Ryan Holmberg, 20th Century Japan Research Award Recipient (2011-2012), translated and wrote the introduction to Sugiura Shigeru’s Last of the Mohicans, published in 1974.
In his Research Award report, Holmberg wrote, “‘Sugiura Shigeru and His Mohicans’ describes how this artist’s encounter with ‘ten-cent’ comics after the war overhauled his practice in manifold ways, focusing on the many Westerns he produced during the Occupation period. A couple of images from Sugiura’s first manga Western, The Adventuresome Ben (Bōken benchan, 1947), a rare book known to be held only by the Prange, will be included for illustrational purposes. Research on the history of adaptations of James Fenimore Cooper’s novel during the Occupation was also conducted at the Prange.”
According to Amazon.com, this PictureBox edition–the first book-length publication of Sugiera in English — is the inaugural volume in PictureBox’s Ten Cent Manga series, focusing on mass-produced genre works in Japanese postwar comics.