According to a post by akahon manga researcher Yuuzora Retro (pen name), the Tokyo-based publisher Taikōdō ( 泰光堂 ) created their Manga Classics series in response to the PTA backlash against manga contributing to delinquency in Osaka. This is Gulliver’s Travels by NAKAMURA Hiroshi (中村ひろし), a B6-sized 3-color akahon* printed with red ink fills on either blue or green lines costing 85 yen. NAKAMURA seemed to be the main artist for Taikōdō as evinced by the ad pages at the back. There is no publishing date, but it probably wasn't too far from 1951 when "Cinderella" and "Snow White" from the same series were published. Looking at the stamps on the endpapers on the back, we can see that this particular book was rented out at a kashihon-ya (rental comic shop) in Saga, Kyushu called Imazato Neo Shobō. It was lent to me by a Mr. Fujita, a collector heavy into Showa-era items. I will continue to introduce the books I was able to borrow from his
Of course, I'll always be a huge fan of Harley Quinn's original design by Bruce Timm. But the Suicide Squad design is based on Harley's recent look which is pretty awesome in itself. Check out these screencaps from the new Suicide Squad trailer. It looks like she's a HUGE part of the flick. Carla Whatsherface's Enchantress (did not like her in Paper Towns so not expecting much from her), Will Smith's Deadshot (always watchable), Jared Leto's Joker (could be insane), Killer Croc, fire dude, whatever... Margot Robbie's Harley steals the show!
American Comics Exhibition 2009 ~Superheroes~ This is it! My first produced group show! If you're in Tokyo, please stop by! Dates: Sept. 27 (Sun) to Oct 3rd (Sat) 2009 (closed Tuesday the 29th) Times: 11am to 7pm Place: Gallery Kopis (http://www.g-kopis.com/) located less than a minute from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa St. exit A3. Address: 1-2-12 1F Shirakawa Etoh-ku Tokyo 135-0021 Phone: 03-5639-2381 Artists: Tom Clouseau Patrick Gannon Mulele Jarvis JOE Yukitoshi Kono Hiroyuki Maeda Hiromi Nagano Tomoko Oikawa Jim Reddy SONIC Namiko Sonobe Kazuyuki Tsuyuki Patrik Washburn Akira Yamaguchi Official HP: http://patokon.com/amecomi09.htm I'm working on a Spider Woman piece. Here are some sketches: