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Goseki Kojima

Goseki Kojima was born on November 3, 1928. In 1950, Kojima moved to Tokyo, where the postwar devastation had given rise to special manga forms for audiences too poor to buy the new manga magazines. Kojima created art for kami-shibai, or "paper-play" narrators, who would use manga story sheets to present narrated street plays. Kojima moved on to creating works for the kashi-bon market, bookstores that rented out books, magazines, and manga to mostly low-income readers. He soon became highly popular among kashi-bon readers.

In 1967, Kojima broke into the magazine market with his series Dojinki. As the manga magazine market grew and diversified, he turned out a steady stream of popular series. In 1970, in collaboration with Kazuo Koike, Kojima began the work that would seal his reputation, Lone Wolf and Cub. Before long the story had become a gigantic hit, eventually spinning off a television series, and six motion pictures.

When Manga Japan magazine was launched in 1994, Kojima was asked to serve as consultant, and he helped train the next generation of manga artists. In his final years, Kojima turned to creating original graphic novels based on the movies of his favorite director, Akira Kurosawa. Kojima passed away on January 5, 2000 at the age of 71.

Source (used by permission): DarkHorse.com

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)

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