January 16, 2012

Hiroshi Manabe


Hiroshi Manabe, magazine cover, 1980

Hiroshi Manabe, workbook

Hiroshi Manabe, illus for Mars Chronicle magazine,1985

Hiroshi Manabe

I featured this last one in the first Space Teriyaki post:

Bio by Ben Ettinger

Hiroshi Manabe 真鍋博
1932-2000. Born in Ehime prefecture.

Manabe is one of the most famous illustrators of the postwar period, having been the person who brought a certain degree of respectability to the art of the book illustration. He pioneered his own personal style characterized by highly colorful scenes full of clean, flowing lines, where both man and nature are uniformly stylized in a way that seems to speak of his very personal idealistic, hopeful stance towards the future. (This blazing 1960s vision of the future is lovingly recaptured in Mind Game.) He was extremely prolific as a book cover designer, designing the covers for many novels by famous alternative sci-fi writers Shin'ichi Hoshi and Yasutaka Tsutsui, and was outspoken on various issues, authoring numerous of his own nonfiction tomes. Born and raised in the rural city of Niihama on the north side of Shikoku, Manabe's art has become a part of the landscape of his hometown, both figuratively and literally, as his illustrations decorate various installations around the city, including the Niihama Women's Plaza and an anti-nuclear arms monument in the central park. [via]

This is a supplement to my ongoing 50 Watts' series "Space Teriyaki." These illustrations are from the late 70s to mid-80s.


  1. Thank you for the images, the text and the links! I enjoy your many sites for the quality of the illustration and your generosity in sharing biographical and historical detail. Your work is a valuable resource!

  2. That's a beautiful way of looking at the world.

  3. This is so clean and shiny. Thanks!