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.
You’ve seen the front cover to the final issue of IKKI, but have you seen the inside-back? The two pieces form a type of diptych, so that the last image of original art ever to be published in the magazine depicts the same children as young adults, having grown up with their favorite manga…
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One of the very first illustrations of Cyborg 009. Judging by the green uniform, it’s probably by the time of the first Birth arc. The airplanes behind him also looks like the ones they used to escape from the Black Ghost island.
The earliest art is always really fun to see. It being used for “Birth” would make sense, also going by the lack of the black armbands on the uniform. I don’t think Ishinomori depicted them in color art until around “Assassins”, but I’d have to go back and look at the few other pieces that feature the green uniform. There’s one where he had a red scarf instead of yellow.