Spotlight: Lone Wolf and Cub
Little known to most Americans, Lone Wolf and Cub was a Japanese comic book created by Kazuo Koike who drew in what is called the manga style. (A sense of which was had by American children of the 1960s who first saw examples of its anime version on such television shows as Kimba the White Lion and Astro Boy). Immensely popular in Japan, Lone Wolf and Cub was finally reprinted in the United States by First Comics in 1987. Though its story about a disgraced samurai traveling the countryside with his three year old son was virtually unknown in the United States, writer/artist Frank Miller acknowledged its influence on his own work on Daredevil, Ronin, and the Dark Knight Returns, all of which in turn cast a huge shadow over the entire decade of the 1980s.