Yudetamago Draws Kinnikuman One-Shot Manga
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The official website for Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine announced that Yudetamago's "Kinnikuman Chōjin Retsuden" (Kinnikuman Superman Biographies) will appear in this year's third issue on Wednesday. The manga will reveal the untold story of "those supermen."
The 43-page one-shot will include a color opening page. The manga will be the first appearance of the "legendary superman wrestlers" in Grand Jump magazine.
Last year, Kinnikuman characters featured in promotional campaigns such as Robin Mask's appearance in a live-action pollen mask television commercial. The title muscleman transformed into a steamed bun for Japan's Family Mart chain of convenience stores, and he also debuted on a T-shirt alongside Funabashi City's unofficial pear mascot Funasshi.
The creator duo Yudetamago resumed their original Kinnikuman wrestling manga as a free web manga in 2011. The creators went back to their first 1979 Kinnikuman storyline and continued where they last left the story in 1987. The original manga has inspired various television anime series and films.
Toy figures of Kinnikuman were imported into the United States under the "M.U.S.C.L.E" brand name in the 1980s. Viz Media then released Takashi Shimada and Yoshinori Nakai's Kinnikuman Nisei - Second Generations manga sequel in North America as Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy, and 4Kids broadcast the anime adaptation on television.