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Buy This Book: Shimizu and Shimoguchi’s ‘Ultraman’ Vol. 1

Ultraman vol. 1, Viz Manga

If you're looking to get into Ultraman, Eiji Tsubaraya's long-running, world-famous tokusatsu franchise, now seems like a pretty good time. There's Ultraman X, of course, which just became the first ever toku series to be broadcast simultaneously worldwide via Crunchyroll, but for those of us who prefer our superheroes on the printed page rather than live action, there's something else, too: A new manga from Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi.

Billed in bold type right there on the cover as 'THE BEGINNING OF A NEW AGE', the first volume dropped digitally this week from Viz Media, and while there are parts that read like a pretty standards superhero reboot, it's well worth checking out --- if only so that you can get to the awesome ending.

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‘Ultraman X’ Just Became The First Tokusatsu Show To Be Simulcast In America


The weeks around San Diego are always pretty big for live-action superheroes, but if you were caught up in all the movie news that came out of Comic-Con, you might've missed one of the most interesting announcements of the year. On Tuesday, Ultraman X, this year's iteration of the venerable franchise created by Eiji Tsubaraya, became the first tokusatsu show to ever be broadcast simultaneously in Japan and America, thanks to the Crunchyroll streaming service.

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Sukagawa, Japan Honors Eiji Tsuburaya With Four New Ultraman Statues


My tokusatsu preferences have always leaned towards the Super Sentai and Kamen Rider franchises, but it's impossible to overstate the popularity of Ultraman. Created by Eiji Tsuburaya, the series launched in 1967 and has continued with a run of popular TV shows and movies ever since. Now, the alien hero from the Land of Light is getting a tribute in the form of four new statues in Tsubaraya's hometown of Sukagawa.

The statues feature both Ultraman and Ultraseven, the first two heroes of the franchise, posed to deliver their finishing moves at statues of two of the show's monsters, Gomora and Eleking.

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Ultraman Takes His Parents To Hawaii In Adorable Tourism Commercials [Video]

Ultraman Hawaii vacation

This past fall I had the pleasure of visiting the island of Maui, where I got to eat a bunch of shave ice, surf while shark fins visibly poked up from the waves and eat at this place that housed a giant sculpture of a sea turtle eating pizza. It was dope. Still, as always, it seems I've been bested by Tsuburaya's Ultraman, who seemed to have an even better time vacationing in the Hawaiian islands with his family.

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Link Ink: More ‘Captain America 2′ Footage, Colonel Talbot On TV And Stop Motion ‘The Simpsons’ LEGO

Captain America 2 Falcon
Marvel Studios

Finish your week with Friday links galore.

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Ultraman Ginga Joins Bandai’s Ultra-Act Action Figure Line In June

Ultraman Ginga Ultra Act Figure

The Ultraman who helped revive his space angel hero family members after being turned into action figures by a full-on "master of darkness" will finally become an action figure himself this summer as Ultraman Ginga joins Bandai's 6.3" tall Ultra-Act line.

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Link Ink: The Winter Soldier’s Butt, The CW’s Suicide Squad And Songs Inspired By Batman

The Winter Soldier movie poster

Click through to take a look at Thursdays links.

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Link Ink: Printable Batman Mask, Ultra Kaiju Fashion And ‘Death Note’ Turns 10

Batman Mask
DC Comics

Thursdays links await all those who click through.

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The Latest ‘Ultraman’ Manga Takes An Armored Approach [Video]

Monthly Heros Magazine
Monthly Heros Magazine


If you had to compare Tsuburaya's Ultraman to a Western superhero concept, the closest comparison would probably be... Captain Marvel or a much friendlier version of Alan Moore's Marvelman? Every incarnation of the longrunning Japanese tokusatsu and anime empire is different, but more often than not, the hero is the result of a nobel member of a kind of cosmic pantheon merging with a human host (or taking on a human form) to defend planet Earth from invading kaiju from space. In Japan's Monthly Hero's Magazine, however, manga creators Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi present a normal human donning a special high tech suit to protect the planet as Ultraman.

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Link Ink: ‘The Wolverine’ Samurai Poster, Ultraman Ginga And ‘Tiger & Bunny’ Manga


Movies: Wolverine adds another blade to his arsenal in the latest "Samurai" The Wolverine international movie poster.

Upcoming: Marvel Entertainment and Disney-ABC have released Nimit Malavia's Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen cover...

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