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Takashi Yanase

Takashi Yanase (February 6, 1919 – October 13, 2013), a manga artist, illustrator and poet, was best known for the manga and anime series, “Anpanman.”  In his late 20s and early 30s, Yanase worked at Kochi Shimbun (高知新聞), first as an illustrator of inserts and front covers for Gekkan kochi (月刊高知, Prange Collection Call Number G192) and later as its manga writer.  The Prange Collection holds some of his early works in Gekkan kochi, including the following (click for a larger image):

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  • Gekkan kochi 3, no. 2 (1948)
  • Gekkan kochi 3, no. 9 (1948)
  • Gekkan kochi 4, no. 5 (1949)
  • Gekkan kochi 4, no. 9 (1949)

Some examples of Yanase’s inserts and comics:

  • “レンサイマンガ ミス高知” Gekkan kochi 1, no. 4 (1946): 31
  • “姉妹(二場)” Gekkan kochi 2, no. 5 (1947): 30, 32
  • “自由の扉” Gekkan kochi 2, no. 6 (1947): 6-9
  • “探偵マンガ 接吻殺人事件” Gekkan kochi 2, no. 11 (1947): 12-13
  • “素晴らしき日曜日” Gekkan kochi 4, no. 1 (1946) : 19
  • “望みなきにあらず” Gekkan kochi 3, no. 7 (1948) : 14
  • “慌てたダイビング” Gekkan kochi 3, no. 7 (1948) : 22
  • “ヤナセ・タカシ漫画集 影の奇跡;エロ繪画取締り;山のスリル” Gekkan kochi 4, no. 7 (1949) : 24

Some examples of his illustrations and writing:

  • “エロについて” Gekkan kochi 3, no. 8 (1948) : 2
  • “無名漫畫家の手記” Gekkan kochi 3, no. 7 (1948) : 18

The following short excerpts from “無名漫畫家” give us insight into Yanase as a young illustrator:

「中國の戰場から還えってきたぼくは、はじめて進駐軍と一緒に海を越えてきたアメリカ雜誌に驚異の眼を見張った。………….
ぼくはまだ書きたいと思ったが話がだんだん大きくなりそうなので、しりきれとんぼで終りにする。無名以下、煙よりまだ薄い存在のぼくのようなものゝ論じ得ることではないようだ。大きなことを言っても、ぼく自身にはまだ漫画は全然描けないのである。恐らく死ぬまで描けないのであろうと、この頃絶望している。」

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