Akita Shoten has announced that manga artist Jiro Kuwata passed away on July 2, 2020. He was 85 years old at the time of his passing.
He was born in Osaka in 1935, and he debuted as a manga creator in 1948 when he was 13 years old.
Kuwata is most well known in the West for his Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga manga. The manga adaptation of DC Comics’ popular American superhero ran in Shonengahosha’s Weekly Shōnen King and Shōnen Gahō magazines from 1966 to 1967. DC Comics released the 53-chapter manga in its original right-to-left format digitally and in print in 2014.
He worked with story creator Kazumasa Hirai on the five-volume 8 Man manga, which ran from 1963 to 1965. Kuwata’s other manga include Maboroshi Tantei, Chōken Leap, Gekkō Kamen, Ultra Seven, and Elite.
Kuwata is credited as the original creator of the ongoing 8 Man vs Cyborg 009 manga, which launched on July 18, 2020. Author Kyoichi Nanatsuki and artist Masato Hayase are in charge of the manga.