The Sports Nippon newspaper reported on Saturday that manga author Yasuyuki Kunitomo
died due to heart failure on September 20. He was 65 years old.
Kunimoto graduated from Waseda University and was a member of its Manga Research Society. During his studies, he made his manga author debut in the supplementary issue of Weekly Shounen Jump
in 1974 with Saigo no Shounen Yakyuu
, and received an honorable mention at the Tezuka Award the following year for his Ooi! Shimbun!
Published in Futabasha's Manga Action
magazine, Kunitomo's 1985 manga Junk Boy
(pictured) became one of his most popular works, selling over five million copies of its compiled volumes by the end of its run in 1989. The manga inspired an OVA adaptation
in 1987. His other work, 100-oku no Otoko
(10 Billion Men
), serialized in Big Comic Spirits
in 1993, received a live-action TV series in 1995.
Kunitomo's ongoing manga Ai ni Check-in
in Weekly Post
has been on hiatus since the third August issue of the magazine, which was published on August 6. Shogakukan released the second compiled volume earlier this year on March 30.
Source: Sports Nippon