Anime News Network is reporting that PictureBox will be releasing Shigeru Sugiura’s 1974 manga adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans. The manga will be released on April 30, 2013, and will retail for US$19.95. Manga scholar Ryan Holmberg will be editing and translating the manga, and will also be providing an introduction essay.
Sugiura originally adapted Cooper’s novel in 1953, and that adaptation sold more than 60,000 copies, making Sugiura one of the most popular children’s manga artists in the 1950’s. He made a comeback in the late 1960’s with more surreal works, and he rewrote Last of the Mohicans in that more surrealistic style in 1974.
Anime News Network is also reporting that The Last of the Mohicans will be launching PictureBox’s “Ten Cent Manga” line, which focuses on “mass-produced genre works in Japanese postwar comics.”