Garo (magazine)

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Garo ( Japaneseガ ロ) was a Japanese manga magazine founded in 1964 and published monthly. It stood out primarily for its alternative and experimental manga publications.


The magazine was founded by Katsuichi Nagai in July 1964 as the genre of gekiga , realistic manga for an adult readership, became more and more successful. The Gekiga-signatory Sanpei Shirato helped Nagai in the founding of the magazine and published there from the first edition of his success work Kamui-den (with Carlsen 's Kamui Gai-to by the same artist under the name Kamui appeared), which played in feudal Japan and was socially critical. The magazine was also named after a character from Kamui-den .

The first edition of Garo appeared in September 1964 in B5 format with 130 pages and cost 130 yen . It had a print run of 8,000 copies.

In addition to Gekiga like Kamui-den , Garo also devoted himself to new, young manga artists who had no chance of publication from other magazines. For example Yoshiharu Tsuge , who showed particularly autobiographical and surrealistic traits in his manga. The magazine quickly attracted attention from these very artists and was recognized as unique.

The magazine had such a big influence from the 1960s that the manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka founded his own experimental magazine, COM .

In 1971 Garo had its highest circulation with 80,000 pieces per issue. In the 1980s, however, the magazine's popularity declined, and by the mid-1980s the circulation was only 5,000. When the magazine's founder, Katsuichi Nagai, died in 1996, the magazine's discontinuation seemed nearer and closer, which is why some writers switched to other magazines such as AX . The Garo was finally discontinued in the early 2000s.

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