Jirô Kuwata

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Osaka, Japan
Famous Japanese cartoonist Jirô Kuwata was born on April 17, 1935. In 1948, at age 13, Kuwata created his first comic-strip, "Kaiki Seidan" ("The Strange Star Cluster"), and devoted himself to comics, mostly in the sci-fi/fantasy and superhero vein. His turning point came in 1957, when he created "Maboroshi Tantei" ("Phantom Detective"), about a teenage detective (decked out in a black uniform, a red beret and a domino mask). In 1958, Kuwata did the comic-book adaptation of Japan's first TV superhero, Gekkô kamen (1958) ("Moonlight Mask"), created by writer Kôhan Kawauchi. Read more...