Stray Bullets

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Stray Bullets
Cover to Stray Bullets #1 (1995). Art by David Lapham.
Publication information
Publisher El Capitan Books, Image Comics
Schedule Irregular
Format Ongoing series
Publication date March 1995 – March 2014
Number of issues 41
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. 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:

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.

In March 2014, Image Comics ended the hiatus of Stray Bullets with the publication of its final issue and the simultaneous launch of Stray Bullets: Killers, a new ongoing series picking up where the original series left off, as well as a giant-sized softcover trade paperback edition collecting all forty-one issues of the original series.[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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