- Raijin Comics
"RAIJIN COMICS" was a
mangaanthology published in North Americaby the now-defunct Gutsoon! Entertainmentand largely backed by the SegaCorporation at its inception. The collected volumes of "Raijin Comics" titles were published under the "Raijin Graphic Novels" imprint.
The comics were aimed at an older audience. The magazine's first issue was published with the
cover dateof December 8, 2002. "Raijin Comics" was initially a weekly publication, but it later became a monthly magazine on issue #37 (the October 2003 issue). [ [http://web.archive.org/web/20040519182858/www.raijincomics.com/extra/pr.aspx?_cid=73 RAIJIN COMICS - News Page ] ] In June 2004, the magazine stopped circulation with issue #46 and the brand was put "on hiatus". "Raijin Comics"' failure to break in the U.S. market has been attributed to competition (indirect or otherwise) with the North American version of "Shonen Jump", which launched at the same time as "Raijin Comics", although both magazines were aimed at different audiences.
May 5, 2005, Raijin lost control of the raijincomics.com domain nameto domain squatters; the corporate website, [http://www.gutsoon.com/ gutsoon.com] remains currently in operation but has not been updated since June 2004. [ [http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/article.php?id=6597 Raijin Comics Loses Domain - Anime News Network ] ] Since the folding of "Raijin Comics", two of its titles ("Slam Dunk" and "Guardian Angel Getten") has since been licensed to other companies.
eries published by Raijin
The following series were serialized in "Raijin Comics":
Baki the Grappler"
* "Bomber Girl"
Bow Wow Wata"
* "The First President Of Japan"
* "Fist Of the Blue Sky"
Guardian Angel Getten"
* "Mountain Climbers Saga"
* "Revenge of Mouflon"
* "Slam Dunk" (currently licensed to
Imprinted manga series
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20040626023411/http://www.raijincomics.com/ Raijin Comics] (
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