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Big Comic Cover Artist Shūichi Higurashi Passes Away

posted on 2012-04-19 08:49 EDT
Illustrator drew magazine's distinctive cover portraits for over 40 years

Big Comic magazine cover artist Shūichi Higurashi passed away from pneumonia in a Tokyo hospital at 7:47 p.m. on Friday, April 13. He was 75.

Originally from Chiba Prefecture, Higurashi also worked as a business advertisement designer. He became the Big Comic cover artist in 1970 and held the position for over 40 years until last fall. He became known for this distinctive portrait style that added humor and defined the magazine's cover.

Higurashi received a special award from the judging committee of Shogakukan's Manga Awards in 2000. Shogakukan published a compilation of 25 years of his Big Comic cover art, Big na Kao. (Big Face.), in 1994.

The artist is survived by his wife Kazuko and his younger brother Shinzō Higurashi, a copyrighter and lyricist. The funeral service will be private.

Sources: Sponichi Annex, 47 News

Image © Shūichi Higurashi / Shogakukan Big Comic


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