40th Anniversary Tribute “Dragon Ball Super Gallery” #19: Hideaki Sorachi
Published by 07 February 2023, 10:33 AM 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 eighteen entries, this month’s March 2023 issue brings us Hideaki Sorachi (Gintama) and their take on the series’ 16th volume cover:

Hideaki Sorachi commented:

When I was a child, I loved the cover to volume 16, but when I tried to copy it, it never came out well, so I asked my father to draw it for me on a big sheet of drawing paper and I hung it in my bedroom as a poster for the longest time.

Time has passed and Dragon Ball is now nearing its 40th anniversary. That brat was such a lousy artist and managed to get some drawing skills, but I still think I’m not quite at the level of that worn-down, yellowed-out poster.

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 in 2021 (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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