In the 1960s, at the height of the Batman TV series’ popularity, a shonen manga magazine in Japan serialized fifty-three chapters of original comics starring The Dark Knight, all written and illustrated by Managaka Jiro Kuwata.
Mangaka Kuwata Jiro was one of the forefathers of the Japanese superhero genre of manga. Because of his previous experience in the genre, he was asked to work on a special project wherein he would create a new set of Batman stories specifically for the Japanese market. In doing so, he was able to create a successful synthesis of Western and Eastern superhero concepts.
The Batmanga was published in Japan at the height of Batmania in the 1960s by the manga publisher, Shonen King, in cooperation with DC Comics. These stories were later rediscovered and translated into English so that American audiences could experience them.
For more information, see this DCUI article: We Remember BATMANGA Creator Jiro Kuwata
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Week 1: 2021-06-27T05:00:00Z → 2021-07-03T05:00:00Z
- Lord Death Man (3 issues)
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