Artists Celebrate 45 Years of Golgo 13
posted on by Bamboo Dong
The Golgo 13 manga recently celebrated its 45th anniversary. Written and illustrated by Takao Saito, it is the oldest manga still in publication, with 170 volumes and counting.
To honor the event, Big Comic, where the manga is serialized, featured a caricature of Takao Saito on the cover. Inside, they published artwork of main character and professional hitman Duke Togo drawn by 51 different manga artists.
The list is long and impressive: Osamu Akimoto (Kochikame), Mitsuru Adachi (Touch), Yaro Abe (Shinya Shokudo), Ryoichi Ikegami (Crying Freeman), Shinichi Ishizuka (Gaku), Keisuke Itagaki (Baki), Junji Ito (Gyo), Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk), Naoki Urasawa (Monster), Eiichiro Oda (One Piece), Eiji Kazama (Hikari no Sora), Nampei Kaneko (illustrator), Kaiji Kawaguchi (Zipang), Kenichi Kitami and Juzo Yamasaki (Tsuri Baka Nisshi), Hiroshi Kurogane (Akabee), Yoshiie Gouda (Jigyaku no Uta), Yu Koyama (Azumi), Ryohei Saigan (San Chome no Yuhi), Rieko Saibara (Mainichi Kaa-san), Kei Sadayasu (Ah -- Harima-nada), Kenichirō Takai (Ahōdori no Tomarigi), Shin Takahashi (SaiKano), Rumiko Takahashi (Inuyasha), Jiro Taniguchi (K), Hideki Tamei (illustrator), Kiyoshi Chikuyama, Midori Natsu (Fuusui Gakuen), Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita no Joe), Yutaka Tōdō (S -Saigo no Keikan-), Tsuyoshi Nakaima (Ucchare Goshogawara), Mariko Nakamura (Gal Boy!), Moto Hagio (They Were Eleven), Mitsuo Hashimoto (Tsukiji Uogashi Sandaime), Shinji Hikino (Big Wing), Kenshi Hirokane (Human Crossing), Nobuyuki Fukumoto (Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji), Fujiko Fujio (A) (Doraemon), Yukinobu Hoshino (2001 Nights), Fujihiko Hosono (Crusher Joe), Taiyo Matsumoto (Tekkonkinkreet), Shigeru Mizuki (Gegege no Kitaro), Shinji Mizushima (Dokaben), Norifusa Mita (Dragon Zakura), Motoka Murakami (Musashi no Ken), Makoto Muramatsu (illustrator), Hiroshi Motomiya (Salaryman Kintaro), Shinri Mori (Denden Yumiko), Keisuke Yamashina (C-kyū Salaryman Kōza), Osamu Yamamoto (Donguri no Ie), Mari Yamazaki (Thermae Romae), Satoshi Yoshida (Shonan Bakusozoku), and Sensha Yoshida (Utsurun Desu).
Shogakukan posted three of the illustrations, drawn by Rumiko Takahashi, Yarō Abe, and Kenshi Hirokane, respectively.
We were able to snag a copy of the magazine, so here are thumbnails of the art for a taste of the contributors' homages.