Last year the world first learned about the Japanese Spiderman comics, and Spidey made such a good impression that he’ll return to star in his own sequel manga series from Shonen Jump publisher Shueisha. The series marks the latest and long-term collaboration between Japanese manga publisher Shueisha and American comic publishing legend Marvel Comics.
As reported on Anime News Network, this month’s issue of Shueisha’s Saikyo Jump will feature the first part of Spider-Man: Kizuna – a brand new ongoing manga series that follows the adventures of an elementary school student. Japan becomes Spider-Man. While other plot details were not announced ahead of publication, based on its creators’ previous work, the story will likely include a fair share of mixed-use adventure. mixed with humorous details. The news headline was published in the October 4, 2023 issue of Saikyo Jump magazine, which will continue to be its publishing platform thereafter.
Shueisha brings a fresh perspective on Spider-Man in an exciting new Manga
Spider-Man: Kizuna is based on the one-shot of the same name by Setta Kobayashi and Hachi Mizuno. That story, published in September 2022, also appeared in Saikyo Jump. At the time, Kobayashi posted a note to his X (formerly Twitter) account saying he was excited to have the opportunity to make a manga starring Spider-Man and himself. hopefully its readers will convince Shueisha or Marvel to publish this title. Although it took a few years, fan support for the Spider-Man: Kizuna one shot must have convinced Shueisha that the story deserved its own title and sequel series. More recently, Kobayashi continued to state that his purpose in creating Spider-Man: Kizuna was to create a new Japanese version of Spider-Man.
Shueisha and Marvel have a long history of successful collaborations
This is not the first time Shueisha and Marvel have collaborated. Last summer, the two companies announced a Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse spinoff manga called Spider-Man: Octopus Girl. That story follows the misadventures of Doctor Octopus, who, after falling into a coma during another battle with Spider-Man, wakes up to discover that he is living in the mind and body of a middle school student. Japan. Even before that, in 2019, the two comic publishing giants signed an agreement in which a series of one-shot manga stories related to Marvel characters would be produced and published on the leading manga website. Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+. That collaboration led to the creation of several notable titles including Deadpool Samurai by Sanshiro Kasama and Hikaru Uesugi and Secret Reverse by Yu-Gi-Oh! Author Kazuki Takahashi.
Interestingly, the 2019 collaboration between Shueisha and Marvel also included a Mizuno work titled Avengers: Gag Reel that used the traditional gag/gag manga style to poke fun at the usually extremely serious Avengers. Kobayashi is also not new to the field of parody. In 2018, he created Asta’s Journey to the Shaman King, a “gag manga spinoff” to Yuki Tabata’s Black Clover. While Spider-Man is one of the wisest heroes in Marvel, it would certainly be interesting to see him in an environment where anything could be a joke. If that’s what Kobayashi and Mizuno are setting up Spiderman: Kizuna, this will definitely be a new work about the classic Marvel hero from Shueisha, Shonen Jump publisher.
Source: Anime News Network, @settaboyashi (1), (2)