Random House

1927 -
Country:
United States
Indicia / Colophon Publishers:
23
Brand Groups:
21
Brand Emblems in Use:
39

Total Number of Series:
284
Total Number of Issues:
888
Number of Current Series:
13
Show Covers by Month:
using on-sale date or using publication date
Web Site:
http://www.randomhouse.com/
Notes:
IMPORTANT: Alfred A. Knopf and Pantheon both maintain editorial independence from their parent Random House. Series for those imprints should be set up under their respective publisher records, not under Random House.


Random House was founded in 1927 by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, two years after they acquired the Modern Library imprint from publisher Horace Liveright, which reprints classic works of literature. Cerf is quoted as saying, "We just said we were going to publish a few books on the side at random," which suggested the name Random House.

American publishers Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. and Pantheon Books were acquired by Random House in 1960 and 1961, respectively; works continue to be published under these imprints with editorial independence.

In 1965, RCA bought Random House as part of a diversification strategy. Random House acquired the paperback book publisher Ballantine Books in 1973. RCA sold Random House to Advance Publications in 1980. In 1988, Random House acquired Crown Books. In 1998, Bertelsmann AG bought Random House and merged it with Bantam Doubleday Dell. In 2008, Random House restructured and created three divisions--Random House Publishing Group, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group and Crown Publishing Group. In October 2012, Bertelsmann entered into talks with rival conglomerate Pearson plc, over the possibility of combining their respective publishing companies, Random House and Penguin Group. The merger was completed on July 1, 2013 and the new company is Penguin Random House. In October 2018, Penguin Random House merged two of its most known publishing lines, Random House and the Crown Publishing Group. The two lines retain their distinct editorial identities.


The publisher's main office in the United States is located at 1745 Broadway in Manhattan, in the Penguin Random House Tower. Earlier addresses were 457 Madison Avenue, New York 22, NY; 20 East 57th Street, New York 22, NY; and 201 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022.


Random House, Inc. maintains several independently managed subsidiaries around the world:

The Random House Group in the UK, based in London. The Group comprises five publishing companies: Cornerstone Publishing, Vintage Publishing, Ebury Publishing, Random House Children's Publishers UK and Transworld Publishers, with more than 40 diverse imprints.

Verlagsgruppe Random House was established after Bertelsmann's 1998 acquisition of Random House, grouping its German imprints (until then operating as Verlagsgruppe Bertelsmann). With Bertelsmann acquiring full ownership of Penguin Random House in April 2020, Verlagsgruppe Random House is being reintegrated with the main Penguin Random House company.

Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial is Random House's Spanish-language division, targeting markets in Spain and South and Central America. It is headquartered in Barcelona with locations in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, and the United States.

Random House of Canada was established in 1944 as the Canadian distributor of Random House Books. In 1986 the company established its own indigenous Canadian publishing program that has become one of the most successful in Canadian history.
Series Year Issues Covers Published
100 Years of American Newspaper Comics [b] 1996 1 issues (1 indexed) No Covers 1996
The Acme Novelty Library Final Report to Shareholders and Rainy Day Saturday Afternoon Fun Book [b] 2005 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2005
Addams and Evil [b] 1947 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1947
Air Gear [b] 2006 15 issues (0 indexed) Have 14 (Need 2) July 2006 - 2010
Ali-A Adventures: Game On! [b] 2017 1 issues (0 indexed) Add [October] 2017
Alive: The Final Evolution [b] 2007 8 issues (7 indexed) Gallery [July] 2007 - 2009
All Out for the Sack Race! [b] 1945 1 issues (1 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) 1945
All the Rage: The Boondocks Past and Present 2007 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 2007
Amefurashi: The Rain Goddess [b] 2009 2 issues (0 indexed) Add 2009 - 2009
American Splendor [b] 2003 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery August 2003
American Splendor: Ego & Hubris: The Michael Malice Story [b] 2006 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 2006
American Splendor: Our Movie Year [b] 2004 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery December 2004
Arisa [b] 2010 1 issues (1 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) 2010
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye [b] 2016 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2016
Aster and the Accidental Magic [b] 2020 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2020
Aster and the Accidental Magic [b] 2020 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2020
Aster and the Mixed-Up Magic [b] 2021 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2021
The Astrosmurf 1979 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1979 ?
Aventura [b] 2007 3 issues (2 indexed) Gallery 2007 - 2009
Avril Lavigne's Make 5 Wishes [b] 2007 2 issues (0 indexed) Add 2007 - 2007
Babymouse 2005 19 issues (14 indexed) Have 6 (Need 15) 2005 - Present
Babymouse [b] 2005 19 issues (13 indexed) Have 15 (Need 13) [December] 2005 - Present
Bakugan Battle Brawlers [b] 2008 5 issues (0 indexed) Add 2008 - 2010
Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls [b] 2006 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery May 2006 - 2007
Batman Beyond: No Place Like Home [b] 2000 1 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) October 2000
Ben 10 Alien Force: Ben 10 Returns [b] 2008 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 2008
Ben 10 Alien Force: Doom Dimension 2010 2 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [February] 2010 - [September] 2010
Best of American Splendor [b] 2005 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 2005
The Best of Callahan [b] 2003 1 issues (0 indexed) Add [July] 2003
Biggles: Flying Detective [b] 1996 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1996
Birth of a Nation 2004 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 2004
Blood Work [b] 2011 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2011
Bodyworld [b] 2010 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 2010
Boy, Girl. Boy, Girl. [b] 1961 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1961
Bram Stoker's Dracula [b] 2005 1 issues (1 indexed) Add 2005
Bug Boys [b] 2020 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2020
Bug Boys: Outside and Beyond [b] 2021 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2021
Bullet Witch [m] 2007 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 2007
The Bus [b] 1987 1 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) 1987
The Cartoon History of the Universe [b] 2001 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 2001
The Cartoon History of the Universe II [b] 2001 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 2001 ?
Le Chevalier d'Eon [b] 2007 8 issues (0 indexed) Add 2007 - 2010
The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel [b] 2012 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [September] 2012
Code:Breaker [b] 2010 2 issues (0 indexed) Add 2010 - 2010
Comics Squad 2014 3 issues (1 indexed) Have 1 (Need 3) July 2014 - 2017
Comics Squad [b] 2014 3 issues (0 indexed) Add 2014 - 2017
The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale [25th Anniversary Edition] [b] 2011 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery October 2011
Crabapple Trouble [b] 2020 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2020
Dark Wraith of Shannara 2008 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [March] 2008
Dead Lawyers and Other Pleasant Thoughts [Non Sequitur] [b] 1993 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 1993
Del Rey Manga Summer 2006 Previews [b] 2006 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery Summer 2006
Del Rey Showcase, Free Comic Book Day [m] 2010 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery May 2010
Disney Tangled the Series [b] 2018 2 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [February] 2018 - Present
Dogs Don't Eat Dessert [Peanuts] [b] 1987 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 1987
Donut Feed the Squirrels [b] 2020 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2020
Doonesbury Redux [b] 2004 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2004
Doonesbury: The War Years [b] 2006 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2006
Dragon Eye [b] 2007 8 issues (6 indexed) Have 1 (Need 7) 2007 - [September] 2009
The Dresden Files: Storm Front: The Gathering Storm [b] 2009 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [June] 2009
The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle [b] 2008 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [October] 2008
Drinking at the Movies [b] 2010 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2010
Edgar Allan Poe: The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales of Terror [b] 2005 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2005
The End of the World [b] 2019 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 2019
Epileptic [b] 2006 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 2006
ES: Eternal Sabbath [b] 2006 8 issues (0 indexed) Have 4 (Need 4) May 2006 - 2008
Even White Boys Get the Blues 1992 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1992
Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self [b] 2019 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2019
The Exile [b] 2010 1 issues (1 indexed) Add 2010
Fagin the Jew [b] 2003 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery October 2003
Fairy Navigator Runa [b] 2010 2 issues (0 indexed) Add 2010 - 2010
Fairy Tail 2008 12 issues (6 indexed) Have 6 (Need 7) 2008 - 2010
Faust: Fiction and Manga from the Cutting Edge of Japanese Pop Culture [b] 2008 2 issues (0 indexed) No Covers 2008 - 2009
Faux Bubba 1993 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1993
Feiffer on Nixon: The Cartoon Presidency [b] 1974 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 1974
Feiffer's Album [b] 1963 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1963
Feiffer's Marriage Manual 1967 1 issues (1 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) 1967
Fever Moon [b] 2012 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 2012
Flight [b] 2006 8 issues (8 indexed) Gallery [April] 2007 - 2011
Flight Explorer 2008 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 2008
Four-Eyed Prince [b] 2009 3 issues (0 indexed) Add 2009 - 2010
Free Collars Kingdom [b] 2007 3 issues (0 indexed) Add 2007 - 2007
Free Manga Sampler From Del Rey! [m] 2004 1 issues (1 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) [July 2004]
Gacha Gacha 2005 5 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 4) [September] 2005 - 2006
Gacha Gacha: The Next Revolution [b] 2006 11 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 10) 2006 - 2010
Gakuen Prince [b] 2009 3 issues (0 indexed) Add 2009 - 2009
A Game of Thrones [b] 2012 4 issues (1 indexed) Have 4 (Need 2) 2012 - Present
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo [b] 2008 3 issues (0 indexed) Add 2008 - 2009
Garfield [b] 1980 65 issues (17 indexed) Have 44 (Need 34) March 1980 - Present
A Garfield Christmas [b] 1987 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery December 1987
Garfield in Disguise [b] 1985 1 issues (1 indexed) Add October 1985
Garfield in Paradise [b] 1986 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 1986
Garfield in the Rough [b] 1984 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery October 1984
Garfield Minus Garfield [b] 2008 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery [October] 2008
Garfield On the Town [b] 1983 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery October 1983
Garfield Treasury [b] 1982 10 issues (0 indexed) Have 8 (Need 2) November 1982 - 1999 ?
Garfield's Jolly Holiday 3-Pack 1997 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery September 1997
Garfield's Sunday Finest [b] 2013 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2013
Garfield: It's a Cat-Eat-Dog World [b] 1996 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery December 1996
Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture [b] 2005 9 issues (0 indexed) Add 2005 - [November] 2007
Get Down!! Dog Cartoons [b] 2002 1 issues (0 indexed) Add June 2002

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