Shogun Assassin, Andrew Archer
KAMIMURA Kazuo(上村一夫), Lady Snowblood/修羅雪姫
Immediately, we see that the Marvel bullpen has not a motherfucking thing on Saitō Pro. Takemoto was the first-ever layout man on Golgo 13, from back in the ’60s when Kazuo Koike was turning in scripts, so we might surmise from his dual art/layout credits (to say nothing of his seniority) that he’s working as a supervisor for the rest of this chapter’s team. There’s a hint of Crepax to Doll herself, particularly in the final panel on page one; no idea what kind of access Takemoto (or anyone in Japan) might have had, but he’s old enough to have seen Valentina in its prime. I love every drawing of that creepy dude, especially the first and the last.
(Doll: The Hotel Detective, ch. 2, Saburo Takemoto, Risuke Chiba, Wataru Tomobe & Rio Toshio, from layouts by Takemoto & Takao Saitō, written by Saitō w’ Mitsuo Aimono, c. 1980)
By Nicola Samorì.
I did a quick sketch off of this Kaiba cosplay photooo
"Before the Parachute Opens" by Tullio Crali.