Naoki Urasawa was born in Osaka and studied economics at the Meisei University. After receiving the Shogakukan award for New Comic Artist in 1982, he made his professional debut in 1984 with 'Beta!!'. He broke through with his manga 'Yawara!', published by Big Comic Spirits between 1987 and 1993, and he is also famous for the critically praized series '20th Century Boys'. Other manga serials he made are 'Pineapple Army' (1986-88), 'Master Keaton' (1988-94), 'Happy' (from 1994), 'Monster - Horrible Story' (1995-2001) and short story collections published by Shougakukan ('Nasa', 'Jigoro').