Japanese cartoonist Takao Saito died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 84 – Radio France International-RFI

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(AFP, Tokyo, 29th) Japanese veteran cartoonist Takao Saito died of pancreatic cancer on the 24th of this month, at the age of 84. Saito created the category of “realistic manga” (drama) during his lifetime, representing the manga “Skull 13” that depicts the silent sniper. It is the manga with the most episodes published in the world.

“Skull 13” depicts a mysterious sniper whose real name, age and nationality are unknown. It has been serialized in comic magazines for more than half a century since 1968. The content of the story mentions the Cold War, terrorists, ethnic conflicts, etc., and incorporates the latest international situations. , The readership includes business people and politicians, is quite popular, and has also been adapted into anime series, video games and movies.

The 201st episode of “Skull 13” was published in July this year, surpassing the number of episodes of the evergreen comic “Oolong Police Station” and was certified by the Guinness World Records as the world’s most-issued comic.

According to the publisher “Shogakukan” of the comic magazine Big Comic that serialized “Skull 13”, Takao Saito died of pancreatic cancer on the 24th of this month.

The Shogakukan said: “We sincerely pay tribute to Mr. Saito’s achievements and express our deepest condolences.”

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