Google Japan Celebrates Fujio Akatsuka's Birthday

posted on 2010-09-13 21:44 EDT by Egan Loo
Pioneering comedy manga creator of Tensai Bakabon would have been 75 on Tuesday

Google Japan is marking what would have been the 75th birthday of the late manga creator Fujio Akatsuka by putting characters from Akatsuka's Tensai Bakabon manga on its front page logo on Tuesday.

Akatsuka was one of the residents of Tokiwa-sō, the Tokyo apartment building that became the haunt of famous and soon-to-be-famous artists such as Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy, Jungle Emperor/Kimba the White Lion), Shotaro Ishinomori (Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past), and the Fujiko Fujio duo (Doraemon). Akatsuka helped pioneer a new kind of gag manga that specialized in fast-paced, nonsensical humor. He would create dozens of manga titles, including the Mooretsu Atarou children's comedy, the popular family comedy Tensai Bakabon, and the early magical girl manga Himitsu no Akko-chan. In 1997, the Japan Cartoonists Association gave him the Literary Giant Award.

Source: Comic Natalie

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