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Dragon Ball: The Complete Illustrations [Hardcover]

Akira Toriyama
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Aug. 19 2008 Dragon Ball
• Dragon Ball is the best-selling manga series in Japan.

• The Dragon Ball & Dragon Ball Z series combined have sold through more than one million GNs in the U.S. to date (BookScan).

• Over 11.7million Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z videos & DVDs have sold through in the U.S. to date (VideoScan).

• Every volume of the Dragon Ball series is still selling to this day.  There are 42 volumes total and they debuted in the U.S. in 2000!

• Toriyama has a strong fan base in the U.S.

• Dragon Ball & Dragon Ball Z have also spawned numerous video games, which consistently rank in the top ten in national sales.

• A live action Dragon Ball Z movie is currently in production to be released theatrically in Spring 2009.

Dragon Ball: The Complete Illustrations

 

  A seminal series from a legendary creator. Dragon Ball, a wry update on the Chinese "Monkey King" myth, introduces us to Son Goku, a young monkey-tailed boy whose quiet life is turned upside-down when he meets Bulma, a girl determined to collect the seven "Dragon Balls." If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the world, and to get them she needs the help of a certain super-strong boy...

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About the Author

  Akira Toriyama's first weekly series, Dr. Slump, has entertained generations of readers in Japan since it was introduced in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1980. A few years later, he created his wildly popular Dragon Ball series, which brought him international success. Toriyama is also known for his character designs for video games, including Dragon Warrior, Chrono Trigger and Tobal No. 1. He lives with his family in Japan.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back good old memories Feb. 12 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 0:21 Mins
This is a hardcover book with a dust jacket. It contains almost 200 pages of full colour illustrations.

Right at the front is a multi-fold page that unfolds into a small Dragon Ball poster with a thank you note from Akira Toriyama.

Following on are illustrations from the weekly JUMP title covers as well as comic covers. Each is fully coloured and reproduced big. It really brings back memories of reading the comic, as well as anticipating weekly at the comic book store.

It's really great again to marvel at the uniform ink strokes and character designs of Akira Toriyama.

Every piece of work is annotated at the back of the book. Included is also the very unique sequential spine art for the comic, which at that time I thought was really cool. There are also mugshots of Akira Toriyama over the years, including photos and icons.

An interview with Akira Toriyama is also included to give this book some depth.

There's really nothing not to like about this book if you're a Dragon Ball fan.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must have for every DB fan April 16 2014
By RMG
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
this book highlights the very neat work by Akira Toriyama in bringing this classic to life, highly recommended by me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations July 11 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a fan of the TV show, this book was a great gift. The illustrations are just as i remembered them in the show.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back good old memories Nov. 23 2008
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a hardcover book with a dust jacket. It contains almost 200 pages of full colour illustrations.

Right at the front is a multi-fold page that unfolds into a small Dragon Ball poster with a thank you note from Akira Toriyama.

Following on are illustrations from the weekly JUMP title covers as well as comic covers. Each is fully coloured and reproduced big. It really brings back memories of reading the comic, as well as anticipating weekly at the comic book store.

It's really great again to marvel at the uniform ink strokes and character designs of Akira Toriyama.

Every piece of work is annotated at the back of the book. Included is also the very unique sequential spine art for the comic, which at that time I thought was really cool. There are also mugshots of Akira Toriyama over the years, including photos and icons.

An interview with Akira Toriyama is also included to give this book some depth.

There's really nothing not to like about this book if you're a Dragon Ball fan.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Dragonball Artbook! Aug. 14 2008
By Elijah Stahling - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
For those that don't know, this is a huge manga artbook that contains hundreds of drawings from the manga "Dragon Ball"(split into two parts Dragonball and Dragonball Z by Viz in America). This book is a great value because it has accurate translations and unedited drawings,the way Toriyama intended it to be. I would like to thank Viz for doing a great job with this release, and I hope they release the other 6 main Daizenshuu from Japan.

So if you are a casual DB(Z) fan looking to add to your manga collection, or the most insane Dragonball collector, this release is for you. The artwork is top notch, and has something for Dragonball fans of all ages. 5 Stars, and great job by Viz!!!!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely AMAZING... :) Jan. 10 2009
By angelus0901 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I received this book from my best friend for my birthday... It's amazing!! I'm completely satisfied with it!! Even better, I thought it was paperback... NO! It's hardcover!! It's great!! Akira Toriyama gave us something really great, a drawing from every saga... from the beginning until the end, and by that I mean the end of Dragon Ball Z. This book would be perfection if it had included drawings from Dragon Ball GT, but this is great too... If you're a true fan of this fantastic anime, I recommend you this book. Trust me, you'll enjoy it. :)
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it May 13 2014
By Josh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Obviously i'm a huge fan to get this in the first place. But honestly i'm a fan of the art work and i'm using it as a reference. Having so much fun!
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE FOR ANY TRUE DBZ FAN. THE ARTWORK IS FANTASTIC. May 9 2014
By To Jensei Nox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A great addition to anyone that is a fan of the series and films. This is a collection of artwork direct from Akira from the beginnings of DBZ, including early sketches and concept drawings. If you enjoy the art of manga and want to see Toriyama's vision of DBZ prior to the anime, then you need to buy this book.
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