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Kazuo Koike

Though widely respected as a powerful writer of graphic fiction, Kazuo Koike has spent a lifetime reaching beyond the bounds of the comics medium. Aside from co-creating and writing the successful Lone Wolf and Cub and Crying Freeman manga, Koike has hosted television programs; founded a golf magazine; produced movies; written popular fiction, poetry, and screenplays; and mentored some of Japan's best manga talent.

Lone Wolf and Cub was first serialized in Japan in 1970 in Manga Action magazine and continued its hugely popular run for many years, being reprinted worldwide. Starting in 1972, Koike adapted the popular manga into a series of six films, the Baby Cart Assassin saga, garnering widespread commercial success and critical acclaim for his screenwriting. To give something back to the medium that gave him so much, Koike started the Gekiga Sonjuku, a college course aimed at helping talented writers and artists - such as Ranma 1/2 creator Rumiko Takahashi - break into the comics field.

The driving focus of Koike's narrative is character development, and his commitment to character is clear: "Comics are carried by characters. If a character is well created, the comic becomes a hit." Kazuo Koike's continued success in comics and literature has proven this philosophy true.

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Available Titles

 Lone Wolf and Cub: The Assassin's Road (vol. 1)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: The Gateless Barrier (vol. 2)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: The Flute of the Fallen Tiger (vol. 3)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: The Bell Warden (vol. 4)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Black Wind (vol. 5)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Lanterns for the Dead (vol. 6)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Cloud Dragon, Wind Tiger (vol. 7)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Chains of Death (vol. 8)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Echo of the Assassin (vol. 9)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Hostage Child (vol. 10)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Talisman of Hades (vol. 11)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Shattered Stones (vol. 12)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: The Moon in the East (vol. 13)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Day of the Demons (vol. 14)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Brothers of the Grass (vol. 15)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Gateway into Winter (vol. 16)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: The Will of the Fang (vol. 17)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Twilight of the Kurokuwa (vol. 18)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: The Moon in Our Hearts (vol. 19)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: A Taste of Poison (vol. 20)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Fragrance of Death (vol. 21)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Heaven and Earth (vol. 22)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Tears of Ice (vol. 23)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: In These Small Hands (vol. 24)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Perhaps in Death (vol. 25)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Struggle in the Dark (vol. 26)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: Battle's Eve (vol. 27)
 Lone Wolf and Cub: The Lotus Throne (vol. 28)
 Offered vol. 1
 Offered vol. 2

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