Happy 52nd Birthday to Hirohiko Araki: Manga's True Sparkling Vampire

Unaging manga legend's birthday marked with launch of "Jojo + Google+" digital exhibition/fan site

The last year was a huge one for Hirohiko Araki. He collaborated with Gucci on several projects, his multi-generational action manga JoJo's Bizarre Adventure launched its eighth phase and celebrated its 25th anniversary, while he celebrated his 30th year as a manga author. Today he turns 52, but, as ever, it's hard to tell by looking at him. 

 

The occasion has been marked by the launch of JOJO+ ジョジョ+ - Google+, a digital exhibition/fan site.

 

It's a running gag among manga fans that, like the vampire villains of JoJo's, Araki never seems to age (well, maybe his hair is receding a bit).

 

 

 

Araki performing a few of JoJo's trademark poses:

 

 

 

Araki's contribution to a 10th anniversary Naruto supplement:

 

Shokotan interviewing Araki:

 

Akira Toriyama and Osamu Tezuka at an event honoring Araki:

 

The third part of Araki's JoJo's manga was released in North America by Viz, while the anime was released by the short lived Super Techno Arts. NBM recently released spin-off/exhibition tie-in Rohan at the Louvre. Going back further, his Baoh was also released by Viz prior to the manga boom, while AnimEigo released its anime adaptation.

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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