News Cyborg 009's Shotaro Ishinomori Sets Guinness Record
posted on 2008-01-28 11:35 EST by Mikhail Koulikov
Guinness World Records, which publishes the annual book of the same name, has named the late Shotaro Ishinomori the world record-holder for the "most comics published by one author." (On the linked page, scroll down for the image of the Guinness World Record certificate.) Over the course of his career which started in 1954, Ishinomori created 770 individual stories which were collected in a total of 500 volumes of manga. He assisted Osamu Tezuka on Astro Boy and went on to draw and write such manga as 009-1, Cyborg 009 and The Skull Man. Ishinomori, who passed away in 1998, was also the original creator of the Kamen Rider live-action television series and its dozens of sequels, spinoffs, and successors.
In February 2006, publisher Kadokawa Shoten began releasing the complete edition of Ishinomori's works. The Ishinomori Shotaro Complete Comic Works (pictured at right) is being brought out in 12 sets of 41 or 42 volumes each, that could only be bought online. The final set is scheduled to be available this November. Ishinomori's total lifetime output will have reached 128,000 pages that retails for 617,000 yen (about US$5,800).