Gosho Aoyama was born in Hokuei in the Tottori Prefecture. He attended the Nihon University College of Art in Tokyo. He began his career as a manga artist after winning a contest in 1986. His first work was 'Chotto Matte', which was published in Shônen Sunday in 1987.
This was followed by 'Magic Kaito', about a thief, and the light-hearted samurai series 'Yaiba' (1988-93). Later serials include 'Third Baseman No. 4' and his best known work, 'Detective Conan', which is serialized since 1994. 'Detective Conan' is known in English as 'Case Closed'.