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●BOOK BOX SET● ŌRU KARĀ KOKUSAI BAN AKIRA 5 (オールカラー国際版 AKIRA 5)





This is the fifth of twelve box sets that collects the the INTERNATIONAL EDITION of AKIRA that was released by Marvel / Epic Comics in the US. Each box set includes three of the US released original paperback comic books plus a booklet with the english-japanese translation. The coloring was in charge of Steve Oliff and the lettering was done by Michael Higgins.

Katsuhiro Otomo's manga AKIRA started its serialization in black and white in Young Magazine on December 20, 1982 and is the longest lasting manga series by Katsuhiro Otomo. It ran for eight years and 120 parts. AKIRA was also adapted as a full length animation movie directed by Otomo himself in 1988.


BOOKS INCLUDED IN THE BOX-SET



BOX SET DETAILS

Publisher: Kodansha (講談社) + Marvel
Release date: 1990-II-20
Languague: English + Japanese
Size: B5
Retail price: ¥1,800
ISBN-10: 4063050157
ISBN-13: 978-4063050158

AVAILABILITY

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Amazon FR: https://amzn.to/2RknbF2
Amazon IT: https://amzn.to/2Izp7pg
Amazon ES: https://amzn.to/2zNI3hn


OTHER EDITIONS


ENGLISH EDITION ● AKIRA vol. 5 (TPB collection)

This 10 volume collection was never completed and collects only 31 issues of the 38 that that were previously published by Marvel in the U.S.

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Marvel Epic Comics
Release date: 1992-XII
Number of pages: 120
Language: English
Size: 10x7 in
Retail price: $14.95
ISBN-10: 0871359006
ISBN-13: 978-0871359001


GERMAN EDITION ● AKIRA Bd. 7: Sakakis Mission



20 volume paperback color edition.

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Carlsen
Release date: 1992-III
Number of pages: 119
Language: German
Size: 26x17 cm
Retail price: 29,90 DM

ISBN-10: 3551711674
ISBN-13: 978-3551711670


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FRENCH EDITION ● AKIRA vol. 5: Desespoir

The incomplete French 31 paperback issues were republished as 14 color hardcover volumes, completing the series for the first time in France.

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Glénat
Release date: 1992-I-9
Number of pages: 184
Language: French
Size: 29x19 cm
Retail price: 15.5€
ISBN-10: 2723414906
ISBN-13: 978-2723414906

AVAILABILITY
Amazon ES: https://amzn.to/2IS5g4W



ITALIAN EDITION ● AKIRA vol. 5: Disperazione

Only 11 hardcover color volumes were published in Italy, leaving the series incomplete.

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Glénat
Release date: 1992
Number of pages: 184
Language: Italian
Size: 29x19 cm
Retail price: L 20.000
ISBN-10: 8878111678
ISBN-13: 978-8878111677

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SPANISH EDITION ● AKIRA vol. 5

The Spanish 38 paperback issues were republished as 14 color hardcover volumes.

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Ediciones B
Release date: 1992-I
Number of pages: 184
Language: Spanish
Size: 29x19 cm
Retail price: 2000 ptas
ISBN 10: 84-406-3113-8
ISBN 13: 978-84-406-3113-8

AVAILABILITY
Amazon IT: -

●MANGA● AKIRA part 114




AKIRA part 114

Young Magazine (ヤングマガジン) No10
1990-II-19 | 17 pages | B&W

Collected in the books:
AKIRA 6 in original black & white
All Color AKIRA 12 colored by Steve Oliff
True Color AKIRA 6 colored by Steve Oliff


●MANGA SCRIPT● THE LEGEND OF MOTHER SARAH Part 1 -Tōkutsu no machi- Episode 5 (沙流羅 第1話「 盗掘の街」 第5回)




THE LEGEND OF MOTHER SARAH Part 1 -Tōkutsu no machi- Episode 5
(沙流羅 第1話「 盗掘の街」 第5回)

Published in Young Magazine (ヤングマガジン) No.9
1990-II-12 | 42 pages | B&W

Written by Katsuhiro Otomo (大友 克洋) 
Illustrated by Takumi Nagayasu (ながやす功)

Collected in the books:



●MANGA SCRIPT● THE LEGEND OF MOTHER SARAH Part 1 -Tōkutsu no machi- Episode 4 (沙流羅 第1話「 盗掘の街」 第4回)




THE LEGEND OF MOTHER SARAH Part 1 -Tōkutsu no machi- Episode 4
(沙流羅 第1話「 盗掘の街」 第4回)

Young Magazine (ヤングマガジン) No.8
1990-II-5 | 42 pages | B&W

Written by Katsuhiro Otomo (大友 克洋) 
Illustrated by Takumi Nagayasu (ながやす功)

This episode is collected in the books:


This magazine also contains:

●MANGA● AKIRA part 113



AKIRA part 113

Young Magazine (ヤングマガジン) No.8
1990-II-5 | 12 pages | B&W

Collected in the books:
AKIRA 6 in original black & white
All Color AKIRA 12 colored by Steve Oliff
True Color AKIRA 6 colored by Steve Oliff





This magazine also contains:

●BOOK ENGLISH EDITION● AKIRA #15 PSYCHIC DUEL



Fifteenth issue of Katsuhiro Otomo's AKIRA colored edition published by Marvel Epic Comics in English language in the USA. This book was collected in Japan in a box set:  ŌRU KARĀ KOKUSAI BAN AKIRA 5 (オールカラー国際版 AKIRA 5).

COMIC BOOK DETAILS

Publisher: Marvel Epic Comics
Release date: 1990-II
Language: English
Number of pages: 64
Size: 10x7 in
Retail price: $3.5
ISBN-10: 0871355906
ISBN-13: 9780871355904

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OTHER EDITIONS


FRENCH EDITION ● AKIRA #15 La guerre des cerveaux

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Glénat
Release date: 1990-X
Number of pages: 64
Language: French
Size: 19x28 cm
Retail price: 16FF

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ITALIAN EDITION ● AKIRA #15 Duello psichico

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Glénat
Release date: 1991-VI
Number of pages: 64
Language: Italian
Size: 19x28 cm
Retail price: L 4.500

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SPANISH EDITION ● AKIRA #15 La guerra de los cerebros

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Dragón | Glénat
Release date: 1990-XII
Number of pages: 64
Language: Spanish

Size: 19x28 cm
Retail price: 450ptas
ISBN 10: 84-406-1402-0

ISBN 13: 978-84-406-1402-5

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●ARTICLE● THE MAKING OF AKIRA THE EPIC COMIC PART III



This month's AKIRA issue #15 released in the US by EPIC and collected in OORU KARAA KOKUSAI BAN AKIRA 5 (オールカラー国際版 AKIRA 5), includes a two page article on the making of the colored version of AKIRA. 



THE MAKING OF AKIRA THE EPIC COMIC PART III - COLORING

When Akira is printed in Japan, it is printed in black and white. The American version, however, is meticulously colored by Steve Oliff and his Olyoptics staff. This month we will examine the coloring of Akira step by step.

As detailed in Part I of The Making of Akira, Kodansha first makes "mirror" proofs of Katsuhiro Otomo's original artwork. A large set of proofs (10" x 15") is sent to Epic Comics for scripting and paste-up. An identical but smaller set of proofs (7" x10 ¾)
is sent to Steve Oliff for coloring.

Using felt pens, airbrushing and gouache, Oliff colors in these proofs. These "color guides" are then sent to Otomo and Kodansha for approval and any necessary corrections.






In the meantime, Epic Comics sends the larger proofs, complete with pasted-up lettering, to Olyoptics. The proofs are entered into the Olyoptics computar system, utilizing proprietary software developed by Pixelcraft, by way of a scanner.

Following the "color guides," Oliff and his staff of five then enter colors for each proof into the computar program. "This," says Oliff, "is where we fill in the subtle shadings."

After coloring on the computar system. Oliff saves all the information onto floppy disks. He sends the disks, along with the line art and color file to Network Color, the company that is responsible for outputting the film. The info is loaded into Network Color's linotype machine, and the resulting output is
chromalins.

A chromalin, or chrom, is a mechanical generation of each color plate registered to itself. lt represents how each color is printed separately and then combinad together to form a visual representation of the final product. In short, an early version of the final Akira is produced and sent to Epic Comics.

The Epic staff examines each chrom carefully, checking for errors in coloring and printing. After indicating the errors on the chroms, Epic returns the chroms to Network Color and corrections are made on the film.

Following the corrections, the final film goes to the printer. "Blues" are made from the film. "Blues" are an actual representation of how the final comic will appear-minus the color. The pages are instead printed in shades of blue. At this point, Epic checks for final corrections, and makes sure that all the pages are present and in order, and the blues are returned to the printer for printing.

Steve Oliff colors using the same computer system as the one used for most Marvel Comics. The difference is that Oliff colors the final film himself, while other Marvel Comics send color guides to the separator, who then assigns the colors using the computer. Oliff, in other words, acts as both the colorist and the separator. Akira is the first regular comic book in the world to be colored using such a system.