Big Comic

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Big Comic
Big Comics cover 2008-04-25.jpg
Cover of April 25, 2008 issue
Editor in Chief Masaichirō Kurashina
Categories Seinen manga
Frequency Semimonthly on the 10th and 25th
Circulation 315,000 (2015) [1]
First issue 1968-02-29
Company Shogakukan
Country  Japan
Language Japanese

Big Comic (ビッグコミック Biggu Komikku?) is a semimonthly seinen manga magazine published since 1968-02-29 by Shogakukan in Japan.[2] 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.[3] but by mid-2015 had declined to 315,000,[4] 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.[5] Higurashi's drawings were featured on the cover of Big Comic from 1970 until 2011.[5] Higurashi retired in the autumn of 2011 due to failing health.[5]

List of works[edit]

Currently serialized[edit]

These series appear according to a regular schedule in the magazine.

Irregularly serialized[edit]

These series are currently serialized, but have no specific schedule for when each chapter appears in the magazine.

Formerly serialized[edit]


  1. ^ Japan Magazine Publishers Association Magazine Data June 2015. Retrieved Oct. 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Schodt, Frederik L. (1996). Dreamland Japan: writings on modern manga. Stone Bridge Press. p. 97. ISBN 1-880656-23-X. 
  3. ^ Japan Magazine Publishers Association Magazine Data 2008,
  4. ^ Japan Magazine Publishers Association Magazine Data June 2015. Retrieved Oct. 28, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Big Comic Cover Artist Shūichi Higurashi Passes Away". Anime News Network. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 

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