Publisher Akita Shoten has announced that manga creator Isami Ishii passed away on September 17, 2022 due to acute heart failure. He was 80 years old at the time of his passing.

Ishii made his professional debut with Takeuma Brothers through Kodansha in 1957. He later released hit manga titles such as The Stray Dog’s Hill in Kodansha’s Manga Ō magazine in 1968 and Drop Dead!! Namida-kun through Shogakukan in 1969.

Ishii then serialized 750 Rider, his 50-volume signature work about the adolescent years of motorcycle aficionado Mitsu Hayakawa and his friends, in Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine from 1975 to 1985. His later works in the same magazine included Tic-Toc.

Source: ANN