Ninja by Belgians in KOGARATSU

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You find some real gems in the dollar boxes and discount bins of comic book stores sometimes. This was a recent find, the early 80s chambara graphic novel series Kogaratsu by the Belgian creative team of Serge ‘Bosse’ Bosmans and Marc ‘Michetz’ Degroide. A company called Comcat Comics translated this ninja-riddled tale in the early 90s, well after the craze, which may account for its premature cancellation in the US and UK.

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The artwork and storytelling certainly weren’t lacking, and while the English-language Volume 1 isn’t as ninja-heavy as its cover promises, what is there is superbly executed.

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These guys definitely did their homework, as the costuming, gear and curved swords are right out of Japanese books and films.

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This tale of a ronin’s love gone wrong was originally serialized in a magazine called Spirou.

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13 collections followed, looking to be of the typically superior European print and binding quality.

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I may search these out, as the art is pretty damned great. There are quite a few scanlations online if you poke around, too.

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Artist Michetz also did various art plates, posters, prints, portfolios, etc., many featuring erotic swordswomen. These are all over eBay, but pricey alas.

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As is this fantastic ninja print! This could be worth the exchange rate and international shipping though…

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