Fujio A Fujiko, best known for Ninja Hattori-Kun (Ninja Hattori), Warau Salesman (The Laughing Salesman), and co-creating Doraemon, passed away on Thursday, April 7th. He had been 88 years old at the time.
A concerned individual reported at 8:40 a.m. to the Kanagawa Prefectural Police from the Tama station somebody had fallen down on the property at Fujiko’s house. Fujiko was believed to have died by the time police showed up.
Also during the 1960s, Abiko serialized light publications such as Ninja Hattori-Kun, Kaibutsu-Kun, Obake no Q-tarou, and Fuuta-Kun, but started drawing children’s gag manga including Oyaji Boutarou as well as Kyojin-gun, that also enclosed dark humor. At about the same moment, he took a more enigmatic and sophisticated turn with selections like Warau Salesman as well as Matarou ga Kuru!! Abiko managed to draw more drama-focused titles like Manga Michi and Shounen Jidai in the latter half of the 1970s.
Doraemon was created in 1969 by the Fujiko Fujio duo and had become a huge hit after its animated series alteration in 1970. After splitting up in 1987, Fujimoto and Abiko went by the pseudonyms Fujio F. Fujiko and Fujio A Fujiko, respectively. Having followed the divide, Abiko returned to drawing darkly humorous manga for young adult magazines, accompanied by essays in his older life.
May his Soul Rest In Peace. Heartfelt condolences from Team KaishiUniverse.
Source: Yomiuri Shimbun