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Shonen Jump’s proud legacy is half a century of nurturing talent

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11.07.2018

Back in 1968, Shonen Magazine and Shonen Sunday were the twin giants of Japan's weekly manga anthologies for boys. Big-name cartoonists who worked for them were so busy, they had no time to spare for any lesser publication.

And that was precisely the problem faced by Shonen Jump, an industry late-comer, even before its launch that year.

In desperation, the magazine's junior editors came up with the idea of relying on mid-level or unknown young manga artists.

Shocked, the chief editor told them, "What you are suggesting is way beyond a minor policy change. It's a 180-degree turn, a........

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