by Chris MaGee
During my daily internet searches I came across a tantalizing story at Mari Kanazawa's Watashi to Tokyo blog. She mentioned an artist that I was unfamiliar with, Shigeru Komatsuzaki, whose work apparently was a huge inspiration to special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya when he was designing the look of one of his most famous creations, "Ultraman". So who is Shigeru Komatsuzaki?
Born in Tokyo in 1915 Komatsuzaki started out his career doing a variety of illustrations and paintings, from advertisments to propaganda, but after WW2 he gained real popularity illustrating pulp magazines and providing detailed and dynamic paintings to grace the boxes of plastic model kits. between the end of the war up to the 1990s Komatsuzaki produced thousands of works. He passed away from heart failure in December of 2001.
If the illustration above has whet your appetite check out this Japanese website dedicated to Komatsuzaki`s artwork. Enjoy!