Bongo Comics Group was a comic book publishing company founded in 1993 by Matt Groening along with Steve & Cindy Vance and Bill Morrison. It published comics related to the animated television series The Simpsons and Futurama, as well as the SpongeBob SquarePants comic, along with original material. It was named after Bongo, a rabbit character in Groening's comic strip Life in Hell.
|Founder||Matt Groening, Steve Vance, Cindy Vance, Bill Morrison|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||Santa Monica, California|
|Distribution||United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa|
|Key people||Nathan Kane, creative director|
Matt Groening, publisher
Bongo has, at some time in its history, printed Simpsons Comics, Simpsons Comics and Stories, Futurama Comics, Krusty Comics, Lisa Comics, Bart Simpson, Bartman, Itchy & Scratchy Comics and Radioactive Man.
Zongo Comics, also created by Groening, was Bongo Comics' counterpart geared towards niche audiences.
Groening launched Bongo Comics Group in 1993, perceiving a lack of funny books in the comic book industry at the time: "I go into comic book stores and look at all the stuff, and, for the most part, it looks like fairly grim science-fiction and superhero stuff ... I guess I just thought there was room out there for funny comic books." The company launched four titles, the bi-monthly Simpsons Comics and Radioactive Man Vol. 1, and the thrice-annually Itchy & Scratchy Comics and Bartman. Groening hoped that the new company would revitalise the industry, and held discussions to publish cross-overs with characters from other publishing companies. The comics use original story-lines rather than simply adapting episodes of the television series, although in 2011 editor Bill Morrison explained that the stories "fit in with the continuity of the shows."
2012 saw the company change their logo, and a new creative director was unveiled, with Nathan Kane promoted internally to replace the departing Bill Morrison.
It was announced at San Diego Comic Con in July 2018 that Bongo would be shutting down in October. Simpsons Comics #245 was the final issue released by Bongo.
- Simpsons Comics (1993–2018) 245 Issues
- Bartman (1993–1995) 6 Issues
- Itchy & Scratchy Comics (1993–1994) 4 Issues
- Radioactive Man Vol. 1 (1993–1994) 6 Issues
- Krusty Comics (1995) 3 Issues
- Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror (1995–2017) 23 Issues
- Roswell, Little Green Man (1996–1999) 6 Issues
- Hopster's Tracks (1998) 2 Issues
- Bart Simpson (2000–2016) 100 Issues
- Futurama Comics (2000–2017) 83 Issues
- Radioactive Man Vol. 2 (2000–2004) 9 Issues
- Futurama Simpsons Infinitely Secret Crossover Crisis (2002–2003) 2 Issues
- The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis II (2005) 2 Issues
- Heroes Anonymous (2003–2004) 6 Issues
- Simpsons Classics (2004–2011) 30 Issues
- Simpsons Super Spectacular (2005–2012) 16 Issues
- Bongo Comics Free-For-All (2006-2018) 13 Issues.
- The Simpsons Winter Wingding (2006–2015) 10 Issues
- The Simpsons Summer Shindig (2007–2015) 9 Issues
- Comic Book Guy: The Comic Book (2010) 5 Issues
- SpongeBob Comics (2011–2018) 85 Issues (distribution, published by United Plankton Pictures)
- SpongeBob Comics Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular (2013–2018) 6 Issues (distribution, published by United Plankton Pictures)
- Sergio Aragonés Funnies (2011–2014) 12 Issues
- Simpsons Illustrated (2012–2017) 28 Issues
- Simpsons One-Shot Wonders (2012–2014) 8 Issues
- Mylo Xyloto (2012) 6 Issues
Single issue publicationsEdit
- Bongo Comics Group Spectacular (1993)
- Simpsons Comics and Stories (1993)
- The Official History of Bongo Comics (Fall 1993)
- Bartman and Radioactive Man #1 (1994)
- Lisa Comics (April 1995)
- Bart Simpson's Joke Book (June 1995)
- Futurama Comics #1 (July 2000) A 2000 San Diego Comic-Con variant of Futurama Comics #1.
- Free Comic Book Day: Gimme! Gimme! Giveaway! (2005)
- Radioactive Man #711 (July 2007) Promotional comic available only at 7-Eleven.
- Futurama Returns (July 2007) A 2007 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive.
- Delivery-Boy Man (July 2010) A 2010 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive.
- The Simpsons Best Superhero Stories Ever! The Collector's Edition (July 2011) A San Diego Comic-Con exclusive.
- Ralph Wiggum Comics (February 2012) First issue of the One-Shot Wonder series.
- Bart Simpson's Pal, Milhouse (April 2012) Second issue of the One-Shot Wonder series.
- The Simpsons Go for the Gold (July 2012) A San Diego Comic-Con exclusive.
- Li'l Homer Comics (August 2012) Third issue of the One-Shot Wonder series.
- Maggie (October 2012) Fourth issue of the One-Shot Wonder series.
- Professor Frink's Fantastic Science Fictions (February 2013) Fifth issue of the One-Shot Wonder series.
- The Malevolent Mr. Burns (June 2013) Sixth issue of the One-Shot Wonder series.
- Two One-Shot Wonders in One (July 2013) A 2013 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive. It contains The Malevolent Mr. Burns and Professor Frink's Fantastic Science Fictions.
- The Wonderful World of Lisa Simpson (December 2013) Seventh issue of the One-Shot Wonder series.
- Duffman Adventures (April 2014) Eighth issue of the One-Shot Wonder series.
- The Greatest Bartman Stories Ever Told! (July 2014) A 2014 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive containing an assortment of previously published Bartman stories.
- Kang & Kodos (August 2014) Ninth issue of the One-Shot Wonder series.
- McBain (December 2014) Tenth issue of the One-Shot Wonder series.
- Jimbo Jones (September 2015) Eleventh issue of the One-Shot Wonder series.
- Grampa Simpson's Adventure (December 2015) Twelfth issue of the One-Shot Wonder series.
- Krusty the Clown (April 2017) Thirteenth issue of the One-Shot Wonder series. First released digitally through the Simpsons Store app. A print version was released in February 2018.
- The Mighty Moe Szyslak (June 2017) Fourteenth issue of the One-Shot Wonder series.
- Bartman Spectacularly Super Secret Saga #1 (August 2017) Fifteenth issue of the One-Shot Wonder series.
- Bartman Spectacularly Super Secret Saga #2 (October 2017) Sixteenth issue of the One-Shot Wonder series.
- Bartman Spectacularly Super Secret Saga #3 (December 2017) Seventeenth issue of the One-Shot Wonder series.
- Chief Wiggum's Felonious Funnies (March 2018) Eighteenth issue of the One-Shot Wonder series.
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