Lone Wolf and Cub: The flute of the fallen tiger

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Dark Horse Comics, Dec 1, 2000 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 304 pages
He was once a Shogun's executioner, honored, exalted, feared. But after the murder of his wife and family, Itto Ogami takes his surviving child, little Daigoro, and becomes a masterless samurai, a Lone Wolf, the Baby Cart Assassin. Theirs is a dark voyage fraught with death, treachery, and vengeance, and their stories have captured audiences across the globe, both in graphic novels and in the exciting television and movie series they spawned. Long out-of-print in America, and never-before-published Stateside in its preferred Japanese pocket-sized format, Lone Wolf and Cub is again available to English-speaking audiences in all the gut-wrenching power and blood-stained glory that has made this landmark series an international legend.

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About the author (2000)

Though widely respected as a powerful writer of graphic fiction, Kazuo Koike has spent a lifetime reaching beyond the bounds of the comics medium. Aside from co-creating and writing the successful Lone Wolf and Cub and Crying Freeman manga, Koike has hosted television programs; founded a golf magazine; produced movies; written popular fiction, poetry, and screenplays; and mentored some of Japan's best manga talent.
Lone Wolf and Cub was first serialized in Japan in 1970 (under the title Kozure Okami) in Manga Action magazine and continued its hugely popular run for many years, being collected as the stories were published, and reprinted worldwide. Koike collected numerous awards for his work on the series throughout the next decade. Starting in 1972, Koike adapted the popular manga into a series of six films, the Baby Cart Assassin saga, garnering widespread commercial success and critical acclaim for his screenwriting.

This wasn't Koike's only foray into film and video. In 1996, Crying Freeman, the manga Koike created with artist Ryoichi Ikegami, was produced in Hollywood and released to commercial success in Europe and is currently awaiting release in America.

And to give something back to the medium that gave him so much, Koike started the Gekiga Sonjuku, a college course aimed at helping talented writers and artists - such as Ranma 1/2 creator Rumiko Takahashi - break into the comics field.

The driving focus of Koike's narrative is character development, and his commitment to character is clear: "Comics are carried by characters. If a character is well created, the comic becomes a hit." Kazuo Koike's continued success in comics and literature has proven this philosophy true.

Kojima is a self-taught painter who began painting advertising posters for movie theaters to pay his bills. In 1967, Kojima broke into the magazine market.

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