40th Anniversary Tribute “Dragon Ball Super Gallery” #20: Posuka Demizu
Published by 07 March 2023, 10:14 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 nineteen entries, this month’s April 2023 issue brings us Posuka Demizu (The Promised Neverland) and their take on the series’ 22nd volume cover:

Demizu commented:

I really liked Dende and Cargo, so I asked if I could draw the cover of volume 22! Since the events surrounding them turn out quite tragic in the main story, I drew them in a still peaceful Namek, happily going out for a ride. I’ve always wished I could draw machines as skillfully as Toriyama-sensei, something I still think nowadays (and I’m sure I will continue to do!). Congratulations on Dragon Ball‘s 40th anniversary!

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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