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The following is a list of comic book series based on the animated TV show The Simpsons and published by Bongo Comics in the United States. The first comic strips based on The Simpsons appeared in 1991 in the magazine Simpsons Illustrated (not to be confused with the comic publications from 2012 bearing the same name), which was a companion magazine to the show.[1] The comic strips were popular and a one-shot comic book entitled Simpsons Comics and Stories, containing three different stories, was released in 1993 for the fans.[2][3] The book was a success and due to this, the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening, and his companions Bill Morrison, Mike Rote, Steve Vance and Cindy Vance created the publishing company Bongo Comics.[2] By the end of 1993, Bongo was publishing four titles: Simpsons Comics, Bartman, Radioactive Man and Itchy & Scratchy Comics.[2] Since then, many more titles have been published,[4][5] out of which Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson, Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, Simpsons Super Spectacular, Simpsons Summer Shindig,[6][7] and Simpsons Winter Wingding.[8][9]

Simpsons Comics and Bart Simpson comics are reprinted in the United Kingdom by the publishing company Titan Magazines, under the same titles. Various stories from other Bongo publications released in the United States, are also reprinted in the UK Simpsons Comics.[10] The same titles are published in Australia by Otter Press.[11] Issues of Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror and Bart Simpson have been collected and reprinted in trade paperbacks in the United States by HarperCollins.[12][13][14]

Full list of publications[edit]

Title First issue Last issue
Simpsons Comics and Stories (One Shot Issue) 1993-01January 1993 1993-01January 1993
The Official History of Bongo Comics (One Shot Issue) 1993-01993 1993-0 1993
Simpsons Comics 1993-11November 1993 ongoing
Bartman 1993-12December 1993 1995-07July 1995
Itchy & Scratchy Comics 1993-12December 1993 1994-11November 1994
Radioactive Man 1994-01January 1994 2004
Bartman and Radioactive Man 1994-131994 1994-131994
Krusty Comics (Three-issue mini series) 1995-01January 1995 1995-03March 1995
Lisa Comics (One Shot Issue) 1995-04April 1995 1995-04April 1995
The Simpson's Treehouse of Horror 1995-09September 1995 ongoing
Bart Simpson 2000-132000 ongoing
Simpsons Summer Special (One Shot Issue) 2001-12December 2001 2001-12December 2001
The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis 2002-08August 2002 2005-03March 2005
Simpsons Super Spectacular 2006-06June 2006 ongoing
The Simpsons Winter Wingding 2006-13November 2006 ongoing
The Simpsons Summer Shindig 2007-13 June 2007 ongoing
Simpsons Treasure Trove 2007-13 July 2007 ongoing
Comic Book Guy: The Comic Book (Five-issue mini series) 2007-13 July 2010 November 2010
Simpsons Illustrated (2012) 2007-13 January 2012 ongoing
One-Shot Wonders 2007-13 February 2012 ongoing

Ongoing series[edit]

Simpsons Comics[edit]

Simpsons Comics is a monthly series based on the animated TV show The Simpsons. The first issue was published on November 29, 1993.[5][15] Since then over two hundred issues have been released, with the 100th issue mainly the comic book equivalent of a clip show.[16] It was originally published bi-monthly, but went monthly in the fall of 2000.[5]

Since March 1997, the comic has also had a monthly United Kingdom edition. This mainly reprints the stories from the U.S. edition, along with pages featuring UK readers' drawings (currently Springfield Multiplex for movie parodies and Android's Dungeon for video game and comic book parodies) and Junk Mail, a letters page which also features generic drawings, along with the readers' frequent attempts to guess the identity of 'Junk Mail Guy', the incredibly sarcastic man who answers the letters and has apparently been locked up in a basement.[10] The U.S. and Australian editions used to have Junk Mail, but it disappeared beginning with #114. But returned some time later.

On March 20, 2013, Bongo Comics released the "200th issue" of the "Simpsons Comic," with the issue having an extra special supersized story.

Since the release of the first Simpsons Comics issue in the United States in 1993, the comic book series has been published at some point in the following countries around the world: Australia, Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.[17]

The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror[edit]

The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror (formally named Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror until 2008) #13.[18]

The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror is an annual horror series. It has been published around September–October, for Halloween, every year since 1995.[19] It takes its name from the annual "Treehouse of Horror" episodes of The Simpsons. Like the episodes, the comic book always feature three stories in each issue. The stories are written and illustrated by some of the most famous people in the comic book business.[20] Over the last dozen years, the series has had stories created by such industry stars as Garth Ennis (Preacher), Dan Decarlo (Archie Comics), Evan Dorkin (Milk and Cheese), Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan (Blade, Archie Comics, Tomb of Dracula) and rock stars Gene Simmons (Kiss), Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie as well as (humorously) Pat Boone. The stories usually parody modern horror stories and films, and feature distorted versions of the people of Springfield.[21]

Bart Simpson[edit]

Bart Simpson comics were first published in the United States in late 2000, and have remained on a bi-monthly schedule until mid-2011. The comic book series is centered on the Simpsons star Bart Simpson, but it also features the children of Springfield and each issue commonly has several short stories.[22]

The Australian edition of Bart Simpson comics was first printed in 2002 by Otter Press, in a digest-sized edition with a bonus Radioactive Man comic book, and has been released since then on a quarterly schedule (every three months).[23] They are also reprinted in the United Kingdom by Titan Magazines.[24]

Simpsons Super Spectacular[edit]

Simpsons Super Spectacular is a comic book series published by Bongo Comics. It was first released in 2005 in the United States.[25] The series acts as a continuation of the Radioactive Man comics with the inclusion of the Springfield-universe superheroes including Homer Simpson as Pieman, Bart Simpson as Bartman as well as Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl from the Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror X".[25][26] Issue 10 also featured an adventure starring the 'Unleashed Legion', a superhero team composed of superhero versions of the Simpson family pets Santa's Little Helper and Snowball 2, Mr. Teeny (Krusty the Clown's pet chimpanzee) and a parrot owned by Captain McCallister. It is still being released approximately once every six months in the United States. (update 17/Oct/13 Simpsons Super Spectacular has ended)[27]

Simpsons Comics One-Shot Wonders[edit]

Simpsons Comics One-Shot Wonders is a series of single-issue comic books. To date, eight titles have been published: Ralph Wiggum Comics (February 2012), Bart Simpson's Pal, Milhouse (April 2012), Li'l Homer Comics (August 2012), Maggie (October 2012), Professor Frink's Fantastic Science Fictions (February 2013), The Malevolent Mr. Burns (June 2013), The Wonderful World of Lisa Simpson (December 2013), and Duffman Adventures (April 2014)

Discontinued series, limited series and one-shots[edit]

Simpsons Comics and Stories[edit]

Cover of the only issue of Simpsons Comics and Stories.

Simpsons Comics and Stories was a one-shot comic book edition of the magazine Simpsons Illustrated. Due to the success of this comic book, the Bongo Comics group was created.[5] The comic book was then replaced by Simpsons Comics.[15][28]

The Official History of Bongo Comics[edit]

The Official History of Bongo Comics was a one-shot limited edition comic book of only 750 copies, which were given out to a few patrons at the San Diego Comic Con in 1993 as part of the launch of Bongo Comics. The single issue was only ten pages long.[29]

Bartman[edit]

Bartman was a short-lived series that told the tale of Bart Simpson's superhero alter-ego, Bartman. It was one of the four 'premiere' series released by Bongo Comics in late 1993.[5][28] The Bartman series lasted only six issues, and was canceled in 1995. Many smaller Bartman stories have since been published in Simpsons Comics and Bart Simpson comics.[30]

The main writers and artists for the first three issues were Steve Vance and Bill Morrison, who were behind the creation of Bongo Comics itself. In late 1994, Steve Vance and his wife Cindy left Bongo Comics. The Bartman comic was put on hold and there was a gap of 9 months between Bartman #3 and #4. #4-6 contained a three-issue story arc written by Gary Glasberg and Bill Morrison, and with issue 6, Bartman was discontinued. However, in the Simpsons Game, Bart's super-power is turning into Bartman.[31]

Itchy & Scratchy Comics[edit]

Cover to the first issue of Itchy & Scratchy Comics.

Itchy & Scratchy Comics was a short-lived series, and one of the four original series released in late 1993 with the start of Bongo Comics.[28] The first issue was released on November 29, 1993,[5] and only two more issues were released after that as well as one special edition, called Itchy & Scratchy Holiday Hi-Jinx. The comics tried to expand on two characters that really did not need any expanding, and the readers thought Itchy and Scratchy was best in short, violent bursts and that full-length stories only took away from the visceral shock of the cartoon, so the comic book series was canceled in 1994.[32] Itchy & Scratchy continue to be featured in Simpsons Comics as short stories while Simpsons family members are watching TV.

There were three different versions of the first Itchy & Scratchy issue available at the time. One version came with a poster that could be combined with posters contained in Radioactive Man #1, Simpsons Comics #1 and Bartman #1 to make a giant poster. This version sold for US$2.25. Another version that came out at the same time only cost US$1.95, but had a bar code on the cover and did not come with a poster. The third and the rarest variant was a reprint of the comic and it had the top right portion of Bart Simpson's head covered over the original bar code. This version also cost US$1.95 and did not come with a poster.[33]

In 1993, there was a signing at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles, where members of the Bongo Comics group autographed 500 copies of Itchy & Scratchy #1 and gave out a special Certificate of Authenticity (COA) with them. Each COA was individually numbered and had a raised seal stamped onto it.

Radioactive Man[edit]

Radioactive Man #1

Radioactive Man was one of the four "premiere" series released by Bongo Comics in late 1993.[28] The series has been released in two volumes, an early run from 1993–1994,[5] and the current run that's been going on since 2000. Smaller Radioactive Man stories have also been published in Simpsons Comics.[34] As a tie-in promotion of The Simpsons Movie a special "Radioactive Man Comic Book Edition #711" was sold at 7-Elevens as part of their Kwik-E-Mart promotion.[35]

Within the Bongo Comics, Radioactive Man is secretly Claude Kane III, a millionaire playboy whose personality was well-intentioned, but bumbling and not overly bright. In addition (which became a recurring storyline element), Claude's personality was permanently stuck in a conservative 1950s outlook on everything, no matter what the time era in question was. A running gag is that in order to preserve his secret identity, Claude is constantly wearing various types of hats, in order to conceal the lightning bolt-shaped shrapnel sticking out of his head.[36]

Issue #1 of the Bongo comic differs from Radioactive Man #1 as seen in The Simpsons episode "Three Men and a Comic Book". While featuring a similar scenario and accident (Claude getting his trousers caught on barbed wire just before a mega-bomb explodes. This is a parody of Bruce Banner getting caught by the Gamma Bomb in the Incredible Hulk #1), the Bongo series' Claude was not wearing tattered clothes. In the comic book, Claude's survival is due in part to a large thunderbolt-shaped shard of metal embedded in his head by the explosion. Claude would attempt to remove the bolt throughout the book series, but each attempt has nasty consequences which results in it being put back in his scalp again. Additionally, the bolt's presence would save his life numerous times in increasingly bizarre ways.[36]

Maintaining the satirical standards of the television show, these comics often parody genre comic books, and the reader can follow the evolution of Radioactive Man from a 1950s irradiated hero through the politically reactionary or radical years of the 1960s and 1970s, and the dark, troubled years of the 1980s and 1990s comic book hero. Indeed, one comic displays a startling similarity to Alan Moore's Watchmen, with Radioactive Man taking the part of state-supported hero Doctor Manhattan. The comics are published as if they were the actual Simpsons universe's Radioactive Man comics; a "1970s"-published comic features a letter written by a ten-year-old Marge Bouvier, for instance. The comic also takes the idea that the title has been running since the 1950s and each issue of the real series is a random issue from that run. So one issue might be issue #357, the next #432 and the next #567 etc.[34]

Radioactive Man was merged with Simpsons Super Spectacular in 2005.[37]

Bartman and Radioactive Man[edit]

Bartman and Radioactive Man was a 16-page one-shot released in 1994. The comic was featured in the Hero Illustrated magazine, and it contained a mini poster of Bartman and Radioactive Man. The story was written by Steve Vance.[38]

Krusty Comics[edit]

Krusty Comics was another short-lived series, with three issues published from January to March 1995.[28] Each one of these issues contained a part of a three-part story entitled The Rise and Fall of Krustyland, about Krusty the Clown opening an amusement park to pay back a gambling debt.[39][40]

Lisa Comics[edit]

Lisa Comics was a one-shot, with the sole story being Lisa in Wordland, a parody of Alice in Wonderland.[41][42] It was released in April 1995 and tells the tale of Lisa Simpson getting caught in an alternate reality called Wordland while chasing after a postman. The postman turns out to be Ned Flanders and while he gives her a tour through the wondrous world they get caught by Mr. Burns. Burns forces Lisa to battle him in a game of Scrabble; she accepts and after a while she gets upset and smashes the board. Suddenly she wakes up and discovers it's all a dream.[43]

Simpsons Summer Special[edit]

Simpsons Summer Special was a one-issue comic book. It was printed in December 2001, and was only available in Australia and New Zealand.[44]

The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis[edit]

Cover of issue #1.

The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis is a four-part, two-volume crossover between the worlds of Futurama and The Simpsons. Written by Simpsons Comics writer Ian Boothby and pencilled by James Lloyd, the series consists of Futurama Simpsons Infinitely Secret Crossover Crisis and The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis II. Released as its own series independent of Simpsons Comics and Futurama Comics, part one was released on August 21, 2002, followed by part two on January 28, 2003.[45] Parts three and four were published in 2005 as The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis II.[46] A hardcover edition comprising all four parts of the Crossover Crisis was published in 2010.[47]

Comic Book Guy: The Comic Book[edit]

Comic Book Guy: The Comic Book is a five-part comic book mini-series starring the character Comic Book Guy. The five issues were released between July and November 2010.[48][49]

The Simpsons Best Superhero Stories Ever! The Collector's Edition[edit]

The Simpsons Best Superhero Stories Ever! The Collector's Edition is a limited-edition comic book that was sold at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con. It consists of five stories from Simpsons Comics Super Spectacular.

Bongo's Two One-Shot Wonders in One[edit]

Bongo's Two One-Shot Wonders in One is a limited-edition one-shot comic book that was available at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. It combines two titles from the Simsons One-Shot Wonders line: The Malevolent Mr. Burns and Professor Frink's Fantastic Science Fictions.[50]

The Greatest Bartman Stories Ever Told![edit]

The Greatest Bartman Stories Ever Told! is a limited-edition one-shot comic book that was available only at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con.

Reprint series and trade paperbacks[edit]

Simpsons Classics[edit]

Simpsons Classics (or Best of Simpsons Comics in the UK) is a series that publishes old issues of the Simpsons Comics. It has been released on a quarterly schedule every year since 2004, and each issue reprint two issues of the initial Simpsons Comics series.[51]

Simpsons Comics trade paperbacks[edit]

Many Simpsons Comics have been reprinted and collected in trade paperbacks by the American publisher HarperCollins since 1994.[12] Several issues from Krusty Comics, Lisa Comics, Bartman and Itchy & Scratchy Comics have also been included in the trade paperbacks.

Title Issues Release ISBN
Simpsons Comics Extravaganza Simpsons Comics #1-4 July 10, 1994 ISBN 0-06-095086-2
Simpsons Comics Spectacular Simpsons Comics #6-9 June 23, 1995 ISBN 0-06-095148-6
Simpsons Comics Simpsorama Simpsons Comics #11-14 May 5, 1996 ISBN 0-06-095199-0
Simpsons Comics Strike Back! Simpsons Comics #15-18 October 11, 1996 ISBN 0-06-095212-1
Bartman: The Best of the Best Simpsons Comics #5, Bartman #1-3, Itchy & Scratchy #3. March 28, 1997 ISBN 1-85286-820-1
Simpsons Comics Winter Wingding Simpsons Comics #19-23 May 22, 1997 ISBN 0-06-095245-8
Simpsons Comics On Parade Simpsons Comics #24-27 May 19, 1998 ISBN 0-06-095280-6
Simpsons Comics Big Bonanza Simpsons Comics #28-31 January 27, 1999 ISBN 0-06-095317-9
Simpsons Comics A Go-Go Simpsons Comics #32-35, 10 February 16, 2000 ISBN 0-06-095566-X
Simpsons Comics Royale Simpsons Comics #50, Krusty #1-3, Lisa #1 March 6, 2001 ISBN 0-06-093378-X
Simpsons Comics Unchained Simpsons Comics #36-42 March 19, 2002 ISBN 0-06-000797-4
Simpsons Comics Madness Simpsons Comics #43-48 April 1, 2003 ISBN 0-06-053061-8
Simpsons Comics Belly Buster Simpsons Comics #49, 51, 53-56 February 3, 2004 ISBN 0-06-058750-4
The Simpsons Holiday Humdinger Simpsons Comics #15, 52, 79, Itchy and Scratchy special November 1, 2004 ISBN 0-00-719170-7
Simpsons Comics Barn Burner Simpsons Comics #57-61, 63 February 15, 2005 ISBN 0-06-074818-4
Simpsons Comics Jam-Packed Jamboree Simpsons Comics #64-69 April 11, 2006 ISBN 0-06-087661-1
Simpsons Comics Beach Blanket Bongo Simpsons Comics #71-75, 77 April 10, 2007 ISBN 0-06-123126-6
Simpsons Comics Dollars to Donuts Simpsons Comics #78, #80, 82-84 April 9, 2008 ISBN 0-06-143697-6
Simpsons Comics Hit The Road! Simpsons Comics #85, #86, 88-90 April 7, 2009 ISBN 0-06-169881-4
Simpsons Comics Get Some Fancy Book Learnin' Simpsons Comics #62, #70, #76, #126, #148 April 6, 2010 ISBN 0-06-195787-9
Simpsons Comics Meltdown Simpsons Comics #91-95 April 12, 2011 ISBN 0-06-203653-X
Simpsons Comics Confidential Simpsons Comics #96-99 March 27, 2012 ISBN 0-06-211532-4
Simpsons Comics Supernova Simpsons Comics #81, 101-103, The Simpsons Summer Shindig #2 February 1, 2013 ISBN 0-06-225438-2
Simpsons Comics Shake-Up Simpsons Comics #105-108, The Simpsons Summer Shindig #1, #3 February 4, 2014 ISBN 0-06-230185-3
Simpsons Comics Colossal Compendium Volume One Radioactive Man #8, Simpsons Comics #150, #156, #161, #172, #182, #184, Simpsons Super Spectacular #1, #2, The Simpsons Summer Shindig #1, #3 July 30, 2013 ISBN 0-06-226775-2
Simpsons Comics Colossal Compendium Volume Two Radioactive Man #100, Simpsons Comics #154, 163, 169, 180, Simpsons Super Spectacular #3, 8, The Simpsons Summer Shindig #3, 4, 6 July 22, 2014 ISBN 0-06-233609-6
Simpsons Comics: Homer For The Holidays Simpsons Winter Wingding #1-3 October 8, 2010 ISBN 0-06-187673-9
The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis Futurama Simpsons Infinitely Secret Crossover Crisis #1-2, The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis II #1-2, Simpsons Comics #1 (loose reprint), Simpsons Comics #87 April 1, 2010 ISBN 0-8109-8837-2

Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror paperbacks[edit]

Trade paperbacks collecting most the issues of the Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror series have been released since 1999 by HarperCollins.[13]

Title Issues Release ISBN
Treehouse of Horror: Heebie-Jeebie Hullabaloo collects issues #1-3 September 8, 1999 ISBN 0-06-098762-6
Treehouse of Horror: Spine-Tingling Spooktacular collects issues #4-6 September 18, 2001 ISBN 0-06-093714-9
Treehouse of Horror: Fun Filled Frightfest collects issues #6-7 September 2, 2003 ISBN 0-06-056070-3
Treehouse of Horror: Hoodoo Voodoo Brouhaha collects issues #8-9 September 19, 2006 ISBN 0-06-114872-5
Treehouse of Horror: Dead Man's Jest collects issues #10-11 August 26, 2008 ISBN 0-06-157135-0
Treehouse of Horror: From Beyond the Grave collects issues #12-13 August 23, 2011 ISBN 978-0-06-206900-9

Bart Simpson paperbacks[edit]

Issues of the Bart Simpson series have been collected and published in trade paperbacks every year since 2002 by HarperCollins.[14]

Title Issues Release ISBN
Big Book of Bart Simpson collects issues #1-4 July 9, 2002 ISBN 0-06-008469-3
Big Bad Book of Bart Simpson collects issues #5-8 June 17, 2003 ISBN 0-06-055590-4
Big Bratty Book of Bart Simpson collects issues #9-12 July 6, 2004 ISBN 0-06-072178-2
Big Beefy Book of Bart Simpson collects issues #13-16 May 31, 2005 ISBN 0-06-074819-2
Big Bouncy Book of Bart Simpson collects issues #17-20 May 2, 2006 ISBN 0-06-112455-9
Big Beastly Book of Bart Simpson collects issues #21-24 April 3, 2007 ISBN 0-06-123128-2
Big Brilliant Book of Bart Simpson collects issues #25-28 May 6, 2008 ISBN 0-06-145022-7
Bart Simpson: Son Of Homer collects issues #29-33 July 1, 2009 ISBN 0-06-169879-2
Bart Simpson: Class Clown collects issues #33-37 May 18, 2010 ISBN 0-06-197629-6
Bart Simpson: Prince of Pranks collects issues #38-42 May 17, 2011 ISBN 0-06-204500-8
Bart Simpson: Out to Lunch collects issues #43-47 April 10, 2012 ISBN 0-06-211533-2
Bart Simpson Big Shot collects issues #48-52 April 9, 2013 ISBN 0-06-226254-8
Bart Simpson To the Rescue! collects issues #53-54, #56-58 April 8, 2014 ISBN 0-06-230183-7

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