Proof is an American comic book series, published by Image Comics and created by writer Alex Grecian and artist Riley Rossmo. The story concerns John "Proof" Prufrock, a sasquatch, who works for a secret government organization. He hunts cryptids with his partner, Ginger Brown, and seeks clues to his past. The book was influenced by The X-Files and characters such as Tarzan.[1]

The first issue was released on October 24, 2007.[2]

Publication historyEdit

The character of Proof first appeared in "Berserker", a short story published in Negative Burn #7 (December 2006). The black-and-white story, also created by Alex Grecian and Riley Rossmo, shows Proof's battle with a skinwalker.

Besides his own title, Proof also appeared in 2008's Image Monster Pile-Up, a one-shot anthology comic that also featured The Astounding Wolf-Man, The Perhapanauts, and Firebreather.


The first arc, "Goatsucker", concerns a cryptid attack in Minnesota that appears to be the work of a Bigfoot-like creature. The plot also details the transfer of Ginger Brown, a young female agent, from the F.B.I to a secret organization called The Lodge. Once employed, Brown discovers that her partner is John "Proof" Prufrock, a Bigfoot who works in secret for the U.S. government. Brown's first case with The Lodge concerns El Chupacabra, a monster who masquerades as human by wearing the skin of its victims. Ginger and Proof also encounter a number of cryptozoological fauna, including jackalopes, a golem, and the Cottingley Fairies.[3]

The second arc, "The Company of Men", follows Proof as he attempts to save a juvenile dinosaur from poachers in the Congo. Proof and Ginger will also encounter creatures such as the Loch Ness monster and The Kraken.[4]

The third arc is called "Thunderbirds Are Go!" and features dual main plots: Ginger and Elvis journey to New York City to find Joe the golem, while Proof investigates sightings of condor-like thunderbirds in rural Illinois. "Thunderbirds Are Go!" guest-stars The Savage Dragon, another Image Comics character.


  • Proof: John Prufrock is a Bigfoot who works for The Lodge, a secret organization located in Washington. As a Bigfoot, he is vastly larger and more powerful than a human being. Proof is exceptionally cultured for a feral beast; he is often seen wearing expensive suits and custom-made shoes.
  • Ginger Brown: A young FBI agent, Brown is transferred to The Lodge after a fateful encounter with a golem in New York City. She is young and brash, and does not know what to make of Proof, who is her new partner.
  • Leander Wight: The aged and wise manager of The Lodge. He is kindly, but mysterious.
  • Elvis Aaron Chesnut: A small-town sheriff who ends up joining The Lodge during the "Goatsucker" arc.
  • Wayne Russet: The gameskeeper of The Lodge. Wayne is Proof's best friend, and a surrogate 'mother' to many of the cryptids of The Lodge.
  • Autumn Song: The hard-hearted assistant to Wayne.
  • Mi-Chen Po: A mysterious yeti who has plans for Proof and Ginger.
  • Colonel Werner Dachshund: A villainous poacher who kills and devours cryptids.


Many fanciful creatures inhabit the world of Proof. While most harmlessly occupy the free-range habitat of The Lodge, several hostile cryptids run free in the wild and must be captured. These captures drive Proof's main plot.

  • Joe: An apparent golem living in New York City, Joe defends the city's Jewish population.
  • The Dover Demon: An enigmatic and gangly creature, the Demon can foretell the future.
  • Nadine: Also known as El Chupacabra or The Mexican Bigfoot, Nadine skins humans and wears their skins as a disguise.
  • Passenger pigeons: Birds, long thought extinct, which live in seclusion in The Lodge's habitat.
  • dodos: The last of their species, the friendly dodos live in The Lodge.
  • Jackalopes: These horned rabbits are kept with the dodos.
  • The Cottingley Fairies: Vicious beasts that resemble small winged women, they are kept behind glass for the safety of the staff. Three male fairies (gigantic in size) are kept in seclusion.
  • Gnomes: Tiny, meat-eating creatures that resemble senior citizens.
  • Brownies: Hairy little creatures with hostile intent.
  • Mokele-mbembe: Apatosaurus-like dinosaurs that live harmlessly in The Congo.
  • Thunderbirds: Gigantic, vulture-like birds that are capable of snatching children.

Collected editions Edit

The series is being collected into trade paperback:

See also Edit

  • Hellboy, a demon who hunts monsters for the B.P.R.D. a covert government agency.
  • B.P.R.D., a spin-off of Hellboy which focuses more on the para-military aspect of the Hellboy world. Team members include: Abe Sapien (a merman), Liz Sherman (a pyrokinetic), Roger (a homunculus), Ben Daimino (a zombie, of sorts), Panya (a mummy), & Johann (a disembodied medium).
  • The Perhapanauts, a government-run team of monster hunters, who include a Bigfoot and Chupacabra
  • X-Files comic
  • U.T.F., a government-run team of monster hunters

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