Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President
|Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President|
Cover of the first volume of Eagle
|Written by||Kaiji Kawaguchi|
|Original run||1997 – 2001|
Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President (Japanese: イーグル Hepburn: Īguru?) is a political seinen manga by Kaiji Kawaguchi serialized in Big Comic, a manga magazine published by Shogakukan. Its plot, following a Japanese American senator as he runs for president of the United States, was thoroughly researched by Kawaguchi during several weeks of travel in the U.S. during the campaigns for the 2000 election.
Eagle takes place during the 2000 presidential election. Some of the characters are entirely original, such as Senator Kenneth Yamaoka (D-NY) (ケネス・ヤマオカ Kenesu Yamaoka) and the series protagonist, Japanese journalist Takashi Jo (城 鷹志 Jō Takashi). Others are fictionalized depictions of real people, such as campaign advisor George Tuck (based on Dick Tuck), Democratic Vice-President Al Noah (based on Al Gore), and the current president Bill Clayton (ビル・クライトン Biru Kuraiton, based on Bill Clinton), who hails from Arkansas, has faced multiple scandals, and has a politically ambitious wife named Ellery Clayton (エラリー・クライトン Erarī Kuraiton). Kawaguchi was reported inspired to create the manga after watching the 1992 documentary The War Room.
The series was originally serialized from 1997–2001 in the Japanese anthology Big Comic, published by Shogakukan. From 2000–2002, Viz Comics published the English translation in monthly 100-page issues and then in five long tankōbon volumes. The series spans over 2000 pages in all. The series has also been published in France by J'ai Lu, in Germany by Egmont Manga & Anime, and in Indonesia by Level Comic.
- 416 pages, ISBN 1-56931-475-6
- 424 pages, ISBN 1-56931-476-4
- 416 pages, ISBN 1-56931-551-5
- 512 pages, ISBN 1-56931-639-2
- 600 pages, ISBN 1-59116-007-3
Eagle was nominated for five Eisner Awards, including Best New Series, Best Continuing Series, Best Writer/Artist, and Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material in 2001, and again in 2002 for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material. Writer Warren Ellis called it "A wild tangle of sex and secrets and hate and Machiavellian intrigue. It's Primary Colors in a really bad mood."
- Weiland, Jonah (5 June 2002). "Fly Like an 'Eagle'; Looking Back at the Political manga Series". Comic Book Resources.
- "The Politically Charged Manga Series is Nominated for 4 Eisner Awards: Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President". VIZ Media. 2001. Archived from the original on 30 December 2009.