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  • Late Lupin III mangaka Monkey Punch also illustrated for Aquaman before passing away

    It’s no secret that the late Lupin III mangaka, Monkey Punch, was a huge fan of American comic books. Before he passed away, he teamed up with DC Comics to work on Shazam. However, it seems like the iconic mangaka also worked on Aquaman as well.

    DC says he “produced” the illustration and “approved” of its release. And that’s not all, because DC will also be releasing more of the mangaka’s “produced” illustrations featuring DC heroes. They promised that they will be revealing artworks for Batman and Supergirl at a later date.

    The mangaka was a huge fan of American comics, and in particular, DC. He admited that the comics behind Shazam, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman was a huge influence to his work. 

    The manga great was born in Hamanaka, Hokkaido, and has resided in Sakura, Chiba until his passing on 11 April 2019. He started drawing 4-koma manga and doujinshi, before making his professional debut in 1965 with his debut title, Playboy School under the pen name Eiji Gamuta. He would later change his pen name to Monkey Punch following a suggestion by his editor. He honestly did not like that pen name at first, but grew liking it as the years went on. And it was under this pen name that he would create his greatest manga, Lupin III.

    He passed away due to pneumonia last 11th April at the age of 81. However, he was also by many fans as one of the greatest mangaka of all time. The entire So Japan Team has been saddened by his passing. We extend our condolences to his friends and family, and may he Rest in Peace

    Source: Animate Times



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