A haircut drawing my bad dude Marian did awhile back. Marian’s tumbr
People talk about eighties in American comics as being the illest decade, and they were pretty cool—Miracleman, American Flagg!, Ronin, Hard Boiled, et al.—but I was thinking about how we never really talk about how cool the ’80s was for manga. Otomo was doing Domu and Akira, Miyazaki was doing Nausicaa, Toriyama was doing Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball, Rumiko Takahashi was doing Ranma 1/2, Shirow did Appleseed and Ghost in the Shell. Plus you have Urasawa breaking in with Pineapple Army and Master Keaton, and master Mizuki falls through to drop Showa. Tezuka stops by to do more Phoenix and Message to Adolf. Kazuo Koike and Ryoichi Ikegami drop Crying Freeman.
People are pretty vocal about this stuff individually, but I don’t really see people talking about that decade as being such a concentration of dope Japanese comics in the way that they talk about American comics in the ’80s. We should fix that.
(Really I just wanted an excuse to remind people that Akira, Appleseed, Ranma 1/2, Dragon Ball, Nausicaa and Crying Freeman all came out within a, like, 4 year span)