40th Anniversary Tribute “Dragon Ball Super Gallery” #17: Akira Amano
Published by 07 December 2022, 2:48 PM EST

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 sixteen entries, this month’s January 2023 issue brings us Akira Amano (Katekyō Hitman Reborn!) and their take on the series’ 4th volume cover:

Amano commented:

Hello, Akira Amano speaking. More than an unforgettable part of my childhood, Dragon Ball is something I like so much it’s seeped into my very being! By being granted this opportunity to draw Goku, I confirmed once again that I really do love this character a lot. Thank you so much!

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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