Comic BomBom

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Comic BomBom
Comic BonBon Dec 2007.jpg
Cover of the final issue of Comic BomBom
CategoriesChildren's manga (elementary school boys)[1][2][3][4]
First issueOctober 1981
Final issueDecember 2007
Based inTokyo

Comic BomBom (コミックボンボン, Komikku Bonbon) was a monthly Japanese manga magazine published by Kodansha and targeted at elementary school boys.[2][5] Each issue had 700+ pages, with 80 of them being full-color advertisements. Similar to its rival CoroCoro Comic, it featured tie-ins with game makers and toy makers but toward the end of its run had less of that.


Comic BomBom was established in 1981.[citation needed] The first issue was published on October 15, 1981. Mobile Suit Gundam was extremely popular at that time. Although the Gundam boom is centered at the higher age group, the fire slowly spread to the lower age group in the form of gunpla and thus it was decided to mainly publish gunpla content. Many popular series were published in Comic BomBom like the SD Gundam series, Rockman series and Medarot series, just to name a few.

In September 1996, Comic BomBom's popularity decline started once the Pokémon Boom began. CoroCoro Comic began to run manga based on popular franchises, such as Mushiking, Pokémon, and Beyblade. Meanwhile, BomBom stuck with Gundam and original manga. BomBom then fell into its Dark Age, with King of Bandit Jing being its most popular manga running.

In June 1997, Comic BomBom skyrocketed out of nowhere and began to rise to its Golden Age, due to the popularity of BomBom's new Medarot and Cyborg Kuro-chan manga. As years flew by, BomBom began to run more original manga than before. The magazine began to include small prizes in every issue. At one point, Comic BomBom's sales began to increase higher than the sales of CoroCoro Comic.[2] But in 2005, sales and popularity began to decline again.[6]

In the January 2006 issue, Comic BomBom underwent a renewal. It features a revamped logo and a size increase from A5 to B5. The price remains at 480yen.

Due to declining sales, the title ended in with the December 2007 issue, released on November 15. It was replaced by Shōnen Rival.[2]

Featured manga[edit]

Note: Series with an asterisk next to them were currently running when the magazine ceased publication in Dec 2007.





  1. ^ "コミックボンボン:講談社の子供向けマンガ誌 ウェブマンガで10年ぶりに"復活"". MANTANWEB (in Japanese). July 21, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2019. 「コミックボンボン」は、小学館の「コロコロコミック」と人気を二分した子供向けのマンガ誌で、1981年11月に創刊した。 (Comic BomBom is a manga magazine for children that has split popularity with Shogakukan's CoroCoro Comic and was launched in November 1981.)
  2. ^ a b c d Loo, Egan (July 17, 2007). "Comic BonBon Ends in 2007, Shōnen Rival Starts April". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Loo, Egan (January 22, 2008). "Kodansha Plans 300,000 Copies for New Shōnen Rival Mag". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 2, 2020. Unlike Comic BonBon with its target audience of elementary schoolchildren, the publisher will aim Monthly Shōnen Rival at junior high schoolers.
  4. ^ "Comic Bon Bon". Kodan Club. Archived from the original on April 17, 2008. Retrieved April 6, 2020. The essential boy's comic for all elementary school students who want to read comics that feature characters from their favorite computer games, TV shows, and toys or original characters that will eventually evolve into games, animations, and toys.
  5. ^ "Comic BomBom" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 4 March 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Manga Anthology Circulations 2004-2006". ComiPress. December 27, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2019.

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