Cover of April 25, 2008 issue
|Editor in Chief||Masaichirō Kurashina|
|Frequency||Semimonthly on the 10th and 25th|
|First issue||29 February 1968|
Big Comic (ビッグコミック Biggu Komikku?) is a semimonthly seinen manga magazine published since 28 February 1968 by Shogakukan in Japan. It was originally launched as a monthly magazine, but switched to twice monthly on the 10th and 25th beginning in April 1968. It is paired with sister magazine Big Comic Original, going on sale in the weeks Big Comic Original does not. Circulation in 2008 was reported at slightly over a half-million copies. but by mid-2015 had declined to 315,000, as part of an industry-wide trend in manga magazine sales.
The magazine has published works by a number of well-known manga artists, including Osamu Tezuka, Shotaro Ishinomori, Sanpei Shirato, Takao Saito, Fujiko Fujio (A), Fujiko F. Fujio, and Tetsuya Chiba. Big Comic also serializes Saito's Golgo 13, which is the oldest manga series still in publication.
The front cover of the magazine featured a caricature of a famous individual by manga illustrator Shūichi Higurashi for more than forty years. Higurashi's drawings were featured on the cover of Big Comic from 1970 until 2011. Higurashi retired in the autumn of 2011 due to failing health.
List of works
These series appear according to a regular schedule in the magazine.
- Golgo 13 (ゴルゴ13?), by Takao Saito
- Ōgon no Rafu: Sōta no Stance (黄金のラフ〜草太のスタンス〜?), by Tsuyoshi Nakaima
- S - Saigo no Keikan (S エス‐最後の警官‐?), by Yoichi Komori and Yutaka Toudo
- Shin C-Kyu Salaryman Koza (新C級さらりーまん講座?), by Keisuke Yamashina
- Sōmubu Sōmuka Yamaguchi Roppeita (総務部総務課山口六平太?), written by Norio Hayashi, illustrated by Ken'ichirō Takai
- Sekuhara-kachō no Tsubuyaki (五月原課長のつぶやき?), by Tōru Nakajima
These series are currently serialized, but have no specific schedule for when each chapter appears in the magazine.
- Akabee, by Hiroshi Kurogane
- Ayako, by Osamu Tezuka
- Barbara, by Osamu Tezuka
- Big Wing, written by Masao Yajima, illustrated by Shinji Hikino
- C-kyū Salaryman Kōza, by Keisuke Yamashina
- Chūshun Komawari-kun, by Tatsuhiko Yamagami
- Cruise: Ishi Yamada Kōhei Kōkaishi, written by Masao Yajima, illustrated by Hiroyuki Kikuta
- Double Face, by Fujihiko Hosono
- Swallowing the Earth, by Osamu Tezuka
- Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President, by Kaiji Kawaguchi
- Ode to Kirihito, by Osamu Tezuka
- Five, by Riki Kusaka, created by Yuzuru Hirayama
- Galaxy Express 999, by Leiji Matsumoto
- Gekiga ObaQ, by Fujiko F. Fujio
- Gekitō Magnitude 7.7, by Takao Yamaguchi
- Gin no Shippo, by Shinri Mori
- Gringo, by Osamu Tezuka
- Hana China, written by Yūji Nishi, illustrated by Shinji Hikino
- Happyaku Yachō Hyōri no Kewaishi, by Shotaro Ishinomori
- Hidamari no Ki, Osamu Tezuka
- Hotel, by Shotaro Ishinomori
- I.L., by Osamu Tezuka
- The Legend of Kamui (2nd series), written by Sanpei Shirato, illustrated by Tetsuji Okamoto
- Kamui Gaiden (2nd series), by Sanpei Shirato
- Kamurobamura-e, by Mikio Igarashi
- Kobayakawa Nobuki no Koi, by Fumi Saimon
- Kusakabe Shomei Kyūka Omiya-san, by Shotaro Ishinomori
- Minotaurus no Sara, by Fujiko F. Fujio
- Mirai no Omoide, by Fujiko F. Fujio
- Munakata Kyōju Ikōroku, by Yukinobu Hoshino
- MW, by Osamu Tezuka
- Notari Matsutarō, by Tetsuya Chiba
- Osozaki Jijii, by Yoshinori Kobayashi
- Sabu to Ichi Torimono Hikae, by Shotaro Ishinomori
- Sora! Flight Attendant Monogatari, written by Masao Yajima, illustrated by Shinji Hikino
- Taiyō no Mokushiroku, by Kaiji Kawaguchi
- Tsukiji Uogashi Sandaime, written by Masaharu Nabeshima, illustrated by Mitsuo Hashimoto
- Veterinarian Dolittle, written by Midori Natsu, illustrated by Kiyoshi Chikuyama
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