Battleship Yamato Illustration Collection-Shigeru Komatsuzaki and the Seven Painters

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In April 2021, battleship Yamato / 80 years after completion, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Shigeru Komatsuzaki’s death, an art book of illustrations of Shigeru Komatsuzaki and seven painters related to Shigeru Komatsuzaki has been completed!

Shigeru Komatsuzaki, Yoshiyuki Takani, Ritta Nakanishi, Masami Onishi, Tatsuji Kajita, Makoto Ueda, Tetsunori Kasano, Yukio Mizuno–

In the weekly magazine for boys that appeared with the postwar reconstruction, the war memorial boom has arrived, boosted by the popularity of plastic models. Especially popular was the battleship Yamato, the king of the sea.

After the end of the war, battleship Yamato was incinerated as a top secret. The male figure, which the painters drew with an inflated image based on the few materials left, captivated the boys’ hearts.

In recent years, we have recorded works that decorated fictitious warfare novels, as well as precise illustrations based on seafloor exploration, and introduced the genealogy of battleship Yamato paintings that are shifting from illustrations to illustrations.

It is one of the must-have gems for battleship Yamato fans.

■ Full-color printing on all pages reproduces the texture of the original picture, such as the touch of paint and pencil lines.
■ The power of the giant ship illustrations is posted by making the best use of the large magazine.

Release Date:
March, 2021

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Shigeru Komatsuzaki


Born in Tokyo.

He is active as an illustrator in the postwar picture story and the boom of war records. He worked on the box art for the Tamiya model (currently Tamiya) and became its ancestor.

After graduating from high school, he studied under the Japanese painter Hidesou Hotta.

After that, he studied under the popular illustrator Hidetsune Kobayashi. In 1938, when he was 23 years old, he serialized an illustration in the Otaru newspaper for the first time. He demonstrated his talent in the magazine “Mechanization”.

After the war, in 1948 he began serializing the picture story “Earth SOS” and published works such as futuristic illustrations in many boys’ magazines.

In addition to picture stories, science fiction and war memorials, he also produced box art for plastic models such as Thunderbirds.

He is also involved in the mechanical design of special effects such as “Earth Defense Group”, “Space War” and “Mothra”.

He passed away on December 7, 2001 at 9:26 pm and was 86 years old.

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Weight 1001 g

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