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In early 2003, an exceptionally gifted psychic medium named Johann Kraus was hosting a séance for a small group. While he was partially on the ethereal plane, the Chengdou disaster struck. No one knows the specifics, but it involved an ancient terra cotta statuette in the care of the Chinese government. The result was essentially a psychic Chernobyl. Everyone within a hundred miles of the disaster itself had their souls "consumed", reducing them to mindless husks. On the ethereal plane, however, the disaster was much greater-everyone not physically in their body within three thousand miles of the incident was instantly incinerated.
The only survivor was Kraus, and some would argue that he died as well. His ectoplasmic form survived when his body was incinerated, and knowing he would soon dissipate without a physical body, he sought out the best paranormal minds on the planet for help-the B.P.R.D.. At first he persisted in a bizarre transparent tank apparatus developed by the B.P.R.D for other purposes, and eventually the technology was sized down into the distinctive containment suit. Kate Corrigan has said of him that, "He's not dead. He just doesn't have a body anymore."
First Appearance: Dark Horse Extra (1998) #42
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Abe Sapien (2013)
HC vol. 02 B.P.R.D. (2003)
- 'Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible Volume 2'#36
- 'The Desolate Shore'
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth (2011)
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth (2013)
#107 B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: A Cold Day in Hell (2013)
- 'Wasteland Part 1 of 3'#108
- 'Wasteland Part 2 of 3'#109
- 'Wasteland Part 3 of 3'#110
- 'Lake of Fire Part 1 of 5'#112
- 'Lake of Fire Part 3 of 5'#113
- 'Lake of Fire Part 4 of 5'#114
- 'Lake of Fire Part 5 of 5'#122
- 'The Broken Equation part 1 of 2'#129
- 'Flesh and Stone Part 5'
#105 B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Gods (2011)
- 'A Cold Day in Hell Part 1 of 2'
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: New World (2010)
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Russia (2011)
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Long Death (2012)
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Return of the Master (2012)
#1 B.P.R.D., Plague of Frogs (2004)
- 'The Return of the Master Part 1 of 5'#2
- 'The Return of the Master Part 2 of 5'#100 
- 'The Return of the Master Part 3 of 5'#101 
- 'The Return of the Master Part 4 of 5'
#1 B.P.R.D.: Garden of Souls (2007)
- 'Plague of Frogs, Part I'#2
- 'Plague of Frogs, Part 2'#3
- 'Plague of Frogs, Part 3'#4
- 'Plague of Frogs, Part 4'#5
- 'Plague of Frogs, Part 5'
B.P.R.D.: Killing Ground (2007)
B.P.R.D.: King of Fear (2010)
B.P.R.D.: The Black Flame (2005)
B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess (2009)
#1 B.P.R.D.: The Dead (2004)
- 'The Black Goddess'#2
- 'The Black Goddess'#3
- 'The Black Goddess'#4
- 'The Black Goddess'#5
- 'The Black Goddess'
B.P.R.D.: The Ectoplasmic Man (2008)
B.P.R.D.: The Soul of Venice (2003)
B.P.R.D.: The Universal Machine (2006)
B.P.R.D.: The Warning (2008)
B.P.R.D.: There's Something Under My Bed (2003)
nn B.P.R.D.: War on Frogs (2008)
- 'There's Something Under My Bed'
BPRD: Hollow Earth (2002)
#1 Dark Horse Extra (1998)
- 'Part 1'#2
- 'Part 2'#3
- 'Part 3'
Dark Horse Presents (2011)
Hellboy 20th Anniversary Sampler (2014)
Hellboy Premiere Edition (2004)
Hellboy Presenta: B.P.R.D.: Lo Spirito di Venezia e Altre Storie (2011)
TPB Hellboy: The Theatre of the Dead and Other Stories (2007)
- 'B.P.R.D. 2: Lo Spirito di Venezia e Altre Storie'
Hellboy: Weird Tales (2003)
Itty Bitty Hellboy (2013)
One for One: B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: New World (2014)
One For One: Itty Bitty Hellboy (2014)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
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