Comic Bom Bom

コミックボンボン

Oct 1998 Nov 1998 Dec 1998
Jan 1999 Feb 1999 Mar 1999
Apr 1999 May 1999 Jun 1999

Raw scans can be found on MEGA via the links on the right.

Alternately parsed as Comic Bon Bon, Comic BomBom, Comic BonBon, or even Bom Bom Comics. A competitor to CoroCoro Comic that began in October 1981, a monthly comic anthology by Kodansha containing over seven hundred pages of manga and promos for toys, games, movies and hobbies.
It prominently featured tie-ins to anime, toy and video game franchises in the '90s onward, with spin-offs and adaptations of Gundam, Ultraman and other mecha/sentai series as some of its biggest draws at the time. It even spawned original material based on Western properties, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, and even the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

A couple of short-lived spin-offs were also released, most notably Deluxe Bom Bom (デラックスボンボン), which ran exclusive manga and had an extra emphasis on 4-koma. It only ran from July 1990 to April 1995; some series hopped to mainline Comic Bom Bom, while most were forced to suddenly wrap things up. The Comic Bom Bom line ended entirely in December 2007, but was later revived as an online publication on Pixiv in July 2017.

Ore-tachi Bom Bom-Dan (おれたちボンボン団) is perhaps the best resource for the magazine, listing the contents of every volume from 1991 to 2007 and most Deluxe volumes, the bibliography of the mangaka, and even remarks on the collected editions, noting which episodes are compiled and any edits that were made! Any gaps in its data I filled using Mandarake's photographs of their contents pages.
The list below is only a partial one. Deluxe Bom Bom series are marked with an asterisk (*).
Famicom Fuunji (ファミコン風雲児)Jun 1985 ~ Nov 1987
Famicom Hissho Dojo ( ファミコン必笑どーじょー)Aug 1985 ~ Oct 1987
Super Mario (スーパーマリオ)Dec 1988 ~ Sep 1998
Rock'n Game Boy (ロックンゲームボーイ)Oct 1989 ~ Dec 1991
Ganbare Goemon (がんばれゴエモン)Aug 1991 ~ Sep 1998
Rockman (ロックマン)Jan 1992 ~ Aug 1996
Cosmo Gang's World: Untouchable Cosmo Police (コズモギャングスワールド コズモポリスアンタッチャ)Feb 1993 ~ Aug 1993
Garou Densetsu (餓狼伝説)Mar 1993 ~ Jan 1996
* Garou Densetsu: Senritsu no Maougai (餓狼伝説 戦慄の魔王街)Dec 1993 ~ Sep 1994
Rockman X (ロックマンX)Jan 1994 ~ Aug 1998
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (ミュータントタートルズ)Mar 1994 ~ May 1995
* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4-Koma Stage (ミュータントタートルズ 4コマステージ)Jun 1994 ~ Apr 1995
* Irregular Hunter Rockman X (イレギュラーハンターロックマンX)Jul 1994 ~ Apr 1995
* X-MEN (Xメン)Jul 1994 ~ Oct 1994?
4-Koma Directive: X-MEN (4コマ指令! Xメン)Aug 1994 ~ Apr 1995
* Laughs & Laughs: X-MEN (笑と笑トX-MEN)Dec 1994 ~ Jan 1995
King of Bandit Jing (王ドロボウJING)Apr 1995 ~ May 1998
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles '95 / '96 (ミュータントタートルズ'95 / '96)Jun 1995 ~ Oct 1996
► Minasaaan! Bomberman desuyo!!Sep 1995 ~ Mar 1998
Puyo Puyo 4-Koma: Puyo Puyo~n (ぷよぷよ4コマ ぷよよん)Jan 1996 ~ Aug 1996
Rockman 8 (ロックマン8)Feb 1997 ~ Mar 1998
Rockman Maniax (ロックマンマニアックス)May 1997 ~ Feb 1998
Medabots (メダロット)Jun 1997 ~ Jul 2003
The King of Fighters: Kyo (ザ・キングオブファイターズ京)Apr 1998 ~ Jul 1998
Pocket Fighter (ポケットファイター)Apr 1998 ~ Sep 1998
Rockman & Forte (ロックマン&フォルテ)Apr 1998 ~ Jan 1999
The Miracle of the Zone: Summoner King Rex (MOZ 召喚王レクス)Jul 1998 ~ Dec 2001
Beast Wars II (ビーストウォーズII) Jul 1998 ~ Feb 1999
Robot Ponkottsu (ロボットポンコッツ) Aug 1998 ~ Mar 2003
Let's be a super GAME CREATOR!! (ゲームソフトをつくろう)Sep 1998 ~ May 1999
► Bomberman Bakuretsu School WarsNov 1998 ~ May 1999
Saint Fighter Devilman (闘神デビルマン)Nov 1998 ~ May 1999
Jiku Tantei Genshi-kun (時空探偵ゲンシクン 進め!ジクモン探偵団)Dec 1998 ~ May 1999
Ganbare Goemon: Kikiipatsu! Harahara Tenkomori Dochu-ki (がんばれゴエモン ~危機一髪! ハラハラてんこ盛り道中記~)Feb 1999 ~ Jul 1999
Beast Wars Neo (ビーストウォーズネオ)Apr 1999 ~ Oct 1999
Power Stone (パワーストーン)Apr 1999 ~ Sep 1999
Beast Wars Metals (ビーストウォーズメタルス)Nov 1999 ~ Apr 2000
Animastar (アニマスター)Mar 2000 ~ Nov 2000
Dokapon Q: Monster Hunter (ドカポンQ モンスターハンター)Jul 2001 ~ Jan 2002
Goemon: Shin Shudai Shumei! (ゴエモン 新世代襲名!)Dec 2001 ~ Aug 2003
Super Dog: Blender Bros. (スーパードッグ ブレンダーブロス)Dec 2001 ~ Oct 2002
Magi-Nation: Dan's Grand Moonland Adventure (マジャイネーション -ダンのムーンランド大冒険記-)Jul 2002 ~ Sep 2003
Mr. Driller (ミスタードリラー)Oct 2002 ~ Jun 2003
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children (真・女神転生 デビルチルドレン ライト&ダーク)Nov 2002 ~ Mar 2004
Space Fishermen (スペースフィッシャーメン)Nov 2002 ~ Jun 2003
Metroid: Samus & Joey (メトロイド サムス&ジョイ)Dec 2002 ~ Apr 2005
Dr. Mario-Kun (ドクターマリオくん) Jan 2003 ~ Dec 2007
Mechazawa-Kun (メカ沢くん)Feb 2003 ~ Apr 2005
Q-Robo Transformers (Qロボ トランスフォーマー)Apr 2003 ~ Nov 2004
Virtua Fighter Cyber Generation (バーチャファイター サイバージェネレーション)Apr 2004 ~ Feb 2005
Rakugaki Kingdom (ラクガキ王国 ピクセルの大冒険!!)Jul 2004 ~ Jun 2005
Spider-Man J (スパイダーマンJ)Sep 2004 ~ Nov 2005
Sly Cooper: Phantom Thief (怪盗スライクーパー)Jan 2005 ~ Sep 2005
Transformers: Galaxy Force (トランスフォーマー ギャラクシーフォース)Feb 2005 ~ Oct 2005
Made In Wario (メイドインワリオ)Mar 2005
Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether (メトロイドプライム エピソード オフ エーテル)Jul 2005 ~ Jan 2006

Super Mario

スーパーマリオ

By Kazuki Motoyama (本山一城), ran from December 1988 to September 1998. It had no consistent title as it constantly rebranded to whatever new game it adapted; often referred to as "KC Mario" because of the KC Deluxe branding on its collected editions.
A breezy comedy adventure recapping the stories of the games with its own oddball twists and characters. Spin-off games were often covered in Deluxe Bom Bom, and are marked in bold below. The games covered include:

  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (Nov 1988 ~ Apr 1989)
  • Super Mario Land (May 1989 ~ Jul 1990)
  • Dr. Mario (Aug 1990 ~ Oct 1990)
  • Super Mario World * (Nov 1990 ~ Sep 1992)
  • Mario Open Golf (Oct 1991 ~ January 1992)
  • Yoshi's Egg (Mar 1992 ~ May 1992)
  • Super Mario USA (Nov 1992 ~ Nov 1993)
  • Go! Go! Mario Paint (Nov 1992 ~ Nov 1993)
  • Super Mario Land 2 (Feb 1993 ~ Nov 1993)
  • Super Mario Kart (Oct 1992 ~ Aug 1993)
x 3
x 4
x 1
x 7
x 1
x 1
x 1
?
x 3
x 3
  • Yoshi's Safari (Sep 1993 ~ Apr 1994)
  • Mario & Wario (Dec 1993 ~ Feb 1994)
  • Wario Land (Mar 1994 ~ Apr 1995)
  • Wario's Woods (May 1994 ~ Jul 1994)
  • Donkey Kong Country (Aug 1994 ~ Aug 1995)
  • Yoshi's Island (Sep 1995 ~ Jun 1996)
  • Super Mario 64 (Jul 1996 ~ Sep 1998)
  • Mario Kart 64 (1996 Winter Super Jumbo)
  • Yoshi's Story (Jan 1998 ~ Jul 1998)
x 2
x 1
x 3
x 1
x 4
x 3
x 5

x 2

* Super Mario World was moved to Deluxe Bom Bom during Mario Open Golf's run, and resumed in Comic Bom Bom after that series ended.
The entire series was collected across 45 volumes; numbers after the running dates show how many volumes each series is collected in. Some one-offs or incidental stories were bundled into volumes of another game; the Mario Kart 64 one-off is found in the fourth Super Mario 64 book, for instance. I don't know if Mario Paint was reprinted.
The Chef has scanned a majority of the volumes on Imgur; download links can be found over at The Mushroom Kingdom. A few random chapters have been translated by MiloScat (MEGA / Flickr) to document their references to the Super Mario Bros. movie.

Rock'n Game Boy

ロックンゲームボーイ

By Shigeto Ikehara ( 池原しげと), ran from October 1989 to December 1991. Much like Famicom Rocky and its ilk, Hajime Nanba alternately has a heart attack trying to beat the latest Game Boy game, or thrashes his opponents using impractical button-pressing maneouvres.

Collected in five volumes, though apparently some episodes have portions trimmed or omitted. It's acknowledged on a few sites, including the Reploid Research Lavatory, but nobody's translated any of it to my knowledge.

Ganbare Goemon

がんばれゴエモン

By Hiroshi Obi (帯ひろ志), ran from August 1991 to September 1998. Based off the Konami franchise and recapping the four Super Nintendo games, plus the first PlayStation and N64 games, in addition to other escapades.

The series was collected in twelve volumes, though one of the stories was shortened in the collected edition [src]. Small scans of the Uchuu Kaizoku Akogingu volume are on Angelfire from Goe, and beatlesfan931 had scanned entire volumes and translated several chapters years ago... but hosted it all on MegaUpload, which is long dead.

Rockman

ロックマン

By Shigeto Ikehara ( 池原しげと), ran from January 1992 to August 1996. The adventures of Mega Man, recapping the first seven games in the classic series, as well as the first three Game Boy games.

Collected in 14 volumes; the Rockman 7 series was reissued in April 2011, and Rockman 1 & 2 in a single volume in December 2014. A majority of the chapters are summarised in text on the Mega Man Knowledge Base, and most of the series has been translated into Spanish at Traducción de Mangas Rockman, but I don't think there's been a proper English translation yet.

Cosmo Gang's World:
Untouchable Cosmo Police

コズモギャングスワールド コズモポリスアンタッチャ)

By Yoshimi Wamada (はまだよしみ), ran from February 1993 to August 1993. Based on the arcade games by Namco, a goofy cartoon parody of their own Galaga series.

Never ever reprinted!

Garou Densetsu

餓狼伝説

By Yuji Hosoi (細井雄二), began March 1993 to January 1996. The Legend of the Hungry Wolf, or Fatal Fury to most folks! Follows Terry Bogard and the boys as they get real miffed at Geese Howard and his various shenanigans.

Collected in 8 volumes. No translation to my knowledge.

Garou Densetsu: Senritsu no Maougai

餓狼伝説 戦慄の魔王街

By Ken Ishikawa (石川 賢), ran from December 1993 to September 1994 (?) in Deluxe Bom Bom. Roughly translated as Fatal Fury: Devil Street of Horror and apparently completely bonkers.

Collected in two volumes, which were compiled into one book for its reissue in March 2000. The full story is translated into English by Hokuto no Gun.

Rockman X

ロックマンX

By Shoji Imaki (今木 商事), ran from January 1994 to August 1998. Following Mega Man X's rising through the ranks of the Maverick Hunters, adapting Mega Man X through Mega Man X4.

Collected in 12 volumes. The first three volumes have been translated by Dr. Neko, and the entirety of X1 and X2 are available in Spanish at Traducción de Mangas Rockman.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

ミュータント・ニンジャ タートルズ

By Michael Haato (みかえる・は~と), ran from from March 1994 to May 1995. It's the heroes in a halfshell... in manga form! In addition to ordinary manga exploits, the series loosely adapted the third theatrical film from June to November 1994, and rebranded again as Mutant Turtles 4/4 for its final run from December 1994 onward.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 adaptation was collected in a single volume, and has been translated to English by the Optical Internet Translation Gang.

The rest of the series was never reprinted as far as I'm aware; I think the author worked on a couple of Kodansha-published TMNT books at the time, but I don't know if it featured these, new manga, or just artwork.

Irregular Hunter Rockman X

イレギュラーハンターロックマンX

By Shigeto Ikehara ( 池原しげと), ran from July 1994 to April 1995 in Deluxe Bom Bom. Maverick hunting in the 22nd century, an adaptation of Mega Man X with new characters and twists.

Collected in two volumes. The first volume was translated to English by PWN Scanslations (can't find the source, it seems to have only survived on questionable e-reader sites), and the first chapter is in Spanish at Traducción de Mangas Rockman.

X-MEN

Xメン

By Daisuke Inoue (井上大助), ran from July 1994 to October 1994 (possibly November, unconfirmed) in Deluxe Bom Bom. More than likely about those uncanny superheroes with the mutant powers and whatnot.

Never reprinted.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles '95

ミュータントタートルズ'95

By Shin Ogata[?] (緒方信), ran from June 1995 to October 1996, rebranding to Mutant Turtles '96 on January 1996. Likely based off the Japan-only Super Mutant Turtles toyline and OVA, though there's not much to go on!

This series never left the pages of Comic Bom Bom; the Super Turtles tankobon you might have seen are of the Dengeki Super Famicom series, not this.

Minasaaan! Bomberman desuyo!!

みなさ~ん! ボンバーマンですヨ!!

By Gen Sato (佐藤元), ran from September 1995 to March 1998. Quirky antics in modern day Japan with a rotating cast of Bombermen.

See the Totally Bombastic Bomberman Shrine Place for scans and info!

Puyo Puyo 4-Koma

By Yutaka Hirano (平野豊), began January 1996 to August 1996. A series of 4-koma focused on the world of Puyo Puyo, specifically the fourth instalment Puyo Puyo~n.

The series was collected in a single paperback under the title Puyo Puyo Daikoushin (ぷよぷよ大行進).

Rockman 8

ロックマン8

By Koji Izuki (出月こーじ), ran from February 1997 to March 1998. Wily's robots are still menacing Mega Man, and now the mysterious interstellar robot Duo barges his way into the skirmish.

Collected in three volumes, and reissued in two volumes in December 2015. Raw scans can be found at Tanjou Scanlations, and one chapter is available in English at Mega Man Amino, apparently based off a Spanish translation from Traducción de Mangas Rockman, though I can't find the source.

Rockman Maniax

ロックマンマニアックス

By Hitoshi Ariga (有賀ヒトシ), ran from May 1995 to March 1998. Silly skits, 4-koma and vignettes of the Mega Man universes.

Some material was reprinted in Ariga's Rockman Megamix volumes, though the whole thing was collected in one volume in 2011, and reprinted across two volumes with extra material in 2015. The Mega Man Knowledge Base summarises most of the contents.

Rockman & Forte

ロックマン&フォルテ

By Koji Izuki (出月こーじ), ran from April 1998 to January 1999. The rival robots Mega Man and Bass join forces against the tyrannical King.

Collected in two volumes, and reissued in a single volume in January 2016. The first volume has been translated by Tanjou Scanlations.

Robot Ponkottsu

ロボットポンコッツ

By Tamori Ha Taru (タモリはタル), began August 1998 to March 2003. Known as RoboPon in the West and one of many Pokémon tagalongs, focusing on cute robots.
It's also really horny? The kind of horny where 70% of each female character - hell, 70% of each panel! - is taken up by monster-sized gazongas and erect nips? BIG HORNY.

The series was collected in nine volumes, and reissues were released in 2013 and 2015.

Bomberman Bakuretsu School Wars

ボンバーマンバクレツ学校大戦争

By Kai Makoto (カイ・マコト), ran from November 1998 to May 1999. The cast of Saturn Bomberman are reimagined as warring elementary students, making every schoolyard squabble needlessly explosive.

See the Totally Bombastic Bomberman Shrine Place for scans and info!

Saint Fighter Devilman

マジャイネーション -ダンのムーンランド大冒険記-

By Yoshihiro Iwamoto (岩本 佳浩), ran from November 1998 to May 1999. Also transliterated as Toshin or Toushin Devilman. Kei Kamishiro fuses with the fallen Amon to battle the world-ending Zenon, with as much blood and guts as a Japanese kids magazine can allow.

Collected in a single volume in May 1999, and later reissued in May 2017 with some redrawn art and extra content, apparently. Raw scans can be found at Random Raws, though the series has not yet been translated.

Dokapon Q: Monster Hunter.

ドカポンQ モンスターハンター

By Kawori Sakano (坂野カヲリ), ran from July 2001 to January 2002. Most likely about a spiky haired dude whacking monsters in a cave.

Never reprinted.

Ganbare Goemon: Kikiipatsu!
Harahara Tenkomori Dochu-ki

がんばれゴエモン ~危機一髪! ハラハラてんこ盛り道中記~

By Hiromi Yamafuji (山藤ひろみ), ran from February 1999 to July 1999. Features original stories and tie-ins to the latest games, including Kuru Nara Koi! Ayashige Ikka no Kuroi Kage and Tengu-to no Gyakushuu!.

Never reprinted.

Super Dog: Blender Bros.

スーパードッグ ブレンダーブロス

By Koji Izuka (出月こーじ), ran from December 2001 to October 2002. We all remember Blender Bros., right? That weirdo Game Boy Advance game on the store shelf next to the other oddball titles like Hot Potato and Tang Tang? It got a manga, apparently! I still know absolutely nothing about it.

Never reprinted.

Goemon: Shin Shudai Shumei!

ゴエモン 新世代襲名!

By Tsushima Naoto (津島直人), ran from December 2001 to August 2003. Based off the futuristic reboot of Ganbare Goemon on PlayStation and Game Boy Advance, roughly translated "New Age Successor".

The series was collected in four volumes released from May 2002 to September 2003, simply titled "Goemon".

Magi-Nation:
Dan's Grand Moonland Adventure

マジャイネーション -ダンのムーンランド大冒険記-

By Itaru Watanabe (渡辺格), ran from July 2002 to June 2003. Based off the card game of the same name, or more specifically the Japan-only Game Boy Advance tie-in, of teenage Dan stumbling into a fantasy realm and battling monsters and what-have-you.

The series was collected in three volumes.

Mr. Driller

ミスタードリラー

By Kazumi Hoshi (星和弥), ran from October 2002 to June 2003. No doubt hilarity involving blocks and oxygen metres.

Never reprinted!

Space Fishermen

スペースフィッシャーメン

By Toshio Nishimura (西村としお), ran from November 2002 to June 2003. Yes, based off the Japan-only PlayStation 2 game that inexplicably has character designs from SpumCo of Ren & Stimpy fame.

Never rereleased and never scanned!

Metroid: Samus & Joey

メトロイド サムス&ジョイ

By Koji Izuki (出月こーじ), ran from December 2002 to April 2005. A rescued orphan serves as the audience viewpoint and potential warrior-in-training for Samus' adventures.

The series was collected in three paperbacks, but its final twelve stories under the Metroid EX (メトロイドEX) banner have never been reprinted. The entire series and the elusive EX stories have been scanned and translated over at Metroid Database.

Dr. Mario-Kun

ドクターマリオくん

By Kei Aoki (あおきけい), ran from January 2003 to December 2007. Seemingly a tie-in to promote the port of Dr. Mario 64 included in the Japan-only Nintendo Puzzle Collection? Medic-related mishaps with the Mario gang, one assumes.

Despite having five years of content, it's never been reprinted and is practically unknown online. You would not believe how irrationally miffed that makes me.

Mechazawa-kun

メカ沢くん

By Dynamic Taro (ダイナミック太郎), ran from February 2003 to April 2005. A cutesy spinoff of Sakigake!! Cromartie High School that puts the spotlight on the sober-voiced and extremely human classmate, Mechazawa.

One paperback volume was released partway through its run in December 2004, meaning the last six stories were never reprinted. No sign of a translation either!

Q-Robo Transformers

Qロボ トランスフォーマー

By Shoji Imaki (今木 商事), ran from April 2003 to November 2004. A quirky gag strip featuring Transformers from a variety of series, promoting the super-deformed Q-Robo Collection Figure toys.

A collected edition was later released in April 2005 under the title Bakusho Transformers Gag Colosseum (爆笑トランスフォーマー ギャグコロシアム).

Spider-Man J

スパイダーマンJ

By Akira Yamanaka (山中あきら), ran from September 2004 to November 2005. A Japanese spin on the famous wall crawler, following Sho Amano's web-slinging exploits against the nefarious Lord Gokibu.

The series was collected in Japan across two paperback volumes, and an official English translation was serialised in the Spider-Man Family anthology series, running from April 2007 to August 2008 across nine issues. It was later released in two collected editions, subtitled Japanese Knights and Japanese Daze.

The translation changes the characters' names to those of familiar Spider-Man faces; Peter Parker, Aunt May, and so on. The English books are also nearly a hundred pages shorter than the Japanese volumes; did they omit content?
Spider-Man Family is available digitally on Comixology and Marvel Unlimited platforms, though as of this writing Japanese Knights is only available as six individual issues on Comixology; Japanese Daze has yet to see a digital release.

Sly Cooper: Phantom Thief

怪盗スライクーパー

By Shoji Imaki (今木商事), ran from January 2005 to September 2005. It's possible it's based off that PlayStation 2 game of the same name about a thieving raccoon, though, honestly, who's to say?

Never rereleased or scanned!

Transformers: Galaxy Force

トランスフォーマー ギャラクシーフォース

By Shoji Imaki (今木商事), ran from February 2005 to October 2005. Tying in with the Transformers Cybertron cartoon and toyline, the Autobots battle the Decepticons and preach about justice -- robot justice!

A collected edition was released shortly before the series was cancelled, leaving its last three episodes without a reprint. The first chapter has been translated by DrSpengler at TFArchive, but scans of the rest of the series hasn't been made public as far as I'm aware.

Made In Wario

メイドインワリオ

By Kei Aoki (あおきけい), a one-off pack-in booklet with the March 2005 issue. A promotional tie-in for WarioWare: Touched! on the Nintendo DS.

Never rereleased, never scanned, nobody's talked about it... Wario woudldn't stand for it!

Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether

メトロイドプライム エピソード オフ エーテル

By Hisashi Matsumoto (松本久志), ran from July 2005 to January 2006. An adaptation of Metroid Prime 2 with new twists and turns, and 80% less Torvus Bog!

Raw scans and an English translation are available over at Metroid Database.

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