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Showcase #33: Kinnikuman & Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump


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#1 kayfabe1985

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 02:12 PM

Showcase #33: Kinnikuman & Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump

 

Besides collecting LRG's I also collect vintage Weekly Shonen Jumps from Japan. Four of my favorite mangas are Saint Seiya, Kinnikuman, Sailor Moon & finally Dragonball. Three of those were published on Weekly Shonen Jump originally before making it to collected volumes in manga form.

 

I wanted to collect the entire published run of Saint Seiya (ran from 1986 to 1990). So the year 1990 became my cut off point for stopping/ending my collection and once I rediscovered Kinnikuman I began tracing back the issues before 1986 and thus began my journey.

 

I have full runs of the year 1986, 1988, 1989 & 1990 (almost finished collecting the year 1987). But for Kinnikuman I am still 5 years behind! Yoshinori Nakai and Takashi Shimada (Yudetamago) originally started Kinnikuman as a parody of Ultraman. They started with two one-shots in 1979 and the stories received such acclaim that Weekly Shonen Jump decided to run the series full time starting in issue #22 (1979).

 

The series ran until 1987 & this topic will be dedicated to Kinnikuman covers and important Weekly Shonen Jump issues (the ones I own); a little Kinnikuman history! So keep an eye out for updates.


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 02:26 PM

Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump #2 (1979) 1st One-Shot Special

 

 

Childhood friends Yoshinori Nakai and Takashi Shimada (Yudetamago) originally started Kinnikuman as a parody of Ultraman. They submitted their first short story to Weekly Shonen Jump and it was published in issue #2 (December 1978 but marked 1979). The cover featured Masami Kurumada's (creator of Saint Seiya) "Ring ni Kakero".

 

Weekly Shonen Jump always had a stamp mark of the following calendar year for the December issues in particular overlapping to the following calendar year. Making Shonen Jump difficult to collect sometimes because finding a checklist or exact publishing dates/months online is difficult.

 

It was published weekly and had 52 issues (in theory) but occasionally had double issues etc so the mangas are not actually 52 per year etc.

 

This was for all intents and purposes the "first appearance" of Kinnikuman and the drawings although crude started it all! This issue is surprisingly not that difficult to find in the wild and its pretty economically priced (I paid less than 7 EUR for my copy).

 

I purchase my copies either in Japan, yahoojapan or Mandarake and since they weight between 400 to 500 grams they are extremely heavy and shipping is an issue sometimes (except at Mandarake in terms of reasonable shipping prices).

 

I remember having to ship some copies from Japan last year & using SAL as a shipping option which was economical (Seamail being the cheapest but longest option).

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 02:43 PM

Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump #14 (1979) 2nd One-Shot Special

 

Issue #14 (March 1979) was the second one-shot published and it was critically acclaimed. Winning the Akatsuka Award from Shueisha for humor and hilarity!

 

By this point it was decided that Kinnikuman would become a regular series. On the last page of the story they highlight a "big announcement for issue #15 (which was the announcemnet that it be a regular series).

 

This issue is also a "sleeper" issue for collectors in terms of people either not really appreciating the historical significance of the Manga or not really being informed about the one-shots.

 

I paid 250 yen for my copy! It can be found online cheap; so just keep an eye out if you want it in your collection as it is in my opinion Kinnikuman history.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 01:14 PM

Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump #22 (1979) Kinnikuman Ch. 1

 

 

The first chapter in the Kinnikuman saga! Shonen Jump #22 (May 1979) had Kinnikuman on the cover (sporting a green mask).

 

Cover spotlights was somewhat customary when Jump debuted new titles/stories.

 

An awesome piece of Kinnikuman history and this particular Shonen Jump can be found in the wild (I bought mine in Japan at the Shibuya Mandarake branch for 15,000 yen).

 

My copy was circa $134 bucks, copies are not cheap but on yahoojapan I have seen one for about $90 bucks.

 

So if you keep an eye out, you might find it for a way better price than me!

 

In this chapter we see the Ultraman vs Kaiju of the week influences; back then Kinnikuman was in its infancy and would later develop it's storytelling as the years went along.

 

Ultimately I would like to collect all Weekly Shonen Jump Kinnikuman covers and a full Weekly Shonen Jump run (I have a complete 1986 run and an almost complete 1987 run already).

 

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:42 PM

Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump #39 (1979) Kinnikuman Ch. 18

 

The 18th chapter in the Kinnikuman saga! Shonen Jump #39 (September 1979) had both Kinnikuman & Meat on the cover (Kinnikuman sporting a green mask and Meat in yellow).

 

This was the 3rd and last time Kinnikuman was spotlighted with a cover for the year 1979.

 

When you opened the Shonen Jump it had some color Kaiju pics! (unrelated to Kinnikuman)...Plus a really cool first page splash to open up Chapter 18:

 

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