Just learned from roving reporter Chris Capuozzo that Chris Ware has done the cover for Tank Tankuro by Gajo Sakamoto. This Manga “masterpiece” is the ancestor of Astro Boy from pre-World War II Japan.
The Japanese publisher PressPop will publish an English-translated volume of Gajo Sakamoto’s 1934-1936 Tank Tankuro manga this spring. The manga features the adventures of the robot Tank Tankurō and the villain he fights, Kuro Kabuto (“Black Helmet”), in the decade before World War II. The character “is said to be one of the first robot [sic]” and “the first Japanese science fiction” in Japanese manga.