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Most popular manga become animated TV series and sometimes animated feature films. Creators keep their rights, so these spin-offs make their creators wealthy. There are dozens of different awards, and the top Japanese manga artists have status akin to music or movie stars.

With all their own comics, imports are rare. Marvel Comics is actively trying to sell their comics in Japan, but has had little success. Despite its lack of commercial success in Japan, the Marvel style of art has influenced quite a few Japanese artists. Other big U.S. influences include New York artist Neal Adams and California artist Jim Lee.

Astroboy
from Manga! Manga! the world
of Japanese comics

by Frederick L. Schodt (39K)

In turn, many European and American comic artists are inflenced by Manga. U.S. artist Frank Miller used Japanese Samurai themes in his series "Ronin." First Comics' translation of "Wolf and Child" ("Lone Wolf and Cub") further popularized manga in North America and influenced a generation of American comic artists. In the late 1970s, anime became the needed shot in the arm for the moribund U.S. animation industry.

This rich interplay between cultures helps sustain and give new life to the art of comic story-telling and makes comic books and animation telling examples of popular world culture. </end>

Astroboy
from Manga! Manga! the world
of Japanese comics

by Frederick L. Schodt (176K)
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