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  • Cancellation: As many Chilean comic book titles in that time, Diablo was ended because of the poor sells at the beginnings of the Turn of the Millennium, releasing its last number in 2001. Various years later, one of its creators, Mauricio Herrera, would revive Diablo with the Crónicas series, but that wouldn't last much either.
  • Development Hell: After the issue no.12 of the first series, no one would anticipate that the title would be cancelled without a continuation. Until today, Diablo fans are speculating about the no.13 that probably never will see the light.
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  • First Appearance: Franklin Espinoza, the young Professional Killer known as "Sicario", made his first appearance in the second arc of Diablo (issues 4 and 5) as being co-protagonist with Alex. The character became so famous that receives various Spin-Off titles, one of them a compilation of short stories that told his origins.
  • Fountain of Expies/Follow the Leader: Diablo was the flagship for the Chilean comic book en The '90s, generating a lot of material that filled comic book stores that only had US comics (mostly DC and Marvel), mangas and European comic books. Sadly, with the entrance of the Turn of the Millennium, the fad started to end and most of the titles that started with it, but prepared the way for Chilean comic books in the future thanks to publications like Caleuche Comic.
  • He Also Did
    • Mauricio Herrera, one of co-creators of Diablo, made a name outside of this comic book thanks to the Mitos y Leyendas Trading Card Game, being one of their most famous illustrators. After his departure to live in Mexico and the release of Diablo: Crónicas, he gained worldwide fame thanks to DeviantArt under the nickname of "El-Grimlock", even being highlighted by the Chinese publication Fantasy Art Magazine in 2011 and made an exclusive cover for this magazine.
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    • Juan Vásquez is another famous illustrator from Mitos y Leyendas that was part of Diablo as one of their artists, making some covers as well the Infernus arc. Between his many works, he's famous for 1986 series, comics made during Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship in The '80s and also for beautifully drawing his own versions of Cthulhu Mythos, The Lord of the Rings and recently A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones as artbooks. Recently is known for Operation Chile, chronicles of the Pinochet's dictatorship with pop culture references of that time.
    • Miguel Higuera was one of the writters of Diablo who also was writter of some Chilean Telenovelas, also created Sicario (first as Ensemble Dark Horse from Diablo's pages to his own comic books) and 1/2 Noche, a 3-issue police thriller comic book. Also took part of Rayén, another flagship title of Chilean comic books as Diablo in The '90s.
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    • Dan Rodriguez, also known as DREG, started with Diablo, being draftsman and inker for various of the titles, and after that he made a consolided career in the next year, staying as a current artist until today. Also, he's the pencil under 2018's La Resistencia.
    • One of the first works of Gabriel Rodríguez was for Diablo (especifically the last issue of the first series, the no.12), but later he went to work to United States where he became universally famous for IDW Publishing's Locke & Key (co-creation with Joe Hill), later he even worked on DC Comics's Superman and he's the first Chilean who won an Eisner Award for his adaptation of Little Nemo, also for IDW.
  • Hey, It's That Place!: Diablo was set on Santiago, Chile. Various of locations of the comic books are real places, like the iconic Entel Tower and the Mapocho River.
  • Inspiration for the Work: The '90s Anti-Hero fad, featuring dark heroes as Spawn, were a clear inspiration for this title.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Diablo's original run it's hard to find in actual comic book (and general book) stores, considerating the last number released is from 2001 and 2006's Diablo: Crónicas was released mostly in Mexico. Today is actually subverted, see Rereleased for Free and Revival by Commercialization.
  • Milestone Celebration: Crónicas was made in 2006 as celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the character, first released on 1996.
    • Missing Episode: Various of the mini stories of that publication tried to fill some of the argumental holes of the first series or occuried during them.
  • Name's the Same: With Blizzard's Diablo and various characters from DC Comics and Marvel Comics. See In Name Only in the main page for more details.
  • Rereleased for Free: Various years later of their releases, all Diablo comic books (and even Cénit Spin-Off issues) had been scanned and uploaded to the internet, so anyone can read about this Chilean superhero, giving him a renovated fame and recovering all the fans this title had in The '90s.
  • Revival by Commercialization: Probably because the success and the new fame of above, Visuales publishing re-released Diablo's first run into 3 compilation issues that compiles 1-2 arcs each number. Sadly only contains the main comic, there's no extras on any of them and not even the original covers. And in 2018 a new comic book has been released as a Graphic Novel.
  • Sequel Gap
    • Crónicas, released 5 years after the last publication of Diablo's original run.
    • Recently in 2018 was released La Resistencia as a Graphic Novel.
  • Staff-Created Fan Work: Mauricio Herrera, one of the creators of Diablo made a career of his own after he left the comic book as a freelance artist as El-Grimlock, where he also created Fan Arts of different characters, some of them included illustrations of his previous works on Diablo and Mitos y Leyendas, with the former he even made a crossover between Batman and Diablo.
  • What Could Have Been: A lot of fans waited for a no.13 of the original run... which probably won't be possible.


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