Sunday, December 5, 2010

Garo #85


Garo #85, Dec., '70. Cover by Kuniko Tsurita. 234 pages.

This is a special issue that contains 220+ pages of Kuniko's manga. I've seen some of them in Garo before. The rest may be reprints from other sources, or may be from issues I haven't been able to collect, but I can't be sure. There's no bio data on her, outside of that given in the articles by Yuzuki and Ueno that are two difficult to skim through. On the plus side, there is the photo of her on the inside cover. I'm only featuring the one 3-page piece by Susumu this time simply because so much of Tsurita's stuff has already been featured here.




彼等 (Those Guys)


By Kuniko Tsurita (つりた くにこ). 50 pages.
This is a strange little slice-of-life story about a group of 5 men living in the city during the 60's. One's a part-timer at an office, 2 work in a road crew, a fourth seems to be a university student and the 5th just sort of shows up at a coffee shop at the end. They're all fairly lucky-go-lightly, but they like to spend time with each other and trade philosophies. They get together at the coffee shop, and a big earthquake hits. As the building collapses, they rush madly for the door, the narrator saying that this isn't a dream, the earthquake is real. Gas lines burst into flames, and they see their first dead body lying on the street.


『彼女について私が語れる二三の事柄』 ("Saying 2 or 3 Things About Her")
By Kahi Yuzuki (柚木加非). 1 page.
Article about Kuniko. Kahi Yuzuki seems to be a pen name, but it's not coming up in Japanese in a net search.


つりたくにこに食パンの耳を! (Give Kuniko Tsurita Bread Crusts!)
By Koshi Ueno (上野昂志). 1 page.
Article on Tsurita. The title is funny ("shoku pan mimi" is "white bread ears"; i.e. - "bread crust"). The implication is that she's poor, so toss her some bread crusts so she can eat.


悪友のとも (The Bad Friend)


By Takako Fujino (ふじの たかこ). 1 page.
A single picture depicting Fujino and Kuniko.


風と共に去りぬ (Gone With a Wind)


By Kuniko Tsurita (つりた くにこ). 7 pages.
(The English translation of the title is Kuniko's own choice.) A fickle woman turns down the hero because he's too short and she likes taller men. So, Tsurita decides that the guy is going to become a scientist and develop a pill that makes people grow taller. The hero succeeds, and the woman drops the previous guy for him. The pills then go on the market, and everyone that had been considered tall is now being roughed up by the former "shrimps". Until, they too get their hands on the pills. Soon, giants are wandering around picking up trees by the roots, and massive babies are menacing ferocious animals. So the planet's governments band together to work the other way, creating ever shorter people, from 20 cm tall, to 10, then 5, then 2 cm. Finally, a strong wind blows the world's population into space.


福の神 (God of Good Fortune)


By Kuniko Tsurita (つりた くにこ). 23 pages.
A would-be comic artist and his friend are in their apartment when the artist discovers that his story hasn't made it into the newest issue of an SF magazine he'd submitted it to. The landlady comes in with a special delivery letter, saying that if they don't have the rent money by the next day she'll evict them. The artist opens the letter, which is from the magazine editor saying that he'd rejected the guy's story. So the artist and his friend gather up their belongings and skip out of the apartment. After a while, the artist notices that they haven't left the Kanda neighborhood to get into Ueno yet (they plan on sleeping on the benches in Ueno park), it's gotten really dark and they haven't seen anyone else for a while. 6 hours later, they're still on the same street, speculating that they've gotten into an SF story and are about to be eaten by a monster. In the next panel over, two aliens conducting experiments comment that these two Earthlings are the dumbest creatures they've found so far - no other creatures from other planets have been this slow on the uptake. The artist leans against the darkness and bursts through to the next room, where there's a pile of money. The two friends fight over it, until it disappears. Then the same thing happens with a room full of food, as well as with the hungry alien monster that they'd theorized about. The alien researchers can't take any more of the stupidity and beam the Earthlings down to Ueno park. The artist is happy to see a stack of bills from the earlier experiment falling out of the friend's pocket.


カット (Cut)


By Takako Fujino (ふじの たかこ). 1 page.
This is a single image by Takako Fujino and Mitsuo Kuge (久家 三夫).


こんな話 (A Story Like This)


By Kuniko Tsurita (つりた くにこ). 17 pages.
"A Story Like This" originally ran in the Dec., 1966, #28 issue of Garo. However, this version is 2 pages shorter, and the ending has been changed such that rather than the artist's character coming out of a wall and scaring him, the friend that wants his money back bursts through the wall and chases him around outside.


溝クイズ (Mizo Quiz)


By Shouichi Sakurai (桜井 昌一). 1 page.
This is a panel from "Mizo" (reprinted below). Shouichi challenges the reader to tell if the main character is male or female.


女 (Woman)


By Kuniko Tsurita (つりた くにこ). 24 pages.
"Woman" originally ran in the Nov., 1966, #27 issue of Garo.


アンチ (Anti)


By Kuniko Tsurita (つりた くにこ). 12 pages.
"Anti" originally ran in the Feb., 1967, #30. issue of Garo.


虫ぼし (Insect Epitath)


By Kuniko Tsurita (釣田 邦子). 1 page.
This seems to be an early drawing, possibly by Kuniko herself under a kanji version of her name. In any case, the kanji reads "Tsurita Kuniko".


ジンロク (Jinroku)


By Kuniko Tsurita (つりた くにこ). 16 pages.
"Jinroku" originally ran in the July, 1967, #35. issue of Garo.


六の宮姫子の悲劇 (Himeko Rokunomiya's Tragedy)


By Kuniko Tsurita (つりた くにこ). 15 pages.
"Himeko Rokunomiya's Tragedy" originally ran in the Aug., 1967, #36. issue of Garo.


栄光への脱出 (Escape to Glory)


By Kuniko Tsurita (つりた くにこ). 19 pages.
"Escape to Glory" originally ran in the Oct., 1967, #38. issue of Garo.


マダムはるこ (Madam Haruko)


By Kuniko Tsurita (つりた くにこ). 25 pages.
This is a reworking of "Misfortune of Corruption" (悪徳の不幸) (the first part of the Madam Haruko trilogy), which ran in the Feb., 1968, #42 issue of Garo. This version is 1 page shorter, and has more interaction between Haruko's family and her mother. The ending's the same though, where she wishes for retribution from the heavens.


溝 (Mizo)


By Kuniko Tsurita (つりた くにこ). 15 pages.
"Mizo" originally ran in the June, 1969, #61. issue of Garo. ("Mizo" means "gutter" or "ditch", and is the basis for the "Mizo Quiz" page).


噂の女 (Gossip Woman)


By Susumu Katsumata (勝又進). 3 pages. This is a featured manga on Nihon-go Hunter this week.
This is essentially a parody of Kuniko Tsurita, using characters from her various stories plus cameos by Akira Ogawa, Shigeru Mizuki, Yuu Takita, Yoshiharu Tsuge and others. The "story" is that each of the characters are being asked where Kuniko is, and they all repeat rumors that they'd heard about her.

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