The Busiest Mangaka Ever: George Akiyama
The Mandana Tsushin (Manga Bookshelf Transmissions) Blog ponders who is the busiest mangaka, and has written a series of articles listing the achievements of some of the busiest mangaka in history.
I received a note to the effect that George Akiyama might have been even busier. Thank you, V Hayashida-sama and Sugaya-sensei.
Certainly, George Akiyama's 1970 was really something. I've put things in order using the George Akiyama's Hidden Room site for reference.
First, 1970's Magazine:
His going straight from a gag manga (protagonist Horafuki Oshou) to that serious social work Ashura without a single issue's break is even more impressive.
Then, concurrently, in Jump:
Derorin Man was later also serialized in Magazine.
Up until then, he hadn't drawn much for Sunday, but this year, having bided his time, he serialized this:
The first-ever issue of Shonen Champion was published in the summer of 1969. It began as a bi-weekly magazine, but a year later switched to weekly publication. The same thing its predecessor, Jump, did. Issues 1 through 10 were published in 1969. In 1970, Issues 1 through 13 were put out on a bi-weekly basis, and Issue 14 marked the start of its weekly publication. However, this serial of George Akiyama's ran in Champion from the magazine's very first issue.
...And in King:
Kodansha's monthly manga magazine, Bokura, converted to a weekly magazine in the fall of 1969 and became Weekly Bokura Magazine. It was the sixth weekly manga magazine aimed at boys. Magazine editor Ushida Masaru held a second job at Bokura as Editor-in-Chief. Unfortunately, publication was stopped for a while in 1971 with Issue 23.
Let's go take a look at other serials from 1970. Shonen Pictorial Company's Shonen Pictorial went from being a monthly publication to a bi-weekly near the end of the year.
...Meaning that, starting in the summer of 1970, and having cut back on his serials in monthly and bi-weekly magazines (the only monthly serial is in Monthly Supplemental Shonen Magazine), George Akiyama earns the title of "Conqueror of Six Simultaneous Weekly Manga Serials."
What can I say? That's no human feat... Not to mention that THE Ashura and THE Zeni Geba were drawn during that time.