Thursday, January 28, 2016
Throwback Ad Thursday: Lupin III Manga (Tokyopop)
I really dig Tokyopop's ad for their Lupin III manga release, it has that simple-yet-retro feel which is so indicative of the long-running series.
Tokyopop licensed Monkey Punch's original run of Lupin III in 2002, but the first volume didn't hit shelves until January 2003, with the fourteenth--and last--volume coming out summer '04. Surprisingly, Tokyopop also picked up the second Lupin III series (Shin Lupin III), retitling it Lupin III: World's Most Wanted. Nine volumes were released between late 2004 and 2007, but Tokypop never re-licensed it, allegedly due to poor sales.