Stray Bullets

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Stray Bullets

Cover to Stray Bullets #1 (1995). Art by David Lapham.
Publication information
Publisher El Capitan Books
Schedule Irregular
Format Ongoing series
Publication date March 1995 – October 2005
Number of issues 40
Creative team
Writer(s) David Lapham
Artist(s) David Lapham
Letterer(s) David Lapham
Creator(s) David Lapham
Editor(s) Deborah Purcell
Collected editions
Innocence of Nihilism ISBN 0-9653280-2-3
Somewhere Out West ISBN 0-9653280-5-8
Other People ISBN 0-9653280-9-0

Stray Bullets is an independent American comic book series published in black and white (with color covers) by El Capitan Books. It is written and drawn by David Lapham.

The story deals with the often criminal and sometimes tragic misadventures of a large cast of characters and takes place from the mid-1970s through the mid-1990s.

Publication history[edit]

The first issue was published in 1995 and followed an irregular publishing schedule through its fortieth issue, which was published in 2005. No new issues have been published since. In a 2007 interview with Michael Lorah for the Newsarama website, Lapham revealed that the series, including the final issue of the current story arc, is on hold indefinitely:

NRAMA : I've got to ask, what is the status of El Capitan and Stray Bullets?

DAVID LAPHAM : It kills me to put Stray Bullets on hold like it's been. Maria and I both put a lot of years and a lot of hard work into the company and the book. And I still have one issue left in the current arc, left dangling. But the reality the last few years has been that it's faster and pays more to work freelance right now. The reality is I have a family and I can't just say stop everything and let's do Stray Bullets for love. I do love Bullets and know I will complete it, and the sooner the better, but I just can't commit to anything firm.[1]

In 2009, a new ten-page story titled, Stray Bullets: Open the Goddamn Box appeared in Noir: A Collection of Crime Comics, an anthology book published by Dark Horse Comics.

On December 17, 2013 it was announced that "Stray Bullets" would be returning from hiatus in March 2014, with the simultaneous publication of issue #41, the launch of "Stray Bullets: Killers" (a new storyline picking up where "Hijinks and Derring-Do" ended), plus a giant-size "Über Alles" softcover edition collecting issues #1–41[citation needed].

Collected editions[edit]

There has been an assortment of volumes reprinting the original comic books.

The first three story arcs in the series were originally collected in large-size hardcovers which were published in a format similar to European albums. Beginning in 2005, the first two of these same story arcs were published in traditional American comic book size softcover edition:

The first 32 issues of the comic book have also been collected in eight softcovers, each of which reprint the contents of four individual issues:

  • Amy Racecar Volume 1 (ISBN 0-9727145-1-0) (collects the Stray Bullets issues featuring Amy Racecar as well as both issues of Amy Racecar Color Special.


The series has been nominated for numerous awards. Stray Bullets won the 1996 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist, Drama, and the trade paperback collection Stray Bullets: Innocence of Nihilism won the 1997 Eisner Award for "Best Graphic Album-Reprint"[2] the Comic Book Awards Almanac and was a top votegetter for the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favorite Reprint Graphic Novel/Album for the same year.

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