The manga industry lost an icon when legendary Lupin III mangaka Monkey Punch passed away. However, before his passing, he was actually working on a project with DC Comics. The mangaka is noted to be a huge fan of western comics, and even used them as inspiration for Lupin III. Now, DC Comics will reveal several collaboration artworks which feature Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Green Arrow, Shazam, Aquaman, and Supergirl.

They also released several new artworks, including ones for Batman and Supergirl.

It will be a multi-tier campaign where customers who buy or rent Blu-ray or DVD copies of DC movies get to win prizes. Those who buy the home video releases of DC movies get  hoodies, water bottles, artwork, and tote bags, while those who rent them get the chance to enter lotteries and get clear files. They will also be releasing stickers, though that will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Reports stated that Monkey Punch passed away due to Pneumonia. He leaves behind a legacy that many mangaka can only dream of. These include dozens of awards for both him and Lupin III, as well as worldwide recognition of his characters.

The mangaka hails from Hamanakka, Hokkaido, and was born there on May 26, 1937. He started off his manga career with a title named Playboy School, and three years later, he would launch the “big one”, Lupin III. The series would go on to have global recognition, inspiring anime, spin-off manga, live-action plays and movies, and games. Truly, Monkey Punch is a trailblazer for the industry.

Rest and peace and thank you for everything, Kazuhiko Katou!

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