Manga Creator Moneky Punch Dead at 81 due to pneumonia.

‪Yahoo Japan reporting that Lupin The 3rd manga creator Monkey Punch (real name, Kazuhiko Kato ) died of pneumonia on the 11th of April. He was 81 years old.‬

Born in Hamanakacho, Hokkaido in 1937. ‪Kato was recruited by Futabasha and drew yonkoma. He ‬made his first major debut ‪with Playboy School under the name of Eiji Gamuta, before changing his the pen name Monkey Punch after it was suggested by‬ magazine editor. Kato planned to change the name but ‪when his project,Lupin III, became popular, he was stuck with the name. ‬H has won the San Diego Comic Convention INKPOT Award, the Rome Comic Festival ROMICS Gold Award, the AMD Award Achievement Award, and the Tokyo Anime Award Animation Achievement Award.

Lupin The 3rd Manga Creator Moneky Punch Dead at 81.

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‪Monkey Punch launched ‬Lupin III in the first issue of the magazine Weekly Manga Action on August 10, 1967. The series was meant to be a three-month but went on to become an extremely popular and successful franchise, spawning numerous manga, five animated television series, seven animated feature films, two live-action films, three OVAs, music CDs, video games, and a musical. Monkey Punch himself even directed the 1996 film, Dead or Alive.

May his soul Rest In Peace.

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