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May 8, 1936 |
Daisen, Akita Prefecture
|Lone Wolf and Cub
|Awards||Hall of Fame Eisner Award (2004)|
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|Anime and manga|
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.
Kazuo Koike started the Gekika 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.
Graduates of Koike's Gekika Sonjuku
- Rumiko Takahashi – manga artist: Urusei Yatsura, Ranma ½, InuYasha etc.
- Akira Sakuma – game designer, freelance writer: Momotaro Densetsu series
- Hideyuki Kikuchi – horror writer: Vampire Hunter D
- Tetsuo Hara – manga artist: Fist of the North Star
- Yuji Horii – game designer, freelance writer: Dragon Quest series
- Keisuke Itagaki – manga artist: Baki the Grappler
- Naoki Yamamoto – manga artist: Dance till Tomorrow
- Takayuki Yamaguchi – manga artist: Apocalypse Zero and Shigurui.
- Lone Wolf and Cub, with artist Goseki Kojima, 1970–1976
- Hulk: The Manga, with artist Yoshihiro Morifuji, November 24, 1970 – January 6, 1971
- Lady Snowblood, with artist Kazuo Kamimura, 1972–1973
- Samurai Executioner, with artist Goseki Kojima, 1972–1976
- The script to the film Lady Snowblood, 1973
- Adolescent Zoo, with artist Hiromi Yamasaki, 1978–1981
- Nijitte Monogatari, with artist Satomi Koe, 1978–2003
- Path of the Assassin, with artist Goseki Kojima, 1978–1984
- Hanappe Bazooka, with artist Go Nagai, June 7, 1979 – January 7, 1982
- Wounded Man, with artist Ryoichi Ikegami, 1983–1986
- Mad Bull 34, with artist Noriyoshi Inoue, 1985–1991
- Crying Freeman, with artist Ryoichi Ikegami, 1986–1988
- Kawaite Sourou, with artist Goseki Kojima, 1995–1999
- X-Men Unlimited #50, 2003
- Kajō, with artist Hideki Mori, 2003–2006
- New Lone Wolf and Cub (Shin Kozure Okami), with artist Hideki Miri Mori, 2003–2006
- Yume Genji Tsurugi no Saimon, with artist Natsuki Sumeragi, 2006–?
- Shura Yukihime Gaiden, with artist Ryoichi Ikegami, 2009–?
- Oda Nobunaga, with artist Goseki Kojima, ?-?
- Offered, with artist Ryoichi Ikegami, ?-?
- Color of Rage, with artist Seisaku Kano, ?-?
- Goyokiba, with artist Takeshi Kanda, ?-?