At this weekend's New York Comic Con 2012, comiXology announced a distribution deal for legendary manga creator Shotaro Ishinomori's entire catalog. To celebrate, the digital comics platform kicked off their offerings with influential titles Cyborg 009, Kikaider and Skull Man. The two parties worked together to acquire high resolution source material for comiXology's CMX HD and iPad support.
"Ishinomori is very excited that readers everywhere will be able to experience Shotaro Ishinomori's work via comiXology, Shotaro Ishinomori would be very happy if he saw this new digital technology making his manga available to the world." said Masayasu Takigawa, EVP, Ishimori Production Inc. "ComiXology's shopping and reading experience has no peer in the digital comics marketplace. We look forward to expanding Ishinomori's library with comiXology for years to come."
Ishimori Production Inc. maintain and develop intellectual property originally created by manga legend Shotaro Ishinomori, whose works include Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider, Inazuman, Ganbare!! Robocon, Gorangers, Kikaider, Skull Man and more! Ishinomori's works date back to 1954, and in 1964 he created the seminal super hero team Cyborg 009.
Recently Ishimori Production Inc. partnered with Archaia to create a modern adaptation of the classic Cyborg 009 manga series. Written by F.J. DeSanto and Bradley Cramp and illustrated by Marcus To, Archaia is set to release the graphic novel based on Ishinomori's original creation early in 2013 and will also be available digitally through comiXology.
Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East) has also recently updated the franchise in his upcoming animated movie 009 Re: Cyborg.
Cyborg 009 and a remake of Skullman were released in print by Tokyopop. Bandai released the Kikaider anime, while Hawaiian distributor Generation Kikaida released the classic tokusatsu Kikaider, as well as Ishinomori's classic Kamen Rider. CMX released a remake of the Kikaider manga. Section23 released the 2007 Skull Man anime.