Manga Creator Mikiya Mochizuki Passes Away

Manga creator Mikiya Mochizuki passed away on April 3, 2016 due to pulmonary adenocarcinoma. He was 77 years old at the time of his passing.

Mochizuki was born in Yokohama, and he made his professional debut in 1960 with the story “Toku Dana o Oe” in a special issue of Shōnen Club magazine. He worked as an assistant at the anime studio Tatsunoko Production when Tatsuo Yoshida founded it in 1962, and he later worked independently.

His 1964 manga series Himitsu Tantei JA (Secret Detective JA) became a hit in Shonen Gahosha’s Weekly Shonen King magazine, followed by the 1969 launch of a bigger hit named Wild 7, a motorcycle police action manga and his signature work.

Wild 7 ran from 1969 to 1979 in Weekly Shōnen King, and its 48 compiled book volumes sold 8 million copies. Mochizuki also created several sequel manga, including Shin Wild 7 – Yajū Densetsu, Zoku Shin Wild 7 – Yajū no Monshō, and Hiba – Mō Hitotsu no Wild 7.

Source: ANN

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