Manga is one of Japan's oldest art forms, it goes back as early as the 18th century, at least... But one genre attracts young boys, teenagers, and
In the late 19th century, there was a magazine called Shonen Sekai (or The Youth's World), that featured stuff Kids at the time were really into, like Board Games and Baseball Cards. It had a lot of historical manga, especially ones taking place in the Edo period of Japan. Today it seems to be
After World War II, The Manga industry was not that good, since
His body of work included such big names as Astro Boy (or Mighty Atom in Japan) which ran for a whopping 16 years and 23 volumes. Another earlier work is Jungle Emperor (or Kimba the White Lion), One of the first modern ongoing series aimed at young boys.
In the mid to late 1950s, there was a boom in Manga Weeklies, These were aimed at an older audience (IE Salarymen). Some names include Weekly Manga Times, Weekly Manga Sunday, Weekly Manga Goraku, and Weekly Manga Action. Some of these are popular to this day. But an
Released in March of 1959, Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine had everything Kids at the time were into, manga, sports, movies, and as the years went on they included Anime news, Tokusatsu talk, and Video Games. Some of my favorite series in the Magazine include Tiger Mask (a Wrestling Manga), Kamen Rider, Devilman (a horror Manga), Skull Man, and Cyborg 009. It is the second biggest Shonen Manga anthology today.
Released a month later, Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday, was very similar to
These 2 anthologies duked it out for half a decade, Until
Shonen Gahosha (who ironically doesn't produce Shonen Manga anymore) made Weekly Shonen King (a spin off to Shonen Gaho)... It didn't have the most well known titles (which is kind of why it died out), but for a brief period in the 60s and a good portion of the 70s, it was a reasonable competitor to
Released Later in the 60s, Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump was the little Manga anthology that could... It was a the successor to Shonen Book, which was a spin off to the even more obscure Omoshiro Book (or Funny Book)
Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion was the baby of the big 5 of the 70s, though it was released in 1969. Still, it managed to bring such successful series as Black Jack (one of Tezuka's later series), Cutie Honey (The Sailor Moon before Sailor Moon), Dokaben (a long running Baseball series), Apocalypse Zero (a really violent series for a mid-90s
The 70s happened and the
Shonen King did have a couple of titles in the 80s, including Locke the Superman and Legend of the Heavenly Sphere Shurato, but it wasn't the powerhouse it was in the 60s. On December of 1988, the Magazine was canceled and Shonen Gahosha produces Young King and Young King OURs nowadays.
Since 2002, Shonen Manga has had Death Note, Gin Tama, Reborn, D. Gray Man, Toriko, Medeka Box, Beezlebub, Assassination Classroom, Zatch Bell, Kenichi, Kekkashi, Hayate the Combat Butler, Zettai Karen Children, Kongo Bancho, Air Gear, Negima, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Fairy Tail, New Akita Shoten produced Saint Seiya Series, Grappler Baki sequels, and.... SYSTEM OVERLOAD!!!!!
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