On Friday it was reported by The Sankei Shimbun that the long running manga Golgo 13 is going to be paused for the first time ever in 52 year consecutive run in the Shogakukan’s Big Comic magazine after an agreement between the Saito Production Company of the writer Takao Saito and the editorial department of Big Comic. On Saturday the 10th issue of the magazine is going to verify the declaration and at a later date it is also going to declare the recommence of the manga.
The declaration clarified that it has been hard for Saito Production’s 10 representatives to accomplish their work under the ebb and flow highly sensitive situation in Japan due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. As the representatives seem to be significant to the work on the manga, both Saito Production and Big Comic decided to organize their security.
The manga, fixating on the main incredible contract killer, is the most established manga still in distribution. In 1968 the manga was commenced by Saito. On April 3 the 196th volume of the manga was issued by Shogakukan and on May 1 a special Pandemic assembled book consisting the three past chapters focusing on bioterrorism was issued.
Between 2006 and 2008 the 13 volumes of the manga was issued by Viz Media in North America. In 1973 and 1977 two live action movies, in 1983 an anime movie, in 1998 an OVA Golgo 13: Queen Bee, and a 2008 to 2009 television anime series were made based on the story.