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Kaiki Romanesque Gekiga: Skull Man

Kaiki Romanesque Gekiga: Skull Man

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Synonyms: The Skull Man
Japanese: 怪奇ロマネスク劇画 スカルマン THE SKULL MAN


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 1970
Authors: Ishinomori, Shoutarou (Story & Art)


Score: 6.511 (scored by 301 users)
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Ranked: #122592
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When the looming Cold War shrouded Japan, mysterious murders were reported there. The suspect was a man with a skull-like helmet and a cape and clothing as black as the inside of a grave.

Accompanied by a shape-shifting beast named Garo, the Skull Man terrified Japanese society—without giving the people a clear reason why.

(Source: MU)


Skull Man was one of manga's first anti-heroes, someone who would sacrifice the lives of innocents in his quest for vengeance.

While the TV series Kamen Rider (Masked Rider) was still in development, Ishinomori, who created that series with producer Toru Hirayama, made this manga as his own personal version, which the producers at Toei Company Ltd. used as the basis for the show. Several changes in content were made, as this 100-page one-shot story was too dark and gruesome (even cerebral) for a children's show.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Jun 6, 2012
"For fifteen years, we've chased one man... or rather, one boy. All over Japan... no, from one end of the world to the other...!"

Ishinomori Shotaro's Skull Man (or Skullman, or The Skull Man, depending on your preferred romanization) is a 100 page oneshot that ran in Weekly Shounen Magazine in January of 1970 as the third entry in a string of one shots from various popular authors celebrating the New Year. Its biggest cultural achievement is likely its role as the predecessor of Kamen Rider, but Skull Man itself has enjoyed a decent amount of popularity both at the time of its release and up read more
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Jul 10, 2015
In short: if you're planning to read this manga other than for pure historical/educational reasons - don't bother, it's a complete waste of time.

Story is predictable to the T. And while it has some good in it, too cartoonish art totally ruins any serious approach. It's like reading Umberto Ramos comics - the story may be dramatic, sad & serious, but Dear Lord, that art is simply inappropriate for that kind of story.

Main character is not even an anti-hero: he's exactly what he's been called by others - murdering psychopath. "I'll get my revenge even if the whole world burn" (not an exact quote, but read more
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