Get Started In USAGI YOJIMBO

Current Series  |  Latest Jumping-On Points  |  Compilations  |  1st Appearance  |  Origin Story  |  Main Publication History  |  Secondary Publication History  |  Key Storylines  |  Media Source Material  |  Key Issues

by snowbi-wan, updated May 2019

Usagi Yojimbo from writer/artist/letterer Stan Sakai, first appearing in late 1984, is arguably one of the consistently greatest comic books still being published today. The deceptively simple concept of an anthropomorphic, ronin (masterless samurai) rabbit in the feudal era of Japan, wandering the countryside in adventure, will draw you in completely because Sakai is a master storyteller. The rabbit, Miyamoto Usagi, is based in part on the real life samurai, Miyamoto Musashi, and exists among a cast of other compelling animal-based characters. It would be easy to discount Usagi Yojimbo as just another funny animal book born in the 1980s funny animal fad, but this critically-acclaimed series has outlasted nearly every other peer from its day for good reason. While the storyline is mostly episodic, there are longer plotlines being woven into the overall saga with occasional multi-part arcs that can easily stand alone. The other 'Stan' sums up Usagi Yojimbo concisely. 'I think Usagi Yojimbo is one of the most original, innovative, well-executed comic books anywhere to be found. Stan's style of artwork, his crisp incisive writing, and his thoroughly professional pacing, all done in a relaxed and absorbed manner, have provided comics with something so rarely seen in this field--a new literary and artistic approach to illustrated storytelling.' -- Stan Lee

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Current Series

This is a curated list of the current series to help you get started with Usagi Yojimbo comic books. The series listed in this section are predominantly series of individual comic issues, but the list can include digests and softcovers (and even hardcovers) if the material is original material.

As with most creator-owned series, the story is generally contained in a single ongoing series and subsequently collected into trade paperbacks. Usagi Yojimbo has transitioned publishers from Dark Horse to IDW. Dark Horse had a long-running ongoing series (Volume III, 165 issues at final count) that turned into a series of min-series, but there was only one mini, USAGI YOJIMBO: THE HIDDEN [2018] #1-7, before the IDW relaunch. Dark Horse's lone mini-series carries dual numbering, continuing the Volume III numbering after #165 as #166-172. Usagi Yojimbo is so masterfully written, that one can jump on at the start of any story arc and feel right at home with the characters and the world Stan Sakai has built.

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IDWOngoingUSAGI YOJIMBO [2019](ongoing relaunch at IDW)

Latest Jumping-On Points

Comic books are serialized periodicals. The absolute best place to jump on with any comic series is a series beginning, but, if the run has gotten lengthy, the beginning of a new story arc or of a new creative team are other great--and perfectly acceptable--places to get started right away. This section contains a curated list of the latest issues from current and recent series where you can get started in Usagi Yojimbo. Look below for series beginning or start of a story arc. Subsequent sections explore the subject's publishing history and indicate other less recent places to get started in Usagi Yojimbo.

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

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USAGI YOJIMBO #1Quick ViewJun 2019USAGI YOJIMBO [2019] #1   (BUNRAKU, Part 1 (series beginning))IN STOCK$3.99
USAGI YOJIMBO #2
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Jul 2019USAGI YOJIMBO [2019] #2   (BUNRAKU, Part 2)UNAVAILABLE$3.39
USAGI YOJIMBO #3
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Aug 2019USAGI YOJIMBO [2019] #3   (BUNRAKU, Part 3)UNAVAILABLE$3.39
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Sep 2019USAGI YOJIMBO [2019] #4   (THE HERO, Part 1 (start of a story arc))UNAVAILABLE$3.39
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Oct 2019USAGI YOJIMBO [2019] #5   (THE HERO, Part 2)PRE-ORDER$3.99
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PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

Compilations

In modern comic publishing, it's common (and expected) for individual comic book issues to be collected into compilations of trade paperbacks and/or hardcovers, as well as other special compilations. Unlike the individual source issues, the collected editions typically stay in print for long periods and are less 'collectible.' If individual issues are out of reach or are not of interest to you or if you just need reading copies, the following collected editions of Usagi Yojimbo comic books are the most recent in-print editions and are the perfect alternative to get started right away with Usagi Yojimbo. The following compilations are presented in a chronologically-based suggested reading order with softcover editions before any hardcover editions (unless the only in-print editions are hardcover--these are integrated into the softcover list).

Since there are so many Usagi Yojimbo volumes still in print, the list below concentrates on the softcover versions only. Hardcover versions of nearly every item in the list do exist.

Dark Horse publishes all of the Usagi Yojimbo compilations except for the original Fantagraphics material from 1987-1993, a run of 38 individual issues. Fantagraphics still publishes the compilations of that original comic book series. These issues along with some other miscellaneous material make up the first seven volumes of the Usagi Yojimbo trade paperback series, Books 1-7. Dark Horse began their compilations with Book 8, avoiding some confusion in the chronology, and picked up with a compilation of the Mirage material before their own Dark Horse material. However, Dark Horse stopped reprinting the earliest volumes of their trade paperback series and began a new series of trade paperbacks, USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA [2014-TPB], which collects three of the old volumes into one hefty tome each of the newer Saga series. It's all the same material, just repackaged in larger chunks. They started the Saga series with Book 1, injecting some confusion back into the process of getting started, as there are now two Book 1's. So, if you are interested in reading all of Usagi's adventures chronologically, you should begin with the first seven volumes of the regular trade paperback series (these are published by Fantagraphics). Then you will need to transition into Dark Horse's USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA series--beginning with Book 1--through its existing volumes. Finally, you would transition back to the regular Dark Horse volumes that have not been collected yet into the Saga series. Additionally, Dark Horse has a few other companion volumes specifically collecting the Space Usagi and TMNT related material outside of the main Usagi Yojimbo comic book series. The following list is arranged conveniently for you in chronological publishing order. As mentioned elsewhere in this guide, however, Usagi Yojimbo is a very reader friendly series--one can begin anywhere without feeling lost. Happy reading!

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USAGI YOJIMBO BOOK 01: THE RONINQuick ViewOct 2013USAGI YOJIMBO [1987-TPB] BOOK 01: THE RONIN
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USAGI YOJIMBO BOOK 02: SAMURAIQuick ViewOct 2013USAGI YOJIMBO [1987-TPB] BOOK 02: SAMURAI
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USAGI YOJIMBO BOOK 03: THE WANDERER'S ROADQuick ViewOct 2013USAGI YOJIMBO [1987-TPB] BOOK 03: THE WANDERER'S ROAD
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USAGI YOJIMBO BOOK 04: THE DRAGON BELLOW CONSPIRACYQuick ViewApr 2013USAGI YOJIMBO [1987-TPB] BOOK 04: THE DRAGON BELLOW CONSPIRACY
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USAGI YOJIMBO BOOK 05: LONE GOAT AND KIDQuick ViewApr 2013USAGI YOJIMBO [1987-TPB] BOOK 05: LONE GOAT AND KID
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USAGI YOJIMBO BOOK 06: CIRCLESQuick ViewJun 2014USAGI YOJIMBO [1987-TPB] BOOK 06: CIRCLES
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USAGI YOJIMBO BOOK 07: GEN'S STORYQuick ViewOct 2014USAGI YOJIMBO [1987-TPB] BOOK 07: GEN'S STORY
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USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA BOOK 01Quick ViewOct 2014USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA [2014-TPB] BOOK 01
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USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA BOOK 02Quick ViewMar 2015USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA [2014-TPB] BOOK 02
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USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA BOOK 03Quick ViewJun 2015USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA [2014-TPB] BOOK 03
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USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA BOOK 04Quick ViewAug 2015USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA [2014-TPB] BOOK 04
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USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA BOOK 05Quick ViewNov 2015USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA [2014-TPB] BOOK 05
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USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA BOOK 06Quick ViewApr 2016USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA [2014-TPB] BOOK 06
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USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA BOOK 07Quick ViewSep 2016USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA [2014-TPB] BOOK 07
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USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA VOL 08Quick ViewMar 2019USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA [2014-TPB] VOL 08
  (contains non-'SAGA' TPB VOL 29-30)
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USAGI YOJIMBO VOL 29: TWO HUNDRED JIZOQuick ViewJun 2015USAGI YOJIMBO [1997-TPB] VOL 29: TWO HUNDRED JIZO
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USAGI YOJIMBO VOL 30: THIEVES AND SPIESQuick ViewJul 2016USAGI YOJIMBO [1997-TPB] VOL 30: THIEVES AND SPIES
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USAGI YOJIMBO VOL 31: THE HELL SCREENQuick ViewJun 2017USAGI YOJIMBO [1997-TPB] VOL 31: THE HELL SCREEN
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USAGI YOJIMBO VOL 32: MYSTERIESQuick ViewJun 2018USAGI YOJIMBO [1997-TPB] VOL 32: MYSTERIES
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USAGI YOJIMBO VOL 33: THE HIDDENQuick ViewApr 2019USAGI YOJIMBO [1997-TPB] VOL 33: THE HIDDEN
  
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USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA: LEGENDS Quick ViewJul 2017USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA: LEGENDS [2017-TPB]
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USAGI YOJIMBO/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Quick ViewSep 2018USAGI YOJIMBO/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION [2018-TPB]
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1st Appearance

The first appearance of a character in comic book form is often the most valuable issue featuring that character. It's a nice place to get started in Usagi Yojimbo, if it's within your budget. Usagi Yojimbo was introduced in the anthology series ALBEDO [1983] in issue #2. After a few appearances in this series, he moved to another anthology series, CRITTERS [1984]. From there he launched into his own self-titled series and has been in publication ever since.

  • ALBEDO [1983] #2  (1st appearance of Usagi Yojimbo)

Origin Story

The original presentation of an origin story or a retelling/recounting of it can be a good place to get started with a character or subject. Usagi Yojimbo's origin story is not essential to getting started with him or to enjoying his ongoing adventures, but it can be found in the first four issues of Volume I from Fantagraphics, USAGI YOJIMBO [1987] #1-4 as an eight-part story called THE SAMURAI. Dark Horse does not have the rights to reprint Volume I, so you'll have to find a compilation published by Fantagraphics if you don't want to splurge for the individual issues. They can be purchased digitally from Dark Horse. The 1996 volume from Dark Horse started with a 4-page synopsis of Usagi's backstory.

  • USAGI YOJIMBO [1987] #1-4   (THE SAMURAI, origin of Usagi Yojimbo)
  • USAGI YOJIMBO [1996] #1   (ORIGIN TALE, 4-page synopsis of Usagi Yojimbo's backstory)

Main Publication History

Series beginnings are always great places to get started in comic books. Here is the Main Publication History for Usagi Yojimbo comic books. Having been born in the great black and white era of the 1980's, Usagi Yojimbo proved his popularity in anthology titles before getting his own ongoing series. He first appeared in a handful of early issues of ALBEDO [1983] from Thoughts and Images but moved into the early issues of Fantagraphics' CRITTERS [1986] where he had regular appearances before getting his own one-shot. His continued popularity lead to his first ongoing series, USAGI YOJIMBO [1986], but he had a few more appearances in CRITTERS [1986] afterwards as well. Usagi stayed with Fantagraphics until 1992, when he jumped over to Mirage Publishing for a few years, published alongside their premiere creator-owned property, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In 1996, Usagi switched publishers to Dark Horse and has been in nearly continuous publication with them since. In 2019, Usagi Yojimbo switched publishers from Dark Horse to IDW with a relaunch. The following list contains Usagi Yojimbo's anthology appearances before he earned his own self-titles series, then the list concentrates on appearances where he was a headline character. See the Secondary Publication History for other minor appearances.

  • ALBEDO [1983] #2-4   
  • CRITTERS [1986] #1, 3, 6-7, 10-11, 14, 23, 38, 50   (Fantagraphics publishing begins)
  • USAGI YOJIMBO SUMMER SPECIAL [1986] #1   (includes an original story plus reprints of the material from ALBEDO [1983] #2-4)
  • USAGI YOJIMBO [1987] #1-38   ('Volume I')
  • USAGI YOJIMBO COLOR SPECIAL [1989] #1-3   (includes original stories plus reprints of one-off appearances)
  • SPACE USAGI [1992] #1-3   (Mirage publishing begins; descendant of UY in a futuristic Japan that also emulates the feudal era)
  • USAGI YOJIMBO [1993] #1-16   ('Volume II')
  • SPACE USAGI [1993] #1-3   
  • SPACE USAGI [1996] #1-3   (Dark Horse publishing begins)
  • USAGI YOJIMBO [1996] #1-165   ('Volume III')
  • USAGI YOJIMBO COLOR SPECIAL [1997] #4   (collects 24-page serialized story (twelve 2-page chapters) originally published in Diamond's PREVIEWS [1988] V6/#9-12, V7/#1-8)
  • USAGI YOJIMBO: YOKAI [2009-HC]    (original story published in hardcover)
  • USAGI YOJIMBO COLOR SPECIAL [2014] #5   (reprints stories from DARK HORSE PRESENTS [2011] #7, 35-36 and digital only issues of MYSPACE DARK HORSE PRESENTS #18, 35)
  • USAGI YOJIMBO: SENSO [2014] #1-6   (samurai epic with a sci-fi twist set 20 years in Usagi Yojimbo's future)
  • TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES/USAGI YOJIMBO [2017]    (cross-property crossover one-shot; 1st meeting with the turtles from IDW's continuity)
  • USAGI YOJIMBO: THE HIDDEN [2018] #1-7   (Volume III continues as a mini-series with dual numbering in the indicia)
  • USAGI YOJIMBO [2019] #1-   (ongoing relaunch at IDW)

Secondary Publication History

If you've already enjoyed some of the series listed in the Main Publication History above, series from this secondary publication list are very good places to further your exploration. In this section we list smaller appearances of Usagi Yojimbo (UY) in publications where he is not the headline character. Excepting, of course, for ALBEDO and CRITTERS--you can find his earliest appearances in these anthology titles in the Main Publication History. Many of the brief appearance in the list below are reprinted throughout Usagi's compilations.

  • DOOMSDAY SQUAD [1986] #3   (contains 8-page UY story)
  • GRIMJACK [1984] #30   (appearance of UY in backup story)
  • PENGUIN AND PENCILGUIN [1987] #1   (appearance of UY in one story)
  • BORIS THE BEAR INSTANT COLOR CLASSICS [1987] #1   (titular character slays parody versions of nearly all 80's funny animals, including UY)
  • TURTLE SOUP [1987] #1   (contains 6-page UY story; 1st Usagi Yojimbo/TMNT crossover (in comics))
  • EQUINE THE UNCIVILIZED [1985] #6   (cameo appearance of UY)
  • SHELL SHOCK [1989-TPB]    (contains original 10-page story with another UY/TMNT crossover)
  • TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES [1984] #47   (contains 8-page UY story; UY meets Space Usagi; 1st appearance of Space Usagi)
  • MIGHTY MAGNOR [1993] #3   (cameo appearances of UY, Stan Sakai)
  • SHANDA THE PANDA [1993] #4   (cameo appearance of UY in one story)
  • NINJA HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK [1989] #6   (appearance of UY on cover)
  • PREVIEWS [1988] V6/#9-12, V7/#1-8   (contains serialized 24-page UY story (2 pages per catalog), reprinted in USAGI YOJIMBO COLOR SPECIAL [1992] #4)
  • ART OF USAGI YOJIMBO [1997] #1-2   
  • TRILOGY TOUR II [1998] #1   (contains 8-page UY story)
  • DARK HORSE PRESENTS [1986] #140   (contains 8-page UY story)
  • ONI DOUBLE FEATURE [1998] #11   (contains 1-page UY story)
  • DARK HORSE PRESENTS ANNUAL [1998] #1999   (contains 8-page UY story)
  • WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE [1997M] #97   (contains 3-page UY story)
  • DARK HORSE EXTRA [1998-NP] #20-23   (contains serialized UY story)
  • NOCTURNALS: TROLL BRIDGE [2000]    (appearance of UY)
  • DARK HORSE MAVERICK 2001 [2001]    (contains 6-page UY story)
  • DARK HORSE EXTRA [1998-NP] #45-48   (contains serialized UY story)
  • MORE FUND COMICS [2003-TPB]    (anthology benefit collection contains UY story)
  • USAGI YOJIMBO SKETCHBOOK [2004-MINI] #1-13   (ashcan-sized, self-published sketchbook that Stan distributes exclusively at conventions and from his website)
  • DRAWING THE LINE [2004-TPB]    (anthology benefit collection contains UY story)
  • MYSPACE DARK HORSE PRESENTS [2008-TPB] VOL 2, VOL 4   (2 of the 4 compilations of the digital anthology series contain an UY story; these brief stories were previously reprinted in USAGI YOJIMBO COLOR SPECIAL [2014] #5)
  • FREE COMIC BOOK DAY AND STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS--GUANTLET OF DEATH [2009]    (contains 6-page UY story)
  • DARK HORSE PRESENTS [2011] #7   (contains 8-page UY story, reprinted in USAGI YOJIMBO COLOR SPECIAL [2014] #5)
  • DARK HORSE PRESENTS [2011] #35-36   (contains 8-page UY story, reprinted in USAGI YOJIMBO COLOR SPECIAL [2014] #5)
  • CBLDF PRESENTS LIBERTY ANNUAL [2010] #2014   (contains 4-page UY story)

Selected Key Storylines

This section contains a curated list of some of the best storylines for Usagi Yojimbo, any one of which can be a good place to get started. In fact, any of Usagi Yojimbo's strong story arcs can be enjoyed by itself...as well as within the grand saga chronologically. While it may seem counter-intuitive, there really is no wrong place to get started with Usagi Yojimbo.

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1987USAGI YOJIMBO [1987] #1-4   (THE SAMURAI, origin of Usagi Yojimbo)
1988USAGI YOJIMBO [1987] #13-18   (THE DRAGON BELLOW CONSPIRACY, big fan-favorite, partially inspired by Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai)
1991USAGI YOJIMBO [1987] #28-31   (CIRCLES, this one has it all: sword battles, humor, suspense, mythology and folklore, slapstick, and emotional impact)
1993USAGI YOJIMBO [1993] #1-3   (SHADES OF GREEN, excellent crossover with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kicked off ongoing Volume II)
1997USAGI YOJIMBO [1996] #13-22   (GRASSCUTTER, if you only read one...this is the most popular Usagi Yojimbo story)
2000USAGI YOJIMBO [1996] #39-45   (GRASSCUTTER II, strong follow-up arc to critically-acclaimed original arc)
2002USAGI YOJIMBO [1996] #60   (DUEL AT KITANOJI, fan-favorite stand-alone issue)

Media Source Material

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If you've enjoyed non-comic media for Usagi Yojimbo, this section describes the comic book source material for some of the most popular non-comic media. Although he has yet to get his own show, Usagi has appeared in several episodes of several different Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' animated television series. These appearances--sometimes in the turtles universe and sometimes in Usagi's universe--are all original material, however, and not based off of any comic book source material. Over time, Usagi and the turtles have become close inter-dimensional allies on television as well as in comics. Usagi Yojimbo has been optioned for an animated television series, so we'll see if it materializes and which source material--if any--it is based upon.

Key Issues

A key issue can be an acceptable place to get started with Usagi Yojimbo, but they are more of a collector's checklist, as they can carry high price tags. The following list includes all of Usagi's early appearances in the anthology series ALBEDO and CRITTERS, as they are all of interest to collectors.

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  • ALBEDO [1983] #2   (1st appearance of Usagi Yojimbo (Miyamoto Usagi))
  • ALBEDO [1983] #3   (1st appearance of Tomoe Ame)
  • ALBEDO [1983] #4   
  • CRITTERS [1986] #1   (1st appearance of Murakami Gennosuke (Gen))
  • CRITTERS [1986] #3   
  • USAGI YOJIMBO SUMMER SPECIAL [1986] #1   (reprints earliest UY stories from ALBEDO [1983] #2-4)
  • CRITTERS [1986] #6   
  • CRITTERS [1986] #7   (1st appearance of Zato Ino)
  • CRITTERS [1986] #10   (1st appearances of Mariko, Jotaro)
  • CRITTERS [1986] #11   
  • USAGI YOJIMBO [1987] #1   (1st issue of this series, origin of Usagi Yojimbo begins)
  • CRITTERS [1986] #14   
  • TURTLE SOUP [1987] #1   (contains 6-page UY story; 1st Usagi Yojimbo/TMNT crossover (in comics))
  • CRITTERS [1986] #23   
  • USAGI YOJIMBO [1987] #10   (1st appearance of Jei; appearance of TMNT)
  • CRITTERS [1986] #38   
  • CRITTERS [1986] #50   
  • USAGI YOJIMBO [1987] #32   (1st appearance of Kitsune)
  • USAGI YOJIMBO [1993] #1   (1st issue of this series, appearance of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • USAGI YOJIMBO [1996] #1   (1st issue of this series)
  • USAGI YOJIMBO [1996] #26   (1st appearance of Inspector Ishida)