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No. 421, June 27, 2010

The Manga Sherlock Holmes
By Don Hobbs

Manga is an art that conforms to a style developed in Japan in the late nineteenth century. Manja consist of comics and print cartoons, a Japanese Graphic Novels draw in a familiar fashion. The modern era of Manga publishing started just after the end of World War II. In Japan, Manga readers of all ages enjoy reading a wide range of topics. It is therefore no surprise to find a Manga Sherlock Holmes series and this is exactly what I have done.

Typical Manga style illustration by Morinobu Ishikawa from vol 2 “SPEC”

The Kumon Manga Library published a 10 volume series from 1996 to 1997. De Waal does not list this series in any of his bibliographies on Sherlock Holmes. My friend and Japanese collector, Takahiko Endo, is who first introduced me to the series. Over the ensuing years, he has sent me various volumes from the set. This past week his wife Mayuko sent me her complete 10-volume set. She honors me beyond words with her kindness.  Another Japanese Sherlockian, Yuichi Hirayama, says he does not yet have a complete set, so this makes my set even more special. I have listed the complete bibliographic

Here is the bibliographic information on The Kumon Manga Library – Sherlock Holmes Series as listed in The Galactic Sherlock Holmes 10.6.

Sherlock Holmes 1: Shinya no Kyoufu [Translated by Yoshinobu Fujioka] Tokyo: Kumon Publishing, 1996. 208 p.  “The Kumon Manga Library- Sherlock Holmes #1”. Supervision by Shotaro Ishinomori and Illustrated by Morinobu Ishikawa.

Contents: Stud.
NIDW.           

Sherlock Holmes 2: Madara no Hino/ Guroria Scott Gou [Translated by Yoshinobu Fujioka] Tokyo: Kumon- shuppan, 1996. 208 p. Illustrated by Morinobu Ishikawa. The Spekled Band/ Gloria Scott. ‘The Kumon Manga Library- Sherlock Holmes #2’. Supervision by Shotaro Ishinomori.

Contents: Spec.—Glor.
NIDW.

Sherlock Holmes 3: Bohemia no Shubun/ Kuchibiru no Nejireta Otoko [Translated by Yoshinobu Fujioka] Tokyo: Kumon-shuppan, 1996. 208 p. Illustrated by Morinobu Ishikawa. ‘The Kumon Manga Library- Sherlock Holmes #3’. 

Contents: Scan.—Twis.
NIDW.

Sherlock Holmes 4: Akage Rengou / Daini no Oten [Translated by Yoshinobu Fujioka] Tokyo: Kumon-shuppan, 1996. 208 p. Illustrated by Morinobu Ishikawa. ‘The Kumon Manga Library- Sherlock Holmes #4’. 

Contents: RedH.—Seco.
NIDW.

Sherlock Holmes 5: Aoi Ganetto/ Hinshi no Tantei [Translated by Yoshinobu Fujioka] Tokyo: Kumon-shuppan, 1996. 208 p. Illustrated by Morinobu Ishikawa. ‘The Kumon Manga Library- Sherlock Holmes #5’. 

Contents: Blue.—Dyin.
NIDW.

Sherlock Holmes 6: Kyoufu no Tani [Translated by Yoshinobu Fujioka] Tokyo: Kumon-shuppan, 1997. 208 p. Illustrated by Morinobu Ishikawa. ‘The Kumon Manga Library- Sherlock Holmes #6’. 

Contents: Vall.
NIDW.

Sherlock Holmes 7: Yottsu no Shomei [Translated by Yoshinobu Fujioka] Tokyo: Kumon-shuppan, 1997. 208 p. Illustrated by Morinobu Ishikawa. ‘The Kumon Manga Library- Sherlock Holmes #7’. 

Contents: Sign
NIDW.

Sherlock Holmes 8: Basukabiruke no Inu [Translated by Yoshinobu Fujioka] Tokyo: Kumon-shuppan, 1997. 208 p. Illustrated by Morinobu Ishikawa. ‘The Kumon Manga Library- Sherlock Holmes #8’. 

Contents: Houn.
NIDW.

Sherlock Holmes 9: Buna Yashiki/ Bosukomu dani no Sangeki [Translated by Yoshinobu Fujioka] Tokyo: Kumon-shuppan, 1997. 208 p. Illustrated by Morinobu Ishikawa. ‘The Kumon Manga Library- Sherlock Holmes #9’. 

Contents: Copp.—Bosc..
NIDW.

Sherlock Holmes 10: Ginseigou Jiken/ Wistaria-sou  [Translated by  Miyuki Takahashi] Tokyo: Kumon-shuppan, 1997. 208 p. Illustrated by Morinobu Ishikawa. ‘The Kumon Manga Library- Sherlock Holmes #10’. 

Contents: Silv.—Wist.
NIDW.

Happy Collecting!!

 

 

 

 

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