Suehiro Maruo Adapts Edogawa Rampo Story into Manga
posted on 2009-05-15 23:36 EDT by Egan Loo
Award-winning artist Suehiro Maruo revealed on his website that he launched a manga adaptation of Edogawa Rampo's short story "The Caterpillar" in the June issue of Enterbrain's Monthly Comic Beam magazine on Tuesday. The original 1929 short story follows the tragic homecoming of a disfigured, limbless World War I veteran to his wife. Edogawa (Rampo Edogawa or Taro Hirai) is best known for his detective and suspense stories that he wrote over the course of four decades. "The Caterpillar" short story has been already published in English in the Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination prose book.
Edogawa's other works were adapted into the Boys Detective manga, the Wanpaku Tanteidan anime series, and the live-action Rampo film. His male thief character Nijū-Mensō (The Fiend with 20 Faces) also inspired the title female character of the Chiko, Heiress of the Phantom Thief (Nijū-Mensō no Musume) manga and anime.
As Comic Beam notes on its cover, Maruo just won the "New Artist Prize" of the 13th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes last month. Maruo's previous works include Midori, Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show, Yume no Q-saku, and the Tezuka Prize-winning Panorama Tōkitan.
Source: Same Hat! Same Hat! blog