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Published by VegettoEX
20 June 2018, 10:09 AM EST

The official Dragon Ball website’s eighty-sixth entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is a page from the very first issue of V-Jump during its original trial run, released in November 1990, showing the birth of Toriyama’s V-Jump mascot, “V-Long” (V龍 Buiron).

Toriyama designed the mascot along the lines of a dinosaur or kaiju, and the name itself was a rather obvious riff on Shenlong from Dragon Ball.