Fujio Akatsuka

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Fujio Akatsuka
Fujio Akatsuka.jpg
Born赤塚 藤雄 (Fujio Akatsuka)
(1935-09-14)September 14, 1935
Luanping, Rehe, Manchukuo
DiedAugust 2, 2008(2008-08-02) (aged 72)
Tokyo, Japan
Cause of deathPneumonia
NationalityJapanese
OccupationManga artist
Known forTensai Bakabon
Osomatsu-kun
Websitewww.koredeiinoda.net

Fujio Akatsuka (赤塚 不二夫, Akatsuka Fujio, September 14, 1935 – August 2, 2008) was a pioneer Japanese artist of comical manga known as the Gag Manga King. His name at birth is 赤塚 藤雄, whose Japanese pronunciation is the same as 赤塚 不二夫.

He was born in Rehe, Manchuria, the son of a Japanese military police officer. After World War II, he grew up in Niigata Prefecture and Nara Prefecture. When he was 19, he moved to Tokyo.

While working at a chemical factory, he drew many manga. After that, Tokiwa-so accepted him. He started his career as a shōjo artist, but in 1958, his Nama-chan (ナマちゃん) became a hit, so he became a specialist in comic manga. He won the Shogakukan Manga Award in 1964 for Osomatsu-kun[1] and the Bungeishunjū Manga Award in 1971 for Tensai Bakabon. He is said to have been influenced by Buster Keaton and MAD magazine.

In 1965, Akatsuka established his own company "Fujio Productions Ltd.".[2]

In 2000, he drew manga in braille for the blind.

Many of his manga featured supporting characters who ended up becoming more popular and more associated with their series than the main character, such as Papa (Tensai Bakabon), Iyami, Chibita (Osomatsu-kun), and Nyarome (Mōretsu Atarō).

In April 2002 he was hospitalized for intra-axial hematoma and was said to frequently be in a persistent vegetative state from 2004 until his death.[3] In July 2006, his second wife Machiko, who had been nursing him, suddenly died from a subarachnoid hemorrhage.[4] On August 2, 2008, he died of pneumonia at a hospital in Bunkyō, Tokyo.[5]

Works[edit]

Among Akatsuka's extensive body of work, his series of Osomatsu-kun, Himitsu no Akko-chan, Tensai Bakabon, and Mōretsu Atarō are often considered his top four major series[6] by Fujio Pro, due to their success in garnering animated adaptations and their lengthy runs and revivals.

Serial Works[edit]

(In order of publication)[7]

  • Angel in the Dark (くらやみの天使) (October 1958-March 1959, Shojo Club)- Assisted Shotaro Ishinomori and Hideko Mizuno, published under the shared pseudonym U.MIA
  • Matsuge-chan (まつげちゃん) (October 1958-April 1961, Hitomi)
    • July-December 1961, Ribon
  • Nama-chan (ナマちゃん) (December 1958-March 1961, Manga King)
  • Ohana-chan (おハナちゃん) (January 1960-March 1962, Shojo Club)
  • Kantarō (カン太郎) (May-September 1961, Adventure King)
    • January 1964-April 1965, Shonen Book
  • Osomatsu-kun (おそ松くん) (April 15, 1962- May 18, 1969, Weekly Shonen Sunday)- Serialization changed to monthly from August 13, 1967 to allow for less frequent but longer chapters
    • April 1964-March 1969, Separate Edition Shonen Sunday
    • April to December 1966, Boys' Life
    • April to October 1966, Elementary School 4th Grade
    • April to December 1966, Elementary School 2nd Grade
    • April 1966-March 1967, Kindergarten
    • May 1966-March 1967, Elementary School 1st Grade
    • July 1966-March 1967, Monthly Shogakukan Book
    • March 19, 1972-December 24, 1973, Weekly Shonen King
    • November 1987-March 1990, Comic BomBom
    • February 1988-January 1990, TV Magazine
  • O-chan's Eleven Friends (オーちゃんと11人のなかま) (April 1962-March 1963, Fun 5th Grader)
  • Himitsu no Akko-chan (ひみつのアッコちゃん) (June 1962-September 1965, Ribon)
    • November 1968-December 1969, Ribon
    • October 1988-September 1989, Nakayoshi
  • Otasuke-kun (おた助くん) (April 1963-March 1964, Elementary School 4th Grade)
  • Circus Jinta (サーカスジン太) (August-December 1963, Adventure King)
  • Makasete Chōta (まかせて長太) (October 1963-September 1965, Shonen)
  • Mechakucha NO. 1 (メチャクチャNO.1) (January 1964-December 1965, Adventure King)
    • January-September 1967, Adventure King
  • Songo-kun (そんごくん) (April 1964-March 1965, Elementary School 4th Grade)
  • Abekobe 3-banchi (あべこべ3番地)
  • Jajako-chan (ジャジャ子ちゃん) (June 22, 1965- July 5, 1966, Shojo Friend)
  • You Love Me-kun (ユーラブミーくん) (July 1965-August 1966, Heibon)
  • Giant Mama (ジャイアントママ)
  • Kibimama-chan (キビママちゃん) (October 1965-August 1966, Ribon)
  • Thriller Professor (スリラー教授) (January-March 1966, Boys' Life)
  • Chibita-kun (チビ太くん) (June 1967-January 1969, Shonen Book)
  • Kikanpo Gen-chan (きかんぽげんちゃん) (January-September 1967, Elementary School 2nd Grade)
  • Tensai Bakabon (天才バカボン) (April 9, 1967-February 23, 1969, Weekly Shonen Magazine)
    • August 1967-January 1969, Separate Edition Shonen Magazine
    • August 24, 1969-April 5, 1970, Weekly Shonen Sunday
    • September 9, 1969-June 1970, Deluxe Shonen Sunday
    • May 10, 1971-June 1, 1971, Weekly Bokura Magazine
    • June 27, 1971-December 7, 1976, Weekly Shonen Magazine
    • August 1974-May 1975, Separate Edition Shonen Magazine
    • June 1976-December 1978, Monthly Shonen Magazine
    • October 1987-October 1991, Comic BomBom
    • November 1987-January 1991, TV Magazine
    • January 1988-February 1989, Monthly Shonen Magazine
    • October 1989-January 1991, Monthly Hero Magazine
    • November 1991-December 1992, Deluxe BomBom
  • Hennako-chan (へんな子ちゃん) (September 1967-August 1969, Ribon)
  • Tamanegi Tama-chan (たまねぎたまちゃん) (September 1967-December 1969, Elementary School 1st Grade)
  • Hippie-chan (ヒッピーちゃん)
  • Mōretsu Atarō (もーれつア太郎) (November 28, 1967-June 28, 1970, Weekly Shonen Sunday)
    • April 1969-October 1971, Kindergarten
    • October 1969-March 1971, Elementary School 4th Grade
    • January 1970-June 1971, Elementary School 3rd Grade
    • January 1970-November 1971, Elementary School 2nd Grade
    • April 1990-January 1991, Comic BomBom
    • May 1990-January 1991, TV Magazine
  • Deku, the Stick of the Wasteland (荒野のデクの棒)
  • The Flower of Dekoppachi (花のデコッ八) (May-September 1969, Deluxe Shonen Sunday)
  • Tensai Bakabon's Old Man (天才バカボンのおやじ)
  • Zuruchō Has Come (やってきたズル長)
  • Oh! Geba Geba (Oh!ゲバゲバ)
  • I am the Violent Tetsu (おれはゲバ鉄)
  • Karappe of the Wind (風のカラッペ)
  • Bukkare* Dan (ぶっかれ*ダン)
  • Shinigami Dēsu (死神デース)
  • Mad Dog Trotsky (狂犬トロッキー)
  • Hatabō (ハタ坊) (January-December 1971, Red Flag Sunday)
  • Let's La Gon (レッツラゴン) (September 5, 1971-July 14, 1974, Weekly Shonen Sunday)
  • Wanpei (ワンペイ]]) (January 9-December 24, 1972, Red Flag Sunday)
  • The Great Stupid Detective Kogoro Wakuchi (はくち小五郎)) (June 1972-December 1974, Adventure King)
  • Gag Guerrilla (ギャグゲリラ)
  • Kusobaba (クソばばあ)
  • Shōnen Friday (少年フライデー)
  • Occhan (オッチャン)
  • Waruwaru World (ワルワルワールド)
  • Tsumannaiko-chan (つまんない子ちゃん)
  • Nyan Nyan Nyanda (ニャンニャンニャンダ)
  • BC Adam (BCアダム)
  • Noragaki (のらガキ)
  • Naughty Angel (わんぱく天使(エンゼル))
  • Mom NO. 1 (母ちゃんNO.1)
  • Kong Oyaji (コングおやじ)
  • Tuttle-kun (タトルくん)
  • Architect Kensaku (建師ケン作)
  • Monster Ball Man (怪球マン)
  • Gags with Fujio (不二夫のギャグありき)
  • Animal Wars (アニマル大戦)
  • Mame-tan (まめーたん) (April 1979-March 1982, Elementary School 1st Grade)
  • Gontarō Niguruma (荷車権太郎)
  • The Mean Old Man (いじわる爺さん)
  • Ojisan is a Persuman (おじさんはパースーマン)
  • Romeo and Julie (ロメオとジュリー)
  • Chibidon (チビドン) (February 1980-March 1981, Monthly CoroCoro Comic)
  • Caster (キャスター) (April 1980-February 1981, Popcorn)- Magazine was published bimonthly until its closure in February 1981
  • Babatchi-sensei (ババチ先生)
  • The Flower of Kikuchiyo (花の菊千代) (April 1981- March 1982, Monthly CoroCoro Comic)
  • Piyo the 13th (ピヨ13世) (May-December 1981, Just Comic)
  • Basho Matsuo (松尾馬蕉) (April 4-October 3, 1983, Heibon Punch)
  • Tokio and Kakeru (TOKIOとカケル)
  • Studying the Great Master (大先生を読む)
  • Yarasete Ojisan (ヤラセテおじさん)
  • Big in Japan, Putaro's Family (大日本プータロー一家) (October 1990-August 1991, Comic BomBom)
  • MR. Masashi (MR.マサシ)
  • The Cat Houseowner (ネコの大家さん)

Short Stories[edit]

  • Beyond the Storm (嵐を超えて) (June 7, 1956, Akebono Publishing)- Mainstream debut work, written directly for a tankobon release
  • A Flash of Light on the Lake ((湖上の閃光) (August 25, 1956, Akebono Publishing)
  • Storm Wharf (嵐の波止場) (December 10, 1956, Akebono Publishing)
  • Kyuhei and Big Sister (九平とねえちゃん)
  • Inspector Oni (鬼警部)
  • Bakumatsu Rare Dog Group (幕末珍犬組)
  • Ujabaland (ウジャバランド)
  • Run Away Run Away (逃げろや逃げろ)

Adaptations[edit]

These series or one-shots are derivative works, created as adaptations of TV shows or novels by other authors.

  • Marippe-sensei (まりっぺ先生) (April to November 1959, Ribon)- Based off TV series by Kazuo Funahashi
  • Obaka-san (おバカさん) (1978, Weekly Shonen Magazine)- Based off the original story by Shu Endo

Assistants[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
  2. ^ "Introduction". Fujio Productions.
  3. ^ Kenichi Nagira Fanclub bulletin
  4. ^ ZAKZAK 2006-7-25 Machiko-san, wife of Akatsuka Fujio dies
  5. ^ "Mangaka Akatsuka Fujio dies" (in Japanese). Sports Hochi. 2008-08-02. Archived from the original on 2008-08-05.
  6. ^ http://www.fujio-pro.co.jp/english/character/index.html Fujio Pro series and characters
  7. ^ http://www.koredeiinoda.net/profile/worklist.html Fujio Pro work list.

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