Manga creator George Akiyama (real name Yūji Akiyama) passed away on May 12, 2020. He was 77 years old at the time of his passing.
Akiyama was born in 1943, and made his manga debut with Gaikotsu-kun (Skeleton-kun) in 1966. He was best known for his Haguregumo manga, which launched in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Original in 1973, and ended in 2017. Akiyama’s other works include Ashura, Sutegataki Hitobito, Koiko no Mainichi, and Gyara.
According to Shogakukan, Akiyama was planning his next work.