Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense

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Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense
B.P.R.D. by Guy Davis
Publication information
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
First appearance Hellboy: Seed of Destruction (1993)
Created by Mike Mignola
In-story information
Type of organization Government Intelligence Agency
Base(s) Research facility in Colorado (film version) New Jersey
Leader(s) Director Tom Manning
Professor Trevor Bruttenholm
Agent(s) Johann Krauss
Liz Sherman
Abe Sapien
Kate Corrigan
Captain Ben Daimio
Hellboy
Roger the Homunculus

The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (the B.P.R.D. or BPRD) is a fictional organization in the comic book work of Mike Mignola, charged with protecting America and the world from the occult, paranormal and supernatural. It maintains the services of several supernatural persons, including Hellboy. The B.P.R.D. originally appeared in the Hellboy comics but has also been featured in many stories under the B.P.R.D. title.

Fictional Organization History[edit]

B.P.R.D. Logo

The BPRD was founded in late 1944 by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm to combat various occult threats uncovered in operations against Nazi Germany. It initially had strong links to the USAAF and was based at a military airbase in New Mexico, but later relocated to a custom built facility in Fairfield, Connecticut. It maintains strong links to various branches of the United States Armed Forces to this day. It is a private organization that receives funding from several major governments (mostly the United States and United Kingdom, although other countries including Canada, Japan, France, and Italy have been mentioned).

Professor Bruttenholm served as director until the late 1950s when he stepped down to return to field work. The current Director is Dr. Thomas Manning. Under Manning several "advanced skills agents" were added to the agency including Liz Sherman and Abe Sapien.

The BPRD is a well known and respected organization that has excellent relations with most international governments and United States government agencies, with the exceptions of China and the CIA. The Bureau was the United States' only defense against an onslaught of frog creatures (originally featured in Seed of Destruction). Though the 'frogs' began operating on the East Coast, they spread west on both sides of the US-Canadian border. To cut costs, the Bureau moved from its traditional headquarters in Connecticut to an abandoned research facility in Colorado. This facility was last used to house Nazi scientists who defected to America after World War II. As such, the facility contains vast quantities of secret files that the BPRD has yet to explore.

The frog monster invasion reached its peak during the events of The Black Flame during which a Neo-Nazi madman adopted the persona of the World War II era supervillain the Black Flame and insinuated himself as the leader of the frogs. Together they raised the gigantic Katha-Hem (one of the Ogdru Hem, the 369 spawn of the Ogdru Jahad) which ran rampant across the American heartland until Liz Sherman used an ancient artifact to amplify her pyrokinetic powers a thousandfold. After Katha-Hem was destroyed, the frog monsters dragged the Black Flame into a vast pit and the invasion appeared to come to an end.

A series of incidents - The Warning, The Black Goddess, and King of Fear - saw the Bureau threatened by both an alliance of the frogs, The Black Flame, and the Hyperborean underworld, united to bring about an apocalypse and the birth of a new human race; and also the villain Memnan Saa, who abducted Liz in an attempt to use her powers to conquer the Earth so he could prevent the apocalypse. This crisis saw half of Munich destroyed, the Bureau on the outs with the American military, and Abe Sapien revealed to be an example of the next stage of the frog's evolution. Finally, Liz Sherman exhausted all of her powers in destroying the underworld alliance. This inadvertently caused massive volcanic disasters across the world, devastating Malaysia and causing the destruction of Borneo (wiping out the nations of Indonesia and Brunei), and also causing the rise of a large, immobile monster in California, spewing out a gas across America and Mexico that mutates people. In the wake of this new crisis, the United Nations Security Council drafted the Bureau to work directly for them, with "blank cheque" funding.

A vision of the future shown in King of Fear showed the apocalypse had triumphed over this larger, heavier armed BPRD.

Agents[edit]

"Enhanced Talents" Agents[edit]

Human Agents[edit]

  • Dr. Tom Manning, director
  • Dr. Kate Corrigan, liaison to enhanced talents agents
  • Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, former director (deceased)
  • Dr. Howard Eaton, occult specialist, assistant to Prof. Butternholm (deceased)
  • Professor James Henry O'Donnell, occult specialist
  • Andrew Devon, field agent
  • Sal Tasso, field agent (deceased)
  • Bud Waller, field agent (deceased)
  • Agent Clark, field agent (deceased)
  • Agent Van Fleet, field agent, former Navy Seal (deceased)
  • Agent Hampton, field agent (deceased)
  • Agent Pratt, field agent (deceased)
  • Carla Giarocco, field agent
  • Ashley Strode, field agent
  • Pauline Raskin
  • Agent Howards, field agent
  • Agent Vaughn, field agent
  • Agent Nichols, field agent
  • Agent Tian, field agent

Publication History[edit]

The Bureau made its first appearance in the pages of the Hellboy miniseries Seed of Destruction (4 issues, March–June 1994) and was a major part of the comic until Hellboy leaves the B.P.R.D. at the end of Conqueror Worm. At this point the B.P.R.D. series began, following the agents of the B.P.R.D. such as Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, Roger and Johann Krauss.

B.P.R.D. was once considered a "series of miniseries," with each story reading as a stand alone story easily enough, but overtime an overarching story began to develop. When a new story cycle began, the series was retitled B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth, then two years later when the series hit its 100th issue, it was restructured as an ongoing monthly comic. This was done for many reasons, most notably to make the reading order simpler to the uninitiated.[1]

Issues (Ongoing Numbering)[edit]

B.P.R.D. has always had an ongoing numbering on the inside cover of its issues, however with the 100th issue the internal numbering shifted to the front cover as the series became a monthly ongoing comic. Below is the ongoing numbering for the comics.

Issue Title Date Story Art Colors Cover Collection Notes
#1 Hollow Earth January 30, 2002 Mike Mignola,
Christopher Golden
& Tom Sniegoski
Ryan Sook Dave Stewart Mike Mignola
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 1:
    Hollow Earth & Other Stories
  • B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs - Volume 1
#2 April 17, 2002 Ryan Sook (pencils and inks)
Curtis Arnold (inks)
#3 June 5, 2002 Ryan Sook (pencils)
Curtis Arnold (inks)
#4 The Soul of Venice May 14, 2003 Miles Gunther
& Michael Avon Oeming
with Mike Mignola
Michael Avon Oeming Dave Stewart Michael Avon Oeming
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 2:
    The Soul of Venice & Other Stories
  • B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs - Volume 1
#5 Dark Waters July 23, 2003 Brian Augustyn Guy Davis Dave Stewart Guy Davis
#6 Night Train September 17, 2003 Geoff Johns
& Scott Kolins
Scott Kolins
& Dave Stewart
Dave Stewart Scott Kolins
& Dave Stewart
#7 There's Something Under My Bed November 19, 2003 Joe Harris Adam Pollina (pencils)
Guillermo Zubiaga (inks)
Lee Loughridge Adam Pollina (pencils)
Guillermo Zubiaga (inks)
#8 Plague of Frogs March 3, 2004 Mike Mignola Guy Davis Dave Stewart Guy Davis
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 3:
    Plague of Frogs
  • B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs - Volume 1
#9 April 7, 2004
#10 May 5, 2004
#11 June 2, 2004
#12 July 7, 2004
#13 The Dead November 3, 2004 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Guy Davis Dave Stewart Guy Davis
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 4:
    The Dead
  • B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs - Volume 2
#14 December 8, 2004
#15 January 19, 2005
#16 February 23, 2005
#17 March 30, 2005
#18 The Black Flame August 31, 2005 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Guy Davis Dave Stewart Mike Mignola
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 5:
    The Black Flame
  • B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs - Volume 2
#19 September 28, 2005
#20 October 26, 2005
#21 November 30, 2005
#22 December 28, 2005
#23 January 25, 2006
#24 The Universal Machine April 12, 2006 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Guy Davis Dave Stewart Mike Mignola
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 6:
    The Universal Machine
  • B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs - Volume 3
#25 May 3, 2006
#26 June 7, 2006
#27 July 5, 2006
#28 August 2, 2006 Guy Davis
with Mike Mignola
#29 Garden of Souls March 14, 2007 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Guy Davis Dave Stewart Mike Mignola
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 7:
    Garden of Souls
  • B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs - Volume 3
#30 April 11, 2007
#31 May 23, 2007
#32 June 13, 2007
#33 July 11, 2007
#34 Killing Ground August 8, 2007 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Guy Davis Dave Stewart Guy Davis
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 8:
    Killing Ground
  • B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs - Volume 3
#35 September 12, 2007
#36 October 10, 2007
#37 November 14, 2007
#38 December 12, 2007
#39 1946 January 9, 2008 Mike Mignola
and Joshua Dysart
Paul Azaceta Nick Filardi Mike Mignola
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 9:
    1946
#40 February 13, 2008
#41 March 12, 2008
#42 April 9, 2008
#43 May 14, 2008
#44 War on Frogs #1 June 11, 2008 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Herb Trimpe (pencils)
Guy Davis (inks)
Dave Stewart Mike Mignola
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 12:
    War on Frogs
  • B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs - Volume 2
#45 The Ectoplasmic Man June 25, 2008 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Ben Stenbeck Dave Stewart Mike Mignola
  • B.P.R.D.:
    Being Human
#46 The Warning July 9, 2008 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Guy Davis Dave Stewart Mike Mignola (pencils)
Kevin Nowlan (inks)
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 10:
    The Warning
  • B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs - Volume 4
#47 August 13, 2008
#48 September 10, 2008
#49 October 8, 2008
#50 November 12, 2008
#51 War on Frogs #2 December 10, 2008 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
John Severin Dave Stewart Mike Mignola
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 12:
    War on Frogs
  • B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs - Volume 2
#52 The Black Goddess January 14, 2009 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Guy Davis Dave Stewart Kevin Nowlan
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 11:
    The Black Goddess
  • B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs - Volume 4
#53 February 11, 2009
#54 March 11, 2009
#55 April 8, 2009
#56 May 13, 2009
#57 War on Frogs #3 June 10, 2009 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Karl Moline Dave Stewart Mike Mignola
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 12:
    War on Frogs
  • B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs - Volume 2
#58 1947 July 8, 2009 Mike Mignola
and Joshua Dysart
Gabriel Bá
& Fábio Moon
Dave Stewart Mike Mignola
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 13:
    1947
Incorrectly
numbered #57
#59 August 12, 2009 Incorrectly
numbered #58
#60 September 9, 2009
#61 October 14, 2009
#62 November 11, 2009
#63 War on Frogs #4 December 9, 2009 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Peter Snejbjerg Bjarne Hansen Mike Mignola
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 12:
    War on Frogs
  • B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs - Volume 2
#64 King of Fear January 6, 2010 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Guy Davis Dave Stewart Mike Mignola
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 14:
    King of Fear
  • B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs - Volume 4
#65 February 10, 2010
#66 March 10, 2010
#67 April 14, 2010 Guy Davis
with Mike Mignola
#68 May 12, 2010 Guy Davis
#69 Hell on Earth:
New World
August 11, 2010 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Guy Davis Dave Stewart Guy Davis
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 1:
    New World
#70 September 8, 2010
#71 October 13, 2010
#72 November 10, 2010
#73 December 8, 2010
#74 Hell on Earth:
Gods
January 12, 2011 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Guy Davis Dave Stewart Ryan Sook
Guy Davis (variant)
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 2:
    Gods and Monsters
#75 February 9, 2011 Ryan Sook
#76 March 9, 2011
#77 The Dead Remembered April 6, 2011 Mike Mignola
and Scott Allie
Karl Moline (pencils)
Andy Owens (inks)
Dave Stewart Jo Chen
Karl Moline (variant)
  • B.P.R.D.:
    Being Human
#78 May 4, 2011 Jo Chen
#79 June 1, 2011
#80 Hell on Earth:
Monsters
July 13, 2011 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Tyler Crook Dave Stewart Ryan Sook
Francesco Francavilla (variant)
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 2:
    Gods and Monsters
#81 August 10, 2011 Ryan Sook
#82 Hell on Earth:
Russia
September 21, 2011 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Tyler Crook Dave Stewart Dave Johnson
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 3:
    Russia
#83 October 19, 2011
#84 November 23, 2011
#85 December 21, 2011
#86 January 25, 2012
#87 Hell on Earth:
The Long Death
#1-2
February 15, 2012 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
James Harren Dave Stewart Duncan Fegredo
Mike Mignola (variant)
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 4:
    The Devil's Engine & The Long Death
#88 March 21, 2012 Duncan Fegredo
#89 Hell on Earth:
The Pickens County Horror
#1
March 28, 2012 Mike Mignola
and Scott Allie
Jason Latour Dave Stewart Becky Cloonan
Mike Mignola (variant)
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 5:
    The Pickens County Horror & Others
#90 Hell on Earth:
The Long Death
#3
April 18, 2012 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
James Harren Dave Stewart Duncan Fegredo
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 4:
    The Devil's Engine & The Long Death
#91 Hell on Earth:
The Pickens County Horror
#2
April 25, 2012 Mike Mignola
and Scott Allie
Jason Latour Dave Stewart Becky Cloonan
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 5:
    The Pickens County Horror & Others
#92 Hell on Earth:
The Devil's Engine
#1
May 16, 2012 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Tyler Crook Dave Stewart Duncan Fegredo
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 4:
    The Devil's Engine & The Long Death
#93 Hell on Earth:
The Transformation of J.H. O'Donnell
May 30, 2012 Mike Mignola
and Scott Allie
Max Fiumara Dave Stewart Max Fiumara
Mike Mignola (variant)
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 5:
    The Pickens County Horror & Others
#94 Hell on Earth:
The Devil's Engine
#2
June 20, 2012 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Tyler Crook Dave Stewart Duncan Fegredo
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 4:
    The Devil's Engine & The Long Death
#95 Hell on Earth:
Exorcism
#1
June 27, 2012 Mike Mignola
and Cameron Stewart
Cameron Stewart Dave Stewart Viktor Kalvachev
#96 Hell on Earth:
The Devil's Engine
#3
July 18, 2012 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Tyler Crook Dave Stewart Duncan Fegredo
Mike Mignola (variant)
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 4:
    The Devil's Engine & The Long Death
#97 Hell on Earth:
Exorcism
#2
July 25, 2012 Mike Mignola
and Cameron Stewart
Cameron Stewart Dave Stewart Viktor Kalvachev
#98 Hell on Earth:
The Return of the Master
August 29, 2012 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Tyler Crook Dave Stewart Ryan Sook
Mike Mignola (variant)
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 6:
    The Return of the Master
#99 September 26, 2012 Ryan Sook
#100 October 31, 2012 Internal numbering
becomes ongoing
#101 November 28, 2012 Ryan Sook
Mike Mignola (variant)
#102 December 19, 2012 Ryan Sook
#103 Hell on Earth:
The Abyss of Time
January 9, 2013 Mike Mignola
and Scott Allie
James Harren Dave Stewart James Harren
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 5:
    The Pickens County Horror & Others
#104 February 13, 2013
#105 Hell on Earth:
A Cold Day in Hell
March 20, 2013 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Peter Snejbjerg Dave Stewart Dave Johnson
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 7:
    A Cold Day in Hell
#106 April 17, 2013
#107 Hell on Earth:
Wasteland
May 15, 2013 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Laurence Campbell Dave Stewart Dave Johnson
#108 June 19, 2013
#109 July 17, 2013
#110 Hell on Earth:
Lake of Fire
August 21, 2013 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Tyler Crook Dave Stewart Rafael Albuquerque
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 8:
    Lake of Fire
#111 September 18, 2013
#112 October 16, 2013
#113 November 20, 2013
#114 December 18, 2013
#115 Hell on Earth:
The Reign of the Black Flame
January 15, 2014 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
James Harren Dave Stewart Rafael Albuquerque
Mike Mignola (variant)
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 9:
    The Reign of the Black Flame
#116 February 19, 2014 Rafael Albuquerque
Richard Corben (variant)
#117 March 19, 2014 Rafael Albuquerque
James Harren (variant)
#118 April 16, 2014 Rafael Albuquerque
Ryan Sook (variant)
#119 May 21, 2014 Rafael Albuquerque
Kevin Nowlan (variant)
#120 Hell on Earth:
The Devil's Wings
June 18, 2014 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Laurence Campbell Dave Stewart Laurence Campbell
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 10
#121 July 16, 2014
#122 Hell on Earth:
???
August 20, 2014 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Joe Querio Dave Stewart Laurence Campbell
#123 September, 2014
#124 Hell on Earth:
???
October 15, 2014 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Tyler Crook Dave Stewart Laurence Campbell

Issues (Unnumbered)[edit]

In addition to these, there are other stories without the internal numbering as a way to separate them from the ongoing B.P.R.D. story.

Title Date Story Art Colors Cover Collection Notes
Hell on Earth:
Seattle
4 March 2011 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Guy Davis Dave Stewart Mike Mignola
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth - Volume 1:
    New World
Only available at ECCC 2011.
This featured an 8-page story,
a 5-page sketchbook, and Hellmail.
War on Frogs #5 5 October 2011 John Arcudi Guy Davis Dave Stewart Mike Mignola
  • B.P.R.D. - Volume 12:
    War on Frogs
  • B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs - Volume 2
Only available on Dark Horse Digital.
This recollects the story Revival with
the extra pages from the trade collection.
1948 17 October 2012 Mike Mignola
and John Arcudi
Max Fiumara Dave Stewart Dave Johnson
Mike Mignola (variant)
  • B.P.R.D.:
    1948
21 November 2012 Dave Johnson
19 December 2012
16 January 2013
20 February 2013
Vampire 27 March 2013 Mike Mignola,
Gabriel Bá
& Fábio Moon
Gabriel Bá
& Fábio Moon
Dave Stewart Fábio Moon
  • B.P.R.D.: Vampire
24 April 2013
29 May 2013
26 June 2013
31 July 2013

Collected Editions[edit]

B.P.R.D. Trade Paperbacks[edit]

Most of the B.P.R.D. comics have been collected by Dark Horse as trade paperbacks:

Number Title Collects Published ISBN
1 Hollow Earth & Other Stories
  • Hollow Earth
    (3-issue miniseries)
  • B.P.R.D.
    (promotional piece)
  • Lobster Johnson:
    The Killer in My Skull

    (from Hellboy: Box Full of Evil #1)
  • Abe Sapien versus Science
    (from Hellboy: Box of Evil #2)
  • Abe Sapien:
    Drums of the Dead

    (one-shot)
29 January 2003 ISBN 9781569718629
2 The Soul of Venice & Other Stories
  • The Soul of Venice
    (one-shot)
  • Dark Waters
    (one-shot)
  • Night Train
    (one-shot)
  • There's Something Under My Bed
    (one-shot)
  • Another Day at the Office
    (short story)
25 August 2004 ISBN 9781593071325
3 Plague of Frogs
  • Plague of Frogs
    (5-issue miniseries)
23 February 2005 ISBN 9781593072889
4 The Dead
  • Born Again
    (short story)
  • The Dead
    (5-issue miniseries)
28 September 2005 ISBN 9781593073800
5 The Black Flame
  • The Black Flame
    (6-issue miniseries)
12 July 2006 ISBN 9781593075507
6 The Universal Machine
  • The Universal Machine
    (5-issue miniseries)
17 January 2007 ISBN 9781593077105
7 Garden of Souls
  • Garden of Souls
    (5-issue miniseries)
30 January 2008 ISBN 9781593078829
8 Killing Ground
  • Killing Ground
    (5-issue miniseries)
21 May 2008 ISBN 9781593079567
9 1946
  • 1946
    (5-issue miniseries)
  • Bishop Olek's Devil
    (short story)
5 November 2008 ISBN 9781595821911
10 The Warning
  • Out of Reach
    (short story)
  • The Warning
    (5-issue miniseries)
15 April 2009 ISBN 9781595823045
11 The Black Goddess
  • The Black Goddess
    (5-issue miniseries)
21 October 2009 ISBN 9781595824110
12 War on Frogs 28 April 2010 ISBN 9781595824806
13 1947
  • 1947
    (5-issue miniseries)
  • And What Shall I Find There?
    (short story)
7 July 2010 ISBN 9781595824783
14 King of Fear
  • King of Fear
    (5-issue miniseries)
3 November 2010 ISBN 9781595825643
- Being Human
  • The Dead Remembered
    (3-issue miniseries)
  • Casualties
    (short story)
  • Hellboy: Being Human
    (one shot)
  • The Ectoplasmic Man
    (one shot)
30 November 2011 ISBN 9781595827562
- 1948
  • 1948
    (5-issue miniseries)
11 September 2013 ISBN 9781616551834

B.P.R.D. Vampire Trade Paperbacks[edit]

In all ways this appears to be another regular B.P.R.D. trade save for the details on the spine that indicate it is the first in a new line. Only one has been published so far, but there are plans for more in the future.

Number Title Collects Published ISBN
1 Vampire
  • Vampire
    (5-issue miniseries)
27 November 2013 ISBN 9781616551964

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth Trade Paperbacks[edit]

There is also a series of trade paperbacks collecting the Hell on Earth cycle:

Number Title Collects Published ISBN
1 New World
  • New World
    (5-issue miniseries)
  • Seattle
    (short story)
17 August 2011 ISBN 9781595827074
2 Gods and Monsters
  • Gods
    (3-issue miniseries)
  • Monsters
    (2-issue miniseries)
11 January 2012 ISBN 9781595828224
3 Russia
  • Russia
    (5-issue miniseries)
  • An Unmarked Grave
    (short story)
15 August 2012 ISBN 9781595829467
4 The Devil's Engine & The Long Death
  • The Devil's Engine
    (3-issue miniseries)
  • The Long Death
    (3-issue miniseries)
5 December 2012 ISBN 9781595829818
5 The Pickens County Horror and Others
  • The Pickens County Horror
    (2-issue miniseries)
  • The Transformation of J.H. O'Donnell
    (one-shot)
  • The Abyss of Time
    (2-issue miniseries)
17 July 2013 ISBN 9781616551407
6 The Return of the Master
  • The Return of the Master
    (5-issue arc)
7 August 2013 ISBN 9781616551933
7 A Cold Day in Hell
  • Wasteland
    (3-issue arc)
  • A Cold Day in Hell
    (2-issue arc)
22 January 2014 ISBN 9781616551995
8 Lake of Fire
  • Lake of Fire
    (5-issue arc)
9 April, 2014 ISBN 9781616554026
9 The Reign of the Black Flame
  • The Reign of the Black Flame
    (5-issue arc)
10 September, 2014 ISBN 9781616554712
10
  • The Devil's Wings
    (2-issue arc)
  • B.P.R.D. #122-123
  • B.P.R.D. #124
25 February, 2015 ISBN 9781616556174

Omnibus Editions[edit]

Dark Horse have also released a series of omnibus editions collecting the Plague of Frogs cycle:

Story Cycle Volume Collects Published ISBN
Plague of Frogs 1 19 January 2011 (HC)
4 November 2014 (TPB)
ISBN 9781595826091 (HC)[2]
ISBN 9781595826756 (TPB)[3]
2 17 August 2011 (HC)
27 January 2015 (TPB)
ISBN 9781595826725 (HC)[4]
ISBN 9781595826763 (TPB)[5]
3 21 March 2012 ISBN 9781595828606[6]
4 7 November 2012 ISBN 9781595829740[7]

In Other Media[edit]

Films[edit]

The Bureau appeared in the 2004 film Hellboy and its 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army, both directed by Guillermo del Toro, where it differs from the agency in the comics.

  • In the movie it is a secret United States Government agency, created by Roosevelt to combat Hitler's growing mastery of the occult, and strongly affiliated with the FBI. Professor Broom claims that the BPRD fought the Occult Wars that ended in 1958 with the death of Adolf Hitler.
  • Several personnel are federal agents, including Manning and new character Special Agent John Myers whilst the Director is still Professor Bruttenholm, who refers to the bureau as "the ones who bump back", in reference to "things that go bump in the night".
  • The BPRD uses the motto "In Absentia Luci, Tenebrae Vincunt", Latin for "In the Absence of Light, Darkness Prevails"—though this motto is grammatically incorrect—Luci should read "Lucis" for the desired meaning.
  • In Hellboy II: The Golden Army, the Bureau's existence is confirmed when Hellboy reveals himself to the media.
  • The film reveals there is a German branch where Johann was stationed until he became the new director of the US branch.
  • It is hinted that the base may be related to military base Area 51: the number 51 appears on the walls.

Television[edit]

The B.P.R.D. Declassified was a TV special that aired on the FX Network in 2004.

Roleplaying Game[edit]

The B.P.R.D. appeared in the Hellboy Sourcebook and Role Playing Game.

In Popular Culture[edit]

  • In the film Blade II, Blade's young assistant, Scud, wears a shirt bearing the B.P.R.D. logo. Guillermo del Toro, who directed Blade II, is a fan of Hellboy, and later he directed the movie adaptation and its sequel.
  • In the comic shop in The Big Bang Theory, the B.P.R.D. comic is prominently and repeatedly featured.
  • In the show Hawaii 5-0 a B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: New World poster is on the wall of Dr. Max Bergman's (played by Masi Oka) apartment.

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