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NYCC 2012: Comixology Acquires Shotaro Ishinomori’s Manga Catalog


Comixology announced that they entered a digital distribution deal with Ishinomori Production. Through the agreement, Comixology acquired the digital distribution rights to Shotaro Ishinomori’s entire manga catalog. The company began releasing titles yesterday, as the following were added to their service:

  • Cyborg 009 Volumes 1 & 2
  • Kikaider Volumes 1 & 2
  • The Skull Man Volume 1

Currently released volumes are priced at $4.99 US each. Comixology is a platform-agnostic service that and offers apps on iOS, Android, Windows 8, and the web browser.

Shotaro Ishinomori was an influential figure in both manga and tokusatsu TV programming. Ishinomori is commonly credited with the following achievements:

  • Creating the first super-powered hero team in Japan (Cyborg 009, 1963)
  • Creating the Kamen Rider franchise
  • Creating the Super Sentai franchise (beginning with Himitsu Sentai Goranger in 1975)
  • Co-founding anime production company Studio Zero with Shinichi Suzuki

In addition, Ishinomori illustrated a manga adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which ran in Nintendo Power in the US.

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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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