The Manga that Led to 'Power Rangers'
Posted by Brigid Alverson on November 6, 2020 @ 5:38 pm CT
Ishinomori is known in Japan as a pioneering manga, anime, and tokosatsu (live-action with special effects) creator, but his manga are not widely available in English in print. In the early to mid 2000s, Tokyopop licensed Cyborg 009 and CMX licensed Kikaider, but those books are mostly out of print; VIZ published his Legend of Zelda adaptation in 2015 (see "VIZ Media Brings Back ‘The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past’”). ComiXology also publishes a number of his manga digitally. Ishinomori began his career as an assistant to the legendary Osamu Tezuka, working on Astro Boy and other manga, then went on to create the Kamen Rider media franchise (which featured superheroes on motorcycles). He was awarded the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 1998, and he holds the Guinness world record as the most-published comics author.
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