Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics

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Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics
Author Paul Gravett
Country United States, United Kingdom
Language English
Subject manga
Genre Encyclopedia

Laurence King

Harper Design
Publication date
July 19, 2004
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 176 pp (first edition)
ISBN 978-1-85669-391-2

Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics is a 2004 encyclopaedia written by Paul Gravett. It was published in 2004 by Laurence King in the United Kingdoms[1] and by Harper Design in United States. It gives an overview of most of the famous manga works and historical evolution since 1945. Osamu Tezuka had the privilege to have a whole chapter about his works in the encyclopaedia.[2]


Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics were pulled from the shelves of all San Bernardino County, California libraries because Bill Postmus, Chairman of the county's Board of Supervisors, said, "That book is absolutely inappropriate for a public library and as soon as I was made aware of it yesterday, I ordered it to be removed immediately."[3] To circumvent Postmus' ban on the book, Barstow Community College allowed the book to be displayed but not to be checked out.[4]


David Welsh from Comic News Flipped commends Paul Gravett's "journalist's fluidity" when writing his book.[5] The Times praised the book by saying, "Gravett’s solidly researched study ... includ[es] in its 176 pages bountiful full-colour illustrations that do not shirk the erotic and horror sides of adult manga."[6]


  1. ^ Manga. Google Book Search. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  2. ^ "Manga: Sixty Years Of Japanese Comics". Neo. Archived from the original on September 18, 2008. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  3. ^ "Suburban LA County Pulls Manga Textbook". Anime News Network. 2006-04-14. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  4. ^ "LA Area College to Display Banned Manga Book". Anime News Network. 2006-05-04. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  5. ^ Welsh, David (May 10, 2009). "Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics". Comic News Flipped. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  6. ^ "Where the actions speak louder". The Times. July 17, 2004. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 

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