Mitsuteru Yokoyama dies

posted on 2004-04-15 22:51 EDT by Christopher Macdonald
Creator of Gigantor dies after house fire.

On April 15th manga artist Mitsuteru Yokoyama died at age 69. Yokoyama was best known in North America for his creations Tetsujin 28 go (Gigantor) and Giant Robo.

Earlier today Yokoyama's house caught fire, leading to his death at approximately 10:30pm Tokyo Time. He died at Tokyo Metropolitan Hospital. Information for the funeral service is pending.

Yokoyama was born in 1934, in Kobe. He began writing manga in high school. In 1956, he began "Tetsujin 28 go" in Shonen Magazine.

His life work, the 60 volume retelling of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, won the Manga Artists Association award in 1991.

Other works by Yokoyama include Otenba Tenshi, Babel II, and Magical Witch Sally.

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