‘Lupin III’ creator Monkey Punch has passed away

Gelo Lasin

A legend says goodbye

Anime news site Crunchyroll reports that manga author, Kazuhiko Katou, popularly known as ‘Monkey Punch’, has passed away.

Born in Hokkaido Japan on May 26, 1937, the 81-year-old began his writing career in 1965. He eventually became the mind behind the famed ‘Lupin III’ manga, which he created in July of 1968.

Lupin III became a pop culture phenom, having been first adapted into a TV anime in 1971 and has since spun off several sequel series, films, and TV specials.

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