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Igaguri & Bat Kid [Pre-Order, Shipping Included in Price]



Igaguri Cover Price: $21.99
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352 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-7378264-2-2

THE ORIGINAL MARTIAL ARTS MANGA! Starring a young judo prodigy who is as virtuous as he is strong, Fukui Eiichi's Igaguri (1952-54) marks the true beginning of dynamic martial arts and sports comics in Japan. For the first time in English, read the manga that revolutionized shonen manga, reignited interest in judo among Japanese kids, and drove god of manga Tezuka Osamu mad with jealousy. With a dojo-busting essay about Fukui's life and Igaguri's impact by award-winning historian and translator Ryan Holmberg, this edition is a must-have for all manga fans!

Trailblazer of postwar shonen manga, Fukui Eiichi was born in Tokyo in 1921. After a career as an animator during and after World War II, Fukui redefined how manga were drawn and written with his best-selling Igaguri for the magazine Adventure King. Due to poor health and overwork, he died suddenly at the height of his career at the age of 33, yet his influence continues to shape martial arts and sports comics to today.

168 Pages, Full Color
ISBN: 978-1-7378264-0-8

Before Ichiro, before Star of the Giants, even before the Nippon Professional Baseball league, there was Inoue Kazuo’s Bat Kid (1947-49), celebrated as the first major baseball manga in Japan. Originally serialized in the legendary magazine Manga Shōnen, Bat Kid played an essential role in the growth of postwar manga. Its popularity drew aspiring cartoonists to Manga Shōnen’s famous amateur submissions section, many of whom would later go pro. It kept Manga Shōnen in business long enough to host Tezuka Osamu’s first major magazine serial, Jungle Emperor. After Inoue died suddenly in 1949, the artist who oversaw the continuation of Bat Kid, Fukui Eiichi, later went on to revolutionize manga by creating the groundwork for sports manga and gekiga both. The condensed book edition of Bat Kid—on which this English edition is based—was crowned the top children’s manga by Tokyo’s Mitsukoshi department store in 1948. The many baseball manga that began appearing in the ‘50s, leading to an explosion of sports manga in the ‘60s, all drew inspiration from Inoue’s pioneering work.

A rare opportunity to read early postwar manga in English, this edition of Bat Kid also contains a copiously illustrated essay by historian and translator Ryan Holmberg explaining the significance of Bat Kid, artist Inoue Kazuo’s career, and the popularity of baseball in Japan before and after World War II. Whether you’re manga mad or baseball crazy, this unique volume will not disappoint. Pick up a copy today and experience for yourself the baseball manga that started it all!