Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 01

Original Version (1985)      Refreshed Version (2009)


Son Gokū to Nakama-tachi

Son Goku and Friends

General Information

First Release: 10 September 1985 (print edition)
12 October 2012 (digital edition)
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial print edition)
¥400 + 5% tax (current print edition, since May 2009)
¥350 + 5% tax (digital edition)
Publisher: Shueisha
Size / Pages: New Book Format (11 × 17 cm) / 192 pages
Catalog No.: ISBN 4-08-851831-4


The volume’s introduction from author Akira Toriyama is printed on the front flap of the dust cover and accompanied by a small color illustration.

The setting of Dragon Ball has a sort of Chinese feel to it, but it’s not necessarily limited to China. For the time period, as well, exactly when it takes place is indeterminate. The overall story is very simple, but I’d like to make up the finer details and the ending as I go along. That way, I can enjoy the suspense of wondering what I should do next, as well as the fact that I can draw anything I want to.


This volume compiles the first 11 chapters as originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, covering issues 1984 #51 to 1985 #11. All chapter title pages shown below are those included in this volume. The chapter premiere dates listed below are based on the sale date of their respective issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump, which is when that issue officially went on sale.

Chapters (001 – 011)

Buruma to Son Gokū
Bulma and Son Goku
20 November 1984
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1984 #51
Bōru ga Nai!!
No Balls!!
27 November 1984
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1984 #52
Gokū · Umi e Hashiru
Goku – Running to the Sea
04 December 1984
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #01/02
Kame-Sen’nin no Kinto-Un
Kame-Sen’nin’s Kinto-Un
11 December 1984
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #03
Ūron Arawaru!!
Oolong Appears!!
21 December 1984
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #04/05
Ūron Taiketsu Son Gokū
Oolong vs Son Goku
04 January 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #06
Yamucha to Pūaru
Yamcha and Pu’er
12 January 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #07
Yamucha Osorubeshi!!
The Fearsome Yamcha!!
22 January 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #08
Doragon Bōru Ayaushi!!
Dragon Balls in Danger!!
29 January 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #09
Gōtō Dai-Sakusen
A Grand Robbery Scheme
05 February 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #10
Furaipan Yama no Gyūmaō
Gyūmaō of Mount Frypan
12 February 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #11

Title Page Special Feature

As the tankōbon are compilations of pre-existing chapters, they are intended to be continuously read from beginning to end. Often times, any title pages not considered integral to the story, or due to page count issues between chapters, were moved to the back of the volume and collected in a special gallery following the volume’s final chapter. The gallery notes the title pages are “as they appeared in Weekly Shōnen Jump”, which include the original tag lines and “Bird Studio” logo. These features are typically removed from the title pages remaining in the volume’s main content.

Toriyama-san’s Dragon Ball Ask-Me-Anything Corner

Each of the first 12 tankōbon volumes contains a short, two-page Q&A session with Akira Toriyama (essentially the continuation of a similar section in Dr. Slump), where he answers questions sent in by readers. Anyone was able to send in a postcard to the address listed in the book, and individuals whose submissions ran in a subsequent volume were promised a signed illustration (shikishi) from Toriyama himself. This solicitation remained in place in all printings through mid-1995 (the end of the series’ run in Weekly Shōnen Jump), after which it was removed. The Q&A section is not included in the digital edition.

The first six volumes also included an invitation to join Toriyama’s official fan club, the “Akira Toriyama Preservation Society” (Toriyama Akira Hozon-Kai), whose members received a newsletter with “inside stories” and other bonus content that would “make the comics ten times more fun”. Readers were invited to send a ¥60 stamp in an envelope to the address given, after which they would receive a membership form. This invitation remained until May 1987 (concurrent with the publication of volume 7); it was then replaced with a notice that the club had reached its predetermined membership limit, and an apology to those who still wished to join. This notice remains in current printings, even though the club has long since disbanded, with the final newsletter (issue #25) published in September 1987.


  • The volume’s title page features an original image drawn exclusively for this release, but it was later re-used as the title page for chapter 194.
  • No chapter title pages were omitted from this volume.
  • This is the only tankōbon volume to feature a conclusion page, just prior to the title page collection, which announces the story will continue in the next volume.
  • The chapter title page special feature included at the back of the volume is the only one to not lead with an illustration that was a chapter title page associated with a chapter within its respective tankōbon volume. Instead it led with a grayscale version of the cover illustration featured on Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #7.
  • The very end of the volume features a two-page ad notifying the reader how many volumes are currently available. This number would be updated in subsequent editions during the series’ serialization with the most current volume available at that time. Beginning in August 1995, following the release of the series’ final tankōbon volume, all reprinted editions of this volume list that 42 volumes are for sale. The ad features a grayscale version of the cover illustration on Weekly Shōnen Jump 1984 #51, which contained the first chapter of Dragon Ball.

Supplemental Images

The following supplemental images are included in this volume and are original illustrations drawn by Akira Toriyama exclusively for this tankōbon volume:

Staff Credits

Note that the publisher credited varies by print edition based on the staff at Shueisha at the time of its printing. The publisher listed below coincides with this volume’s first edition printing.



鳥山 明

Akira Toriyama




Home-sha Co., Ltd.




Sueo Horiuchi


Publishing House

株式会社 集英社

Shueisha Co., Ltd.


Printing House


Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.