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Our Interview with Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, Dark Horse Comics is releasing a new hardcover collection, Hellboy: The First 20 Years. We had the pleasure of speaking with Mike Mignola about the history of Hellboy and what the future holds.

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Our Interview with Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, Dark Horse Comics is releasing a new hardcover collection, Hellboy: The First 20 Years. We had the pleasure of speaking with Mike Mignola about the history of Hellboy and what the future holds.

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Photographs by Thom Sheridan

In 1986, the United Way attempted to break the world record for balloon launches, by releasing 1.5 million balloons, which resulted in two deaths, millions in lawsuits, and a devastating environmental impact.

Because there is such a thing as too good to be true.

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16 Spooky-as-Hell Photos From Inside Chernobyl

It’s been 28 years since the meltdown of reactor number four in Ukraine’s Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, an unprecedented manmade disaster that affected much of Europe. Radiation levels are still sky high, but with a Geiger counter and the right permits, visitors can safely enter the 18-mile Zone of Exclusion on guided day-tours. What you’ll encounter is straight out of a horror movie.

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Inside the Forgotten Ghost Stations of a Once-Divided Berlin

Just imagine: You’re on your typical morning commute to work when suddenly a warning comes over the loudspeaker: “Last stop in West Berlin!” You then descend slowly into the underground of a foreign country under socialist rule where you see phantom-like armed East German guards on dimly lit platforms peeking back at you through narrow slits in bricked huts. It’s no wonder these eerie stations were soon dubbed as “ghost stations” by West Berliners.

Although West Berlin subway maps labeled these stations “Bahnhöfe, auf denen die Züge nicht halten” (“stations at which the trains do not stop”), East Berlin subway maps did not depict Western lines or ghost stations at all, part of the scrupulous perfectionism of the GDR’s actions in cementing the division of the city.

Doing everything in their power to prevent the underground transport system from being used for an escape, barbed-wire fences were installed to prevent any would-be escapees from running into the track bed, and if someone were to break one or two barriers, an alarm would be triggered.

For more about Berlin’s forgotten ghost stations, keep reading on Atlas Obscura…