Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s “Black Rainbow”


Ryan Holmberg reads Tatsumi Yoshihiro’s Black Blizzard closely with Tatsumi’s memoir, A Drifting Life, and discovers Black Blizzard is an adaptation of pulp mystery writer Shimada Kazuo’s story, “Black Rainbow,” then puts Tatsumi’s work in the context of other mass entertainment of its time.  The piece itself is worth it for the discussion of Shimada and the covers and pages of pulp magazines reprinted.  “The case of Black Blizzard shows how….the literal adaptation of mass entertainment – magazine storylines and movie effects – was the very starting point of gekiga.”


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