Garo Artists Index, 1964-1965

This file supports the Garo magazine index, which lists the stories that appeared in Garo from July, 1966 up to (planned at the moment) July, 1971. The magazine itself started in 1964, and effectively ran into the ground in the early 1990s. Its peak circulation was in the early- to mid-70's, largely due (in my opinion) to Sampei Shirato's "Kamui-Den" (Legend of Kamui). But that ended with the aforementioned July, 1971, issue. I'm picking this specific timeframe because this is about when used copies of the magazine start dropping below 500 yen each ($5.50 USD). Given the sheer volume of manga involved, it's something of a challenge to go through 1 a week, and with 60 issues in this span, just this one 5-year period is going to take a year to wade through. Anyone that wants to help contribute will be welcomed.

Now, I started with July, 1966, and there were 22 issues before that. The guys over at Welcome Datacomp have run the English titles for the issues from the beginning in 1964 up to the end of 1965. I'm repeating them here to make it easier to tie the authors to their bios.


I realize there may be mistakes, oversights or omissions in the below information. If you find something, please let me know.

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Story Title (English)Title (Japanese)Page CountAppearance


Azuma, Shinichiro (東真一郎)

Shinichiro Azuma is apparently one of Shigeru Mizuki's pen names. It's used primarily when he contributes to the Rotary section.

Rotariivarious



Fujisawa, Mitsuo (藤沢光男)

Mitsuo preferred to create bizarre 4-page gag strips with weird art and weirder characters as part of his "Aozora Tarou's Picture Diary". He was on chapter 6 as of the July, '66, issue, and he'd only appear every few months. Nothing on him on the net.

Wakagusa Manpovarious

Aozora-Taro no E-Nikkivarious



Kagemaru, Jouya (Kagemaru, Jouya)

There's almost nothing on Jouya in English, the one notable hit being a co-author credit for "Karate Baka Ichidai" in Shonen Magazine from 1970 to 1979, along with Ikki Kajiwara and Jiro Tsunoda. Odds are that he was an assistant in one of the studios. There may be more on him in Japanese, if I can get the kanji spelling for his name.

Dakyou Haisu Kokou no Shisoukavarious

MokugekishaJune, 1965, #10



Kaji, Issei (Kaji, Issei)

According to Welcome Datacomp, Issei was a pen name used by Hiroshi Hirata. Hiroshi is best known in the U.S. for his "Satsuma Gishiden" series.

Maguso MonogatariNov., 1965, #15

Ai, Shinshaku Bushido MonogatariDec., 1965, #16



Kidou, Jouji (Kidou, Jouji)

According to Welcome Datacomp, Jouji is a pen name for shojo manga horror artist Tanima Yumeji. Very little comes up on either name in English. I'll add more when I get his name in kanji.

Hashiru SatsuiOct., 1965, #14

Nanjamonja NinjaNov., 1965, #15



Kusunoki, Shouhei (楠勝平)

Shouhei (1944-1974) was a regular contributor to Garo. He had a very clean, recognizable style, and he preferred to set his serio-comic dramas in the Edo period of the 1600's to the 1800's. He was principally a gekiga artist. According to one website, he debuted in 1960 with "Certain Kill Secrets" (必殺奥義) in "Master Fencer Picture Book" (剣豪画集). His "Senmaru" was serialized in Garo from Oct. 1964 to June, 1965. He then had a series of short manga appearing in both Garo and COM. As of yet, there's no entry for him in either the Japanese or English wiki. He seems to be a perfect match for Drawn and Quarterly, but his work apparently hasn't been translated into English commercially yet. He is credited as having worked for Sampei Shirato as an assistant.

Senmaruvarious



Mizuki, Shigeru (水木しげる)

Shigeru Mizuki is best known for "Gegege no Kitaro", which started in 1959. He debuted with "Rocketman" in 1957. His "Hakuba Kitaro" (Graveyard Kitaro) stories also ran in Garo. Again, check out the English wiki for more information on him.

Furou Fushi no JutsuSept., 1964, #1

IboOct., 1964, #2

KunshouNov., 1964, #3

NekomaruDec., 1964, #4

Shinpen, BoujoukiJan., 1965, #5

Aa, MujouFeb., 1965, #6

KamisamaMar., 1965, #7

Kengou to TabamochiApr., 1965, #8

Koufuku no Amaki KaoriMay, 1965, #9

Kodomo no KuniJune, 1965, #10

Kodomo no Kuni: Kusatta KuniJuly, 1965, #11

Kodomo no Kuni: Senso to HeiwaAug., 1965, #12

Hakanai YumeSept., 1965, #13

Shinkoudan: TougyuuOct., 1965, #14

Mammoth FlowerNov., 1965, #15

Fuku no KamiDec., 1965, #16

Kobu, Shinkoudan: Sore Kara no MusashiDec., 1965, #16



Mura, Shigeru (Mura, Shigeru)

Shigeru Mura was Shigeru Mizuki's birth name. Although he was already working under the "Mizuki" name by this time, he'd occasionally use "Mura" for some of his other works.

Manga no Kakikatavarious

Isoppu-shiki Manga Kouza: ‘Dounattenno’, ‘Kore wa Tamaran’Apr., 1965, #8

Gekiga ShoushiApr., 1965, #8

RotariiJuly, 1965, #11



Ogawa, Akira (おがわあきら)

In through the first year of my timespan (1966-1967), Akira appeared every few issues with his "Poem of Heaven and Weeds" serial. It was fairly preachy and definitely my least favorite manga in Garo. Actually, it only ran 9 chapters, but the other artists seemed to enjoy occasionally putting caricatures of Akira in their own stories, making him something of a fixture during this period. There's very little on him personally on the net, and his name is pretty common in Japanese, making a search on him difficult. Note that in 1965 he did run a limited series in Garo titled "Tatakai Aru Kagiri Ni" (戦いある限りに) ("To the Limits of Battle").

Tatakai Aru Kagiri Nivarious



Oomura, Eiji (Oomura, Eiji)

There's an "Eiji Ohmura" listed as an executive producer for DVD 4 of "Paranoia Agent", on the Anime News Network site.

Haiboku no GunzouMay, 1965, #9



Sasaki, Mamoru & Okamoto, Satsuko (佐々木 守 & 岡本 颯子)

These two worked as a pair on an illustrated history retrospective, with Mamoru writing and Satsuko doing the art. They were on chapter 10 by the July, '66, issue, but didn't appear in every issue all the time. Generally, the chapters were 6 pages each, but could occasionally run 5 or 7 pages.

Mamoru Sasaki was a prolific TV and film screenwriter, who died in 2006. His credits include a few "Ultraman" episodes. Satsuko is an established illustrator, with a long credit list on the Japanese wiki. The main hits in English are for some children's book work that she did. She was also apparently Sampei Shirato's younger sister, and did the illustrations on a story Ri Haruko (Sampei's wife) submitted to Garo back in 1965.

Nihon Ninpou-denvarious



Shirato, Sampei (白土三平)

It's easier to just cite the English wiki page and let you learn more about Shirato there. He was very prolific, and his "Watari" (1965) was said to have influenced the American movie "Platoon".

ZashikiwarashiSept., 1964, #1

Akai TakeSept., 1964, #1

YouninSept., 1964, #1

KugutsuSept., 1964, #1

KugutsugaeshiOct., 1964, #2

MumeiOct., 1964, #2

MusashiOct., 1964, #2

Sugaru no ShiNov., 1964, #3

OniNov., 1964, #3

MyoukatsuNov., 1964, #3

Maboroshi no InuNov., 1964, #3

Jigou yori Hajimeru Sakuhin ni TsuiteNov., 1964, #3

Kamui-denvarious



Suwa, Sakae (小島 剛夕)

According to Welcome Datacomp, Sakae was a pen name Goseki Kojima (1928-2000) used while working as an assistant for Sampei Shirato. Goseki is best known for his artwork on "Lone Wolf and Cub".

Unabara no Kenvarious



Tsuge, Yoshiharu (つげ義春)

Yoshiharu was one of the later fixtures of Garo. He started out doing detective and action stories in the 1950's that were obviously influenced by early Tezuka manga. Later, he got into a relationship and when it broke up, he stopped drawing manga and tried killing himself. When the editors at Garo heard about this, they ran a sidebar asking Tsuge to contact them. He did, and began working as Shigeru Mizuki's assistant. He would run one of his own short stories in Garo every few months. The most famous of which, "Neji-shiki" (Screw-style) was adapted into a live action film known in the U.S. as "Screwed". His stories tend to plumb the depths of human nature as fits the original definition of "gekiga" - "dramatic pictures". He did eventually drop out of manga and hasn't drawn since 1986.

Uwasa no BushiAug., 1965, #12

Suikashu (?)Oct., 1965, #14

UnmeiDec., 1965, #16



Tsurita, Kuniko (つりた くにこ)

Kuniko (1948-1985) started right after the editors asked for reader submissions. She went on to establish herself as a manga artist in her own right. She tended to alternate between silly gags with cameo appearances by Shigeru Mizuki and Akira Ogawa, but then she'd follow that with more serious stories like "Woman".

There's little coming up for her in Japanese but a couple of French pages mention her, implying that she had some success as a shojo artist, although a lot of her early work was published through Garo. One fan page has a profile on her, but it is in Japanese only.

Hitobito no MaisouSept., 1965, #13

Kamigami no HanashiSept., 1965, #13



Uchiyama, Kenji (Uchiyama, Kenji)

According to the wiki entry on "Seton's Wild Animals", Kenji was a translator for the Japanese version of all 5 English of the books by Ernest Seton. These books in turn were the basis of the "Shiiton Doubutsuki" manga created by Sampei Shirato.

Doubutsu Hyaku-Wavarious



Artists that have only appeared a few times in Garo and I don't have descriptions for yet.

Azuma, ShinichirouRotarii

June, 1965, #10

Azuma, ShinichirouRotarii

May, 1965, #9

Azuma, ShinichirouRotarii

Apr., 1965, #8

Chin, ShimeiOchoko de Nomanai Sake

Sept., 1965, #13

Doya, IppeiYawara Musashi

May, 1965, #9

Doya, IppeiGoshin Hijutsu Kouza

Apr., 1965, #8

Doya, IppeiGoshin Hijutsu Kouza

Mar., 1965, #7

Doya, IppeiYawara Musashi

Mar., 1965, #7

Doya, IppeiJuujutsu Kyouryuu Hiwa: Tamasudare

Feb., 1965, #6

Doya, IppeiJuujutsu Kyouryuu Hiwa: Tamasudare

Jan., 1965, #5

Doya, IppeiJujitsu Kouryuu Hiwa: Tamasudare

Nov., 1964, #3

Fujikawa, ChisuiShirato Manga no Omoshirosa

Dec., 1964, #4

Hoshikawa, TeppuTsuki to Sensou

Dec., 1965, #16

Hoshikawa, TeppuKao no Magatta Otoko no Monogatari

Sept., 1965, #13

Kouyama, HideoNega no Miryoku

Dec., 1964, #4

Kurokawa, ShinMeyasu-bako

Nov., 1965, #15

Kurokawa, ShinMeyasu-bako

Oct., 1965, #14

Kurokawa, ShinMeyasu-bako

Sept., 1965, #13

Kurokawa, ShinMeyasu-bako

Aug., 1965, #12

Kurokawa, ShinMeyasu-bako

July, 1965, #11

Kurokawa, ShinMeyasu-bako

June, 1965, #10

Kurokawa, ShinMeyasu-bako

May, 1965, #9

Kurokawa, ShinMeyasu-bako

Apr., 1965, #8

Kurokawa, ShinMeyasu-bako

Mar., 1965, #7

Kurosaki, ShinMeyasu-bako

Dec., 1965, #16

Maegawa, UmitaNinja Yuku Tokoro

July, 1965, #11

Maegawa, UmitaOotori Hitoriaruki, Dokutori no Fukumaden

July, 1965, #11

Maegawa, UmitaOotori Hitoriaruki, Dokutori no Fukumaden

June, 1965, #10

Maegawa, UmitaNinja Ootori

May, 1965, #9

Maegawa, UmitaNinja Iku Tokoro

Apr., 1965, #8

Masai, ShigeiKinkai wo Motte 50 Nengo ni Ikou!

Dec., 1965, #16

Masai, ShigeiIkitai

Nov., 1965, #15

Masai, ShigeiHitchpoppo Gekijou: Bocchan Koroshiya

Oct., 1965, #14

Masai, ShigeiHitchpoppo Gekijou: Koroshiya Kagyou

Sept., 1965, #13

Masai, ShigeiGokiburi Oyaji

Aug., 1965, #12

Masai, ShigeiKanzen / Perfect

July, 1965, #11

Mitsuhashi, MakotoAru Hi, Wakamono wa Tabi Datta

Dec., 1965, #16

Mizusawa, ShuuMetsubou no Naka no Honshitsu

Feb., 1965, #6

Nomura, ShigeoMizuki Shigeru no Manga

Jan., 1965, #5

Ri, HarukoDouwa, mo Kichi

Sept., 1964, #1

Sato, TadaoShirato Sampei-san no Manga

Sept., 1964, #1

Takano, YukioNoppo to Chibi wa Hoshi o Mita

May, 1965, #9

Takayuki, ...Furupan / Kopan

Nov., 1965, #15

Watari, Nijuushi (?)Mahiru

Sept., 1965, #13