Del Rey Manga
Parent companyDel Rey Books (Random House)
Founded2004; 20 years ago (2004)
Defunct2010; 14 years ago (2010)
SuccessorKodansha Comics
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
Publication typesBooks
Fiction genresManga
Official websiteOfficial website

Del Rey Manga was the manga-publishing imprint of Del Rey Books, a branch of Ballantine Books, which in turn is part of Random House, the publishing division of Bertelsmann.


Del Rey Manga was formed as part of a cross-publishing relationship with Japanese publisher Kodansha.[1] Some of the Del Rey titles, such as Tsubasa Chronicle and xxxHolic, are published in the United Kingdom by Tanoshimi. Tricia Narwani, the editor of Del Rey, stated that "Del Rey finds most of its talent through conventions and existing professional contacts".[2]

In October 2010, Kodansha and Random House announced that the US division of Kodansha, Kodansha USA, will take over publishing over all Del Rey Manga titles as well as their own manga, starting on December 1. Random House will act as the sales and marketing distributor.[3]


Del Rey made its debut in May 2004 with four manga titles:

It has since then licensed additional titles:

Mature line

In early December 2005 it was announced[4] that Del Rey Manga would begin publishing a mature line of manga. It included:

OEL titles

Del Rey also publishes the following original English-language manga (OEL) titles:

Partnership with Marvel

Del Rey Manga teamed up with Marvel Comics to produce manga versions of their titles (previous attempts, like Marvel Mangaverse and X-Men: The Manga, had variable success).[5] Titles confirmed[6][7] are:


  1. ^ Del Rey Manga
  2. ^ Manning, Shaun. "Translation Roundtable at New York Anime Festival". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved April 29, 2009.
  3. ^ "Kodansha USA To Take Over Del Rey Manga Titles". Anime News Network. October 4, 2010.
  4. ^ Anime News Network. "Del Rey Launching Mature Line", December 9, 2005. Accessed April 11, 2007.
  5. ^ Marvel, Del Rey Join to Produce OEL Manga With X-Men & Wolverine Archived December 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Newsarama, December 9, 2007
  6. ^ Marvel, Del Rey Announce Wolverine Manga Creators Archived November 18, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, Newsarama, April 20, 2008
  7. ^ Another look at the manga-style Wolverine, X-Men Archived May 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Newsarama, April 22, 2008