(サイボーグ009, Saibōgu Zero-Zero-Nain
?) is a manga created by Shotaro Ishinomori. It was serialized in many different magazines, including Monthly Shōnen King
, Weekly Shōnen Magazine
, Monthly Shōnen Jump
, Weekly Shōnen Sunday
, Weekly Shōnen Big Comic
, SF Animedia
, and Shōjo Comic
in Japan. The manga was published in English by TOKYOPOP with all the sound effects left out untranslated; as of 2006 it is out of print.
It is the tale of nine regular humans kidnapped by the evil Black Ghost organization to undergo human experiments. The result of this tampering are nine cyborgs, each one having super human powers. The nine cyborgs band together to fight for their freedom and to stop Black Ghost. The evil organization's goal is to start the next world war, by supplying any rich buyers with their choice of countless weapons of war and mass destruction.
Elements of this series would later find their way into Kamen Rider
(and by extension "Himitsu Sentai Goranger, Ishinomori's first of two sentai series in 1975) (1971), another famous creation by Ishinomori. The plots are the same, except that the weekly threats are mutants, and there is just one hero (later two), as opposed to nine.