Last month we found out that Superman had entered the world of online gambling. Today I came across some news that Hellboy has decided to join in on the fun as well. Hellboy is the latest character to join Microgaming's line of character driven games.
The Hellboy game is a video slot machine and features Hellboy characters such as Liz Sherman, Abe Sapien and Johann Kraus. Here is a video clip showing how the game works.
This once again brings up the question, should comic book characters be used to endorse gambling? While Hellboy may be a character suited towards more "mature" readers and isn't as kid friendly as Superman, is that enough of a distinction? Is this a good or bad sign for comics.
One way to look at it is other industries are accepting the growing importance of comic books. The fact is, this company felt Hellboy was a big enough draw to (most likely) throw some money at Mike Mignola and Dark Horse in order to use the character. Gambling tends to have a bad connotation. Should the owner of a property be more selective about how they license their characters? Should it simply fall upon the individual to make their own decisions over this hobby?
What are your thoughts on comic book characters venturing into the world of gambling? Does it make a difference to you if your favorite character appears on a gambling game? Would it influence your decision to actually partake in gambling? What character do you think will be next?