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Thursday, 23 July 2020

October 1990 Pt. 8a Manga

 Lost Continent.  Written and illustrated by Akihiro Yamada. Eclipse International , published in a monthly format for a total of 1 - 6 issues, from October 1990 to April 1991, English adaptation (Studio Proteus) Translated by Alan Gleason and Toren Smith ; lettered and retouched by Tom Orzechowski ; edited by Greg S. Baisden.  Originally published as 'The Last Continent' copyright 1990 Akihiro Yamada and Tokyo Sanseisha.

From issue 1.

I am only guessing here, but when it comes to style and art, many of Akihiro Yamada's panels look as thou they have had the help of Edge Detection software, either Prewitt, or Sobel (a common filter\effect found, that you can apply to scanned photographs), possibly running on a Silicon Graphics (SGI) Visual Workstation (I think at the time it may have been either a IRIS Power Series or a Professional IRIS series computer, as that would fit the bill for the early late 80's, early 90's)
This actually helps with the 1950's style and look that the story flows through.

It all starts with the discovery of an abandoned Sea-plane, a year after its Polar Expedition, a newspaper reporter, and a mysterious woman... Find it and read on...!

From issue 1.

From issue 1.

From issue 1.

From issue 2.

From issue 3.

From issue 4

From issue 5.

From issue 6.

[NOTE: Nobu Shirase (a army reserve lieutenant) privately funded the first expedition by a non-European nation to the Antarctic 1910–12 (Antarctic, the South Pole); Japan commenced its scientific activities in Antarctica in 1956, which was marked by the voyage of “Soya” with the 1st Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE) on board. Shirase Glacier 1957–62 and Shirase Coast 1961 - thus two subsequent Japanese icebreakers were named Shirase In 1990 'The Shirase Antarctic Expedition Memorial Museum' was opened in Nikaho, Akita Prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.]

[NOTE: The author Jules Verne had written about a 'Hollow Earth' in his 1864 novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth', and other fictional writers such as Edgar Rice Burroughs were writing from 1914\1922 with 'At the Earth's Core' the first of his set of seven novels located in the land of Pellucidar, the last novel being 'Savage Pellucidar' printed in 1963.]

[NOTE: The 1942 horror film produced for RKO by Val Lewton, with the French director Jacques Tourneur 'CAT PEOPLE', may have been an inspiration to the manga, but that is conjecture on my part.]

From issue 1.

Ad. taken from Mangajin.

[No more details have come to light regarding its serialised Japanese publication origins.]

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