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DELUXE HARDCOVER + BOOK CASE FORMAT DESIGNED BEAUTIFULLY BY: CHRIS WARE (JIMMY CORRIGAN)
ROOTS OF “ASTRO BOY” AND “DORAEMON!”
THE PIONEER OF ROBOT MANGA FROM PRE-WORD WAR II JAPAN. ONE OF THE FIRST ROBOT, FIRST SUPERHERO, AND FIRST SF CHARACTER TO APPEAR IN MANGA.
AN INFLUENTIAL AND HISTORICAL WORK WHICH SHAPED THE MANGA TO FOLLOW.
A SILENT PROTEST AGAINST WAR DURING A TIME WHEN CREATIVE FREEDOM WAS AT RISK.
First published in 1934, Tank Tankuro was one of the most famous manga characters during the time, lining up next to Norakuro.
He is said to be one of the FIRST ROBOT ever to appear in Japanese manga and may be the FIRST “SUPERHERO” in manga. He fights villain, Kuro Kabuto, who attacks Japan, and this Kuro Kabuto is famous among Japanese SF fans that it has resemblance to Darth Vader of Star Wars.
Tank Tankuro influenced greatly, many manga artists, such as Shigeru Sugiura, Osamu Tezuka, Fujiko Fujio, etc., and is the foundation stone from which many masterpieces of manga art would spring from. Tankuro became the archetype for various Japanese manga heroes that were to follow.
This work is famous for its innovative and captivating adventure stories full of surrealism, nonsense, innocence, absurdity, and eccentricity. But it got lost in the turmoil of the World War II for the long time. Now this hidden gem of Japanese manga treasure revives in full colour with deluxe hard cover + book case format, beautifully designed by Chris Ware!
- GAJO SAKAMOTO
- 256pgs (including 16 pages of interpretive text)
- * text:1,How I Created Tank Tankuro・2,Memories of My Father, Gajo Sakamoto・3,Gajo Sakamoto Biography・4,Th e Forgotten History of Japanese Comics Before Osamu Tezuka and Tank Tankuro’s Maverick World
- Full Color,Hard Cover with Book Case
- Size: 8.85″ x 6.38″
- ISBN 978-4-903090-24-5
- Release date: 7/20/ 2011
- Price : 2,500 yen
“I considered it a pleasant diversion and a distinct honor working on the cover design of Tank Tankuro…..Sakamoto’s pages seemed wonderfully energetic, almost willfully naive and playful, yet also strangely dire, given their overriding military theme. The immediate Western association I saw was with cartoonist Milt Gross, of the so-called ‘screwball’ school whose work captured the slam-bang of vaudeville, Yiddish humor and never took itself seriously, while at the same time getting at some of the common frustrations and societal anger that ‘higher arts’ don’t necessarily directly address. Gross’s frenetic, loopy pen style is analogous somewhat to Sakamoto’s, and I get the same sort of feeling of hectic happiness when looking at their work.”
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