OKAMOTO IPPEI. - [Shufunotomo - Manga Sugoroku].
Tokyo, Shufunotomosha 1929 (Showa 4). Broadside 64x94cm; colour printed. Several repairs to separated folds but all there. ¶ A splendid large and lively sugoroku - racing game - by the illustrator/cartoonist whose place in modern manga history is still being argued. Issued as a New Year supplement to the magazine The Housewife's Friend, the game is an intriguing melange, to me, of the modern and traditional; whether in conflict or harmony or all round mocked I don't know. The winning post - the joyful family of plump plutocrats with both husband and wife looking remarkably like lucky gods - is the dream of the modern young woman being hatched from an egg in the upper right but she is not the starting point of the game. There seems to be several starting points. Did any young western woman ever dream of being rich and fat? Okamoto Ippei began as a newspaper cartoonist for the Asahi Shimbun in 1912, travelled to the US in the twenties and brought back an enthusiasm for American comic strips which quickly spread through Japan. A prolific artist naturally, he has a long bibliography and much of it is found in scatterings in western libraries but I know of only one with a copy of this.AUD 300.00 [Appr.: EURO 208.75 US$ 226.74 | £UK 177.5 | JP¥ 24991] Book number 10194
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