Kazuo Koike

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Kazuo Koike
小池 一夫
Born (1936-05-08) May 8, 1936 (age 82)
Daisen, Akita Prefecture
Notable works
Lone Wolf and Cub
Lady Snowblood
AwardsHall of Fame Eisner Award (2004)

Kazuo Koike (小池 一夫, Koike Kazuo, born May 8, 1936 in Daisen, Akita Prefecture) is a prolific Japanese manga writer (gensakusha), novelist and entrepreneur.


Early in Koike's career, he studied under Golgo 13 creator Takao Saito and served as a writer on the series.

Koike, along with artist Goseki Kojima, made the manga Kozure Okami (Lone Wolf and Cub), and Koike also contributed to the scripts for the 1970s film adaptations of the series, which starred famous Japanese actor Tomisaburo Wakayama. Koike and Kojima became known as the "Golden Duo" because of the success of Lone Wolf and Cub.

Another series written by Koike, Crying Freeman, which was illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami, was adapted into a 1995 live-action film by French director Christophe Gans.

Kazuo Koike started the Gekiga Sonjuku, a college course meant to teach people how to be a manga artist.

In addition to his more violent, action-oriented manga, Koike, an avid golfer, has also written golf manga. He has also written mahjong manga, as he himself is a former professional mahjong player.

In the early 2000s, he wrote a Wolverine story for Marvel.[1]

In 2011, Koike announced his intention to write a magical girl manga series titled Maho Shojo Mimitsuki Mimi no QED.[2]

Graduates of Koike's Gekiga Sonjuku[edit]




  1. ^ Kazuo Koike to Write Wolverine Archived October 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Kazuo Koike to Write a Magical Girl Manga Archived October 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., Oppliger, John (November 11, 2011), AnimeNation
  3. ^ 2004 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, Comic Book Awards Almanac


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