Slum Wolf

Author(s): Ryan Holmberg

graphic novels | all things japanese

Though virtually unknown in the United States, Tadao Tsuge is one of the original masters of alternative manga, and one of the world's great artists of the down-and-out. Never before available in English, this new selection of his stories from the late sixties and the seventies depicts the lives of punks, vagrants, gangsters, and other lost souls with gritty lyricism. It is a raucous, exhilarating vision of street brawls and dive bars, shantytowns and brothels, and an unsettling portrait of postwar Japan.

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Though virtually unknown in the US, Tadao Tsuge is one of the original masters of alternative manga, and one of the world's great artists of the down-and-out. Never before available in English, this new selection of his stories from the late sixties and seventies depicts the lives of punks, vagrants, gangsters, and other lost souls with gritty, raucous lyricism. It is a raucous, exhilarating vision of street brawls and dive bars, shanty towns and brothels, and an unsettling portrait of postwar Japan.

Tadao Tsuge is one of alternative manga's cult stars. Debuting as a cartoonist in the rental kashi-hon market in 1959, he was a leading contributor to the legendary magazine Garo during its heyday in the late 1960s. He has drawn extensively for magazines like Yagyo and Gento, often pulling from his experiences growing up in the slums of Tokyo, working for postwar Japan's ooze-for-booze blood banks, and daydreaming while fishing. Tsuge currently lives in Chiba Prefecture, north of Tokyo, where he splits his time between cooking for his family and drawing even stranger manga.Ryan Holmberg is an arts and comics historian. He has taught at the University of Chicago, the City University of New York, and the University of Southern California and is a frequent contributor to Art in America, Artforum, Yishu, and The Comics Journal. He has edited and translated a number of books of Japanese comics and is currently a postdoctoral associate at Duke University.

General Fields

  • : 9781681371740
  • : The New York Review of Books, Inc
  • : The New York Review of Books, Inc
  • : December 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ryan Holmberg
  • : Paperback
  • : Main
  • : 270