Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with over 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in comics in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at literally the most popular comic in the world, One Piece, the long-running manga by Eiichiro Oda. With over 800 chapters collected in over 80 paperback volumes, One Piece is a world-spanning adventure featuring pirates and ships and sea monsters and magic fruit and all sorts of entertaining nonsense as stretchy boy Monkey D. Luffy endeavors to become king of the pirates. Check out this video to learn about some of the inspirations for the story and characters, the records the series has broken, and the huge number of adaptations the book has inspired in various (and sometimes surprising) media.

Show notes:

  • There are over 80 paperback volumes of One Piece in print, 78 of which are available in English. If you want to start on this massive endeavor and have a lot of space on your shelf, volume one is available here.
  • Or if you're all caught up, you can pre-order volume 79 here.
  • Alternatively, if you've got the time but not the shelf space, you can buy those volumes digitally here.
  • Or if you'd rather watch a cartoon than read a book, you can start with the One Piece anime here, but be warned: there are over 700 episodes. SO FAR.

Watch more installments of You Think You Know Comics? below and let us know what comic book characters we should cover next.