Shusei Nagaoka

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Shusei Nagaoka
Born (1936-11-26)November 26, 1936
Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan
Died June 23, 2015(2015-06-23) (aged 78)
Occupation Illustrator, Graphic Designer
Spouse(s) Noriko Nagaoka
Children Masashi Nagaoka, Neal Nagaoka

Shusei Nagaoka (長岡秀星 Nagaoka Shūsei?, November 26, 1936–June 23, 2015) was a Japanese illustrator.[1] He is best known for his music album cover art in the 1970s and 1980s. Artists for whom he illustrated covers include Electric Light Orchestra, Earth, Wind & Fire, Deep Purple, Space, Maze, George Clinton, Kitaro, Rose Royce, Caldera, and Pure Prairie League. He has received several awards, platinum and gold albums, several magazine articles, interviews and has been televised for his artwork. He has also released several books for his artwork and had one of the first artwork launched into outer space and orbited via Russian Mir Space Station in 1991. Some of the other companies, and people he has worked with in the past includes: NHK Television, TBS Japan, Playboy Magazine, Hustler Magazine, Penthouse Magazine, Shigeo Nagashima and Sadaharu Oh to name a few.

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  1. ^ "イラストレーター長岡秀星さん死去" (in Japanese). Yomiuri Shimbun. June 26, 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 

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