Kazuo Koike ( was a prolific Japanese 小池 一夫 Koike Kazuo, May 8, 1936 – April 17, 2019) manga writer ( gensakusha), novelist and entrepreneur.
Early in Koike's career, he studied under
creator Golgo 13 Takao Saito and served as a writer on the series.
Koike, along with artist
Goseki Kojima, made the manga Kozure Okami ( ), and Koike also contributed to the scripts for the 1970s film adaptations of the series, which starred famous Japanese actor Lone Wolf and Cub Tomisaburo Wakayama. In 1992 he himself produced a Lone Wolf and Cub′s film Lone Wolf and Cub: Final Conflict which starred Masakazu Tamura. Koike and Kojima became known as the "Golden Duo" because of the success of  Lone Wolf and Cub.
Another series written by Koike,
, which was illustrated by Crying Freeman Ryoichi Ikegami, was adapted into a 1995 live-action film by French director Christophe Gans.
Kazuo Koike started the
Gekiga Sonjuku, a college course meant to teach people how to be a manga artist.
In addition to his more violent, action-oriented manga, Koike, an avid golfer, has also written golf manga. He has also written
mahjong manga, as he himself is a former professional mahjong player.
In the early 2000s, he wrote a
Wolverine story for Marvel.
In 2011, Koike announced his intention to write a magical girl manga series titled
Maho Shojo Mimitsuki Mimi no QED.
On April 17, 2019, Kazuo Koike died due to
pneumonia at the age of 82. His death happened just five days after the death of the fellow prolific manga author Monkey Punch on April 11, who also died of pneumonia and Koike considered his rival in the magazine. Weekly Manga Action
Graduates of Koike's Gekiga Sonjuku
, with artist Lone Wolf and Cub Goseki Kojima, 1970–1976
, with artist Yoshihiro Morifuji, November 24, 1970 – January 6, 1971 Hulk: The Manga
, with artist Lady Snowblood Kazuo Kamimura, 1972–1973
, with artist Samurai Executioner Goseki Kojima, 1972–1976 The script to the film
, 1973 Lady Snowblood
Adolescent Zoo, with artist Hiromi Yamasaki, 1978–1981
, with artist Satomi Koe , 1978–2003 Nijitte Monogatari
, with artist Path of the Assassin Goseki Kojima, 1978–1984
, with artist Hanappe Bazooka Go Nagai, June 7, 1979 – January 7, 1982
, with artist Wounded Man Ryoichi Ikegami, 1983–1986
, with artist Noriyoshi Inoue, 1985–1991 Mad Bull 34
, with artist Crying Freeman Ryoichi Ikegami, 1986–1988
, with artist Kawaite sōrō Goseki Kojima, 1995–1999
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Kajō, with artist Hideki Mori, 2003–2006
New Lone Wolf and Cub (Shin Kozure Okami), with artist Hideki Miri Mori, 2003–2006
Yume Genji Tsurugi no Saimon, with artist Natsuki Sumeragi, 2006–?
Shura Yukihime Gaiden, with artist Ryoichi Ikegami, 2009–?
, with artist Oda Nobunaga Goseki Kojima, ?-?
Offered, with artist Ryoichi Ikegami, ?-?
Color of Rage, with artist Seisaku Kano, ?-? Goyokiba, with artist Takeshi Kanda, ?-?
"Kozure Ōkami: Sono chiisaki te ni". 日本映画製作者連盟 . Retrieved . March 2, 2019
Kazuo Koike to Write Wolverine Archived October 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
Kazuo Koike to Write a Magical Girl Manga Archived October 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, Oppliger, John (November 11, 2011), AnimeNation
Hodgkins, Crystalyn (April 19, 2019). "Lone Wolf & Cub Manga Creator Kazuo Koike Passes Away". Anime News Network . Retrieved . April 19, 2019
2004 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, Comic Book Awards Almanac