Moomin (Swedish: Mumin or Mumintrollen, Finnish Muumipeikko) is a comic strip created by Tove Jansson, and followed up by Lars Jansson.

The very first comic strip (entitled Mumintrollet och jordens undergång) was a short-lived attempt for the children's section of the Finland-Swedish leftist newspaper Ny Tid, written between 1947-1948, by request on the editor and personal friend, Atos Wirtanen. The series was published with two new strips weekly, and was mainly an adaptation of Comet in Moominland, but changed the story in several ways, for example having new characters such as Thingumy and Bob (their first appearance) and a "comet-cat" (a pun on the swedish term for reflected sunlight made by for example a mirror). The series has been reprinted in book form under the name Jorden går under (lit. The World is Ending) by the newspaper.[1]

The main series of Moomin-comic strips were made directly for the English market: they were spread by the British Associated Newspapers comic strip syndicate and the original publisher was the newspaper Evening News. At its best Moomin appeared in over 40 countries and around 120 papers, with over 20 million readers daily. This makes it the most successful Finnish comic strip ever. Tove and Lars Jansson received the Finnish Comic Strip Association's "Puupää-hattu" hat in 1980. This series originally appeared in newspapers 1954–1975.

The comic strip introduced many new characters that would later become integral parts of the Moomin universe, such as Fillyjonk(s), Stinky, the Police Inspector, and Moominpappa's friend Wimsy.

In the 1990s, a comic book version of Moomin was produced in Scandinavia after Dennis Livson and Lars Jansson's animated series was shown on television. Neither Tove nor Lars Jansson had any involvement in these comic books, however in the wake of the series, two new Moomin comic strips were launched under the artistic and content oversight of Lars and his daughter, Sophia Jansson-Zambra. Sophia now provides sole oversight for the strips[2].

Comparison with books and TV shows

There are many discrepancies between the comics and the books. The 1990s Moomin television series borrowed plots from the comics as well as the books, such as with the story of Aunt Jane.

Comic strip stories

Number English name Swedish name


Finnish name Creator(s) Year of appearance Collection Volume #
0. Moomintroll and the End of the World Mumintrollet och jordens undergång Muumipeikko ja maailmanloppu Tove 1947–48 -
1. Moomin and the Brigands Mumintrollet Muumipeikko Tove 1954–55 1
2. Moomin and Family Life Muminfamiljen Muumiperhe Tove 1955 1
3. Moomin on the Riviera Mumin på Rivieran
Familjen lever högt
Muumiperhe Rivieralla Tove 1955 1
4. Moomin's Desert Island Den ensliga ön Yksinäinen saari Tove 1955 1
5. Moomin's Winter Follies Den farliga vintern Vaarallinen talvi Tove 1955 2
6. Moominmamma's Maid Låtsaslek Kuvitteluleikki Tove 1956 2
7. Moomin Builds a House Mumin bygger ett hus
Att bygga ett hus
Talonrakennus Tove 1956 2
8. Moomin Begins a New Life Mumin börjar ett nytt liv
Vi börjar ett nytt liv
Aloitamme uuden elämän Tove 1956 2
9. Moomin Falls in Love Mumin blir kär
Mumintrollet blir förälskat
Muumipeikko rakastuu Tove 1956 3
10. Moomin Valley Turns Jungle Mumindalen blir djungel
Vi bor i en djungel
Viidakkoelämää Tove 1956 3
11. Moomin and the Martians Mumin och marsmänniskorna
Mumintrollet och marsinnevånarna
Muumipeikko ja marsilaiset Tove 1957 3
12. Moomin and the Sea Mumin och havet
Muminfamiljen och havet
Muumiperhe ja meri Tove 1957 3
13. Club Life in Moomin Valley Föreningsliv i Mumindalen
Yhdistyselämää Muumilaaksossa Tove 1957 3
14. Moomin Goes Wild West Mumintrollet i vilda västern
Mumin i Vilda Västern
Muumipeikko villissä lännessä Tove/Lars 1957 4
15. Snorkmaiden Goes Rococo Snorkfröken i rokoko
Snorkfröken i Rococo
Niiskuneiti rokokoossa Tove/Lars 1958 4
16. Conscientious Moomin Mumin och medborgarkänslan
Mumin blir social
Muumipeikko ja velvollisuudentunto Tove/Lars 1958 4
17. Moomin and the Comet Mumin och kometen Muumipeikko ja pyrstötähti Tove/Lars 1958 4
18. Moomin and the Golden Tail Mumin och den gyllene svansen
Den gyllene svansen
Muumipeikko ja kultainen häntä Tove 1958 4
19. Moomin Winter Muminvinter Muumitalvi Tove/Lars 1959 -
20. Moomin under Sail Mumin till sjöss Muumipeikko merillä Tove/Lars 1959 -
21. Fuddler's Courtship Klåttdjurets frieri Hosulin kosinta Tove/Lars 1959 -
22. Moomin's Lamp Mumins lampa Muumin lamppu Lars 1960 -
23. Moomin and the Railway Mumin och järnvägen Muumipeikko ja rautatie Lars 1960 -
24. Moomin and the Spies Muminpappa och spionerna Muumipappa ja vakoojat Lars 1960 -
25. Moomin and the Circus Mumin och cirkusen Muumipeikko ja sirkus Lars 1960 -
26. Moomin the Colonist Mumin Nybyggaren Muumit uudisasukkaina Lars 1961 -
27. Moomin and the Scouts Mumin och scouterna Muumipeikko ja partiolaiset Lars 1961 -
28. Moomin and the Farm Mumin brukar jorden Muumipeikko maanviljelijänä Lars 1961 -
29. Moomin and the Goldfields Mumin och guldgrävarna Muumipeikko kullankaivajana Lars 1961 -
30. Moomin Family Robinson Robinson Mumin Robinson Muumi Lars 1962 -
31. Artists in Moomin Valley Mumin och konsten Muumipeikko ja taide Lars 1962 -
32. Sniff's Holiday Camp Sniff's badort Nipsun kylpylä Lars 1962 -
33. The Inspector's Nephew Polismästarens brorson Poliisimestarin veljenpoika Lars 1962 -
34. Damsel in Distress Dam i dilemma Neitonen ahdingossa Lars 1963 -
35. Fuddler and Married Life Knappar och äktenskap Nappeja ja avioliittoja Lars 1963 -
36. Sniff's Sport Shop Sniff's sportshop
Sniffs sportaffär
Nipsun urheiluliike Lars 1963 -
37. Mymble's Diamond Mymlans diamant Mymmelin timantti Lars 1963 -
38. Moomin and the Vampire Mumin och vampyren Muumit ja vampyyri Lars 1964 -
39. Moomin and the TV Mumin och TV Muumipeikko ja televisio Lars 1964 -
40. The Underdeveloped Moomins De underutvecklade mumintrollen Alikehittyneet muumit Lars 1964 -
41. Moomin and Aunt Jane Mumin och moster Muumipeikko ja täti Lars 1964 -
42. Moomin and the National Park Mumin och naturparken Muumit ja luonnonpuisto Lars 1965 -
43. Moomin and the Good Old Days Mumin och den Gamla Goda Tiden
Den gamla goda tiden
Muumipeikko ja vanhat hyvät ajat Lars 1965 -
44. Moomin's Pet Hundliv i Mumindalen Koiranelämää Muumilaaksossa Lars 1965 -
45. Moomin the Private Eye Mumin detektiven Muumisalapoliisi Lars 1966 -
46. Spring in Moomin Valley Vårkänslor Kevättunteita Lars 1966 -
47. Moomin Rescues a Princess Mumin räddar en prinsessa Muumipeikko pelastaa prinsessan Lars 1966 -
48. Moomin and Agent 008 ½ Mumin och agent 008 1/2 Muumipeikko ja agentti 008 ½ Lars 1966 -
49. Moomin Lives Dangerously Mumin lever farligt Muumipeikon vaarallinen elämä Lars 1967 -
50. Moomins in Torrellorca Mumin på Torrelorca Muumit Torrelorcalla Lars 1967 -
51. Snorkmaiden Crashes Society Snorkfröken i societeten Niiskuneiti seurapiireissä Lars 1967 -
52. Moomins in Ancient Greece Redan de gamla grekerna Jo muinaiset kreikkalaiset Lars 1967 -
53. Sniff Goes Good Sniff blir god Nipsu parantaa tapansa Lars 1968 -
54. Moomin the Journalist Redaktör Mumin Muumipeikko toimittajana Lars 1968 -
55. Moomin and the Orphans Mumin och de föräldralösa Muumipeikko ja orpolapset Lars 1968 -
56. Sir Moomin Riddar Mumin Ritarimuumi Lars 1969 -
57. Horsey Moomin Mumin till häst Muumipeikko ratsailla Lars 1969 -
58. Moomin and the Mermaid Mumin och sjöjungfrun Muumipeikko ja merenneito Lars 1969 -
59. Emancipated Moomins Missans återkoms Miskan paluu Lars 1970 -
60. Moomin and the Radicals Mumin och Radikalerna Muumipeikko ja radikaalit Lars 1970 -
61. Moomin Christmas Mumin-Jul Muumijoulu Lars 1970 -
62. Moomin in Ancient Egypt Mumin i Egypten Muumipeikko Egyptissä Lars 1971 -
63. Sniff Falls in Love Sniff blir kär Nipsu rakastuu Lars 1971 -
64. Moomin Engagement Mumin förlovar sig Muumipeikon kihlaus Lars 1971 -
65. Moomin and the Flying Dutchman Mumin och den flygande Holländaren Muumipeikko ja Lentävä hollantilainen Lars 1972 -
66. Snorkmaiden the Seer Snorkfröken blir synsk Niiskuneidistä tulee ennustaja Lars 1972 -
67. Moomin and the Beach Mumin och badstranden Muumipeikko ja uimaranta Lars 1973 -
68. Moomin Gets Rich Mumin blir rik Muumipeikko rikastuu Lars 1973 -
69. Moomin and the Guru Mumin och Gurun Muumipeikko ja guru Lars 1973 -
70. Moominpappa and Old Age Muminpappan på ålderns brant Muumipappa vanhuuden porteilla Lars 1974 -
71. Moomin in Battle Batalj i Mumindalen Taistelu Muumilaaksosta Lars 1974 -
72. Moomin in Neander Valley Mumin i Neanderdalen Muumipeikko Neanderthalissa Lars 1974 -
73. Moomin and the Ten Piggy Banks Mumin och de tio sparbössorna Muumipeikko ja kymmenen säästöporsasta Lars 1975 -


The comic strips are (currently, as of 2008) being republished in a set of hardback books, one volume at a time, by Canadian publisher Drawn and Quarterly.


  1. Marten, Peter. & Panzar, Katja (ed.). Starting a Great Adventure. Blue Wings Magazine. Nov. 2007.
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  3. Zépé's Virtuelles Muminforschungszentrum Template:De icon
  4. Juhani Tolvanen: Muumisisarukset. Tove ja Lars Jansson – Muumipeikko-sarjakuvan tarina. WSOY 2000. ISBN 951-0-23633-0. Template:Fi icon
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