It is unfortunate news that Legendary Manga Creator, Jiro Kuwata has passed away; Kuwata is best known for his works such as Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga and Co-Creator of 8 Man, he teamed up with Science Fiction Writer Kazumasa Hirai, it was considered to be one of the earliest Cyborg Superheroes, predating Shotaro Ishinomori’s Kamen Rider and Cyborg 009.

He was born on April 17th, 1935 in Suita, Osaka. Jiro made his debut in Manga at the age of 13 with The Strange Star Cluster in 1948 for Shonen Gahosha, making it the youngest person to debut in the Company’s History. Jiro Kuwata passed away on July 2nd, 2020; he was 85 Years Old.

Sources: Crunchyroll, Akita-Shoten, Comic-Natalie

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Batman Black and White by Jiro Kuwata StatueThis statue-based on Kuwata’s design from the seminal 1960s manga series captures the essence of this reimagined version of The Dark Knight. Complete with a stylized cape, manga-style shading and Juwata’s take on the arsenal of gadgets, no Batman collection would be complete without it! Limited to 5,000 pieces. Individually numbered. Statue stands approximately 6 1/3-inches tall.