During his studies at Nagasaki Commercial School, Kon Shimizu became famous for his caricatures of teachers and schoolmates. In 1931 he decided to become an artist and left for Tokyo to enter the School of Fine Arts. Sadly, Shimizu was not accepted and became a sidewalk artist in order to survive. With a little help from a friend, Shimizu began working for the Bungeishunjii Publishing Company. In 1935 he produced the comic strip 'Tokyo Senichi ya Monogatari' for the daily Shinseinen, which was noted for its new and fresh style. After the Pacific War, Shimizu became a political cartoonists. His cartoons were very popular. In 1951 he created his famous comic strip 'Kappa no Kawataro', which gave rise to countless sequels such as 'Kappa Tengoku', 'Sengoku Zouhyo' and 'Kappa Furai'.
Artwork © 1974 Kon Shimizu
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