by Chris MaGee
There probably wouldn't be a tokusatsu superhero genre if it wasn't for Shotaro Ishinomori (1938-1998). During his four decade career he not only created the very first superhero team with his 1963 manga "Cyborg 009", but so many of the superhero teams and henshin, or "transforming" heroes that followed. "Kamen Rider", "Android Kikaider", "Secret Task Force Goranger", "Inazuman", those were all Ishinomori. Besides his pioneering work in that genre Ishinomori contributed drawings to everything from issues of Manga Shonen and Osamu Tezuka's "Astro Boy" to a comic based on Nintendo's "The Legend of Zelda" video game.
Ishinomori had his naughty side like all of us, and that can be plainly seen in a really neat gallery of drawings that Patrick Macias has posted at his blog, An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla. Patrick has got seven pin-up girls drawn by Ishinomori in the 1970s for Play Comic published by Akita Shoten. They may not show the same polish as the famous pin-ups of the great Alberto Vargas, but they're absolutely worth a look. You can check all the girls out here.