Batmen of all nations mourn the passing today of Jiro Kuwata, celebrated writer and artist of Japanese comics, with a career spanning six decades. Renowned for his co-creation of 8 Man, the first cyborg superhero in Japanese comics, Kuwata was known for years as the manga illustrator to see when adapting a television series into the comic book market. But among the denizens of the DC Universe, Kuwata’s lasting legacy will always be his role in the strange but still alluring experiment to internationalize the ‘60s Batman craze: a two-year collection of thrilling comics once exclusive to Japanese readers, and today known affectionately as “Batmanga.”
I have not read any of the manga. But it has interested me. Wish the best for his friends and family may he Rest In Peace.
Batmanga. Perhaps the single most under-read comic ever printed. I hope people seek it out given this news.
Rest in peace, Mr. Kuwata. You will be sorely missed.
I discovered this take on Batman in 2008 via the book “Bat-Manga!” by Chip Kidd. A fascinating read (as most things by Chip Kidd tend to be) of a seldom known take on Batman.
RIP Mr. Kuwata.
RIP Good Sir.
Rest in peace, Kuwata-sensei. Your work has left me searching for more “Batmanga” related works, such as the Justice League manga.
I hope he found enlightenment. will have to check out his work, may start with 8 man anime adaptations as amazon prime members have accesses some of them.
Hmm…maybe DC could do an 8 man batman crossover book to honor the loss of the author of both batmanga and 8 man.
The Batmanga is severely underrated. It gave us Lord Death Man, who is now a canon character. I think it’s incredibly understated how bizarre some of those villains are, and they deserve a chance to shine just as much as the Joker.
RIP Mr. Kuwata. Thanks for everything you’ve given us.