Remember the famous thief? Lupin? We used to watch the cartoons on Italian channels when we were young.


Well, unfortunately, the manga author and Lupin III creator Kazuhiko Katou, better known internationally under his pen name “Monkey Punch”, has passed away at the age of 81.

Born in Hamanakka, Hokkaido, Japan on May 26, 1937, Katou began his long career as a manga author in 1965, when his series Playboy School was published in Futabasha’s Manga Story magazine. His most famous creation, Lupin III, began serialization in Futabasha’s Manga Action in July of 1968, and was later adapted into a TV anime beginning in 1971 which produced numerous sequel series, theatrical films, and TV specials.

Rest in peace, Mr. Katou. Your life and deeds will not be soon forgotten.

Artist Kazuhiko Katou courtesy of the Mainichi Shimbun
Image: Mainichi Shimbun