Sunday, May 3, 2009

FEATURED: NORAKURO (のらくろ) by Suihō Tagawa















...Suiho Tagawa's adventures of Norakuro, a little black & white dog enlisted in an all dog army, inspired by Tagawa's experiences in Japan's Imperial Army of the 1920s.
Tagawa was one of the fathers of Japanese manga, and Norakuro was hugely popular before ending shortly before the war. The character was later revived in the post war period, appearing in various civilian guises throughout the years.

Norakuro is often compared to Felix the Cat, which at least in the original comic strip from the 1930s, is a bit off the mark. The anarchic mania of the perpetual hustler Felix is a stark contrast to Norakuro the trooper, buffeted by the tedium and violence of military life. "Compositionally", Felix is aggressively dynamic. Norakuro's elegant verticals and pale colors owe as much to the 19th century Japanese print as to the 2oth century newspaper comic strip.
The editions presented for sale are collections published in Japan in the early 1970s. Each volume is housed in an illustrated slipcase, with the exception of the first book listed. The volumes are numbered for inventory purposes and do not correspond to any chronological order.








NORAKURO (のらくろ) by Suihō Tagawa #1
HARDBOUND, Illustrated Cloth Boards, No Slipcase $39.95






NORAKURO (のらくろ) by Suihō Tagawa #2
HARDBOUND, Illustrated Cloth Boards, Illustrated Slipcase. $39.95
SOLD!








NORAKURO (のらくろ) by Suihō Tagawa #3
HARDBOUND, Illustrated Cloth Boards, Illustrated Slipcase. $39.95
SOLD!








NORAKURO (のらくろ) by Suihō Tagawa #4
HARDBOUND, Illustrated Cloth Boards, Illustrated Slipcase. $39.95
SOLD!







NORAKURO (のらくろ) by Suihō Tagawa #5
HARDBOUND, Illustrated Cloth Boards, Illustrated Slipcase. $39.95
SOLD!



NORAKURO (のらくろ) by Suihō Tagawa #6
HARDBOUND, Illustrated Cloth Boards, Illustrated Slipcase. $39.95
SOLD!










NORAKURO (のらくろ) by Suihō Tagawa #7
HARDBOUND, Illustrated Cloth Boards, Illustrated Slipcase. $39.95
SOLD!







NORAKURO (のらくろ) by Suihō Tagawa #8
HARDBOUND, Illustrated Cloth Boards, Illustrated Slipcase. $39.95
SOLD!










NORAKURO (のらくろ) by Suihō Tagawa #9
HARDBOUND, Illustrated Cloth Boards, Illustrated Slipcase. $39.95
SOLD!






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