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 twenty-one entries, this month’s June 2023 issue brings us Shun Saeki (Food Wars) and their take on the series’ 10th volume cover:
Shun Saeki commented:
It’s the ultimate honor to be associated with such a legendary series. The cover of this volume has a very peculiar design, and after pondering about how to recreate it, I decided on a setting where Goku and Bulma come to look for a Dragon Ball on some ruins that just so happened to have objects shaped like the patterns from the original cover, but now I’m wondering if it was maybe a bit forced. Anyway, I gladly drew it and had a lot of fun doing it! Thank you so very 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 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.