Weekly Shonen Jump has been the home of legends since it was released in 1968. To celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018, three exhibitions will be held to look back on its incredible history. The first exhibition, ‘Weekly Shonen Jump Launch 50th Anniversary Exhibition Vol. 1: The Legend Begins. First Issue – 1980s’ will open in Tokyo in July 2017.
Weekly Shonen Jump began as a bi-monthly magazine called Shonen Jump in July 1968 and developed to a weekly publication in September 1969. It produced a number of massive hit works and became the most circulated printed manga magazine with 6.53 million copies in 1994. It has printed 100 million comics and is leading the shonen manga industry.
Weekly Shonen Jump has hosted a lot of beloved long-lasted works including Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Koen-mae Hashutsujo (AKA Kochikame) which ended in 2016; Dragon Ball, the ongoing anime that has been popular for more than 25 years; and One Piece, the merciful, touching, and funny pirate story.
Weekly Shonen Jump is reaching its 50th anniversary. The 13th 2017 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump was published with a commemorative logo on 27 February 2017. Various special promotions are going to be held to celebrate the anniversary.
‘Weekly Shonen Jump Launch 50th Anniversary Exhibition Vol. 1: The Legend Begins First Issue – 1980s’ will feature the works that were published during the 1980s. These include Hiroshi Motomiya‘s Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daishou and Gou Nagai’s Harenchi Gakuen. The event will also feature the works of more manga legends, including Osamu Tezuka, Fujio Akatsuka, Ryoichi Ikegami, and Shigeru Mizuki.
The details about the exhibitions will be revealed via the newest issues of Weekly Shonen Jump and its official website. Please look forward to their updates.
‘Weekly Shonen Jump Launch 50th Anniversary Exhibition’ Official Website
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