Reprints of the first 36 volumes of the popular "Kinnikuman" manga series will be available in July, with cover illustrations redone by author Yudetamago.
The work is being done to mark the latest 43rd volume of the superhero series, as well as the 100th comic book volume in the "Kinnikuman" and its sequel "Kinnikuman Nisei" ("Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy") series.
They reprints will hit store shelves on July 1.
"Kinnikuman" began its serialization in May 1979 in Shueisha Inc.'s Shonen Jump weekly comic magazine. It follows Kinnikuman (literally, "muscle man"), a goofy, clumsy and no-good superhero, who throws himself into wrestling competitions with other "chojin" superheroes and super-villains and, while doing so, develops friendships with his rivals.
The series spawned a popular animated TV series that premiered in April 1983, and pulled a viewer rating of above 20 percent.
The original manga series wrapped up its run in April 1987, with the episodes contained in the first 36 volumes.
"Kinnikuman Nisei," which features the son of Kinnikuman, started in the late 1990s.
In November 2011, a full 24 years after the original series, a new chapter of "Kinnikuman" was launched. It is currently published on Weekly Playboy magazine's official news website Shupure 24 every Sunday.
Author Yudetamago will provide new cover illustrations for the reprinted editions with the same characters and the same compositions from the original editions. The spine art of the reprints will feature a new illustration of 36 superheroes.
Shueisha is planning to hold autograph-signing sessions and art exhibitions to add excitement to the release of the 100th comic book volume.
To read the latest episode, visit Shupure 24 at (http://wpb.shueisha.co.jp/).
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To see the original story in Japanese, go to the official site of "Anime Anime" (http://animeanime.jp/).
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