Shūichi Higurashi

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Shūichi Higurashi
Born 日暮 修一 (Higurashi Shūichi?)
1936
Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Died April 13, 2012
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Area(s) Manga Artist
Notable works
Cover artist of Big Comic
Spouse(s) Kazuko Higurashi (日暮妻和子)

Shūichi Higurashi (日暮修一?) (1936 – April 13, 2012) was a Japanese manga illustrator and magazine artist.[1] Higurashi was the cover artist for Big Comic, a Japanese manga magazine, for more than forty years,[2] from 1970 until fall 2011.[3][4][5]

Higurashi was raised in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture.[3] He studied at Musashino Art School, now known as Musashino Art University, a progressive university with a curriculum in fine arts and industrial design.[4] He became head of character illustration at Big Comic in 1970.[5] Each issue of Big Comic during this era featured a large caricature of a famous individual on the cover, typically sports stars, actors and, politicians. All were drawn by Higurashi in his signature style of a large head relative to a small body.[3][4] His drawings became a trademark of the magazine.[3]

Higurashi was well known for his work outside of Big Comic. He and his younger brother, the Mainichi Shinbun copywriter Higurashi Shinzō (b. 1944), wrote and illustrated the long-running series Shūichi, Shinzō no mōningu jakku for the Sunday edition of the newspaper. The series ran from 1981 until 2006. In addition to his illustrations, Higurashi also illustrated for the defunct magazine Rapita,[6] and worked as a business advertisement designer.[3][7]

To mark his 25th anniversary as the cover artist with Big Comic, the Shogakukan publisher released a book of his cover illustrations in 1994 called "Big na Kao". In 2000, Higurashi received a special Shogakukan Manga Award for his lifetime achievement as a manga illustrator.[3][4] In 2006 Higurashi was the feature of an exhibition of his works at the Matsudo Cultural Hall.[6] Higurashi stepped down as cover illustrator of Big Comic in fall 2011 due to declining health.[2] He died in Tokyo from pneumonia on April 13, 2012, at the age of 75. Higurashi was survived by his wife, Kazuko Higurashi.[3][4]

Selected works

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References

  1. worldcat.org: 日暮, 修一, 1936-
  2. 2.0 2.1 "ビッグコミックの表紙描き40年 日暮修一さん死去 (Biggu Komikku no hyōshi egaki 40-nen, Higurashi Shūichi-shi shikyo)", 朝日新聞デジタル (Asahi Shinbun Digital) (in Japanese), April 19, 2012, retrieved May 3, 2012 <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 "Big Comic Cover Artist Shūichi Higurashi Passes Away". Anime News Network. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-05-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "日暮修一さん75歳…ビッグコミックの表紙40年 (Higurashi Shūichi-san 75-sai...Biggu Komikku no hyōshi 40-nen)", 毎日新聞 (Mainichi Shinbun) (in Japanese), April 19, 2012, retrieved May 3, 2012 <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 "イラストレーターの日暮修一氏死去 (Irasutorētā no Higurashi Shūichi-shi shikyo)", 産経ニュース (Sankei News) (in Japanese), April 19, 2012, retrieved May 3, 2012 <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 ヒグラシ・ワンダーワールド 日暮修一の世界展(Japanese)
  7. "日暮修一さんが死去 ビッグコミックの表紙40年 (Higurashi Shūichi-san ga shikyo, Biggu Komikku no hyōshi 40-nen)", 47NEWS (in Japanese), April 19, 2012, retrieved May 3, 2012 <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>