40th Anniversary Tribute “Dragon Ball Super Gallery” #23: Yuki Tabata
Published by 07 June 2023, 9:36 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 twenty-two entries, this month’s July 2023 issue brings us Yuki Tabata (Black Clover) and their take on the series’ 40th volume cover:

Yuki Tabata commented:

Dragon Ball was the start of my life in comics, and it will always be my Number One. That’s what the child in me says. Way back when I was in daycare, I saw Dragon Ball in a copy of Jump my friend had brought in, and I decided that when I grew up, I would be a cartoonist. That’s why to me, there could be no higher honor than having the opportunity to participate in a project like this. And Dragon Ball is still stupendously popular. Having actually managed to become a cartoonist, I’ve been able to appreciate all the more just how amazing Dragon Ball is. 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 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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