Dragon Ball Z, by Akira Toriyama

Akira Toriyama is known as one of the innovators of the humorous manga scene,. After graduating in Graphic Design in 1974, he made his debut in Shônen Jump in 1978 with the absurd 'Wonder Island'. Other series followed, like 'Today's Highlight Island' and 'Tomato Girl Detective', and then Toriyama had his first hit manga with 'Dr Slump'. The series, about the little robot girl Arale, ran from 1980 to 1985 in Shônen Jump. Despite being a robot, Arale is subjected to all sorts of everyday things that concern little children. The series has also been turned into a television series. 'Dr Slump' also features the character Suppaman, a parody of the American superhero.

Dragonball, by Akira Toriyama
'Dragon Ball'.

While still working on this very popular series, Akira Toriyama created 'Dragon Ball', starring the character of Son Gokuu, in 1984. This was a series of parodies on ancient Chinese legends, containing such ingredients as science fiction and kung-fu. This series became very successful and was made into a popular animation series.

Arale, by Akira Toriyama

Toriyama has made two series of 'Dragon Ball', the first one dealing with Son Gokuu as a child, and the second one as an adult. In the anime version, the second series is called 'Dragon Ball Z'. Among the artists who've drawn for 'Dragon Ball' have been Horacio Sandoval. Together with Eiichiro Oda, Toriyama made a one-shot cross-over, 'Cross Epoch', bringing his characters from 'Dragonball Z' together with Oda's characters from 'One Piece'. 

In addition to manga, Toriyama has been working in anime as well, and he has done graphic design for video games like 'Dragon Quest'. In 2013 he became the first manga artist to win the Grand Prix at the annual Angoulême comic festival in France. 

One of 'Dragonball Z''s celebrity fans is North Korean president Kim Jong-Un. Akira Toriyama was also an influence on Jean BastideJean-Paul Bordier, Kim Jung-GiCoco Ouwerkerk and Pierre Waltch

Dragonball, by Akira Toriyama

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