When the Adam West Batman series ran on Television in 1966, it kicked off a Batman craze across the United States. It also kicked off one in Japan. During that time a Japanese shōnen manga was created by Jiro Kuwata. This was a pretty well kept secret outside of the manga community until Pantheon Books put a collection together called Batmanga designed by Chip Kidd. A collection of all 53 chapters were published in a three volume box set in 2013.
Now DC Comics is going to offer up the series, translated into English as a digital first series starting Saturday July 5th and released as a weekly series. The book will retain its original right to left reading format. This is the first time the series will be released translated, unabridged and outside of Japan. The chapters vary in length from 15-32 pages and will each be available for $0.99 cents.
“Batman is one series that holds a lot of memories for me,” stated Jiro Kuwata in Memories of Batman. “My hope is that with this, even more people will read the Batman of my memories.”
Later this year, all 1,000+ pages will be printed and released in three paperback collected editions.