Kazuo Koike, Japanese manga artist, Died at 82

Kazuo Koike was born on May 8, 1936, and died on April 17, 2019.

He was a prolific Japanese manga writer (gensakusha), novelist and entrepreneur.

During the early years of Koike’s career, he took classes with Golgo 13 creator Takao Saito and served as a writer on the series.

Himself and Goseki Kojima, created the manga Kozure Okami (Lone Wolf and Cub).

Kazuo Koike made contributions to the scripts for the 1970s film adaptations of the series, which the star character was famous Japanese actor Tomisaburo Wakayama.

Koike produced the movie a Lone Wolf and Cub′s film Kozure Ōkami: Sono Chiisaki Te ni which starred Masakazu Tamura during 1992.

Known as the “Golden Duo” Koike and Kojima, because of the success of Lone Wolf and Cub.

Crying Freeman was illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami and written by Koike, was turned into a 1995 live-action film by French director Christophe Gans.

Kazuo Koike began the Gekiga Sonjuku, a college course meant to teach people how to be a manga artist.

He has also written golf manga.

Kazuo Koikehas also written mahjong manga, as he himself is a former professional mahjong player.

During the early 2000s, Koike wrote a Wolverine story for Marvel.

Kazuo Koike passed away at 82 years old.