News Kazuo Koike's Jin Historical Manga Magazine Ends
posted on 2008-06-06 15:43 EDT
Jin, the four-year-old historical manga magazine published by the studio of Lone Wolf and Cub creator Kazuo Koike, announced that the current July issue is the last issue. Koike Shoin Corporation launched Jin in 2004 to provide a monthly venue for historical period manga, particularly of the sengoku (Era of the Warring States) period made famous by samurai movies and dramas.
Among other titles, the magazine ran Soshite Kotsure Ōkami: Shikaku no Ko, the most recent run of the Lone Wolf and Cub samurai saga which was drawn by Hideki Mori. (The manga changed its name from Shin Kotsure Ōkami, or New Lone Wolf and Cub, after Koike moved the manga from Shogakukan's Weekly Post magazine to Jin in 2007.) The magazine also published Shura Yukihime Gaiden, the side story of Koike's Lady Snowblood manga that was drawn his Crying Freeman artist partner Ryoichi Ikegami.
The magazine editors promised to provide more details in the near future about the fate of its various manga titles. Dark Horse Comics has been publishing the original Lone Wolf and Cub manga with artist Goseki Kojima, and it announced at New York Comic Con 2006 that it licensed the New Long Wolf and Cub manga run. The publisher also released Koike's original Lady Snowblood manga.