The seminal manga debuted in Kodansha’s Young magazine in December 1982 and ran until 1990. In 2017, Kodansha will release Akira: The 35th Anniversary Box Set which will include Vol. 1 - 6 of the series in large format hardcovers, as well as the Akira Club art book. The series will be printed in its native right-to-left Japanese presentation, with original art and Japanese onomatopoeia sound effects (with endnote translations). Additional extras will be announced at a date closer to release. MSRP is $199.99.
The original artwork for the series is a landmark of the manga art form, and the anime adaptation, produced in 1988, is also considered extremely influential (see “DVD Round-Up: 'Man of Steel,' 'Akira,' 'Dexter,' & 'Nosferatu'”).