing stories, amazing artwork...
Tracy Sherman
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Did you ever have one of those dreams, one of those amazing don't wake me up dreams? It's almost like a fever dream, it's so unbelievable yet at the same time it's so wonderful.
The images, the situation, even the people are so clear. Yet the whole dream is shrouded in a kind of fog that only adds to the mystery and beauty.
It may be a bit frightening, even dangerous, but there is excitement there that you just don't want to stop.
And then… You wake up.
"Wait... What... That's it?" You think. "No.
The Flooze
The Amazing Screw-on Head and Other Curious Objects is so very odd a graphic novel. The first story is based on a toy idea Mignola had - like him, I would certainly buy such a thing. A robot head with a light-bulb base! Interchangable bodies! Most fascinating! In this one-shot, Screw-on Head is an hero called upon by President Lincoln to stop a nepharious plot by the Emperor Zombie. Both characters are terribly inept and silliness ensues. It's a fun story, particularly the dialogue between Screw ...more
Apr 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Picked this up from the library last night by random...really wished I hadn't of bothered.

I loved the colour palette in this and really enjoyed some of the panels, but the stories were just all over the place. Really came across as each story trying to out do the next in level of absurdity and felt like it was trying way too hard to be strange. There were times were I thought a story was going to get really going (The Magician and The Snake) then it stopped way before it should have, at least f
David Leslie
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
There's not a huge amount of genuine geniuses in comics but without a shadow of a doubt as writer & artist(especially artist)Mike Mignola is definitely among them and this collection of shorts from way out leftfield just scratches the surface of the depths of his genius,he has made his own lane of "comic"art!Even to describe it as "comic" art seems to do it an injustice,like its diposable,I know the image of comics has moved on for the better in most peoples heads but still...this is ART sim ...more
Karly Noelle Noelle
Mar 24, 2011 rated it liked it
This bizarre little book distills everything Mignola loves, and everything we as his fans have come to love about him: steampunk, a fanatical admiration for Lincoln, a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, Lovecraft, moody artwork, simple, iconic character designs, and the ability to pull inspiration from literally any and all sources at his disposal. This collection is hilarious if completely out of left field, and features several stories of varying sense, one of which even mostly written by his (th ...more
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A loose but fun sort of collection of mechanical Victorian horror comics by the author of the Hellboy series. Oddly enough I went from thinking the whole thing was pretty slight and just for mega fans after the first read, to really getting into the humor and the drawings a second time through. Pretty darn delightful.
Randy Lander
Sep 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Glad to see this in hardcover, liked all the stories in it, but I'm kinda bummed to see Mignola say in the afterword that he's said all he had to say with this character. There's a ton of potential in the concept, so I'm sad it's never going to be explored.
Aug 14, 2011 rated it liked it
This book took me less than 30 minutes to read. Very strange and not at all what I expected. Further, it seems to be strange just for the sake of being strange.
Jim Zub
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As delightful as it is nonsensical. It's one of my favorite comics and every fan of Mignola/Hellboy should add this to their Reading List.
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, 2017
Brilliant. I was expecting just an anthology of random, uncollected Mignola shorts, but the new pieces here all unify this collection with recurring themes, characters, and yes, curious objects!
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Loved the artwork in this - extremely detailed but in a way that doesn't overwhelm the reader. Now I must read every Hellboy ever.
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Loved this collection of short stories. Probably not everyone's sense of humor but it sat well with me! Very eccentric with art that can only be done like Mignola does it!!!
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Both amazing and curious.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful artwork; inspiring coloring; irreverent, complete stories. Brilliant all around.
Erin Britton
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mike Mignola’s The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects begins, as many great things have, with Abraham Lincoln. The nefarious Emperor Zombie, undead occultist and former groundskeeper at Hyde Park, is up to his evil tricks again and so Honest Abe calls upon his top secret agent – the eponymous Screw-On Head – to save the day. Together with vampire concubine Madam and scientist Dr Snap, Emperor Zombie has stolen an ancient manuscript from the Museum of Dangerous Books and Papers that ...more
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Mike Mignola was born September 16, 1960 in Berkeley, California and grew up in nearby Oakland. His fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age (he doesn't remember why) and reading Dracula at age 13 introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore from which he has never recovered.

In 1982, hoping to find a way to draw monsters for a living, he moved to New York City and began wo