It is with a heavy heart that Kazuhiko Katou has passed away.
Award Winning Artist began his career in 1965.
On April 11th, 2019, we lost truly a remarkable man, Legendary creator Kazuhiko Katou was 81. He died of Pneumonia.
Born in Hamanaka, Hokkaido, Japan on May 26th, 1937, Katou began his career as a Manga Author in 1965 when his series called Playboy School was published in Futabasha’s Manga Story Magazine. The most famous creation, Lupin III began serialization in Futabasha’s Manga Action Magazine in July 1968, later it was adapted into a TV Anime beginning in 1971; producing numerous sequel series, theatrical films and TV specials.
In his long career, Katou has earned merits such as the San Diego Comic Convention’s INKPOT Award, the Rome Comic Festival ROMICS d’Oro Award, the AMD Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Tokyo Anime Award Lifetime Achievement Award. He also gave lectures at major universities on the art of manga.
Rest in Peace Mr. Katou, your life and deeds will not be forgotten.