40th Anniversary Tribute “Dragon Ball Super Gallery” #14: Kōji Inada
Published by 08 September 2022, 10:04 AM EDT

The September 2021 issue of Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine kicked off a “Dragon Ball Super Gallery” series in commemoration of the Dragon Ball franchise’s upcoming 40th anniversary. The celebration aims to have different artists all contribute their own spin on the original 42 tankōbon covers, with the images and an accompanying comment published as the magazine’s back cover.

Following the previous thirteen entries, this month’s October 2022 issue brings us Kōji Inada (Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, Beet the Vandel Buster) and their take on the series’ 3rd volume cover:

Inada commented:

A celebration of Dragon Ball‘s 40th anniversary!! I redrew the cover of the third volume, The Tenka’ichi Budōkai Begins!! In Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, there’s also an arc called “The Great Martial Arts Tournament of Romos Kingdom”… Since they’re pretty similar, I took the liberty of adding some more characters. Sorry about that… (sweats)

Saikyō Jump is currently a monthly magazine published in Japan by Shueisha under the “Jump” line of magazines. The magazine began as a quarterly publication in 2012, went monthly in 2013, went bimonthly in late-2014, and returned to a monthly format last year (including a digital release for the first time). The magazine’s focus is spin-off and supplementary manga series aimed at a young audience, while also including game promotions, news coverage, and more. The magazine currently serializes content such as Yoshitaka Nagayama’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultra God Mission!!!! manga series, Yūji Kasai’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Avatars!! manga series, and the Dragon Ball GT Anime Comic. For calendar year 2019, Shueisha reported Saikyō Jump‘s circulation down at 130,000, with readership as 58.5% upper elementary school, 28% lower middle school, 11% middle school, and 2.5% high school or older.

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