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I was under the impression that Legend of the Super Galaxy was part of the manga continuity since Queen Tamara is referenced there a few times, but she never appears as herself in the manga. And it has some similarities to other Ishinomori’s space operas such as Starbow and Uchuu Kara no Messeji. I enjoyed the film, and I remember thinking: “I believe this is something Ishinomori would do, unlike most of the 1979 series”.

Target Audience

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What was the target audience for Cyborg 009, in particular the ‘01 series?

I get the feeling the 1960s and 1970s versions were more for the whole family, the manga was for young people, and the RE: version was aimed at an older audience. If anyone has actual sources that’d be awesome.

Well, the manga lasted for more than 20 years. It started as a comic for young people, but it has matured alongside its readers. The 2001 series is a relatively faithful adaptation of the original manga. Some stories were cut due to its content not being appropriate for prime time TV. But overall, it was made for new and old fans alike. The 1968 series suffered from a lot of censorship and executive meddling. The 1979 took some liberties with the source material as well and it’s definitely meant for a younger crowd than the 2001 version. There’s some kind of cyborg action and a Villain of the Week in pretty much all its episodes, while the 2001 series has several episodes specifically dedicated to introspection and character development.

One rare illustration of Jiro. From the Ishinomori Shotaro no Fantasy World artbook. It’s probably the last time Ishinomori himself drew the character.
At the time the Kikaider manga series first came around, Ishinomori was overloaded with work. He was rather busy with Sabu and Ichi Detective Tales, Ryu The Primitive boy, 009-1, Sarutobi Ecchan, Shoot! Shoot Shoot! and others. So most of the work in the series was made primarily by his assistants: Hio Akira, Tsuchiyama Yoshiki, Hosoi Yuuji and Yamada Goro. While Ishinomori only did the rough sketches for them to follow. This same technique was used again in the first volume of Japan, Inc and Hokusai (he was starting to go blind around that time).
Despite these issues, Kikaider remained as his favorite hero character. And became one of his most popular creation.

One rare illustration of Jiro. From the Ishinomori Shotaro no Fantasy World artbook. It’s probably the last time Ishinomori himself drew the character.

At the time the Kikaider manga series first came around, Ishinomori was overloaded with work. He was rather busy with Sabu and Ichi Detective Tales, Ryu The Primitive boy, 009-1, Sarutobi Ecchan, Shoot! Shoot Shoot! and others. So most of the work in the series was made primarily by his assistants: Hio Akira, Tsuchiyama Yoshiki, Hosoi Yuuji and Yamada Goro. While Ishinomori only did the rough sketches for them to follow. This same technique was used again in the first volume of Japan, Inc and Hokusai (he was starting to go blind around that time).

Despite these issues, Kikaider remained as his favorite hero character. And became one of his most popular creation.

This is the cover art for volume 3 of the first Kamen Rider Black print. It’s also the one that sold me into the series. I used to watch the Kamen Rider Black TV show being a kid growing up in Brazil. Years later I went into a japanese book store and saw this same volume in the shelf. I remember thinking to myself: “So, this was what Kamen Rider was supposed to look like?”.Now when I think about Kamen Rider, this is the first image that came to my mind.

This is the cover art for volume 3 of the first Kamen Rider Black print. It’s also the one that sold me into the series. I used to watch the Kamen Rider Black TV show being a kid growing up in Brazil. Years later I went into a japanese book store and saw this same volume in the shelf. I remember thinking to myself: “So, this was what Kamen Rider was supposed to look like?”.Now when I think about Kamen Rider, this is the first image that came to my mind.

Well, it’s mandatory for a Kamen Rider to have a bike. But this New Kamen Rider could fly. Why would he need a bike? Well, the short answer is to perform his new special attack: Rider Break!

Well, it’s mandatory for a Kamen Rider to have a bike. But this New Kamen Rider could fly. Why would he need a bike? Well, the short answer is to perform his new special attack: Rider Break!

By the time Ishinomori was working on the revival of the Kamen Rider franchise, he made several illustrations like this. It serves the only purpose to showcase the new Kamen Rider’s main ability: Fly. 
Yeah, it sounds lame now, but remember it was made at the time of the first big-budget Superman movie and people went crazy over its flying effects. I remember even Cyborg 009 referenced that movie during the Golden Triangle arc.

By the time Ishinomori was working on the revival of the Kamen Rider franchise, he made several illustrations like this. It serves the only purpose to showcase the new Kamen Rider’s main ability: Fly. 

Yeah, it sounds lame now, but remember it was made at the time of the first big-budget Superman movie and people went crazy over its flying effects. I remember even Cyborg 009 referenced that movie during the Golden Triangle arc.

Color version of the first page of the Kamen Rider Black manga. This was the first Ishinomori’s manga I read and I love it up to this date. Ishinomori’s style here is a bit different from the one he was most known for (mostly of the 70s stuff), I believe it was popularized by the time he was working in the award winning series Hotel for Big Comic. The Platon Hotel from that same series has an appearance in Kamen Rider Black as well.

Color version of the first page of the Kamen Rider Black manga. This was the first Ishinomori’s manga I read and I love it up to this date. Ishinomori’s style here is a bit different from the one he was most known for (mostly of the 70s stuff), I believe it was popularized by the time he was working in the award winning series Hotel for Big Comic. The Platon Hotel from that same series has an appearance in Kamen Rider Black as well.

This picture here always intrigued me. It appeared in some reprints of the original Kamen Rider manga. Personally I think it’s from the Kamen Rider Zero-go project, the prototype that eventually led up to Kamen Rider Black. It’s not close to anything from the 1971 manga, definitely. Or maybe Ishinomori was just trying to play with the idea of Kamen Rider being really a monster.

This picture here always intrigued me. It appeared in some reprints of the original Kamen Rider manga. Personally I think it’s from the Kamen Rider Zero-go project, the prototype that eventually led up to Kamen Rider Black. It’s not close to anything from the 1971 manga, definitely. Or maybe Ishinomori was just trying to play with the idea of Kamen Rider being really a monster.