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Kazuo Koike (1936–2019)

Author of Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol. 1: The Assassin's Road

Includes the names: K. Koike, Kazu Koike, Kazuo Koike, 小池 一夫

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Kazuo Koike was born on May 8, 1936 in Akita, Japan. He is the co-creator and writer of the Lone Wolf and Cub and Crying Freeman manga. He adapted the Lone Wolf and Cub manga into a series of six films which gained him recognition for his screenwriting. He started the Gekiga Sonjuku, a college course to assist talented writers and artists break into the comic book field. He also hosted television programs, founded a golf magazine, produced movies, and has written popular fiction, poetry, and screenplays. His work has earned him many awards including two Harvey Awards and an Eisner Award. (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol. 1: The Assassin's Road
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Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol. 1: The Assassin's Road (Author) 883 copies, 20 reviews
Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol. 2: The Gateless Barrier (Author) 481 copies, 11 reviews
Crying Freeman, Volume 1 166 copies, 1 review
Crying Freeman, Volume 2 122 copies, 1 review
Crying Freeman, Volume 3 104 copies, 1 review
Crying Freeman, Volume 5 75 copies, 2 reviews
Crying Freeman, Volume 4 74 copies, 1 review
Color of Rage 50 copies
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Lady Snowblood: Resurrection 9 copies, 1 review
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Though widely respected as a powerful writer of graphic fiction, Koike has hosted television programs; founded a golf magazine; produced movies; written popular fiction, poetry, and screenplays and mentored some of Japan's best manga talent.

Lone Wolf and Cub, created in collaboration with Goseki Kojima, was first serialized in in 1970 (under the title Kozure Okami) in Manga Action magazine and continued its hugely popular run for many years, being collected as the stories were published and reprinted worldwide.  Koike collected numerous awards for his work on the series throughout the next decade.  Starting in 1972, Koike adapted the popular manga into a series of six films, The Baby Cart Assassin saga, garnering widespread commercial success and critical acclaim for his screenwriting.

Koike and Kojima were dubbed the "golden duo" on the manga world for their many successes.

 And to give something back to the medium that gave him so much, Koike started the Gekiga Sonjuku, a college course aimed at helping talented writers and artists break into the comic field.

The driving focus of Koike's narrative is character development, and his commitment to character is clear: "Comics are carried by characters.  If a character is well created, the comic becomes a hit."  [adapted from Assassin's Road (2000)]
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