Get Started In SIMPSONS

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by snowbi-wan, updated Jul 2019

The Simpsons are that iconic yellow-hued family consisting of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. The animated show is the longest-running American television series with a mulititude of awards. The show parodies American culture and society through its titular family and their large stable of supporting characters. Bongo Comics was created specifically to publish Simpsons comic books, and their flagship comic book title, SIMPSONS COMICS, was a long-running comic book series. Many characters in the Simpsons world have had their own one-shots or mini-series, including the fictional-within-a-fiction characters, such as Itchy and Scratchy and Radioactive Man.

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Current Series

Bongo published an ongoing flagship series accompanied by other specials throughout the years and occasional mini-series or other short-lived series. Sadly, the ongoing series ended after 25 years with issue #245, and Bongo Comics has shut down. Since there are no current series for the Simpsons, there are no current jumping-on points. To get started alternatively, you can check the Compilations section for compilations that are still in print, or you can check the Publishing History sections for historical series. Sign up for our Free Recommendations Service with the SIMPSONS tag, and we'll notify you via email if new Simpsons comics become available.

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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 Simpsons comic books are the most recent in-print editions and are the perfect alternative to get started right away with Simpsons. 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).

Bongo's trade paperbacks do not follow the standard method of compiling sequential issues in numbered volumes. They jump around a little with the issue numbers that are compiled, and none of the compilations bear a volume number. This allows readers to pick up any trade paperback to begin. Please note: some 'volumes' may be out-of-print (OOP), and all are headed that way unless Harper Collins continues Bongo's previous trade paperback efforts.

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CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 01:] EXTRAVAGANZAQuick ViewJul 1994SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 01:] EXTRAVAGANZA
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 02:] SPECTACULARQuick ViewJun 1995SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 02:] SPECTACULAR
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 03:] SIMPSORAMAQuick ViewMay 1996SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 03:] SIMPSORAMA
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 04:] STRIKE BACK!Quick ViewOct 1996SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 04:] STRIKE BACK!
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 05:] WINGDINGQuick ViewMay 1997SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 05:] WINGDING
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 06:] ON PARADEQuick ViewMay 1998SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 06:] ON PARADE
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 07:] BIG BONANZAQuick ViewJan 1999SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 07:] BIG BONANZA
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 08:] A GO-GOQuick ViewJan 2000SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 08:] A GO-GO
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 09:] ROYALEQuick ViewApr 2001SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 09:] ROYALE
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 10:] UNCHAINEDQuick ViewMar 2002SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 10:] UNCHAINED
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 11:] MADNESSQuick ViewMar 2003SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 11:] MADNESS
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 12:] BELLY BUSTERQuick ViewFeb 2004SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 12:] BELLY BUSTER
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 13:] BARN BURNERQuick ViewFeb 2005SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 13:] BARN BURNER
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 14:] JAM-PACKED JAMBOREEQuick ViewFeb 2006SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 14:] JAM-PACKED JAMBOREE
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 15:] BEACH BLANKET BONGOQuick ViewFeb 2007SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 15:] BEACH BLANKET BONGO
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 16:] DOLLARS TO DONUTSQuick ViewApr 2008SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 16:] DOLLARS TO DONUTS
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 17:] HIT THE ROAD!Quick ViewAug 2012SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 17:] HIT THE ROAD!
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 18:] GET SOME FANCY BOOK LEARNIN'Quick ViewMar 2010SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 18:] GET SOME FANCY BOOK LEARNIN'
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 19:] MELTDOWNQuick ViewMar 2011SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 19:] MELTDOWN
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 20:] CONFIDENTIALQuick ViewApr 2012SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 20:] CONFIDENTIAL
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 21:] SUPERNOVAQuick ViewJan 2013SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 21:] SUPERNOVA
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 22:] SHAKE-UPQuick ViewJan 2014SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 22:] SHAKE-UP
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 23:] CHAOSQuick ViewDec 2015SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 23:] CHAOS
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 24:] KNOCKOUTQuick ViewDec 2016SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 24:] KNOCKOUT
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 25:] GAME ON!Quick ViewJan 2018SIMPSONS COMICS [1994-TPB] [VOL 25:] GAME ON!
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SIMPSONS COMICS [VOL 26:] SHOW STOPPERQuick ViewFeb 2019SIMPSONS COMICS [2019-TPB] [VOL 26:] SHOW STOPPER
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SIMPSONS COMICS COLOSSAL COMPENDIUM VOL 01Quick ViewSep 2013SIMPSONS COMICS COLOSSAL COMPENDIUM [2013-TPB] VOL 01
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SIMPSONS COMICS COLOSSAL COMPENDIUM VOL 02Quick ViewJul 2014SIMPSONS COMICS COLOSSAL COMPENDIUM [2013-TPB] VOL 02
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SIMPSONS COMICS COLOSSAL COMPENDIUM VOL 03Quick ViewJul 2015SIMPSONS COMICS COLOSSAL COMPENDIUM [2013-TPB] VOL 03
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SIMPSONS COMICS COLOSSAL COMPENDIUM VOL 04Quick ViewJun 2016SIMPSONS COMICS COLOSSAL COMPENDIUM [2013-TPB] VOL 04
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SIMPSONS COMICS COLOSSAL COMPENDIUM VOL 05Quick ViewJun 2017SIMPSONS COMICS COLOSSAL COMPENDIUM [2013-TPB] VOL 05
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SIMPSONS COMICS COLOSSAL COMPENDIUM VOL 06Quick ViewJun 2018SIMPSONS COMICS COLOSSAL COMPENDIUM [2013-TPB] VOL 06
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SIMPSONS COMICS COLOSSAL COMPENDIUM VOL 07Quick ViewJul 2019SIMPSONS COMICS COLOSSAL COMPENDIUM [2019-TPB] VOL 07
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TREEHOUSE OF HORROR VOL 01: HEEBIE-JEEBIE HULLABALOOQuick ViewAug 2012TREEHOUSE OF HORROR [1995-TPB] VOL 01: HEEBIE-JEEBIE HULLABALOO
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TREEHOUSE OF HORROR VOL 02: SPINE-TINGLING SPOOKTACULARQuick ViewOct 2011TREEHOUSE OF HORROR [1995-TPB] VOL 02: SPINE-TINGLING SPOOKTACULAR
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TREEHOUSE OF HORROR VOL 03: FUN-FILLED FRIGHTFESTQuick ViewOct 2011TREEHOUSE OF HORROR [1995-TPB] VOL 03: FUN-FILLED FRIGHTFEST
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TREEHOUSE OF HORROR VOL 04: HOODOO VOODOO BROUHAHAQuick ViewSep 2006TREEHOUSE OF HORROR [1995-TPB] VOL 04: HOODOO VOODOO BROUHAHA
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TREEHOUSE OF HORROR VOL 05: DEAD MAN'S JESTQuick ViewSep 2013TREEHOUSE OF HORROR [1995-TPB] VOL 05: DEAD MAN'S JEST
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TREEHOUSE OF HORROR VOL 06: FROM BEYOND THE GRAVEQuick ViewAug 2011TREEHOUSE OF HORROR [1995-TPB] VOL 06: FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE
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BART SIMPSON BREAKS OUT Quick ViewApr 2019BART SIMPSON BREAKS OUT [2019-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 Simpsons, if it's within your budget.

The first comic strips based on The Simpsons appeared in 1991 in the magazine SIMPSONS ILLUSTRATED [1991], which was a companion magazine to the show. It contained a mix of articles and comic strips. (An annual issue of SIMPSONS ILLUSTRATED [1991], called SIMPSONS 1992 ANNUAL [1992] is comic book-sized and--although it contains mostly comics--it is still a mix of articles and comics.) The comic strips were popular though, and the one-shot SIMPSONS COMICS AND STORIES [1993] #1 was published for fans through Welsh Publishing Group. Due to the success of this comic book, Matt Groening and company created Bongo Comics specifically to publish Simpsons comic books. The first issue of the long-running flagship SIMPSONS COMICS from Bongo is a key issue, but not a first appearance.

  • SIMPSONS ILLUSTRATED [1991-MAG] #1: SPRING 1991  (1st appearance of Simpsons (in comic strip form))
  • SIMPSONS COMICS AND STORIES [1993] #1  (1st appearance of Simpsons (in comic book form))

Main Publication History

Series beginnings are always great places to get started in comic books. Here is the Main Publication History for Simpsons comic books. Reprint series published in countries outside the U.S. are not included in this list.

  • SIMPSONS ILLUSTRATED [1991-MAG] (8)   (quarterly magazine accompanying the animated television show, mix of articles and comic strips)
  • SIMPSONS 1992 ANNUAL [1992]    (annual issue associated with the 1991-1993 quarterly magazine)
  • SIMPSONS COMICS AND STORIES [1993] #1   
  • SIMPSONS COMICS [1993] #1-245   (flagship title)
  • RADIOACTIVE MAN [1993] #1, 88, 216, 412, 679, 1000   (sporadic numbering and past-dated cover dates of 6 issues present the fašade of a long publishing history)
  • ITCHY AND SCRATCHY COMICS [1993] #1-3   
  • ITCHY AND SCRATCHY COMICS HOLIDAY HI-JINX SPECIAL [1994] #1   (indicia lists this as issue #4 of ITCHY AND SCRATCHY COMICS [1993])
  • BARTMAN [1993] #1-6   
  • BARTMAN AND RADIOACTIVE MAN [1994] #1   
  • KRUSTY COMICS [1995] #1-3   
  • BART'S JOKE BOOK HERO ILLUSTRATED SPECIAL [1995]    (cover title: BART SIMPSON'S JOKE BOOK)
  • TREEHOUSE OF HORROR [1995] #1-23   (annual series of Halloween-themed issues)
  • LISA COMICS [1995] #1   
  • RADIOACTIVE MAN [1995] #1   (cover title: RADIOACTIVE MAN 80 PG. COLOSSAL)
  • SIMPSONS COMICS PRESENTS BART SIMPSON [2000] #1-100   
  • RADIOACTIVE MAN [2000] #100, 222, 136, 4, 575, 106, 7-8, 197   (sporadic numbering and past-dated cover dates of 9 more issues continue the fašade of a long publishing history)
  • FUTURAMA/SIMPSONS INFINITELY SECRET CROSSOVER CRISIS [2002] #1-2   
  • SIMPSONS CLASSICS [2004-MAG] #1-30   (quarterly magazine)
  • FUTURAMA/SIMPSONS CROSSOVER CRISIS II [2005] #1-2   
  • BONGO COMICS PRESENTS SIMPSONS SUPER SPECTACULAR [2005] #1-16   
  • SIMPSONS WINTER WINGDING [2006] #1-10   
  • SIMPSONS SUMMER SHINDIG [2007] #1-9   
  • SIMPSONS COMICS TREASURE TROVE [2008-DIG] #1-4   (digest-sized reprint collections)
  • BONGO COMICS PRESENTS COMIC BOOK GUY: THE COMIC BOOK [2010] #1-5   
  • SIMPSONS ILLUSTRATED [2012] #1-27   
  • SIMPSONS ONE-SHOT WONDERS: RALPH WIGGUM COMICS [2012] #1   
  • SIMPSONS ONE-SHOT WONDERS: BART SIMPSON'S PAL MILHOUSE [2012] #1   
  • SIMPSONS ONE-SHOT WONDERS: LI'L HOMER [2012] #1   
  • SIMPSONS ONE-SHOT WONDERS: MAGGIE [2012] #1   
  • SIMPSONS ONE-SHOT WONDERS: PROFESSOR FINK [2013] #1   
  • SIMPSONS ONE-SHOT WONDERS: MR. BURNS [2013] #1   
  • SIMPSONS ONE-SHOT WONDERS: LISA [2013] #1   
  • SIMPSONS ONE-SHOT WONDERS: DUFFMAN [2014] #1   
  • SIMPSONS ONE-SHOT WONDERS: KANG AND KODOS [2014] #1   
  • SIMPSONS COMICS EXPLOSION! [2014] #1-4   
  • SIMPSONS ONE-SHOT WONDERS: MCBAIN [2014] #1   
  • SIMPSONS ONE-SHOT WONDERS: JIMBO JONES [2015] #1   
  • SIMPSONS ONE-SHOT WONDERS: GRAMPA [2015] #1   
  • SIMPSONS ONE-SHOT WONDERS: KRUSTY THE CLOWN [2017] #1   
  • KRUSTY THE CLOWN [2018] #1   
  • MIGHTY MOE SZYSLAK [2018] #1   
  • BARTMAN'S SPECTACULARY SUPER SECRET SAGA [2018]    
  • CHIEF WIGGUM'S FELONIOUS FUNNIES [2018] #1   

Key Issues

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  • SIMPSONS ILLUSTRATED [1991-MAG] #1: SPRING 1991   (1st appearance of Simpsons (in comic strip form))
  • SIMPSONS COMICS AND STORIES [1993] #1   (1st appearance of Simpsons (in comic book form))
  • SIMPSONS COMICS [1993] #1   (1st issue of this series)
  • RADIOACTIVE MAN [1993] #1   (1st issue of this series; origin of Radioactive Man)
  • BONGO COMICS PRESENTS COMIC BOOK GUY: THE COMIC BOOK [2010] #1   (1st issue of this series)